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Selected Publications

Lupyan, Gary & Benjamin Bergen (To appear). How language programs the mind. Topics in Cognitive Science.

Liu, Nian, and Benjamin Bergen. (To appear). When do language comprehenders mentally simulate locations? Cognitive Linguistics.

Marghetis, Tyler and Benjamin Bergen. (To appear). Embodied meaning, inside and out: The coupling of gesture and mental simulation. In Cornelia Mueller, Alan Cienki, Ellen Fricke, Silva H. Ladewig, David McNeill & Sedinha Tessendorf (Eds.), Body-Language-Communication. New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Bergen, Benjamin, and Kim Binsted. (To appear). Embodied grammars and linguistic humor. To Appear in Cognitive Linguistics and Humor Research, Geert Brone, Tony Veale, and Kurt Feyaerts (eds.). Mouton de Gruyter.

Sato, Manami, Amy Schafer, & Benjamin Bergen. (2014). Metaphor priming in sentence production: Concrete pictures affect abstract language production. Acta Psychologica.

Walker, Esther, Benjamin Stillerman, John Iversen, Aniruddh Patel, and Benjamin Bergen. (2014). Does beat perception rely on the covert use of the motor system? Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Paul Bello, Marco Guarini, Marjorie McShane, and Brian Scassellati (Eds): 3061-3066.

Walker, Esther, Benjamin Bergen, & Rafael Núñez. (2014). Disentangling Spatial Metaphors for Time Using Non-spatial Responses and Auditory Stimuli. Metaphor and Symbol 29(4): 316-327.

Troyer, Melissa, Lauren B. Curley, Luke Edward Miller, Ayse Pinar Saygin, & Benjamin Bergen. (2014). Action verbs are processed differently in metaphorical and literal sentences depending on the semantic match of visual primes. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Marghetis, Tyler, Rafael Núñez, and Benjamin Bergen. (2014). Doing arithmetic by hand: Hand movements during exact arithmetic reveal systematic, dynamic spatial processing. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Sato, Manami, Amy Schafer, and Benjamin Bergen. (2013). One word at a time: Mental representations of object shape change incrementally during sentence processing. Language and Cognition 5 (4): 345-373.

Marghetis, Tyler, Jasmeen Kanwal, and Benjamin Bergen. (2013). Placing Numbers in Behavioral Space: Activity-Specific Interactions between Number and Space with a Single Response Button Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society.

Liu, Nian & Benjamin Bergen. (2013). When Tuesday comes before Threesday: Cross-linguistic differences in numerical transparency of time words predicts temporal reasoning strategy and performance. In M. Knauff, M., Pauen, N., Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.) Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 924-929). Austin TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Sato, Manami and Benjamin Bergen. (2013). The case of the missing pronouns: Does mentally simulated perspective play a functional role in the comprehension of person?. Cognition 127(3):361-74.

Bergen, Benjamin and Nancy Chang. (2013). Embodied Construction Grammar. Oxford Handbook of Construction Grammar, Thomas Hoffmann and Graeme Trousdale (Eds.). Oxford University Press.

Bergen, Benjamin, Nathan Medeiros-Ward, Kathryn Wheeler, Frank Drews, & David Strayer. (2013). The crosstalk hypothesis: Why language interferes with driving. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 142(1): 119-130.

Parrill, Fey, Bergen, Benjamin, and Patricia Lichtenstein. (2013). Grammatical aspect, gesture, and conceptualization: Using co-speech gesture to reveal event representations. Cognitive Linguistics 24(1): 135-158.

Bergen, Benjamin. (2012). Louder than words: The new science of how the mind makes meaning. New York: Basic Books.

Bergen, Benjamin, and Ting Ting Chan Lau. (2012). Writing direction affects how people map space onto time. Frontiers in Cultural Psychology 3:109.

Winter, Bodo and Benjamin Bergen. (2012). Language comprehenders represent object distance both visually and auditorily. Language and Cognition, 4:1, 1-16.

Sato, Manami, Hiromu Sakai, Jennifer Wu, and Benjamin Bergen. (2012). Towards a Cognitive Science of Literary Style: Perspective-Taking in Processing Omniscient versus Objective Voice. Proceedings of the 34th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Marghetis, T., Walker, E., Bergen, B., & Nunez, R. (2011). Making SNAP judgments: Rethinking the spatial representation of number. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1781-1786). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Parrill, F., Bergen, B., & Lichtenstein, P. (2011). Grammatical aspect in language production: Using gesture to reveal event representations. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Bergen, Benjamin, Avis Lau, Shweta Narayan, Diana Stojanovic, and Kathryn Wheeler. (2010). Body part representations in verbal semantics. Memory and Cognition 38(7):969-981.

Bergen, Benjamin, and Kathryn Wheeler. (2010). Grammatical aspect and mental simulation. Brain & Language 112:150-158.

Dennison, Heeyeon and Benjamin Bergen. (2010). Language-driven motor simulation is sensitive to social context. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Wheeler, Kathryn, and Benjamin Bergen. (2010). Meaning in the palm of your hand. In Sally Rice and John Newman (eds.) Empirical and Experimental Methods in Conceptual structure, Discourse, and Language. Stanford: CSLI.

Kaplan, Frederic, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, and Benjamin Bergen. (2008). Computational Models in the Debate over Language Learnability. Infant and Child Development 17:55-80.

Bergen, Benjamin, and Jerome Feldman. (2008). Embodied concept learning. In Paco Calvo and Toni Gomila (eds.) Handbook of Cognitive Science. Elsevier.

Bergen, Benjamin, Shane Lindsay, Teenie Matlock, and Srini Narayanan. (2007). Spatial and linguistic aspects of visual imagery in sentence comprehension. Cognitive Science 31: 733-764.

Tseng, Meylysa, Yiran Hu, Wen-Wei Han, and Benjamin Bergen. (2007). "Searching for happiness" or "Full of joy"? Source domain activation matters. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.

Bergen, Benjamin. (2007). Experimental methods for simulation semantics. In Monica Gonzalez-Marquez, Irene Mittelberg, Seana Coulson, and Michael J. Spivey (eds.) Methods in Cognitive Linguistics: Ithaca.

de Beule, Joachim, and Benjamin Bergen. (2006). On the Emergence of Compositionality. Proceedings of the 6th evolution of language conference.

Bergen, Benjamin, and Seana Coulson. (2006). Frame-Shifting Humor in Simulation-Based Language Understanding. IEEE Intelligent Systems.

Bergen, Benjamin. (2005). Mental simulation in literal and figurative language. In Seana Coulson and Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (eds.) The iteral and nonliteral in language and thought.

Bergen, Benjamin. (2005). Mental Simulation in Spatial Language Processing. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Bergen, Benjamin and Kathryn Wheeler. (2005). Sentence Understanding Engages Motor Processes. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Bergen, Benjamin, and Nancy Chang. (2005). Embodied Construction Grammar in Simulation-Based Language Understanding. In Jan-Ola Ístman and Miriam Fried (Eds.), Construction Grammars: Cognitive grounding and theoretical extensions.

Bergen, Benjamin, and Madelaine Plauché. (2005). The convergent evolution of radial constructions: French and English deictics and existentials. Cognitive Lingusitics 16(1): 1-42.

Tseng, Meylysa and Benjamin Bergen. (2005). Lexical Processing Drives Motor Simulation. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Chan, Ting Ting, and Benjamin Bergen. (2005). Writing Direction Influences Spatial Cognition. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Narayan, Shweta, Benjamin Bergen, and Zachary Weinberg. (2004). Embodied Verbal Semantics: Evidence from a Lexical Matching Task. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.

Bergen, Benjamin, Nancy Chang, and Shweta Narayan. (2004). Simulated Action in an Embodied Construction Grammar. Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Bergen, Benjamin. (2004). The psychological reality of phonaesthemes. Language, 80(2).

Bergen, Benjamin, and Kim Binsted. (2004). To awaken a sleeping giant: Blending and metaphor in editorial cartoons after September 11. In Michel Achard and Suzanne Kemmer (Eds.) Language, Culture, and Mind. CSLI.

Bergen, Benjamin. (2004). The cognitive linguistics of scalar humor. In Michel Achard and Suzanne Kemmer (Eds.) Language, Culture, and Mind. CSLI.

Bergen, Benjamin, Shweta Narayan, and Jerome Feldman. (2003). Embodied verbal semantics: evidence from an image-verb matching task. Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society

Bergen, Benjamin. (2001). Of sound, mind, and body: neural explanations for non-categorical phonology. Ph.D. Dissertation. Department of Linguistics, U.C. Berkeley. (Advisor: George Lakoff)

Bergen, Benjamin. (2001). Nativization processes in L1 Esperanto. Journal of Child Language. 28(3): 575-595.

Bergen, Benjamin, and Madelaine Plauché. (2001). Voilà voilà: Extensions of deictic constructions in French. In Alan Cienki, Barbara Luka, and Michael Smith (Eds.), Conceptual and Discourse Factors in Linguistic Structure. CSLI.

Bergen, Benjamin. (2000). Probability in phonological generalizations: Modeling optional French final consonants. In Alan Yu et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley: Berkeley Linguistics Society.

Bergen, Benjamin. (2000). Ramifications of phonology-syntax interactions for phonological models. In Proceedings of the 24th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquim, 27-36.

Plauché, Madelaine and Benjamin Bergen. (1999). Markedness and the Evolution of Binary Spatial Deictics: French voilà and voici. In Steve Chang et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 25th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley: Berkeley Linguistics Society.