An encounter with language is meaningful. The experience leaves an indelible imprint. Thought is given form. The universe of the mind is disclosed to us. It grants us the power to build new worlds, to share powerful ideas, and to destroy both. I am interested in how this happens and how it came to be this way. What does our brain do when we encounter text, talk, and discourse? How does meaning ‘happen’? Why is the experience meaningful? 

I am a cognitive linguist with a background in discourse analysis and text linguistics. I advocate an interdisciplinary approach to the study of discourse and cognition with an emphasis on achieving neurobiological plausibility. To meet this aim, I subscribe to the Neural Theory of Language (NTL) developed by the ICBS team at UC Berkeley.