David Kemmerer

Research Interests / Training Areas:

  • Neural organization of linguistic meaning and its relationships with grammar, perception, and action
  • Embodied cognition
  • Linguistic typology


David Kemmerer obtained a Ph.D. in linguistics from SUNY Buffalo in 1996, was a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Iowa from 1997 to 2000, and since then has maintained a 50/50 joint appointment in SLHS and Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. His teaching responsibilities include courses on the neural bases of speech and language, the field of cognitive neuroscience, and topics in linguistics. His research focuses primarily on how different kinds of linguistic meaning are mediated by different neural systems, drawing on behavioral and lesion data from brain-damaged patients as well as behavioral and functional neuroimaging data from normal subjects. His current projects include the linguistic encoding of action and the syntax-semantics interface.  In addition, he is interested in the evolution of language and the neural correlates of consciousness. He has published papers in Cognitive Neuropsychology, Neuropsychologia, Neurocase, Neuroreport, Neuroinformatics, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Cortex, Cognition, Psychological Science, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Neurolinguistics, Aphasiology, Brain and Language, Language and Cognitive Processes, Language and Linguistics Compass, Language and Speech, Lingua, and Language.  He has also contributed chapters to several volumes, including Action to language via the mirror neuron system(edited by M. Arbib), Words in the mind: How words capture human experience (edited by B. Malt and P. Wolff), Language, cognition, and space: The state of the art and new directions (edited by V. Evans and P. Chilton), and the Routledge handbook of linguistics (edited by K. Allan). In addition, he recently finished writing a textbook called The cognitive neuroscience of language (to appear in 2014).  Finally, he has been a General Editor for Language and Cognition since it was launched in 2009, and he has served as a reviewer for over 30 journals.

Recent Publications:

Kemmerer, D., Gonzalez Castillo, J., Talavage, T., Patterson, S., & Wiley, C. (2008). Neuroanatomical distribution of five semantic components of verbs: Evidence from fMRI. Brain and Language, 107, 16-43.

Kemmerer, D., & Tranel, D. (2008). Searching for the elusive neural substrates of body part terms: A neuropsychological study. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 25, 601-625.

Kemmerer, D., & Gonzalez Castillo, J. (2010). The Two-Level Theory of verb meaning: An approach to integrating the semantics of action with the mirror neuron system. Brain and Language, 112, 54-76.

Kemmerer, D., Rudrauf, D., Manzel, K., & Tranel, D. (2012). Behavioral patterns and lesion sites associated with impaired processing of lexical and conceptual knowledge of actions. Cortex, 48, 826-848.

Kemmerer, D. (2012). The cross-linguistic prevalence of SOV and SVO word orders reflects the sequential and hierarchical representation of action in Broca's area. Language and Linguistics Compass, 6, 50-66.

Kemmerer, D., Miller, L., MacPherson, M.K., Huber, J., & Tranel, D. (2013). An investigation of semantic similarity judgments about action and non-action verbs in Parkinson's disease: Implications for the Embodied Cognition Framework. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, Article 146.

David Kemmerer
Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 3140
Phone: 765-494-3826

Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Lyles-Porter Hall, 715 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2122, PH: (765) 494-3789

2016 Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by SLHS

If you have trouble accessing this page because of a disability, please contact the webmaster at slhswebhelp@purdue.edu.