David Kemmerer, Ph.D.
B.S., 1987, English and Philosophy, Illinois State University
M.S., 1993, Linguistics, SUNY Buffalo
Ph.D., 1996, Linguistics, SUNY Buffalo
Postdoc, 1996-7, Linguistics, UCLA
Postdoc, 1997-2000, Neurology, University of Iowa
David Kemmerer has a joint appointment in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and the Department of Psychological Sciences. 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 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.
Kemmerer, D. (To appear in 2014). The cognitive neuroscience of language: An introduction. Psychology Press Table of Contents
Kemmerer, D. (in press). Introduction to special double issue devoted to Michael Arbib's "How the brain got language: The Mirror System Hypothesis." Language and Cognition.
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.
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., 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. (2011). Do body-part concepts depend on the EBA/FBA? Cognitive Neuroscience, 2, 204-205.
Witt, J.K., Kemmerer, D., & Culham, J. (2010). A functional role for motor simulation in identifying tools. Psychological Science, 21, 1215-1219.
Kemmerer, D., & Eggleston, A. (2010). Nouns and verbs in the brain: Implications of linguistic typology for cognitive neuroscienceLingua, 120, 2686-2690.
Kemmerer, D. (2010). The neurobiology of lexical processing. In P.C. Hogan (Ed.), The Cambridge encyclopedia of the language sciences. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
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. (Special issue on mirror neurons and the neurobiology of language.)
Kemmerer, D. (2010). How words capture visual experience: The perspective from cognitive neuroscience. In B. Malt & P. Wolff (Eds.), Words and the world: How words capture human experience. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Kemmerer, D. (2010). A neuroscientific perspective on the linguistic encoding of categorical spatial relations. In V. Evans & P. Chilton (Eds.), Language, cognition, and space. London, UK: Equinox.
Kemmerer, D., Tranel, D., & Zdanczyk, C. (2009). Knowledge of the semantic constraints on adjective order can be selectively impaired. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 22, 91-108.
Kemmerer, D., & Tranel, D. (2008). Searching for the elusive neural substrates of body part terms: A neuropsychological study. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 25, 601-629. (Special issue of mental lexicon.)
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. (2008). A critique of Mark D. Allen's "The preservation of verb subcategory knowledge in a spoken language comprehension deficit." Brain and Language, 106, 72-78.
Tranel, D., Manzel, K., Asp, E., & Kemmerer, D. (2008). Naming static and dynamic actions: Neuropsychological evidence. Journal of Physiology Paris, 102, 80-94. (Special issue on links and interactions between language and motor systems in the brain.)
Kemmerer, D., Chandrasekaran, B., & Tranel, D. (2007). A case of impaired verbalization but preserved gesticulation of motion events. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 24, 70-114.
Kemmerer, D., Weber-Fox, C., Price, K., Zdansczyk, C., & Way, H. (2007). Big brown dog or Brown big dog? An electrophysiological study of semantic constraints on adjective order. Brain and Language, 100, 238-256. (See also the accompaying commentary H. Kolk & D. Chwilla entitled "Late positivities in unusual situations.")
Kemmerer, D. (2006). The semantics of space: integrating linguistic typology and cognitive neuroscience. Neuropsychologia, 44, 1607-1621. (Special issue on the representation of categorical and coordinate spatial relations in the brain.)
Kemmerer, D., & Gupta, R. (2006). Six feet over: Out-of-body experiences and their relevance to the folk psychology of souls. (Commentary on J. Bering, "The folk psychology of souls.") Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29, 479-480
Kemmerer, D. (2006). Action verbs, argument structure constructions, and the mirror neuron system. In M. Arbib (Ed.), Action to language via the mirror neuron system. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Kemmerer, D. (2005). Against innate grammatical categories. (Supplemental commentary on M. Arbib, "From monkey-like action recognition to human language: An evolutionary framework for neurolinguistics.") Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
Kemmerer, D., Tranel, D., & Manzel, K. (2005). An exaggerated effect for proper nouns in a case of superior written over spoken word production. Cognitive Neuropsychology 22, 3-27.
Kemmerer, D., (2005) The spatial and temporal meanings of English prepositions can be independently impaired. Neuropsychologia, 43, 797-806.
Tranel, D., & Kemmerer., D. (2004). Neuroanatomical correlates of locative prepositions. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 21, 719 - 749.
Kemmerer, D. (2003). Neuropsychological evidence for the distinction between grammatically relevant and irrelevant components of meaning. Behavioral and Brain Science, 26, 684 - 685
Kemmerer, D., & Tranel, D. (2003). A double dissocation between the meanings of action verbs and locative prepositions. Neurocase, 9, 421-435.
Tranel, D., Kemmerer, D., Adolphs, R., Damasio, H., & Damasio, A. (2003). Neural correlates of conceptual knowledge for actions. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 409-432.
Kemmerer, D. (2003). Why can you hit someone on the arm but not break someone on the arm? A neuropsychological investigation of the English body-part possessor ascension construction. Journal of Neurolinguistics.
Kemmerer, D., & Wright, S.K. (2002). Selective impairment of knowledge underlying un- prefixation: Further evidence for the autonomy of grammatical semantics. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 15, 403-432.
Kemmerer, D., Tranel, D., & Barrash, J. (2001). Patterns of dissociation in the processing of verb meanings in brain-damaged subjects. Language and Cognitive Processes. 16, 1-34.
Kemmerer, D. (2000). Grammatically relevant and grammatically irrelevant features of verb meaning can be independently impaired. Aphasiology. 14, 997-1020.
Kemmerer, D. (2000). Selective impairment of knowledge underlying prenominal adjective order: Evidence for the autonomy of grammatical semantics. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 13.57-82.
Kemmerer, D. & Tranel, D. (2000). A double dissociation between linguistic and perceptual representations of spatial relationships. Cognitive Neuropsychology. 17, 393-414.
Kemmerer, D. & Tranel, D. (2000). Verb retrieval in brain/damaged subjects: 1. Analysis of stimulus, lexical, and conceptual factors. Brain and Language, 73. 347-92.
Kemmerer, D. & Tranel, D. (2000). Verb retrieval in brain-damaged subjects: 2. Analysis of errors. Brain and Language. 73, 393-420.
Kemmerer, D. (1999). "Near" and "far" in language and perception. Cognition. 73. 35-63.