Embodied Language argues that language is produced and understood through perception and action.

Research conducted in ASLAN considers language as closely intertwined with the body and its interactions with the environment. Accordingly, the way we act with the world is assumed to shape our cognitive representations and affect language processing and use. In this view, language is grounded in the brain systems for action, perception and emotions. Furthermore, projects funded by ASLAN highlight how spoken language is produced in relation to how human bodies interact.

Indeed, participants mobilize linguistic, corporeal, gestural and postural resources during human interaction to build meaning and to promote mutual understanding in a given situation. They also use the material resources that are available in their environment. These phenomena are studied in a wide variety of contexts, but a significant portion of ASLAN research in this theme concerns language acquisition and language learning.