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Full Title: Linguistic Diversity Meets The Brain: Future Directions in the Language Sciences

Short Title: LDMTB
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Start Date: 15-May-2017 - 17-May-2017
Contact: Sebastian Sauppe
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Meeting Description: The workshop ''Linguistic Diversity Meets The Brain: Future directions in the language sciences'' aims to bring together leading researchers from the fields of linguistic typology and cognitive (neuro-)science of language to discuss how these fields could interact in synergy to explore the links between grammatical diversity in linguistics systems, cognitive processing architectures and learning mechanisms.

Linguistic typologists and cognitive (neuro-)scientists alike have advocated the potential of language processing (encompassing language production, comprehension and acquisition) to explain the distribution of grammatical structures across time and space. Discussions focus on how the diverse grammatical structures of the world’s languages may constrain and inform theorizing on language processing and language acquisition and on how grammars might adapt to (neurobiological) processing constraints.

Unfortunately, and in spite of this glaring coincidence of interests, little scientific interaction between these fields has occurred. During this three-day workshop at the University of Zurich (May 15–17, 2017), we will be working towards overcoming this divide. In six keynote talks, leading scholars from linguistics and psycho- and neurolinguistics will lay out their view on the interfaces between linguistic diversity and processing and how these synergies could be exploited.

The keynote speakers are:

Aylin Küntay (Koç University)
Caleb Everett (University of Miami)
Florian T. Jaeger (University of Rochester)
Nikolaus P. Himmelmann (University of Cologne)
Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewesky (University of South Australia)
Silvia Gennari (University of York)
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Typology
LL Issue: 28.775

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