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Wed Oct 9 2002

Confs: Psycholinguistics/SLI, London

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  1. Theodore Marinis, DLDCN Centre: Opening Workshop

Message 1: DLDCN Centre: Opening Workshop

Date: Wed, 09 Oct 2002 11:29:36 +0100
From: Theodore Marinis <>
Subject: DLDCN Centre: Opening Workshop

Opening Workshop: Centre for Developmental Language Disorders and
Cognitive Neuroscience

SLI, Genes, Development & Cognitive Neuroscience

Friday 18th October 2002 to Sunday 20th October 2002

Department of Human Communication Science
University College London

The genetic identification of two novel loci involved in specific
language impairment in children (SLI Consortium) along with the
earlier findings of the FoxP2 gene implicated in this disorder, has
propelled SLI to centre stage for its potential for facilitating our
understanding of the relations between genes and cognition (Pinker,
2001). This focussed meeting aims to bring together a
multidisciplinary group to disseminate and discuss recent research
findings from genetics to cognitive neuroscience in SLI/developmental
disorders and related areas of language and cognitive development,
raising the controversial issues of the development of specialised
cognitive systems, in our search for understanding cognitive
development. It is clear that in order for us to advance in this area,
theoretical unification between neuroscience, linguistics,
psycholinguistics, and cognitive science is required. Towards this
end a multidisciplinary list of speakers has been drawn up. The
symposium aims to bring current knowledge and technical advances in
genetic and cognitive neuroscience investigations of language,
cognition and developmental disorders to the participants. Further the
workshop aims to provide an informal forum where in our quest for
knowledge about genomics and cognition, controversial issues can be
aired concerning the inter-related areas of the genetic and cognitive
heterogeneity of SLI and other disorders; domain-specificity, and
dissociation versus co-morbidity of specialised cognitive systems in
normal and atypical development.

->->->->->->->-> PROGRAMME <-<-<-<-<-<-<-<-<-

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Friday 18th October 2002
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2pm Introduction
 Heather van der Lely, University College London

2.15 - 2.55pm The genetic basis of a severe speech & language 
 Simon Fisher, University of Oxford

2.55 - 3.15pm Discussion

3.15 - 3.55pm 		Genetics of language and cognitive impairment: GLI
			(general language impairment) in addition to
			SLI (specific language impairment)
 Robert Plomin, King's College London

3.55 - 4.15pm Discussion

4.15 - 4.40pm Break

4.40 - 5.20pm The heritability of language and language disorders
 Karin Stromswold, Rutgers University

5.20 - 5.40 Discussion

5.40 - 6.20pm SLI and dyslexia: same or different? Evidence from 
			neurobiological and genetic studies
 Dorothy Bishop, University of Oxford

6.20 - 6.40pm Discussion

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Saturday 19th October 2002
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9.00 - 9.40am What developmental biology can tell us about innateness
 Gary Marcus, New York University

9.40 - 10.00 Discussion

10.00 - 10.40 Evidence for and implications of a domain-specific 
grammatical deficit
 Heather van der Lely, University College London

10.40 - 11 Discussion
11 - 11.30am Break

11.30 - 12.10am Recent studies using normal and backward speech: 
			behavioral and optical topographical measures 
 	in infants and adults
 Jacques Mehler, SISSA, Trieste

12.10 - 12.30am Discussion

12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch

1.30 - 2.10pm The way to syntax: The prosody/lexicon/syntax 
			interface in German infants
 J�rgen Weissenborn, University of Potsdam
 Barbara H�hle, University of Potsdam

2.10 - 2.30pm Discussion

2.30 - 3.10pm Language acquisition is language change
 Stephen Crain, University of Maryland

3.10 - 3.30pm Discussion

3.30 - 4pm Break

4 - 4.30pm Selective versus general delays in language 
acquisition of children with SLI: Refining the phenotype
 Mabel Rice, University of Kansas

4.30 - 5pm The exact model of specific language impairment and 
			the explanation of why SLI presents
			differently in different languages:
			Quantitative tests of precise predictions
 Ken Wexler, MIT

5 - 5.30pm Discussion

5.30 - 5.40pm 10 minute break

5.40 - 6.20pm Language learning without maturation
 Lila Gleitman, University of Pennsylvania

6.20 - 6.40pm Discussion

7- 9pm Reception in Chandler House
 Nicole Tibbels - short recital of contemporary 
music & song

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Sunday 20th October 2002
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9 - 9.40am Grammatical processing in second language learners
 Harald Clahsen, University of Essex

9.40 - 10am Discussion

10 - 10.40am Psychogrammar
 Colin Phillips, University of Maryland

10.40 - 11am Discussion

11 - 11.30am Break

11.30 - 12.10am Syntactic processing in the brain
 Angela Friederici, Max-Planck-Institut f�r 

12.10 - 12.30am Discussion

12.30 - 12.50pm Discussants: Robert Plomin, Emmanuel Dupoux, Gary 
Marcus, Uli Frauenfelder

12.50 - 1.25pm Open discussion

1.25 - 1.30pm Closing remarks

->->->->->->->-> REGISTRATION <-<-<-<-<-<-<-<-<-

There are a few places remaining for the workshop, which is also
described on the website 

If you would be interested in attending please fill in the
registration form on our website and send it to:

Claire Lister
Workshop Administrator
Tel: 020 7679 4204

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The Workshop is sponsored by:

The Wellcome Trust, Friends of UCL, Department of Human Communication

Trends in Cognitive Sciences, UCL Faculty of Life Sciences
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Professor Heather K. J. van der Lely, Director

Centre for Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience
Department of Human Communication Science
University College London
Chandler House
2 Wakefield Street,

Fax:(44) 020 7713 0861

Dr. Theodore Marinis
Centre for Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience
Department of Human Communication Science
University College London
Chandler House
2, Wakefield Street,
London WC1N 1PF
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