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LINGUIST List 18.1226

Mon Apr 23 2007

Confs: Neurolinguistics/Italy

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        1.    Angelica Vittoria Costagliola, International Workshop

Message 1: International Workshop
Date: 20-Apr-2007
From: Angelica Vittoria Costagliola <acostagliolagmail.com>
Subject: International Workshop

International Workshop

Date: 28-Jun-2007 - 30-Jun-2007
Location: Lecce, Italy
Contact: Mirko Grimaldi
Contact Email: grimaldi.mirkoalice.it
Meeting URL: http://www.cril.unile.it/it/eventi.php

Linguistic Field(s): Neurolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Centro di Ricerca Interdisciplinare sul Linguaggio
The CONTACT Project "Learning and development of Contextual Action"

Present an International Workshop

Is a neural theory of language possible?
Development of unified representations in natural and artificial systems

University of Salento
Hotel President
Lecce, June 28, 29, 30, 2007

Scientific issues and aims of discussion
The CONTACT project and CRIL are collaborating closely to build an integrated
system for characterizing the motor processes of speech production by the
simultaneous acquisition of data during articulation in many modalities:
ultrasound, articulography, laryngography, and audiovisual recording. We seek to
identify motoric and neural invariants that share a common structure during the
development of perception and production for both speech and manipulation. The
effectiveness of hypothesized invariants will be tested on an artificial
learning system fed with the collected motoric data, which should autonomously
develop its perceptual capabilities in speech recognition.
This collaboration prompted us to organize an interdisciplinary workshop,
creating an opportunity for dialogue between first class scientists from the
disciplines of cognitive neuroscience, robotics and linguistics. The hope is
that in the future, research in the field of cognitive neuroscience will mature
and converge to an integrated epistemological perspective, leading to the
elaboration of a unified neural theory of language and motor control.

28 June, Thursday
8:45 Registration
9:15 Welcoming and introduction: Mirko Grimaldi University of Salento
Giulio Sandini University of Genova
9:30 Luigi Rizzi University of Siena
Linguistic computations in the mind/brain
Unified representations for speech and action
Chair: Paul Fitzpatrick (University of Genova)
10:15 Luciano Fadiga University of Ferrara
Action and language
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Discussants
Jacques Mehler SISSA Trieste
Andrea Calabrese University of Connecticut
13:00 Lunch break
The phonetic-phonological interface
Chair: Francisco Lacerda (University of Stockholm)
15:30 Douglas Whalen Haskins Laboratories - Connecticut
Gestures, features, and mirror neurons
16:15 Coffee break
16:30 Marina Nespor University of Ferrara / SISSA Trieste
Rhythm and language acquisition
17:15 Discussants
Nick Clements CNRS / Paris 3
Bert Vaux University of Cambridge

Friday, June 29
Natural and artificial structures of language and communication
Chair: Laila Craighero (University of Ferrara)
9:30 Bruno Galantucci Haskins Laboratories - Connecticut
The emergence of human communicative gestures
10:15 Coffee Break
10:45 David Poeppel University of Maryland
Dave Embick University of Pennsylvania
Syntactic computation and neurobiology
11:30 Discussants
Alec Marantz New York University
Andrea Moro Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano
13:00 Lunch break
Lexical competence and semantic processes
Chair: Giorgio Metta (University of Genova)
14:45 Art Glenberg University of Michigan
Premotor cortex, action control, and language
15:30 Coffee break
15:45 Friedemann Pulvermüller University of Cambridge
Max Garagnani University of Cambridge
Towards a mechanistic theory of language grounded in perception-action circuits
of the human brain
16:30 Discussants
Gennaro Chierchia Harvard University
Stefano Cappa Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano
Tour of Gallipoli and Social Dinner by the sea

Saturday, June 30
Unified representations in natural and artificial systems
Chair: José Santos-Victor (Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal)
9:30 Joseph Perkell Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT
Movement goals and feedback and feedforward mechanisms in speech production
10:15 Coffee break
10:45 Jean-Luc Schwartz Institut de la Communication Parlée, Grenoble
Morphogenesis of language units in a perceptuo-motor framework
11:30 Roger Moore University of Shieffield
Predictive Sensorimotor Control and Emulation (PRESENCE): Implications for
Future Spoken Language Technology
12:15 Frank Guenther Boston University
Auditory, somatosensory, and motor interactions in speech production

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