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LINGUIST List 20.1739

Wed May 06 2009

Confs: Neurolinguistics/USA

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        1.    Susana Huidobro, Language, Cognition and Motor Control

Message 1: Language, Cognition and Motor Control
Date: 05-May-2009
From: Susana Huidobro <shuidobromac.com>
Subject: Language, Cognition and Motor Control
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Language, Cognition and Motor Control

Date: 29-May-2009 - 31-May-2009
Location: Stony Brook, NY, USA
Contact: Susana Huidobro
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.linguistics.stonybrook.edu/events/nyct09

Linguistic Field(s): Neurolinguistics

Meeting Description:

The Alice V. and David H. Morris International Symposium on Language and Communication has as its
goal to draw eminent scientists from around the globe to Long Island to discuss fundamental issues in,
and implications of, current research in human language. The first symposium in the series focused on
the Evolution of Language; the second will focus on Language, Cognition and Motor Control Systems,
and will be held at Stony Brook University, May 29-31, 2009.

The last decade has seen many exciting advances in our understanding of natural language as
connected with, and to some extent rooted in, the other neural systems, particularly motor systems.
We are interested in exploring those connections & roots in the symposium. This symposium brings
together participants from a broad array of disciplines to discuss topics that include the connections
between gesture and manual/signed languages, the extent to which genes important for natural
language (FOXP2) are also implicated in complex motor and rhythmic activity, the semantics of motion
& actions concepts, and their connections to the motor cortex in language production and
understanding, recent discoveries regarding 'mirror neurons,' and their implications for natural
language understanding and linguistic intention, the motor theory of speech perception, language and
multimodality generally: the extent to which non-linguistic cognitive/perceptual systems might play a
role in the formation of linguistic concepts and in processing & production.

Friday, May 29, 2009

10:15-10:45
Arrival, Breakfast

10:45-11:00
Opening Remarks

Session I: Mirror Neuron System I
Commentator:Thomas Bever (University of Arizona)

11:00-11:25
Michael Arbib (University of Southern California)
''From Manual Action to Language: Combining Units is the Key''

11:25-11:35
Discussion – Audience

11:35-12:00
Marc Jeannerod (CNRS, UCB)
''Temporal Factors in Goal-Directed Actions''

12:00-12:10
Discussion – Audience

12:10-12:30
Commentary: Thomas Bever (University of Arizona)

12:30-12:40
Discussion – Authors

12:40-12:55
General Discussion

12:55-2:30
Lunch

Session II: Mirror Neuron System II
Commentator: Philip Robbins (University of Missouri)

2:30-2:55
Robert Gordon (University of Missouri - St. Louis)
''Simulating, Mirroring, and Embodiment''

2:55-3:05
Discussion – Audience

3:05-3:30
Luciano Fadiga (University of Ferrara and The Italian Institute of Technology)
''Involvement of the Motor System in Phonological and Systanctical Processing: Empirical Evidence and Speculations''

3:30-3:40
Discussion - Audience

3:40-4:00
Commentary: Philip Robbins (University of Missouri)

4:00-4:10
Discussion – Authors

4:10-4:25
General Discussion

4:25-4:45
Coffee Break

Session III: Mirror Neuron System III
Commentator: Daniel Weiss (The Pennsylvania State University)

4:45-5:10
Alice Roy (CNRS, UCB) & Viviane Déprez (Rutgers University and CNRS, UCB)
''Grasping Syntax''

5:10-5:20
Discussion – Audience

5:20-5:45
Olaf Hauk (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge)
''Action in Language Comprehension: Neural Basis and Time Course''

5:45-5:55
Discussion - Audience

5:55-6:15
Commentary: Daniel Weiss (The Pennsylvania State University)

6:15-6:25
Discussion – Authors

6:25-6:40
General Discussion

Saturday, May 30, 2009

9:30-10:00
Arrival, Breakfast

Session IV: FoxP2 and Descent With Modification
Commentator:Robert Berwick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

10:00-10:25
Simon Fisher (Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford)
''Fox P2: Towards a Sophisticated View of Links between Genes, Brains and Language''

10:25-10:35
Discussion – Audience

10:35-11:00
Gary Marcus (New York University)
''Language as Kluge''

11:00-11:10
Discussion – Audience

11:10-11:35
Commentary: Robert Berwick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

11:35-11:45
Discussion – Authors

11:45-12:00
General Discussion

12:00-1:30
Lunch

Session V: Modeling
Commentator:Paul Pietroski (University of Maryland)

1:30-1:55
Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh)
''Modeling Language and Planning''

1:55-2:05
Discussion – Audience

2:05-2:30
David Rosenbaum (The Pennsylvania State University)
''Putting Thoughts into Action''

2:30-2:40
Discussion – Audience

2:40-3:00
Commentary: Paul Pietroski (University of Maryland)

3:00-3:10
Discussion – Authors

3:10-3:25
General Discussion

3:25-3:45
Coffee Break

Session VI: Language and Multimodality
Commentator:Barry Schein (University of Southern California)

3:45-4:25
Thomas Bever (University of Arizona)
''The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the Mind: The Impact of Familial Left Handedness on the Neurological Organization of Language''

4:25-4:35
Discussion – Audience

4:35-4:55
Commentary: Barry Schein (University of Southern California)

4:55-5:05
Discussion – Authors

5:05-5:20
General Discussion

5:20-7:00
Go to the University Café for a pre-dinner drink

7:00-9:00
Conference Reception - Wang Center Lobby

9:00-
After Dinner Get-Together: TBA

Sunday, May 31, 2009

8:30-9:00
Arrival, Breakfast

Session Vii: Sign Language
Commentator:Richard Meier (The University of Texas at Austin)

9:00-9:25
Mark Aronoff (Stony Brook University), Irit Meir (University of Haifa), Carol Padden
(University of California at San Diego) & Wendy Sandler (University of Haifa).
''How the Human Body Shapes Language''

9:25-9:35
Discussion – Audience

9:35-10:00
Susan Goldin-Meadow (University of Chicago)
''How Our Hands Help Us Think''

10:00-10:10
Discussion – Audience

10:10-10:30
Commentary: Richard Meier (The University of Texas at Austin)

10:30-10:40
Discussion – Authors

10:40-10:55
General Discussion

10:55-11:55
Brunch

Session VIII: Motor Theory of Speech Perception
Commentator:Arthur Samuel (Stony Brook University)

11:55-12:20
Ellen Broselow (Stony Brook University)
''Mouths, Ears, and Brains in Foreign Language Pronunciation''

12:20-12:30
Discussion – Audience

12:30-12:55
Louis Goldstein (Haskins Laboratories and University of Southern California)
TBA

12:55-1:05
Discussion – Audience

1:05-1:25
Commentary: Arthur Samuel (Stony Brook University)

1:25-1:35
Discussion – Authors

1:35-1:50
General Discussion

1:50-2:30
Closing Remarks: Thomas Bever (University of Arizona)

2:30
End of Symposium


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