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LINGUIST List 20.1991

Wed May 27 2009

Confs: Cognitive Science, General Linguistics/USA

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        1.    Susana Huidobro, Language, Cognition and Motor Control

Message 1: Language, Cognition and Motor Control
Date: 26-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: morris.symposiumgmail.com
Meeting URL: http://www.linguistics.stonybrook.edu/events/nyct09

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

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
From Manual Action to Language: Combining Units Is the Key
Michael Arbib (University of Southern California)

11:25-11:35
Discussion - Audience

11:35-12:00
Grasping Syntax
Alice Roy (CNRS, UCB) & Viviane D├ęprez (Rutgers University and CNRS, UCB)

12:00-12:10
Discussion - Audience

12:10-12:30
Commentary

12:30-12:40
Discussion - Authors

12:40-12:55
General Discussion

12:55-2:30
Lunch

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

2:30-2:55
A Framework for Self-Consciousness
Marc Jeannerod (CNRS, UCB)

2:55-3:05
Discussion - Audience

3:05-3:30
Action in Language Comprehension: Neural Basis and Time Course
Olaf Hauk (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge)

3:30-3:40
Discussion - Audience

3:40-4:00
Commentary

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: Philip Robbins (University of Missouri)

4:45-5:10
Mirroring and Simulating in a Shared World
Robert Gordon (University of Missouri - St. Louis)

5:10-5:20
Discussion - Audience

5:20-5:45
Involvement of the Motor System in Phonological and Syntactical Processing:
Empirical
Evidence and Speculations
Luciano Fadiga (University of Ferrara and The Italian Institute of Technology)

5:45-5:55
Discussion - Audience

5:55-6:15
Commentary

6:15-6:25
Discussion - Authors

6:25-6:40
General Discussion

Saturday, May 30, 2009

9:30-10:00
Arrival, Breakfast

Session IV: FOX P2 and Descent with Modification
Commentator: Robert Berwick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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

10:25-10:35
Discussion - Audience

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

11:00-11:10
Discussion - Audience

11:10-11:30
Commentary

11:30-11:40
Discussion - Authors

11:40-11:55
General Discussion

12:00-1:30
Lunch

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

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

1:55-2:05
Discussion - Audience

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

2:30-2:40
Discussion - Audience

2:40-3:00
Commentary

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
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Rules the Mind: the Impact of Familial Left
Handedness on the Neurological Organization of Language
Thomas Bever (University of Arizona)

4:25-4:35
Discussion - Audience

4:35-4:55
Commentary

4:55-5:05
Discussion - Authors

5:05-5:20
General Discussion

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

9:25-9:35
Discussion - Audience

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

10:00-10:10
Discussion - Audience

10:10-10:30
Commentary

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
An Embodied Theory of the Syllabic Organization of Speech
Louis Goldstein (Haskins Laboratories and University of Southern California)

12:20-12:30
Discussion - Audience

12:30-12:55
Mouths, Ears, and Brains in Foreign Language Pronunciation
Ellen Broselow (Stony Brook University)

12:55-1:05
Discussion - Audience

1:05-1:25
Commentary

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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