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Mon Dec 05 2011

Calls: Cognitive Science/UK

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Message 1: Experimental Psychology Society Workshop
Date: 05-Dec-2011
From: robin thompson <robin.thompsonucl.ac.uk>
Subject: Experimental Psychology Society Workshop
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Full Title: Experimental Psychology Society Workshop
Short Title: EPS workshop

Date: 07-Jan-2012 - 08-Jan-2012
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Antonietta Esposito
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/research/CPB/eps-workshop/overview

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Call Deadline: 10-Dec-2011

Meeting Description:

EPS workshop titled, 'What if the study of language started from signed rather than spoken languages?'

Description:

Our understanding of the cognitive and neural underpinnings of language learning and processing has been highly influenced by the fact that empirical research and theoretical development has been based on spoken language. Since the 70s, researchers have begun to recognise the importance of investigating signed languages in order to determine which aspects of language can be considered to be universal and which, instead, ought to be regarded as modality-specific. However, the study of sign languages has been driven in large part by the theoretical ideas developed for spoken languages. As a result, the general approach has been to assess when sign languages behave like spoken languages (supporting universals) and when they do not (supporting modality-specific features of language).

This workshop sets to challenge this approach by asking whether the traditional theoretical ideas about language that have been developed so far would, in fact, have played a central role in our thinking if we had started the investigation of language based on visual, rather than acoustic, systems. In order to make this very broad issue tractable, we plan to focus on two separate but related areas, both of which have begun to receive attention.


Call for Papers:

Submissions of posters on research relevant to the theme of the workshop are welcomed. Abstract should be submitted by email only to Antonietta Esposito (a.espositoucl.ac.uk). Abstract should be no longer than 500 words, excluding up to 5 references with the email header "EPS workshop abstract".

- Abstract submission open: 1 October, 2011
- Abstract submission deadline: 10 December, 2011
- Notification of poster acceptance: 15 December 2011
- Workshop registration deadline: 23 December 2011



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