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LINGUIST List 23.2779

Wed Jun 20 2012

Confs: Cognitive Science, Neuroling, Phonetics, Psycholing/France

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Jun-2012
From: Amandine Michelas <michelaslpl-aix.fr>
Subject: International Symposium on Imitation and Convergence in Speech
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International Symposium on Imitation and Convergence in Speech
Short Title: ISICS 2012

Date: 03-Sep-2012 - 05-Sep-2012
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Contact: Noel Nguyen
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://isics2012.sciencesconf.org

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

In the course of a conversational interaction, the behavior of each talker often tends to become more similar to that of the conversational partner. Such convergence effects have been shown to manifest themselves under many different forms, which include posture, body movements, facial expressions, and speech. Imitative speech behavior is a phenomenon that may be actively exploited by talkers to facilitate their conversational exchange. It occurs, by definition, within a social interaction, but has consequences for language that extend well beyond the temporal limits of that interaction. It has been suggested that imitation plays an important role in speech development and may also form one of the key mechanisms that underlie the emergence and evolution of human languages. The behavioral tendency shown by humans to imitate others may be connected at the brain level with the presence of mirror neurons, whose discovery has raised important issues about the role that these neurons may fulfill in many different domains, from sensorimotor integration to the understanding of others’ behavior.

The focus of this international symposium will be the fast-growing body of research on convergence phenomena between speakers in speech. The symposium will also aim to assess current research on the brain and cognitive underpinnings of imitative behavior. Our main goal will be to bring together researchers with a large variety of scientific backgrounds (linguistics, speech sciences, psycholinguistics, experimental sociolinguistics, neurosciences, cognitive sciences) with a view to improving our understanding of the role of imitation in the production, comprehension and acquisition of spoken language.

The symposium is organized by the laboratoire Parole et Langage, CNRS and Aix-Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence, France (www.lpl.univ-aix.fr). It will be chaired by Noël Nguyen (LPL) and Marc Sato (GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble), and will be held in the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences Humaines.

Invited Speakers:

Luciano Fadiga, University of Ferrara, Italy
Maëva Garnier, GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble, France
Simon Garrod, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Beatrice Szczepek Reed, University of York, United Kingdom

We are happy to announce, that the list of accepted communications for the International Symposium on Imitation and Convergence in Speech (ISICS, 2012) is now online on the conference website. On this website, you will also find information about registration, travel and program. Please note that the early registration period ends at July 12, 2012.

If anyone is interested to join the discussion of the conference, you are still welcome to register for it (also without a communication).


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