LINGUIST List 23.2750

Fri Jun 15 2012

Confs: Cognitive Science, Neuroling, Psycholing/UK

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <>

Date: 15-Jun-2012
From: Hae-Sung Jeon <>
Subject: Categories and Gradience: Neural Systems for Speech Communication
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Categories and Gradience: Neural Systems for Speech Communication

Date: 26-Jun-2012 - 26-Jun-2012 Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom Contact: Hae-Sung Jeon Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

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

Meeting Description:

We are delighted to announce a one-day workshop on Neural Systems for Speech Communication to be held at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, UK, on 26 June 2012. The focus of the workshop is on representations and neural mechanisms for segmentation, abstraction, and categorisation in speech processing.

Our invited speakers are:

Kai Alter (University of Newcastle)Matt Davis (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge)Aditi Lahiri (University of Oxford)

The workshop is intended to provide a forum for discussion between researchers who approach the neurocognitive processing of suprasegmental and segmental information in speech from different intellectual contexts (notably linguistics, audition, language psychology, and cognitive neuroscience), and with different methodologies.

Workshop Format:

A number of key papers will explore the theme of the workshop from different angles, complemented by poster presentations that add breadth or depth to the discussion. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with the invited speakers and the audience towards the end of the day. The discussion will explore commonalities and differences in theoretical and methodological approaches and their findings, trying to work towards a synthesis.


Brechtje Post, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Francis Nolan, Bettina Beinhoff, Hae-Sung Jeon, Toby Hudson

This workshop is funded by the ESRC grant ‘Categories and Gradience in Intonation: Evidence from Linguistics and Neurobiology’ (RES-061-25-0347; PI Post, CI Stamatakis).

Key papers

- Hierarchical Abstraction in Speech Perception: Evidence from degraded speech(Matt Davis, Medical Research Council, Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK)

- Features and Segments in Phonological Representation (Aditi Lahiri, Centre for Linguistics and Philology, University of Oxford, UK)

- The Processing of Intonational Phrase Boundaries and Memory: Evidence from EEG(Kai Alter, Newcastle University, Newcastle Auditory Group, UK)

A preliminary draft of the conference programme can be downloaded from here:

Online registration

On-line registration is open from 21 May (Mon) to 5pm 18 June (Mon).

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