LINGUIST List 24.1581

Sun Apr 07 2013

Calls: Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Cognitive Sci, Psycholing, Neuroling/USA

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 05-Apr-2013
From: Florian Jaeger <>
Subject: Linguistic Variability and How the Mind/Brain Accommodates It
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Full Title: Linguistic Variability and How the Mind/Brain Accommodates It
Date: 14-Jul-2013 - 14-Jul-2013 Location: Ann Arbor, MI, USA Contact Person: T. Florian Jaeger
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-May-2013

Meeting Description:

Linguistic Variability and How the Mind/Brain Accommodates It

Linguistic communication requires that interlocutors understand each other's utterances. A fundamental challenge to this process arises because of variability: No two tokens of a given linguistic expression are ever the same. Speakers from different demographic categories or linguistic backgrounds will produce a given expression differently. Even within a speaker, variability arises when speakers use different registers, or simply because formulation and articulation are not rigid deterministic processes. This variability raises questions for linguistic and psycholinguistic theory, and poses a formidable challenge to work in natural automatic speech recognition as well as language processing.

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Confirmed Invited Speakers:

Molly Babel, University of British Columbia
Sheila Blumstein, Brown University
Ann Bradlow, Northwestern University
Joan Bresnan, Stanford University
Gary Dell, University of Illinois

This workshop will be held jointly with the 2013 LSA Summer Institute at the University of Michigan on July 14. The workshop is organized by Florian Jaeger (University of Rochester) and Victor Ferreira (University of California, San Diego).

Call for Posters:

Update: Poster submission deadline is 5/1.

We invite:

1. Submissions that provide novel primary data, including behavioral, imaging, and computational evidence that speak to the questions raised above.

2. Perspective and theoretical submissions that relate existing evidence to linguistic theory.

3. Submissions that identify and discuss areas of previously unacknowledged conflict between existing findings in different research traditions (for example, assumptions made in psycholinguistic work that are in conflict with existing findings of sociolinguistic research).

4. Submissions that identify areas with particularly high potential for synergistic activities.

The best student presentation will be awarded a $250 prize and a one-year complimentary membership in the Cognitive Science Society (sponsored by the Cognitive Science Society).

NSF Funding is pending (though we have received very encouraging reviews). If awarded, funds will be available to subsidize student travel.

Abstract submission should be sent to by May 1 (up to 1 page, .5 inch margin, 11pt font, plus 1 page for data summaries and references). Decisions will be sent out by late May. For further information, please visit the workshop website at

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