LINGUIST List 24.2388

Tue Jun 11 2013

Confs: Socioling, Phonetics, Cognitive Sci, Psycholing, Neuroling/USA

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 11-Jun-2013
From: Florian Jaeger <>
Subject: Linguistic Variability and How the Mind/Brain Accommodates It
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Linguistic Variability and How the Mind/Brain Accommodates It

Date: 14-Jul-2013 - 14-Jul-2013 Location: Ann Arbor, MI, USA Contact: T. Florian Jaeger Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

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

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.

This workshop will gather research investigating any aspect of how variability affects language processing and linguistic theory, including the origin of variability in language production mechanisms, how variability is overcome or even exploited by language comprehension and acquisition mechanisms. The workshop also welcomes research incorporating issues of variability into the nature of linguistic representation at all levels of linguistic analyses.

The workshop is organized by Florian Jaeger (University of Rochester) and Victor Ferreira (University of California, San Diego).

For further information, please visit the workshop website at

Call for Participation:

Registration is open for this workshop to be held July 14, 2013, in conjunction with the LSA Summer Institute in Ann Arbor, MI.

Registration is free, but space is limited. Registration and participation will be conducted on a first-come-first-admitted basis. Due to limited space, it is likely that the workshop will fill up, and so on-site registration may not be available. Please register in advance!

Registration is quick and easy and can be completed at

Invited Speakers:

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

The full program is available at

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