LINGUIST List 29.87
Thu Jan 04 2018
Summer Schools: The Norwegian Summer Institute on Language and Mind 2018/Norway
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Nicholas Allott <nicholas.allott
The Norwegian Summer Institute on Language and Mind
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Host Institution: University of Oslo
Coordinating Institution: Norwegian Graduate Researcher School in Linguistic
Dates: 31-Jul-2018 -
Location: Oslo, Norway
Focus: The institute brings graduate
students (doctoral researchers and MA students) up to date with developments in work
on language and mind by presenting interactive lectures with leading researchers in
the relevant fields. These include linguists, psychologists and other cognitive
scientists open to philosophical issues, and philosophers focused on linguistics and
the cognitive sciences.
Minimum Education Level: BA
Theme for the institute in 2018: Cognition, representation and the mind/brain:
Work in cognitive science and linguistics relies on the idea that the mind/brain
performs computations over representations. This year we focus on syntax and
pragmatics as well as foundational questions about computation and representation.
In all these areas, we look at recent developments in integrating symbolic theories
with experimental and neurological research.
The lectures are divided into
three different strands: syntax and the brain, theoretical and experimental
pragmatics, and foundational questions about computational/representation theories
Specific issues will include: Memory and economy
considerations in syntactic theory. How do syntactic representations relate to
neuroscience? How do hearers bridge the gap between encoded linguistic meaning and
utterance content? The curent state of experimental investigation into pragmatic
inference. What constraints does computational cognitive science place on
neuroscience and what constraints does neuroscience place on computational models?
Is there a single notion of representation that covers e.g. navigation, vision,
where there’s often an independent external reality, and grammar and language (where
there may not be one)?
Classes are from Tuesday –
Saturday and then Monday – Friday.
The first day will have introductory
lectures to get everyone up to speed with the relevant parts of linguistics,
philosophy and psychology.
For the rest of the course, days will include 90
minute classes on each of the three "strands" (see below). Teaching will be
discursive, with plenty of time for questions and answers in each class.
will also be two round-table discussion sessions, where we will discuss issues
across the strands, guided by student questions.
and the Brain
Invited Lecturers: David Adger (Queen Mary) and Ellen Lau
Topics to include: syntactic representations and neuroscience,
brain areas involved in representing syntactic structure, computational vs.
algorithmic vs. implementational approaches to syntax, the role of memory and
economy considerations in syntactic theory
Pragmatics: Theory and
Invited Lecturers: Ira Noveck (CNRS) and Deirdre Wilson (UCL), plus
Ingrid Lossius Falkum (University of Oslo)
Topic: the current
state-of-the-art in theoretical and experimental pragmatics, including: how hearers
bridge the gap between linguistic meaning and utterance content; the kinds of
neurological measures used in recent experimental pragmatics; the role of effort
factors in utterance interpretation; and lexical pragmatics and figurative speech.
Foundational Questions About Computational/Representation Theories of
Invited Lecturers: Rosa Cao (Stanford) and Randy Gallistel (Rutgers)
Topics to include: What constraints does computational cognitive science
place on neuroscience and what constraints does neuroscience place on computational
models? What sort of general architecture is plausible for the brain: classical,
connectionist, map-like, analog? In what sense do the computational states employ
representations? Is there a single notion of representation that covers e.g.
navigation, vision, where there’s often an independent external reality, and grammar
and language (where there seems not to be one)?
Discipline of Linguistics
Tuition: 0 USD
Registration: 08-Jan-2018 to 07-Apr-2018
Contact Person: Nicholas Allott
Apply on the web:
There are limited places on the summer
institute. Please fill in the online form linked to from this announcement (or you
can click through from the summer institute homepage) and follow the instructions
there to apply. You have to enter a few details about yourself, paste a short
covering letter into the form, then email us a CV/resumé. We’re looking for students
who we think will benefit from the summer institute and who have the most to offer
to the institute. We evaluate all the applications together _after_ the closing
date. We’re aiming to make our decisions on places and funding by 7th May 2017.
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