LINGUIST List 32.1514

Fri Apr 30 2021

FYI: Announcing Leipzig Lectures on Language, May-October, 2021

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Date: 29-Apr-2021
From: Patrick C. Trettenbrein <>
Subject: Announcing Leipzig Lectures on Language, May-October, 2021
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Leipzig Lectures on Language, May-October, 2021

We are delighted to announce the Leipzig Lectures on Language 2021—a novel series of online talks on combinatorics in language, where visions in theoretical and experimental linguistics will be discussed in combination with cutting-edge empirical methods. The term combinatorics is used here as a cover term for the many definitions of combinatorial processes in the psycho- and neurolinguistics literature including compositionality, combination, composition, binding, merge, blending, etc.

The Leipzig Lectures on Language aim to not just capture the current state of the field, but seek to highlight the directions into which junior scholars are currently moving forward. In regular intervals on Wednesdays always from 1 pm to 2:30 pm (UTC) between May 19 and September 29, 2021 every lecture will provide a platform for a so-called "tandem" of a senior and junior scientist to discuss questions concerning combinatorics in language.

In every session, a senior researcher will first briefly introduce prominent aspects of their theoretical framework related to combinatorics in language, while a junior researcher will then give a more detailed talk on their empirical work. This is then followed by a moderated discussion session to which the audience can contribute by asking questions direclty on YouTube or on Twitter using the hashtag #LeipzigLang21.

The overall goal of this new lecture series is to provide answers to questions like: What information do we combine in language? Is this process domain-specific or domain-general? How does the brain support combinatorics in language? How does combination take place during language acquisition? What kind of cutting-edge empirical methods will bring us further? How can theory influence experimental linguistics and vice versa?

The line-up for 2021 is as follows:

- May 19, 2021: Lin Wang & Gina Kuperberg
- May 26, 2021: Jixing Li and John Hale
- June 2, 2021: Yao-Ying Lai and Michiru Makuuchi
- June 16, 2021: Songhee Kim and Liina Pylkkänen
- June 30, 2021: Molly Flaherty and Susan Goldin-Meadow
- July 14, 2021: Pedro Tiago Martins and Cedric Boeckx
- July 21, 2021: Stephan Meylan and Roger Levy
- September 15, 2021: Giulio Degano and Narly Golestani
- September 29, 2021: Bingjiang Lyu and Lorraine Tyler
- October 20-21, 2021: End-of-Year Event

Accessibility: Live-captioning will be provided for all lectures.

For further details on the lecture series, speakers, dates, and information how to participate please visit:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Clinical Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Neurolinguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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