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Fri Jun 18 2021

FYI: Leipzig Lectures on Language 2021—Combinatorics

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 17-Jun-2021
From: Patrick C. Trettenbrein <>
Subject: Leipzig Lectures on Language 2021—Combinatorics
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Leipzig Lectures on Language 2021—Combinatorics

Leipzig Lectures on Language 2021 is a novel series of online talks on combinatorics in language, where visions in theoretical and experimental linguistics are 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 provides 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 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 the remaining part of 2021 is as follows:

- June 30, 2021: Molly Flaherty and Susan Goldin-Meadow: Language acquisition; language evolution; sign language; gesture processing
- July 14, 2021: Pedro Tiago Martins and Cedric Boeckx: Language evolution; emergence of language; speech processing; vocal learning
- July 21, 2021: Stephan Meylan and Roger Levy: Language development; computational modeling; psycholinguistics; comprehension-production interface; eyetracking
- September 15, 2021: Giulio Degano and Narly Golestani: Language processing; prosody-syntax interaction; computational modelling
- September 29, 2021: Bingjiang Lyu and Lorraine Tyler: Language processing; incremental comprehension; linguistic predictions; speech processing; RSA
- October 20-21, 2021: End-of-Year Symposium: (Abstract submission now open!)

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): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

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