LINGUIST List 32.2507

Wed Jul 28 2021

Summer Schools: Edinburgh Virtual Workshop on Artificial Language Learning / Scotland

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 17-Jul-2021
From: Alexander Martin <>
Subject: Edinburgh Virtual Workshop on Artificial Language Learning / Scotland
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Host Institution:

Dates: 04-Oct-2021 - 06-Oct-2021
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Focus: Artificial language learning methodologies
Minimum Education Level: MA

The artificial language learning (ALL) methodology has been used to explore the cognitive underpinnings of linguistic universals, providing a robust method to test linguistic theories through the creation of artificial languages.

The ALL methodology has been used to explore linguistic research questions in phonology, syntax and acquisition, such as:

- phonetically-motivated learning biases explaining phonological patterns
- conceptually-motivated biases explaining syntactic patterns
- preferences for simplicity in language learning

Invited speakers from top language programmes in the United Kingdom and the United States will present their work and help students develop ideas of how to use this experimental approach in their research.

Students at the PhD level with a strong formal linguistics background who are looking to add experimental methodologies to their repertoire of methods are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in attending, but not sure if the workshop is for you, please email us at syncog.edinburgh[at] with any queries.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                      Language Acquisition

Tuition: 0 GBP
Tuition Explanation: No tuition will be required to attend the workshop.

Registration: 19-Jul-2021 to 01-Sep-2021
Contact Person: Jennifer Culbertson

Apply by Email:

Registration Instructions:
Deadline: 1 September 2021, noon UK time. To enrol, please send your CV and a cover letter describing why you would like to attend to syncog.edinburgh[at] Enrolment is completely free. We will notify applicants of our decisions by mid September.

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