Workshop on Language and Cognition (2007-2008)


The Workshop on Language and Cognition is an interdisciplinary forum for students and faculty whose work concerns the relation between language and thought, with a particular emphasis on the cognitive bases of language learning.

Topics of discussion will include:

Interested graduate students of any department are especially invited to participate. If you have research you would like to present in the course of the workshop, please contact Max Bane (bane at uchicago dot edu) to set things up.


Confirmed Non-local Invited Speakers

See below for the scheduled dates of their talks.


The workshop convenes on Fridays, twice per month according the following schedule, in Green Hall, Room 104 at 4:00pm. Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance, please call or email Max Bane in advance at 920-850-2646 or bane at uchicago dot edu.

Fall Quarter, 2007

October 5, 2007 Speaker: Partha Niyogi (U. Chicago). The computational nature of language learning and evolution.
October 26, 2007 Speaker: Max Bane (U. Chicago). Multilingual Learning as Parameter Co-occurrence Clustering.
November 9, 2007 Speaker: Susan Goldin-Meadow (U. Chicago). Gesture's Role in Creating and Learning Language
November 30, 2007 Speaker: Terry Regier (U. Chicago). Whorf was half right: Linguistic relativity re-examined. 4:00pm

Winter Quarter, 2008

January 18, 2008 Speaker: Morgan Sonderegger (U. Chicago). When does variation lead to change? A dynamical systems model of a stress shift in English.
January 25, 2008 Speaker: Charles Yang (Penn)
February 15, 2008 Speaker: Alan Yu. Selective pressure in sound change and its implications for phonological typology.
February 29, 2008 Cancelled

Spring Quarter, 2008

April 18, 2008 Speaker: Aren Jansen (U. Chicago): Point Process Models for Automatic Speech Recognition
April 25, 2008 Speaker: Simon Kirby (Edinburgh): What cultural evolution tells us about the innateness of language
May 2, 2008 Speaker: Tom Griffiths (Berkeley): Analyzing cultural evolution by iterated learning
May 9, 2008 Speaker: Mark Johnson (Brown)
May 30, 2008 Speaker: James Kirby (U. Chicago): Morphological effects on speech production
June 6, 2008 Speaker: Dea Hunsicker (U. Chicago)


Max Bane, Student Coordinator bane at uchicago dot edu
Terry Regier, Faculty Sponsor regier at uchicago dot edu
Jason Riggle, Faculty Sponsor jriggle at uchicago dot edu

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