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Maryland language scientists are used to the idea of interdisciplinary collaboration - but rarely sit down to discuss language science with psychoanalysts and children’s book authors. At the end of April, Colin Phillips did just that as part of a prestigious roundtable on 'The Mind of a Child' at the Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation in New York.

Distinguished psycholinguist Elissa Newport – Professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Director of its Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, and Principal Investigator within theLearning and Development Lab – will be giving a series of three lectures, generously supported by Dave Baggett.

Distinguished psycholinguist Elissa Newport – Professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Director of its Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, and Principal Investigator within theLearning and Development Lab – will be giving a series of three lectures, generously supported by Dave Baggett.

Elissa Newport

Distinguished psycholinguist Elissa Newport – Professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Director of its Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, and Principal Investigator within the Learning and Development Lab – will be giving a series of three lectures, generously supported by Dave Baggett.

Zoe Schlueter will talk about her current research using EEG methods to understand predictive processes at the semantic/discourse level.

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Language science is by nature multidisciplinary and our programs support students in actively crossing departmental and university boundaries. The language science initiative provides students with the flexibility to create individualized programs of study involving combinations of faculty mentors. The list of programs and specializations below is just a starting point, and our current students and faculty mentors are happy to answer questions about the programs and about particular areas of interest. 

At this week’s lab meeting, we’ll be hearing from Dustin Chacón, who will be talking about “Resumptives: the pronouns that we maybe now understand them”. He’ll talk about background on parsing long distance dependencies and on the murky status of resumptive pronouns, and then he’ll summarize some experiments that he has recently carried out, plus new experiments that are in the planning stages.

William Matchin will talk about "ERP indices of structure building mechanisms".

All welcome.

Language Science Day 2014

LSD marked the 1-year anniversary of the Maryland Language Science Center, showcasing many ideas and initiatives launched over the past year.

The Psycholinguistics Lab Meetings are where 20-30 students and faculty spend Friday lunchtimes in lively arguments about ongoing research. At the annual kickoff meeting each person gives a brief summary of his/her interests and work. Ground rules: 1-slide only (points added or deducted for egregious interpretation of "one"), irreverence encouraged. Having missed a few weeks due to other events, we'll start with a double-length meeting. Email the slide to colin@umd.edu by at least 3 minutes before the start of the meeting. All welcome.

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