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Individual differences in language processing across the adult life span

This workshop tries to bring together researchers who have investigated variation in language processing ability across the adult life span, either by comparing age groups, by comparing clinical to non-impaired groups, or by looking at variation more continuously across the adult life span.

Whereas it is common knowledge that people differ considerably in their ability to learn new languages, it is less obvious that people also differ in how easily they process their native language, in which they are fully proficient by definition. Hearing acuity, cognitive and language skills have been shown to predict language processing differences. Importantly, these findings have hardly made their way into models of language processing.

This workshop tries to bring together researchers who have investigated variation in language processing ability across the adult life span, either by comparing age groups, by comparing clinical to non-impaired groups, or by looking at variation more continuously across the adult life span. Researchers working on different language modalities (speech perception, production, and reading) are invited to discuss the following topics:

  • how can individual differences research (or group differences research) inform models of spoken or written language processing?
  • do abilities that consistently predict comprehension ability also predict production ability?
  • relatedly, how can we compare results obtained with different experimental paradigms?

 

Registration is free of charge (closed) .

 

Lunch and dinner will be provided for workshop presenters (of talks and posters). Attendees can buy their lunch in the MPI canteen or elsewhere on campus.

Where and when:
Dec 10-11, 2015
Conference room Max Planck Institute
Important deadlines:
Deadline for poster submissions:
14 September 2015 (submit your abstract (of max. 250 words) to nijmegenworkshop2015@gmail.com)
Notification of abstract acceptance:
before 8 October 2015
Registration is open till:
30 November 2015
Organizers:
Esther Janse
Thordis Neger
Xaver Koch
Contact:
Esther Janse,

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