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Event Representations in Brain Language and Development

The two-day workshop 'Event Representations in Brain, Language & Development' (EvRep) will be held at the MPI for Psycholinguistics, October 27-28 2017.

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The ability to understand the situations and actions that are happening around us in daily life is a central aspect of human cognition. Event cognition is becoming an increasingly important and independent field in the cognitive sciences. On the one hand, researchers approach the study of events from the perspective of language and cross-linguistic diversity, e.g., how speakers of different languages conceptualize and describe events. On the other hand, scholars explore the basic principles and the infrastructure that underlie how human beings in general perceive, segment and understand events. Moreover, developmental studies shed light on how universal as well as potential language-specific aspects of event cognition are acquired.

This two-day workshop will bring together these different perspectives from (psycho-)linguistics and language typology (including multimodal communication), neuroscience (perception, action and memory) and developmental science, with the aim of identifying general principles in event cognition shaped by our underlying neurobiological infrastructure, and the domains in which the human capacity for language (taking into account cross-linguistic diversity and multimodality) may influence event perception and understanding.

The workshop will be organized in thematic sessions, with invited lectures and discussions by renowned scholars, plus a poster session for which we welcome submissions.

Confirmed invited speakers

Gerry Altmann (University of Connecticut)
Silvia Gennari (University of York)
Sarah Gerson (Cardiff University)
Peter Hagoort (MPI & Donders)
Angeliek van Hout (University of Groningen)
Yuki Kamide (University of Dundee)
Branka Milivojevic (Donders)
Anna Papafragou (University of Delaware)
Brent Strickland (ENS & Institut Jean Nicod)
Christiane von Stutterheim (Heidelberg University)
Jeffrey Zacks (Washington University, St. Louis)


 Call for submissions

Abstract submission is closed.



Registration is closed.

Where and when:
Oct 27-28, 2017
MPI for Psycholinguistics
Important deadlines:
Abstract submission deadline: June 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2017
Registration: September 20, 2017
Workshop dates: October 27-28, 2017
Monique Flecken
Ercenur Ünal
Aslı Özyürek
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) VICI grant
Monique Flecken,

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