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Lecturer & Symposium panelists



This year’s lecturer, Willem J.M. Levelt, is an emeritus director at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, which he co-founded in 1980. He is also emeritus honorary professor of psycholinguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen. He has a PhD in psychology from Leiden University (1965), was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University, a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, full professor of psychology at Groningen University, member at The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (1971-1972), professor of experimental psychology at Radboud University and, since 1980, scientific member of the Max Planck Society. He has published widely in psychophysics, mathematical psychology and psycholinguistics. His books include On binocular rivalry (1965), Formal grammars in linguistics and psycholinguistics (3 Volumes, 1974, republished in 2008), Speaking: From intention to articulation (1989) and On the history of psycholinguistics. The pre-Chomskyan era (2012). He is a member of various academies, including the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (of which he was president from 2002 to 2005), the German Leopoldina, the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Maastricht, Antwerp, Padua and Louvain and is a member of the German Orden pour le mérite.

Symposium panelists of January 28 2013


Randi C. Martin is the Elma Schneider Professor of Psychology at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she has been on the faculty since 1982.  Her research has focused on the role of working memory in language production and comprehension, drawing on converging data from standard behavioral studies of healthy individuals, studies of language deficits in brain damaged individuals, and functional and structural neuroimaging studies of healthy and patient populations.  She served as editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory, and Cognition from 2006-2012 and is currently Chair of the Governing Board of the Academy of Aphasia.

Peter Indefrey is Heisenberg Professor for psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany) and research fellow at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen. Some of his favorite research topics are language processing in bilinguals, syntactic and morphological processing, word production and reading. He studied medicine, psychology, philosophy, and linguistics and received doctoral degrees in medicine (1991) and linguistics (2002). From 2001-2009 he headed the research projects Dynamics of Multilingual Processing (with Marianne Gullberg) and Neurocognition of Language (with Peter Hagoort) at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. In 2009 he was awarded a Heisenberg professorship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Since 2011 he is Principal Investigator of two research projects of the DFG Collaborative Research Center (Sonderforschungsbereich 991) The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science.

Sophie Scott is group leader for the Speech Communication Neuroscience Group at the Institute of Cognitive Neurocience at University College London. She received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from University College London in 1994. From 1993-1998 she served as the Senior Science Officer at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (formerly the Applied Psychology Unit) at Cambridge University, UK. Since 2001 she has been funded by the Wellcome Trust for research on the brain basis of human speech perception, and is the author of over 70 publications in this area. The primary focus of her research is on the neural basis of human speech processing, with particular interest in the functional organization of the human auditory cortex, the evolution of speech perception, and auditory cues to the perception of emotion.


Symposium panelists of January 29 2013


Herbert H. Clark is Albert Ray Lang Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. He is author of several books on language use, including Psychology and Language (with Eve V. Clark), Arenas of Language Use, and Using Language. He is also author of over a hundred journal articles and chapters in both psychology and linguistics. His research has focused on how people use language, especially in everyday conversation. He was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received a life-time achievement award from the Society for Text and Discourse, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel.

Marc Brysbaert is Research Professor at Ghent University. He has previously been at the University of Leuven and Royal Holloway, University of London. His research centers on language and number processing with over 150 articles in scientific journals. He is currently developing databases that will allow language research at a wider level. Two main sources so far are: (1) better word frequency measures based on film subtitles, and (2) megastudy data of word knowledge for tens of thousands of words. These measures have been developed for Dutch, English, and French, and can easily be extended to other languages, both as a first and a second language. Marc Brysbaert is the upcoming chief editor of the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.  He also published a textbook with Kathy Rastle on Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology (second edition, 2013), in which they describe how current-day psychological research is the outcome of a number of choices and developments in the last centuries. Writing this book influenced his research, with less emphasis on Popperian falsification, and the Nijmegen talk will reflect this insight profoundly.

Elena Lieven is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Max Planck Child Study Centre at the University of Manchester and Honorary Senior Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. Her principal areas of research (making extensive use of both corpus and experimental data) are: Usage-based approaches to language development; the emergence and construction of grammar; the relationship between input characteristics and processes of language development; variation in children’s communicative environments, cross-linguistically and cross-culturally. She was editor of the Journal of Child Language from 1996 – 2005 and President of the International Association for the Study of Child Language from 2008 - 2011.

Symposium panelists of January 30 2013


Theo Mulder is a neuropsychologist. His PhD thesis (1985) was about The relearning of Motor Control after Brain Damage. In 1994 he became professor of Rehabilitation Research at the University of Nijmegen, where he earlier founded the Center for Rehabilitation Research. In 1999 he went to Groningen where he became full professor of Human Movement Sciences and director of the Center for Human Movement Sciences. His main interest is focused on learning and recovery after injury of the motor system. He is fascinated by the continuous adaptive power of the human central nervous system. In 2006 he was appointed director of the Institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam. He is also still part time professor in Groningen.

Antal van den Bosch's research interests include memory-based natural language processing and modeling, text analytics and applications thereof in cultural heritage and digital humanities, machine translation, and proofing tools. He received his Ph.D. in computer science in 1997 and has held research positions at Tilburg University, the Netherlands and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (1993-1994), University of Maastricht, the Netherlands (1994-1997) and Tilburg University (1997-2011), where he was appointed full professor in computational linguistics and AI in 2008. In 2011 he took on a full professorship in language and speech technology at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Wolfgang Klein
is a linguist. He was born in 1946, studied German and Romance Philology and Philosophy at the University of Saarbrücken, where he also got his Ph.D. in computational linguistics. In 1972, he became an Associate Professor at the University of Heidelberg, and in 1976, a full professor at the University of Frankfurt. After a part-time leave of absence for participation in a project on psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, he was appointed as a director at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in 1980. His research interests include language acquisition, in particular second language acquisition in natural context, the expression of time and space, text linguistics and, more recently, lexicography.

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