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Linking social effects in language processing to social effects in language evolution

Languages are learned and used in social interaction. Therefore, social factors are likely to play a role in the way that languages are learned and processed, which in turn, influences the form that languages take. Indeed, research has shown that information is processed and represented differently depending on the social context. Similarly, recent research on language evolution has started exploring the relationship between linguistic properties and the social setting in which languages have evolved. Surprisingly, however, these two lines of research do not link to each other. The goal of this workshop is to try to bridge the gap between these lines of research and see how they can inform each other.

See the program for a list of the sessions with invited speakers and discussants.


Submissions are invited for research on the role that social factors play in processing, learning or evolution. Works that link social processes in processing and evolution are particularly welcome.

Submission deadline: June 1st, 2016

Abstracts should be submitted to: Abstracts should be no more than one page long with any combination of text and figures. 


Registration is free but obligatory. Please register by August 31

Where and when:
Sep 15-16, 2016
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Shiri Lev-Ari and Antje Meyer

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