Schedule for Fall 2010


September 2, 2010
--University of Colorado closed for Labor Day

September 10, 2010 
--ICS Opening Session and Fellows Meeting

September 24, 2010
--Mike Mozer
Professor, Department of Computer Science and Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado


October 8, 2010 
Anna Papafragou 
Associate Professor of Psychology and secondary appointment in Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Delaware
Title: "Space in Language and Cognition"  

The linguistic expression of space draws from and is constrained by basic, probably universal, elements of perceptual/cognitive structure. Nevertheless, there are considerable cross-linguistic differences in how these fundamental space concepts are segmented and packaged into sentences. This cross-linguistic variation has led to the question whether the language one speaks could affect the way one thinks about space - hence whether speakers of different languages differ in the way they see the world. This talk addresses this question through a series of cross-linguistic experiments comparing the linguistic and non-linguistic representation of motion and space in both adults and children. Taken together, the experiments reveal remarkable similarities in the way space is perceived, remembered and categorized despite differences in how spatial scenes are encoded cross-linguistically.  

October 22, 2010
Gary Dell 
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Susan Garnsey 
Associate Professor and Associate Head for Graduate Affairs, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  

Title: "Freudian slips and aphasia: Continuity, interaction, and attention"

Abstract: Gary Dell 
I'll review some things that Freud said about speech errors, and relate these to properties of paraphasias by means of a computational model of lexical access during production. It turns out that, although Freud was wrong about the most famous thing he said about speech errors, he was not far off base on other claims.

Title: "Prosody and the Resolution of Temporary Ambiguity in English Sentences"

Abstract: Susan Garnsey 
Many English sentences are temporarily ambiguous. For example, a sentence beginning with “The referees warned the spectators …” could continue such that the spectators were the ones getting warned (“…about getting too rowdy.”) or such that they were not (“…might get too rowdy.”). The focus of the talk will be on the role of spoken prosody in disambiguating such temporarily ambiguous sentences. In one study, spoken sentences were elicited and their prosodic properties were measured. In another, event-related brain potentials were collected while people listened to prosodically disambiguated spoken sentences. In both studies, prosody contributed and interacted with other properties of the stimulus sentences such as the lexical biases of particular verbs.


October 29, 2010
-- Suzanne Stevenson 
Professor, Department of Computer Science; Vice Dean, Teaching & Learning in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, University of Toronto


November 12, 2010
-- Anu Sharma
Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder; Adjunt Professor, University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center;
Adjuct Professor University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders 
Title: "A Critical Period for the Development of the Central Auditory Pathways"

November 19, 2010
-- Friday before fall break

November 26, 2010
-- Thanksgiving Break- University Closed


December 3, 2010
-- Jenny Saffran
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin 
Title: "Beyond nature vs. nurture: Changing views of infant language acquisition" 

The claim that infants can track statistical patterns in their linguistic environment, once controversial, is now widely accepted. However, the relationship between infant statistical learning and the process of language acquisition remains unclear. In this talk, I will present results from multiple lines of research that converge to support the claim that statistical learning processes play a role in at least some aspects of language acquisition, including the discovery of word boundaries in unfamiliar natural languages, mapping novel words to their referents and to lexical categories, and individual differences in native language attainment.

December 10, 2009
-- Last day of classes and ICS Holiday Gathering
Details to be announced

December 17, 2010
-- University of Colorado Graduation