Published: April 2, 2019

2019 CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing

Attended by 375 people from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, the CUNY Conference featured 34 presentations and 309 posters at the poster session.

Institute of Cogntive Science would like to thank and recognize the faculty organizers:

  • Al Kim (Psychology & Neuroscience, Institute of Cognitive Science)
  • Eliana Colunga (Psychology & Neuroscience, Institute of Cognitive Science)
  • Bhuvana Narasimhan (Linguistics, Institute of Cognitive Science)
  • Laura Michaelis (Linguistics, Institute of Cognitive Science)

The following student srganizers were invaluable in the delivery of the conference:

  • Shannon McKnight (Psychology & Neuroscience, Institute of Cognitive Science)
  • Norielle Adricula (Linguistics, Institute of Cognitive Science)
  • Katie Conger (Linguistics, Institute of Cognitive Science)
  • Kayla Kohake (Linguistics, Institute of Cognitive Science)

Thank you attendees, presenters, and organzers for a productive and inspiring conference.

Registration will open soon for the 32nd Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing to be held at the Hilton Embassy Suites Hotel in Boulder, Colorado March 29-31, 2019 and hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder/Institute of Cognitive Science.

The registration portal will be available soon on the conference website:

The conference focuses on the comprehension, production, and acquisition of language at the sentence level, traditionally drawing researchers from psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, education, and philosophy.

The special session of the 2019 conference is “Variation in the Mechanisms of Human Language Processing”. The special session will address fundamental questions about how human language and language processing are shaped by variations in the cognitive capacities of humans. The session will encompass issues related to the impact of developmental language impairments, differences in perceptual experiences (blindness and deafness), cognitive changes associated with aging, and individual differences in cognitive abilities within the typically developing population. The special session aims to produce theoretical and methodological cross-pollination between research focused on variation in language processing and a more standard paradigm within psycholinguistic research that has focused on the average language processing abilities of neurocognitively typical, young adults.

Six prominent invited speakers will represent research on different forms of variation in the mechanisms of language processing:  

  • Marina Bedny, Johns Hopkins University
  • Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University
  • Barbara Landau, Johns Hopkins University
  • Laurence Leonard, Purdue University
  • Bob McMurray, University of Iowa
  • Elizabeth Stine-Morrow, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

CUNY 2019 is organized by Al Kim, Eliana Colunga, Laura Michaelis, and Bhuvana Narasimhan.