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LINGUIST List 22.3304

Sat Aug 20 2011

Calls: Cognitive Sci, Neuroling, Psycholing, Socioling/Canada

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

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        1.     Jeff Mielke , Sources of Individual Linguistic Differences

Message 1: Sources of Individual Linguistic Differences
Date: 19-Aug-2011
From: Jeff Mielke <jmielkeuottawa.ca>
Subject: Sources of Individual Linguistic Differences
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Full Title: Sources of Individual Linguistic Differences

Date: 02-Mar-2012 - 04-Mar-2012
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Contact Person: Jeff Mielke
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~linglabs/indiv/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 18-Sep-2011

Meeting Description:

This conference will explore all sources of individual differences in linguistic competence and performance, paying special attention to the role of traits associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders, of which classic Autism and Asperger's Syndrome are the clearest subgroups, and how the study of autistic and autistic-like traits can inform and be informed by the scientific study of language. Variability that is related to the Autism Spectrum is of special interest to this conference, but we also appeal for studies of interspeaker variability in other domains.

The goal of this conference is to bring together researchers working on the linguistic consequences of individual variation, or the sources of variation, to present their current ideas and to provide a breeding ground for cross-framework and cross-disciplinary dialogues, and to ensure that each group of researchers is exposed to the state-of-the-art in adjacent fields. We hope the conference will facilitate collaboration among linguists, speech scientists, and cognitive scientists, to seek out better explanations for the nature of linguistic deficits and enhancements in different types of people, as well as to explore how better understanding of individual variation might advance linguistic theory via the investigation of variation in the fundamental (cognitive, physiological, social, etc.) underpinnings of language.

Description de la Réunion:

Cette conférence vise à explorer les sources des différences individuelles de compétence et de performance linguistique, en accordant une attention particulière au rôle des traits associés aux troubles du spectre autistique dont les sous-groupes les plus clairs sont l'autisme classique et le syndrome d'Asperger. Elle s'intéresse aussi à la façon dont l'étude des traits autistiques et de type autistique peut influencer l'étude scientifique de la langue et en profiter à son tour. La variabilité liée au spectre autistique est le centre d'intérêt principal de cette réunion, mais nous invitions aussi les chercheurs intéressés à la variabilité interpersonnelle dans d'autres domaines à soumettre leurs travaux.

L'objectif de cette conférence est d'abord de rassembler des chercheurs qui travaillent sur les conséquences linguistiques de la variation individuelle ou sur ses causes pour leur permettre de présenter leurs idées actuelles, mais aussi de fournir un terrain fertile pour le dialogue interdisciplinaire pour permettre à chaque groupe de chercheurs de découvrir les derniers développements dans les disciplines connexes. Nous espérons que la réunion facilite la collaboration entre linguistes, chercheurs en science de la parole et chercheurs en sciences cognitives, leur permette d'en arriver à de meilleures explications pour la nature des déficits et des avantages linguistiques associées aux différents types de personnalités et facilite l'exploration de la relation entre une meilleure compréhension de la variation individuelle et la théorie linguistique grâce à l'étude de la variation linguistique dans ses fondements essentiels (cognitifs, physiologiques, sociaux..).

Invited Speakers:

Charles Boberg, McGill University
Janis Cardy, University of Western Ontario
John Connolly, McMaster University
Suzanne Curtin, University of Calgary
Joshua Diehl, University of Notre Dame
Krista Hyde, McGill University
Benjamin Munson, University of Minnesota
Aparna Nadig, McGill University
Janet Pierrehumbert, Northwestern University
Peter Szatmari, McMaster University
Michael Ullman, Georgetown University
Alan Yu, University of Chicago

Organizing Committee:

Jeff Mielke, University of Ottawa
Suzanne Curtin, University of Calgary
Alan Yu, University of Chicago

Call for Papers:

We invite 500-word abstracts in English or French on any topic related to individual linguistic differences. Sources of individual differences in linguistic competence and performance may include:

- Different cognitive processing styles (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorders)
- Different learning styles
- Exposure to different data in acquisition
- Differences in lexicon
- Differences in speech production and perception (e.g. differences in physiology and habits)
- Differences in executive functions, working memory, selective attention, inhibitory control, and planning
- Bilingualism

Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts. Please send your anonymous abstract (in pdf or txt format) to IndLingDiffgmail.com. In the body of the e-mail, please include:

- Your contact information
- Your preferred presentation format (poster or 20-minute talk)
- Whether you would like your abstract to be considered for the other format if it is not accepted for your preferred format

A more detailed description can be found at:


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