Language Science Colloquia



Tuesday, October 19
Anne Therese Frederiksen, University of California, Irvine
11:00am - 12:30pm
Pronoun processing in American Sign Language: What we learn from variation among and within languages


Tuesday, October 26
Rodrigo Ranero, University of California, Los Angeles

11:00am - 12:30pm
Identity in ellipsis reconsidered: The view from Kaqchikel and beyond


Tuesday, November 2

Language Science Community Talks

Susanne Jaeggi and Jacky Au, UCI

11:00am - 12:30pm

Title: Promoting learning and achievement across the lifespan via cognitive training and brain stimulation


Tuesday, November 9

Simon Kirby, University of Edinburgh
9:00am - 10:30am

Title: From Item to System: how cultural evolution creates linguistic structure in an iconic modality


Tuesday, November 16

Language Science Community Talks

Ariel Chan, UCLA
am - 12:30pm

Title: Bilingualism in different forms: What does cultural identity tell us about code-switching preferences and cognitive control?


Tuesday, November 23
Noga Zaslavsky, MIT

11:00am - 12:30pm
Title: Efficient compression and linguistic meaning in humans and machines


Tuesday, January 25

Language Science Community Talks

Emma Nguyen, UCI
am - 12:30pm

Title:  From one verb class to another: Viewing the acquisition of passives through the lens of lexical semantic features


Tuesday, February 1
Marten Van Schjindel, Cornell University

11:00am - 12:30pm
Title: Neural Language Priming


Tuesday, February 15

Language Science Community Talks

Julie Washington, UCI
am - 12:30pm

Title: Language Variation and Reading: Teaching African American Children to Read


Tuesday, February 22
Adele Goldberg, Princeton University

11:00am - 12:30pm
Title: Accessibility and historical change: how uncles and aunts became aunts and uncles


Tuesday, March 1
Letty Naigles, University of Connecticut

11:00am - 12:30pm
How Nonsense Words Reveal both Strengths and Challenges
in the Linguistic Representations and Processes of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Tuesday, March 8
Kristen Syrett, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

11:00am - 12:30pm
What does it take to learn an adjective? 


Wednesday, March 30
Benjamin Spector, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris 
9:00am - 10:30am
Title:  Exhaustivity, Anti-exhaustivity and the effect of prior beliefs in the Rational Speech Act Framework

Tuesday, April 26
Rick Dale, UCLA 
11:00am - 12:30pm
Title:  Dynamic integration and cognitive organization in natural language performance


Tuesday, May 3
Farrell Ackerman and Rob Malouf, UCSD 
11:00am - 12:30pm
Title:  Understanding language particular morphological systems in order to discover general principles of morphological organization


Tuesday, May 10

Language Science Community Talks

Andrea Takahesu-Tabori, UCI
11:00am - 12:30pm
Title:  Impact of individual differences in ambient language diversity and cognitive control ability for L3 learning of Spanish grammatical gender by Mandarin-English bilinguals


Wednesday, June 1
Nick Chater, University of Warwick   

9:00am - 10:30am
Virtual bargaining: The hidden logic of joint action and communication



Tuesday, October 20
Damián Blasi, Harvard University

11:00am - 12:30pm
The exceptional nature of linguistic diversity and language change and why it matters for theories of language

Wednesday, November 11
Paula Rubio-Fernandez, University of Oslo
9:00am - 10:30am
The psychophysics of referential communication: Discriminability vs informativity

Tuesday, November 24
Language Science Community Talks
11:00am - 12:30pm
Andrew Cheng and Alandi Bates

Tuesday, December 8
Jeff Heinz, Stony Brook University
11:00am - 12:30pm
Deterministic Analyses and Learning of Optional Phonological Processes

Tuesday, December 15
Evelina Fedorenko, MIT
11:00am - 12:30pm
The language system in the human mind and brain


Tuesday, February 2
Kasia Hitczenko, Northwestern University
11:00am - 12:30pm
Modeling speech perception and phonetic learning from naturalistic speech.


Thursday, February 4
Xin Xie, University of Rochester
11:00am - 12:30pm
Navigating talker variability in speech perception.


Wednesday, February 10
Esti Blanco-Elorrieta, Harvard University
11:00am - 12:30pm

Towards an ecologically valid neurobiology of multilingualism.


Thursday, February 11
Jason Gullifer, McGill University
11:00am - 12:30pm
Bilingualism:  A socio-cognitive exercise in managing uncertainty.


Language as a window into abstract thought.


Wednesday, February 17
Zara Harmon, University of Maryland
11:00am - 12:30pm
Mechanisms of overextension in language production.


Thursday, February 18
Connor Mayer, University of California, Los Angeles
11:00am - 12:30pm
Acquisition of speech sound categories.


Tuesday, April 6
Adina Williams, Facebook AI Research
11:00am - 12:30pm
Unnatural Language Inference

Tuesday, April 27
Jennifer Culbertson, University of Edinburgh
9:00am - 10:30am
Word and morpheme ordering preferences are affected by meaning, transparency, and perceptual experience 

Tuesday, May 4
Gary Lupyan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
11:00am - 12:30pm
From Telepathy to Whorf: How words structure and align our concepts


Tuesday, May 18
Language Science Community Talks
11:00am - 12:00pm
Industry Jobs Panel

Tuesday, June 1
Tal Linzen, NYU
11:00am - 12:30pm
Can surprisal explain syntactic disambiguation difficulty?



Monday, June 8
Remote Presentation
Tamar Gollan, UC San Diego

Monday, May 11
Remote Presentation
Sam Bowman, NYU
11:00am - 12:15pm
Learning acceptability judgments from raw text alone

Monday, March 2

Community Talks
Galia Bar-Sever, UC Irvine
11:00am - 11:50am, SSPB 1222

Wednesday, February 26
Linguistic Diversity Talk
Guadalupe Valdes, Stanford University
2:00pm - 3:30pm, HG 1030

Monday, February 24
Zoe Klemfuss, UC Irvine
11:00am - 12:15pm, SSPB 1222
Causes and Effects of Narrative Variation in Childhood

 Thursday, February 6
Colin Phillips, University of Maryland
11:00am - 12:15pm, SSPA 2112 (Room Change)
Not So Great Expectations

Monday, January 21
Amy Pratt, UC Irvine
"Identification of Spanish-English Bilingual Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD): The Differential Effect of Exposure Across Bilinguals with and without DLD"
Ashley Adams, UC Irvine
"Exploring the classroom experiences of dual language learners with and without special education needs"
11:00am - 11:50am, SSPB 1222

Monday, December 2
Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University 
11:00am - 12:15pm, SSPA 2112 (Room Change)
"The Neurobiology of Reading in Deaf and Hearing Adults"

Monday, October 14

Hannah Forsythe, Language Science UC Irvine
"Modeling the Source of Children’s Non-Adult-Like Pronoun Interpretations: Representation Versus Deployment"
Anne Therese Frederiksen, Chancellor's Postdoc Fellow UC Irvine
"Comprehension of pronouns in American Sign Language: Modality-general and modality-specific influences"
11:00am - 11:50am, SSPB 1222

Monday, October 21

Leon Bergen, UC San Diego

"Verbal Irony, Pretense, and the Common Ground"

Monday, November 4

Anne Beatty-Martinez, Penn State University
"Revisiting Grammatical Gender in Spanish: Evidence from Monolingual and Bilingual Speakers" 

Monday, November 18
Shota Momma, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
11:00am - 12:15pm, SSPB 1222

"Structure Building in Speaking"

Monday, November 25
Andrea Takahesu Tabori, UC Irvine
11:00am - 11:30am, SSPB 1222

Talk Title TBA

Christian Navarro-Torres, UC Irvine
11:30am - 12:00pm, SSPB 1222
Talk Title TBA



Monday, June 3
Alexis Wellwood, University of Southern California
"Seeing and Talking About Events"

Monday, May 13

Dylan Bumford, UCLA
"Superlative Scope, Comparison Classes, and Negative Polarity"

Monday, March 11
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
"The Combinatory Cognitive Science of Language"

Monday, March 4
Hans Kamp, University of Stuttgart
"DRT Tutorial"

Monday, February 11
Stephanie Shih, University of Southern California
"Catching Phonology in the Pokéverse: Cross-linguistic Comparisons in Sound Symbolism"

Monday, February 4
Eve Higby, UC Riverside

"The Dynamic Nature of the Bilingual Language System"

Monday, January 14
Brandy Gatlin, UC Irvine
"Why They Be Talkin' Like That?"  A Look at Language Variation and Literacy"

Monday, December 3
Maria Polinsky, University of Maryland
"It's Still About Grammar: Cascading Structural Reorganization in Bilinguals"

Monday, November 19
Stefan Th. Gries, UC Santa Barbara
"Quantitative Corpus Applications: Morphemes, Multi-word Units, & Constructions"

Friday November 9
Judith Kroll, UC Riverside
"The Fate of the Native Language in Second Language Learning: A New Hypothesis About Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain"
Talk recording




Monday, May 21

Kara Morgan-Short, University of Illinois at Chicago
"The Neurocognitive processing of late-learned second language: The role of external and internal factors"

Monday, April 23

Victor Ferreira, University of California, San Diego
"Syntactic Entrainment as a Candidate Mechanism for Learning the Meanings of Syntactic Constructions"

Monday, March 19
Ede Zimmermann, Visiting Scholar, UCI (Frankfurt)
"Montague Grammar: 50 years after"

Monday, March 12
Caroline Féry, Goethe University Frankfurt
"The Grammatical and Prosodic Reflexes of Information Structure in a Typological Comparison"

Saturday, March 3
Ede Zimmermann, Visiting Scholar, UCI (Frankfurt)
"Second Formal Semantics Boot Camp II"

Monday, February 26
Oana David, University of California, Merced

"The role of grammar in computer-aided metaphor research"

Saturday, Februrary 17
Ede Zimmermann, Visiting Scholar, UCI (Frankfurt)
"First Formal Semantics Boot Camp I"


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