Language and Cognition

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What can the study of language contribute to our understanding of human nature? This question motivates research spanning many intellectual constituencies, for its range exceeds the scope of any one of the core disciplines. The technical study of language has developed across anthropology, electrical engineering, linguistics, neurology, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, and influential research of the recent era of cognitive science has occurred when disciplinary boundaries were transcended. The seminar is a forum for convening this research community of broadly differing expertise, within and beyond the University. As a meeting ground for regular discussion of current events and fundamental questions, the University Seminar on Language and Cognition will direct its focus to the latest breakthroughs and the developing concerns of the scientific community studying language.

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Professor Robert Remez

Jackie Sihyun Kim

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



10/05/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM


11/02/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Word order in an emerging language
Mark Aronoff, Stony Brook University, SUNY

12/07/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Speech is Special and Language is Structured
David Poeppel, New York University & Max-Planck-Institute

Notes: Joint meeting with the Seminar on Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
02/02/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
The central role of phonetic detail in the processing of non-native sound sequences
Lisa Davidson, New York University

03/08/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Aspects of vocalic change in contemporary New York City English
Bill Haddican, The Graduate Center, CUNY

04/05/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
The role of prediction in infant language learning
Lauren Emberson, Princeton University

05/03/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Storytelling in popular movies: A cinemetric approach
James E. Cutting, Cornell University