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

Grace Tsang

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



10/25/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Sources and Goals: A Case for Parallel Structure in Language And Thought
Laura M. Lakusta, Montclair State University

11/29/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Just Kidding: Sarcasm, Jokes and Willful Misdirection in Speech
Elisabeth Camp, Rutgers University

01/31/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Music, Language, and Human Brain Evolution
Anniruddh M. Patel, Tufts University

02/21/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Joint Attention and Word Learning in Deaf Children with Cochlear Implants
Derek M. Houston, The Ohio State University

03/14/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
The Development of Language as a Social Category
Katherine D. Kinzler, Cornell University

05/02/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Laurie B. Feldman, State University of New York University at Albany