Finding Common Ground: Social, Ecological, and Cognitive Perspectives on Language Use

Storrs, Connecticut
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Finding Common Ground: Social, Ecological, and Cognitive Perspectives on Language Use

Conference: June 12-14, 2014
Pre-Conference Workshop for Graduate Students: June 11, 2014
University of Connecticut
Bousfield Psychology Building
Storrs, CT 06269


Invited Speakers:
Mark Bickhard, Department of Philosophy, Lehigh University
Rick Dale, Cognitive and Information Sciences, University of California, Merced
Elena Cuffari, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Bryan Gick, Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia
Susan Goldin-Meadow, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago
Alexander Kravchenko, Department of Foreign Languages, Baikal National University of Economics and Law, Russia
Per Linell, Department of Culture and Communication, Linkoping University, Sweden
Kerry Marsh, Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi, Department of Psychology, University of Warsaw

A three-day conference at the University of Connecticut (June 12-14, 2014) will bring together leading researchers and theorists who are studying language as a public, embodied, social activity. The conference will offer presentations, posters, and discussions.

A one-day pre-conference workshop at the University of Connecticut (June 11, 2014) will use tutorials by leaders in the field to introduce graduate students to pioneering work on language. 

Dramatic developments across an array of disciplines and theoretical perspectives in the past decade are challenging influential views of language as private, individual, biological, and designed for thinking. These important developments have generally emerged largely independently of each other, and researchers with similar concerns often do not know of each other’s work. These new methodological and theoretical approaches to understanding language are exciting and promising, but they have yet to achieve the coordination and collaboration necessary to lead to major changes in how most scientists and scholars view language. This meeting will provide these various researchers the opportunity to engage in face-to-face conversations, developing an appreciation for other theoretical approaches and methods that can amplify and strengthen their own, and developing collaborations that could, in time, transform the language sciences.


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    Common Ground Language Conference
    University of Connecticut
    University Events & Conf. Services
    438 Whitney Road Ext., Unit 1185
    Storrs, CT 06269-1185

    The registration fee covers conference sessions for three days with breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks, poster session snacks, opening reception, and conference dinner included. For graduate students who are attending the conference, the registration fee also covers the cost of the Pre-Conference Workshop on June 11. Please click on the "For Graduate Students" tab above for more information on the workshop.

    Cancellations received by 12:00AM on Monday, May 26, 2014 will receive a refund minus a $35.00 processing fee.  

    Cancellations received after 12:00AM on Monday, May 26, 2014 will NOT be issued a refund.
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