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Workshop "Language in mind and brain"

LMU Munich

10.12.2018 – 11.12.2018

The question how human language works is investigated both by neuroscientists and by linguists. However, there are important differences in how they approach this issue: the strength of neurocognitive research lies in the investigation of specific phenomena under highly controlled conditions in order to identify their local or temporal association with specific areas of the physical brain. Linguists, by contrast, commonly attempt to devise more general models of how human language is represented and processed in the human mind. The aim of this workshop is to bridge the gap between the different research traditions and to explore and expand their common ground. Our vision is to bring together researchers from the fields of neuroscience, cognitive science and linguistics who have an interest in discussing the relation between language, mind and brain in a constructive and cooperative atmosphere. We hope to pave the way for future joint research and to contribute to a genuinely interdisciplinary, more integrated investigation of human language.
To achieve this aim, the workshop will combine presentation and discussion sections with invited guest speakers and poster sessions, leaving much space for exchange and discussions between participants.

We are happy to announce the following guest speakers:

Daniel Casasanto (Cornell University)
Ewa Dąbrowska (University of Birmingham)
Adele Goldberg (Princeton University)
Peter Hagoort (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
Friedemann Pulvermüller (Free University Berlin)
Hans-Jörg Schmid (LMU Munich)

Call for poster presentations:

For the poster sessions, we invite contributions from the fields of linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology and/or neuroscience on topics that fit the theme and interdisciplinary, exchange-oriented outline of the workshop. The research presented can, but does not have to be, interdisciplinary itself.
Each poster will be presented to the plenary in a brief presentation of max. 5 minutes. There will be a prize for the best poster.

Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted to iccls@lmu.de by August 15, 2018.
We will send notifications of acceptance by September 10, 2018.

Venue: The conference will take place in the Senatssaal of LMU Munich’s main building (Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1).
Conference fee:       early bird (by October 19): 50 Euros
                                regular (closes November 19): 70 Euros
Conference dinner:  36 Euros (three courses; does not include drinks)

A preliminary programme can be found here.

For registration please mail to iccls@lmu.de. Please also specify in this e-mail whether you would like to take part in

  • the visit to the Christmas market and dinner at the Hofbräuhaus (Sunday, 9 Dec.; ca. 6-9 PM; free entrance and à la carte dinner)
  • the conference dinner at the Georgenhof (Monday, 10 Dec.; starts at 7 PM; 36€ for three courses; does not include drinks).

Please also include your private address in this e-mail, so that we can send you an invoice for the conference fee (and the fee for the conference dinner, if applicable). By providing us with this necessary information you agree that we may process your data for the purpose of organising the conference.

Organisatorial team

Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer
Hans-Jörg Schmid
Franziska Günther