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Mayfest 2001: Cognitive Neuroscience of Language

Mayfest is a workshop that brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to discuss fundamental issues in linguistics. Over the course of two days, participants engage in talks and discussion sessions to stimulate new insights and collaboration.


  • Guinevere Eden, Functional MRI studies of developmental dyslexia
  • Martha Burton, Functional Neuroimaging of Phonological Processes
  • David Embick, "Broca's Area in Syntactic Processing


  • Rita Berndt, Grammatical Class Effects in Aphasia
  • Greg Hickok, The Functional Anatomy of Language: Clues from Sign Language Aphasia
  • David Poeppel, Commentary on Hemodynamics and Aphasia


  • Barbara Landau, Space and Language: Modularity, Interaction, and the Case of Williams Syndrome
  • Mabel Rice, Children with Specific Language Impairment: Progress toward A Grammatical Phenotype
  • Brian Byrne, Reading Disability as a Case Study in Bridging the Gap between Genes and Behavior


  • Mark Steedman, Formalizing Affordance: Logical and Neurological Relations between Grammar and Action
  • Lokendra Shastri, From Simple Associations to Relational Structures and Language Understanding
  • Bob Frank, Commentary on Development and Computation


  • Riitta Salmelin, Cortical Dynamics of Language Function and Dysfunction
  • Edith Kaan, Using Event-Related Brain Potentials to Investigate Sentence Processing
  • Alec Marantz, Putting "teach" back in "teacher": Using MEG to Distinguish Similarity vs. Identity in Mental Representations
  • Colin Phillips, Commentary on Electrophysiology