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Mayfest 2013: Linguistically Predictable: When, How, and Why Do We Predict in 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. This year, we will be discussing the use of prediction in language and its neural instantiation. Researchers studying language perception, production, and development have been invited to speak about the representational properties, temporal dynamics, and neural underpinnings of expectations in language.

This event is funded in part by your Graduate Student Activities Fee and is therefore open to the entire Graduate Student Community.


May 3-4, 2013




9:00-9:30    breakfast
9:30-10:30    Mike Tanenhaus - Expectations in Continuous Speech: Evidence for a “Data Explanation” Approach
10:30-11:30    Suzanne Dikker - Predicting language and connecting brains
11:30-11:45    coffee break
11:45-12:45    Frank Keller - Prediction in Human Parsing
12:45-2:00    lunch (provided)
2:00-3:00    Martin Pickering - An integrated theory of language production and comprehension
3:00-4:00    Xing Tian - Linking motor and perceptual systems: multiple levels of (acoustic/linguistic) predictions in speech
4:00-4:15    coffee break
4:15-5:15    Adrian Staub - What does cloze probability mean?
5:15-6:00    discussion
7:00   party


9:30-10:00    breakfast
10:00-11:00    Kara Federmeier - Better than expected: The dynamics of prediction-based processing in younger and older adults' language comprehension
11:00-12:00    Nathaniel Smith - Predictability and probability in language comprehension
12:00-1:30    lunch (provided)
1:30-2:30    Akira Omaki - Growing Expectations
2:30-3:30    Lisa Sanders - Predicting When to Attend in Speech Perception
3:30-3:45    coffee break
3:45-4:30    final discussion