“Phonological substance and the Successive Division Hierarchy” Koranda, Kosmatka, Raimy to present at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America

The poster, to be presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, compares the implications of two approaches to phonological features, the ‘naive phonetic’ descriptive system used by UPSID, and that proposed by Avery and Idsardi (2001) for 213 distinct vowel inventories (Maddieson, 1984). Calculating all…

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LCNL Members Presenting at MidPhon22 September 29 – October 1

“Clements’ Economy Theory, Contrastive Hierarchies and Distinctive Features” Mark Koranda, Calvin Kosmatka and Eric Raimy The poster, to be presented at the 2017 Mid-continental Phonetics Conference, compares the implications of two approaches to phonological features, the ‘naive phonetic’ descriptive system used by UPSID, and that proposed by Avery and Idsardi…

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LCNL Guest Speaker Professor Melissa Baese-Berk

The Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab hosted Professor Melissa Baese-Berk from the University of Oregon Linguistics Department for a talk on Monday, September 11, 2017. Dr. Baese-Berk’s research focuses on speech perception and production, with special attention to non-native speakers and listeners. Title: “Factors Influencing Non-Native Perception and Learning” Abstract: Learning…

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LCNL welcomes new lab manager

We are happy to welcome Misty Kabasa to the LCNL team as our new lab manager. Misty’s main focus will be to coordinate the multi-lab collaboration ‘Testing the Action Basis of Language and Language Production‘ led by Maryellen MacDonald which was awarded a UW2020 grant. Misty studied Linguistics and Communication Sciences and…

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LCNL student wins Dutch grant

Elise Hopman has been awarded a Prins Bernhard Cultuurfondsbeurs for her PhD project ‘production and comprehension during language learning’ at UW-Madison. These grants support talented young Dutch graduates who study abroad to obtain an advanced degree. Elise graduated from the research master’s program in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Radboud University Nijmegen in…

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Project funded by UW2020

Maryellen MacDonald has been awarded funding from UW2020 for a project that will test a new theory about an old question: What is special about human language? Her project seeks to link language syntax (the structure of sentences) and nonlinguistic actions, such as executing a sequence of steps in cooking, by harnessing…

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LCNL students participating in summer programs

We have great news and exciting summer plans to share! Mark Koranda received a fellowship to to study sign language linguistics at the Lingusistics Society of America‘s summer institute. The institute will be held July 5th to August 1st, 2017 at the University of Kentucky. Steve Schwering and Elise Hopman have won…

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What They Are Saying

Mark Seidenberg’s book Language at the Speed of Sight has garnered some enthusiastic reviews in high places! New York Times: “Mr. Seidenberg makes a strong case for how brain science can help the teaching profession….  [He] has that rare knack of sounding reasonable and righteous at the same time.” Wall…

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Two abstracts accepted for CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing

“Producing during language learning affects comprehension” by Elise Hopman and Maryellen MacDonald, and “What can silent gestures reveal about word order?” by Mark Koranda and Maryellen MacDonald have been accepted for presentation (talk and poster, respectively) at the 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing to be held at MIT…

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