Conference Programme

Please be advised this is a preliminary programme. All speakers have confirmed their attendance, but the times on the talk schedule may be subject to change.


June 5th - Day 1: Evolution and genetics of language

Enoch Aboh Universiteit van Amsterdam
Chiara Barbieri MPI for the Science of Human History
Bart de Boer Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Unforunately Prof. de Boer has had to cancel. We will announce a replacement speaker shortly.)


June 6th - Day 2: Neurobiology of language

Melissa Duff Vanderbilt University
Sophie Scott University College London
Jeffrey Binder Medical College of Wisconsin
Jean-Remi King New York University


June 7th - Day 3: Big Ideas Workshop

The Big Ideas workshop is our way of promoting discussion and collaboration between researchers from diverse fields. Each of the conference speakers has highlighted a question they would like to see answered in order to move their field or research forward. We invite all conference attendees to register for one of these Big Ideas sessions and join the speakers and other conference attendees in asking new questions, devising new approaches, and forging new collaborations.

The topics:

Gerardo Ortega
If there is only one human language, should we expect all linguistic phenomena to be rooted on the same foundations as speech when we look at the manual-visual modality (i.e., acquisition, processing, cognitive architecture, genomic foundations, language emergence of signs and gestures)?

Christina Bergmann
Can we find ways to boost first language acquisition?
Can we bridge the gap between cognition and lab experiments?

Sophie Scott
Can we ever hope to study language both as a computational system and as a social communication?

Bart de Boer
When investigating language evolution, are we focussing on the right aspects of cognition?

Melissa Duff
How do we bridge psychological and neurobiological findings in the language sciences to generate integrated, and plausible, theories of language use?

Jeffrey Binder
How does the human brain learn and store knowledge of abstract concepts? There is now substantial evidence that knowledge about concrete objects, actions, and events is acquired through a process of generalization over relevant sensory and motor experiences, and that such knowledge is represented, at least in part, in distributed, modal sensory and motor networks. Do the same principles apply to abstract concepts such as 'thought', 'truth', 'analogy', 'problem', etc., that do not refer directly to physical entities or actions?

Jean Remi King
Is there a neural code? Have we found it? Else, how would we?

Enoch Aboh
How do new grammars emerge from many?

Chiara Barbieri
Why do we speak so many different languages?


The full programme for the IMPRS Conference 2018 will be posted to this page after all submitted abstracts have been reviewed.