Themes IMPRS conference 2020

Language Disorders

In the Language Disorders theme developmental and acquired language disorders are used as as entry points to a better understanding of language processing, comprehension and production.

In the Developmental Language Disorders subtheme, our keynote speaker Ellen Gerritse will talk more specifically about key questions and outcomes in research on efficacy of treatment for developmental speech and language disorders in relation to theories of language acquisition and language processing. In the short talks, Babette Diepeveen will go into detail about identifying children with developmental language disorders at a young age, while Hayo Terband will discuss how phonological and sensorimotor impairments relate to internal representations for speech production and perception.

In the Acquired Language Disorders subtheme our keynote speaker Matthew Lambon-Ralph will examine conceptual knowledge or semantic memory in both healthy adults and adult neurological patients. In the short talks, Vitória Piai will present studies examining conceptual and lexical retrieval in spoken word production in healthy individuals and in individuals with brain lesions. Furthermore, Anja Staiger will investigate how the motor system involved in speaking can be compromised by brain damage and how motor speech impairments can contribute to the understanding of the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying speech.

Memory and Learning

The Memory and Learning theme we aim to examine how memory and learning influence language development and how research on these topics contribute to our understanding of language function.

In the Neurocognition subtheme, our keynote speaker Laura Batterink will talk about how implicit learning plays an important role in acquiring patterns in language across the lifespan. In the short talks, James McQueen will present studies using behavioral and neuroscientific techniques which investigated sleep-related memory consolidation in word learning, while Lisa Henderson will discuss evidence of the impact of sleep on word learning over typical development and also in atypical populations.

In the Animal and Computational Models subtheme, keynotespeaker Carel ten Cate will examine speech sound perception and ‘grammatical’ rule learning abilities in song birds. In the short talks, Leonidas Doumas will present a neurocomputational model that accomplishes human-level cross-domain generalisation across different tasks. Moreover, Marieke Woensdregt will talk about computational modelling work that looks into how different aspects of interaction may influence, through cultural evolution, the shape that language takes.