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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Annual meeting of researchers at the University of Cambridge working across the language sciences disciplines. A half-day Symposium of talks, poster presentations and networking.

*** The Symposium is now fully booked and registration has closed.***



Simon Fisher

Professor Simon Fisher, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Professor of Language and Genetics at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.


Professor Lorraine Tyler, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, Head of the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain. She also leads the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (Cam-CAN).


Dr Nigel Collier, Principal Research Associate (Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics), Visiting Scientist, European Bioinformatics Institute 

Ann Copestake

Professor Ann Copestake, Professor of Computational Linguistics, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

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13.15-14.00 Registration (Old Library)

13.30-14.00 Poster session (Old Library)

14.00-15.00 Language dynamics: a neurocognitive approach to incremental interpretation  Prof. Lorraine K. Tyler (Dept. of Psychology) 

15.00-15.30 Natural Language Processing and online health reports (or OMG U got flu?Dr Nigel Collier (Language Technology Lab, Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics)

15.30-16.00 Group presentation - poster presenters 

16.00-16.30 Refreshments; poster session (Old Library)

16.30-17.00 Does natural language understanding have anything to do with understanding natural language? Prof. Ann Copestake (Computer Laboratory)

17.00-18.00 A molecular genetic perspective on speech and language

Prof. Simon Fisher (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)

 18.00-19.30 Reception (Old Library)

Supported by Cambridge University Press

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Thursday, 17 November, 2016 - 13:30 to 20:00
Contact name: 
Jane Walsh
Contact email: 
Contact phone: 
01223 767397
Event location: 
Emmanuel College, St Andrew's St. CB2 3AP

What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.