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Cambridge Language Sciences Annual Symposium 2018

A research and networking event for researchers in the language sciences at the University of Cambridge
When Nov 13, 2018
from 01:15 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Cripps Court, Magdalene College
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Language sciences and health

This annual meeting of minds brings the Cambridge Language Sciences research community together for an afternoon of talks and poster presentations, and provides an opportunity for informal networking. The theme of this year's Symposium is the link between research in language sciences and health, encompassing work in developmental psychology and the application of Natural Language Processing to public health data and to support humanitarian work. 

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Posters

The call for posters has now closed.

Poster session organisers: Samantha Sie (slws2@hermes.cam.ac.uk) and Dong Ok Lim (Joyce), dol20@cam.ac.uk

Programme

13.00-13.30   Registration; coffee

13.30- 14.30  Language acquisition, neural entrainment, phonology and dyslexia Prof. Usha Goswami (Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience, Centre for Neuroscience and Education, University of Cambridge)

Recent insights from auditory neuroscience provide a new perspective on how the brain encodes speech. Using these recent insights, I will provide an overview of key factors underpinning individual differences in children’s development of language and phonology, providing a context for exploring atypical linguistic development. 

14.30-15.00  Health crises, digital media and community voices: utilising interactive radio for rapid social research to improve outbreak preparedness and response Dr Johanna Riha, Centre of Governance & Human Rights, University of Cambridge

In 2017 Somalia experienced the worst cholera outbreak in five years, with over 79,000 cases and over 1,100 deaths mainly among children under five years. This talk will focus on the methodology that Africa’s Voices Foundation employed to gather, label and analyse SMS data as a tool for understanding cholera risk and preparedness among communities in the South Central Zone of Somalia.

15.00-15.30   Poster slam 1 minute talks by the poster presenters

15.30-16.30   Poster exhibition; refreshments

16.30-17.00   Using NLP and heterogenous user generated content to sense mental well-being Dr Maria Liakata (Dept. of Computer Science, University of Warwick) 

So far the majority of work in NLP on mental health prediction, even when using longitudinal social media data, involves distinguishing individuals with a condition from controls rather than assessing individuals’ mental health at different points in time. Some work in the area of mobile computing has used sensor information to make longitudinal predictions but this hasn't considered any language content. I will present our work on integrating both linguistic data and heterogeneous and asynchronous mobile phone usage data for monitoring mental health over time. I will also discuss the challenges such work entails when evaluated in a challenging scenario for real world deployment

17.00-18.00   Stability and change in child language Prof. Courtenay Norbury (Professor of Developmental Language & Communication Disorders, Literacy Language and Communication Lab, UCL) 

Longitudinal studies of child language development and disorder demonstrate both steady language growth yet remarkable stability in the rank order of language competencies, at least from about the age of 4. The extent to which growth and stability are influenced by other aspects of child development is a focus of the current study. In this talk I will present data from the Surrey Communication and Language in Education Study (SCALES), a population study of language change and stability from school entry.

18.00-18.15   Award of the poster prize, offered by Cambridge University Press; Closing remarks

18.15-19.45   Drinks reception offered with the generous support of Cambridge University Press

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