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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre
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The Cambridge Language Sciences Annual Symposium is an annual meeting of minds, bringing together language scientists of all disciplines from the University of Cambridge and other leading research institutions. Please save the date for what promises to be an engaging and informative event.

This year's Symposium will be a hybrid event combining online talks and discussion, research content on Cambridge Open Engage, and a poster exhibition and reception at the University Centre. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Cambridge University Press & Assessment in making this event possible.

Registration open

You will need to book your place for the online talks and in-person poster exhibition separately. The in-person event is for Cambridge University members and guests only. Non-Cambridge attendees are welcome to the online talks. 




All talks will take place on Zoom and be available to view afterwards on the Cambridge Open Engage platform.

10:00-12:00 Research Dialogue 1: Endangered and underrepresented languages

  • Geoffrey Khan Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge

  • Speaker to be confirmed

13:00-15:00 Research Dialogue 2: Atypical language development in children.

Session Chair: Henriëtte Hendriks

READ MORE: Maria Teresa Guasti speaker profile

  • Duncan Astle, Programme Leader at MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit and leader of the 4D Research Group. This talk will focus on cognitive difficulties (including phonological and language difficulties) in children who struggle at school. 

15:30-16:30 Keynote: 'Re-understanding Speech Understanding'

William Marslen-WilsonCentre for Speech, Language, and the Brain, University of Cambridge

17:30-19:30 Poster session & drinks reception, main dining hall, University Centre

With support from Cambridge University Press & Assessment


Posters will be hosted on the Cambridge University Press Open Engage platform and presented in person at the poster exhibition.

  • Xi Zhang, Faculty of Music, Effect of Tone Sandhi on Singing in Chaozhou
  • Ahmed Izzidien, Judge Business School, Hohfeld vs NLP Summarisers Capturing a documents principal legal relations
  • James Scott, Department of Psychology, Proto-Language as a Structurer and Enhancer of Perception
  • Yan-Yi Lee, Faculty of Education, Do different languages train our brain in different ways? Issues in the discussion of typological distance and its influence in the bilingual brain
  • Andrew Caines, Computer Laboratory & ALTA Institute, Listening practice for learners of English: towards an intelligent tutoring system
  • Yuyan Xue, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Intentional inductive training but not explicit instruction on a novel linguistic feature produces Whorfian effect: Improving the label-feedback hypothesis
  • Yin Jue Chang, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistic Diversity Can Boost Cognitive Functions
  • James Algie, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, What drives learner errors in written L2 production? Surface overlap versus derivational complexity in the English genitive alternation
  • Robbie Barnett, Poster for the Incubator Fund project Named-Entity Recognition in Tibetan and Mongolian Newspapers (poster title t.b.c.)
  • Julia Schwarz, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Poster for the Incubator Fund project PerMaSC: Speech Perception through Masks in School Contexts (poster title t.b.c.)

Poster session organisers: Yuchen Zong ( & Aurora Gao (


Tuesday, 23 November, 2021 - 10:00 to 19:30
Event location: 
Talks online, poster exhibition in the main dining hall at the University Centre

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.