The Annual LINGUAE Lectures



Our group has organized the annual LINGUAE Lectures (initially called SIGMA Lectures). They are given by some of the most prominent world leaders on topics of current relevance to the interdisciplinary study of language. They are meant to provide a snapshot of what we take to be the most exciting research on language in fields as diverse as linguistics, psycholinguistics, philosophy, logic, primatology, musicology, and various areas of cognitive science.


Note: The LINGUAE group aims to study from a comparative perspective four natural systems that are linguistic or have language-like properties: spoken language, sign language, music, and non-human primate vocalizations.  



           We are delighted to announce that the 2018 LINGUAE Lectures will be given by Ulrike Hahn                           (Birkbeck), a leading expert in judgment, decision making, and argumentation.


           2018Ulrike Hahn, psychology, judgment, decision making, argumentation (Birkbeck)

Lectures to be held on:

Lecture 1 on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 10.00am-11.30am, salle Jaurès
Lecture 2 on Friday, April 13, 2018, 10.00am-11.30am, salle Jaurès

Abstract 1:
Norms for real world argument

Some arguments seem stronger than others, but is this more than an arbitrary subjective preference? The talk details the project of trying to provide a robust, inter-subjectively acceptable, normative basis for "argument quality". Both theoretical foundations and implications for empirical work in philosophy, psychology or linguistics are described.

Abstract 2:
Inference from absence in language and thought

Arguments from ignorance - that is, the absence of evidence- were long viewed as fallacious. In fact, they arguably play a role in syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Examples from these domains are discussed and analysed and the implications of the use of probability theory as a general framework for inference are drawn out.


        2017: Philip Tetlock, psychology, expert judgment (University of Pennsylvania)

        2016: Marie Coppola, psychology, sign language, language emergence (University of Connecticut)


        2015: Didier Demolin, primate communication, human sound systems and music (University of Paris 3)


        2014: Susan Goldin-Meadow, gesture, sign and language (University of Chicago)


        2013: Karen Emmorey, sign language psycholinguistics (San Diego State)


        2012: Fred Lerdahl, music cognition (Columbia University)


        2011: Klaus Zuberbühler, primatology (University of St Andrews)

    

        2010: Hannes Leitgeb, logic (Bristol University; now University of Munich)


        2009: Roger Schwarzschild, semantics (Rutgers University)






2017 LINGUAE Lectures: Philip Tetlock
psychology, expert judgment (University of Pennsylvania)

Lecture IForecasting Tournaments: When Can Narrowing Our Focus Deepen Our Understanding?
Date: Tuesday, Jun. 6th, 11:30am-1pm
Location: ENS, 29, rue d'Ulm, 75005 - Salle Jaurès
Language: English

Lecture IJudging Judgment: Philosophical and Scientific Challenges
Date: Wednesday, Jun. 7th, 11:30am-1pm
Location: ENS, 45, rue d'Ulm, 75005 - Salle Dussane
Language: English



2016 LINGUAE Lectures: Marie Coppola
psychology, sign language, language emergence (University of Connecticut)

Lecture I: The effects of language experience on the development of number representations and in deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children and adults

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 10th, 11:30-1pm

Location: ENS, 29, rue d'Ulm, 75005 - Salle Jaurès

Language: English and International Sign


Lecture II: Unexpected routes to language: Evidence from child and adult homesign systems

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 11th  11:30-1:30pm

Location: ENS, 29, rue d'Ulm, 75005 - Salle Langevin

Language: English and International Sign



2015 LINGUAE Lectures: Didier Demolin
(Laboratoire de Phonétique et de Phonologie, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3)

Lecture I: Grammatical structures in animal communication and the evolution of language

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 11:30-1pm

Location: ENS, 29, rue d'Ulm, 75005 - Salle Langevin

Language: English


Lecture II: Dynamics and diversity of sound systems in human languages

Date: Friday, Dec. 4th  11:30-1:30pm

Location: ENS, 29, rue d'Ulm, 75005 - Salle Prestige 1

Language: English

Lecture III: Syntactic structures and organization in music from the perspective of oral tradition musical systems

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8th  11:30-2pm

Location: ENS, 29, rue d'Ulm, 75005 - Salle Langevin

Language: English



2014 LINGUAE Lectures: Susan Goldin-Meadow: December 16th and 17th, 2014

More on the Susan Goldin-Meadow Laboratory here.


Lecture I: Gesture as a mechanism of change

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 16th  10:30-12

Location: Ecole Normale Supérieure, 45 rue d’Ulm, Salle Cavaillès

Language: English


Lecture II: From homesign to sign language:  Creating language in the manual modality

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 17th  11:30-14

Location: Ecole Normale Supérieure, 45 rue d'Ulm, Salle Becket

Language: English



2013 LINGUAE Lectures: Karen Emmorey: December 2nd and 4th, 2013

More on Karen Emmorey as Professor at San Diego State University and director of the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience here.

Lecture I:  Psycholinguistic studies of sign language

DateMonday, Dec. 2nd 16.30-18
Location: Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris 254, rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris

Languages: English and International Sign

Lecture II: The neural underpinnings of sign language
DateWednesday, Dec. 4th 11.30-13
Location: Institut Jean-Nicod, Seminar Room  29, Rue d'Ulm, Pavillon Jardin ground floor.
Languages: English and International Sign



2012 LINGUAE Lectures: Fred Lerdahl: 19-21-23 November, 2012

Fred Lerdahl (Columbia University) gave the 2012 Annual LINGUAE Lectures on November 19th, 21st and 23rd, 2012.  The slides are available below


More on Fred Lerdahl as a composer and music theorist here.

More on the Annual LINGUAE Lectures here.


Lecture IMusical Syntax and Its Relation to Linguistic Syntax

DateMonday, Nov. 2nd 11:00-1pm
Location:
Salle 2, Collège de France, 11, place Marcelin Berthelot, 75005 Paris

Languages: English

[slides]

[video]


Lecture II: The Sounds of Poetry Viewed as Music

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21st 11:00-1pm
Location:
Salle de Réunion IJN-LSCP, Pavillon, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 29, rue d'Ulm

Languages: English

[slides]

[audio]


Lecture III: Tonal Space, Motion, and Force

Date: Friday, Nov. 23rd 11:00-1pm
Location:
Salle de Réunion IJN-LSCP, Pavillon, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 29, rue d'Ulm

Languages: English

[slides]





Committee of the LINGUAE Lectures



Updated: June 11, 2017    


Denis Bonnay (U. Paris 10 and DEC)

Heather Burnett (LLF/CNRS)

Emmanuel Chemla (LSCP)

Alejandrina Cristia (LSCP)

Caterina Donati (Université de Paris 7)

Paul Egré (Institut Jean-Nicod)

Carlo Geraci (Institut Jean-Nicod)

Salvador Mascarenhas (ENS/Institut Jean-Nicod)

Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod and NYU)

Benjamin Spector (Institut Jean-Nicod)

Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean-Nicod)

Brent Strickland (Institut Jean-Nicod)