Biological and environmental factors that impact multilingual/literacy acquisition

March 29th, 2017 8:00am-5:30pm
600 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94158


This symposium will discuss endogenous and exogenous sources of variability relevant to cross-linguistic and cross-cultural studies of language and literacy. At the endogenous level, we will discuss the impact of cognitive model selection and hierarchical neural oscillations on language processing, and links between music and language. At the exogenous level, we will discuss variability in language exposure and environmental factors (e.g. socioeconomic status [SES], environmental exposures). We also examine the challenges inherent in quantifying and predicting language capacity across diverse groups.

Each keynote talk will be paired with one of our cross-linguistic / multiliteracy experts who will present and lead an integrative discussion of current research directions and how these can inform future studies with the overall goal of developing an agenda for future comparative research on language and literacy development, universality and language disorders that takes these sources of variability into account.

Free and open to the public. Please register at Eventbrite. Please select the 'UC SILC Multicampus Collaboration' ticket when registering if you are a UC SILC member. All others please select 'Attendee RSVP'.

Sponsored by the UCSF Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience and the UC Science-based Innovation in Learning Center (SILC).

Public Agenda

This is an environmentally friendly symposium. No printed materials will be provided at registration.
7:30-8:00 Registration
Coffee and light pastries available
Fumiko Hoeft, Jason Zevin and Roeland Hancock
8:30-9:40 SESSION 1: Systems Approach

Speaker: David Poeppel
Discussants: Nicola Molinaro and Manuel Carreiras
9:40-10:00 BREAK
10:00-11:10 SESSION 2: Cognitive Models
Speaker: Michael C. Frank
Discussants: Blair Armstrong and Ram Frost
11:10-12:20 SESSION 3: Links between Music & Language

Speaker: Aniruddh Patel
Discussant: Gina Kuperberg
12:20-2:00 LUNCH (on your own)
2:00-3:10 SESSION 4: Language Exposure

Speaker: Elizabeth Peña
Discussants: Denise Wu and Jason Zevin
3:10-3:30 COFFEE BREAK
3:30-4:40 SESSION 5: Environmental Impact

Speaker: Brenda Eskenazi
Discussant: Nicole Landi
Jay Rueckl
Ken Pugh
Roeland Hancock,
Mar 9, 2017, 10:24 AM