NYU Colloquium Announcement: Adeen Flinker (Tuesday February 12, 2019, 1:45pm, 665 Broadway, 9th floor)

NYU Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Colloquium Announcement
February 12, 2019
665 Broadway, 9th floor Conference Room

Adeen Flinker [med.nyu.edu], PhD

NYU Langone, Department of Neurology
Intracranial electrophysiology of speech perception and production

For many decades, the neurobiological basis of language has been dominated by a conceptually dichotomous model in which speech perception is supported by Wernicke’s area in the temporal lobe and speech production is supported by Broca’s area in the frontal lobe. This model has been challenged by lesion and neuroimaging studies suggesting a more complex network of cortical structures supporting language. Many of the questions remaining in the field require a fine-grained temporal resolution together with spatial specificity in order to assay the dynamics of speech. Here I will introduce a series of studies employing direct electrocorticographic (ECoG) recordings in humans, illuminating the dynamics and cascade of neural events from perception to production of speech.


Mark your calendars for our next talks:

February 19, 1:45pm: Scott Schroeder [scottrschroeder.org], Hofstra University
Do bilingual children develop Theory of Mind faster?

March 12, 1:45pm: Suzanne van der Feest [liberalarts.utexas.edu], CUNY Grad Center
Effects of Speaking Style and Context On Young Listener’s Word Recognition

April 2, 1:45pm: Eric Jackson [wp.nyu.edu], NYU
Stuttering and the Social Brain

April 16, 1:45pm: Susan Duncan [sites01.lsu.edu], Louisiana State University
Resting state fMRI in aphasia: Relationship to task and recovery
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Essay Contest for High School Students! Gift Card Prizes!

Essay Contest for High School Students

Submission Deadline: EXTENDED to Thursday, May 30, 2019, 11.59PM EST

1st Prize: $300 Amazon Voucher
2nd Prize: $250 Amazon Voucher
3rd Prize: $200 Amazon Voucher

High-school students (currently enrolled in 9th-12th grades) in the New York-tri-state area are invited to submit either:

1) a response essay on one of the articles linked on this website: https://undergrad-language-research.org/ (“Breaking news: Language Sciences in the Media” on the right-hand side of the site).


2) for those students who have participated in a NACLO (North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad): an essay on how participating in NACLO has changed your life.

Length: 600 to 1,000 words

Winners will be invited to participate in a panel about the inclusion of linguistics/language sciences as a subject in high schools, to be held at LIU (Downtown Brooklyn campus) on June 21, 2019.

Submit Essays Here

Questions? Email us at intersectionlinglangcult @ gmail.com

GC Linguistics Colloquium: Charles Yang, 2/7/19 – The Linguistic Basis of Natural Number

GC CUNY Linguistics Colloquium

Charles Yang  University of Pennsylvania

The Linguistic Basis of Natural Number

Abstract: Only humans learn language and only humans develop the concept of natural number: How are these two abilities related? I propose that the Successor Function, which provides the infinity of natural numbers, becomes available to children through learning the productive rules of numeral formation in their native language. We tested the development of counting and the knowledge of the Successor Function by Cantonese-learning children. The simplicity of the Cantonese numeral system provides a full year of developmental advantage over English-learning children, which can be precisely characterized by a well-established principle of language learning and generalization. I will also address the inevitable Whorpfian implications of our results on the relationship between language and thought.

[This talk reports joint work with Margaret Lei and Thomas Lee at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.]

Thursday, February 7th, 2019, 4:15pm – 6pm Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, room 6417

All are welcome!

Refreshments to follow in room 7400