Mayfest 2013: Linguistically Predictable: When, How, and Why Do We Predict in Language?


The Program is now available here!


Mayfest is a workshop that brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to discuss fundamental issues in linguistics. Over the course of two days, participants engage in talks and discussion sessions to stimulate new insights and collaboration. This year, we will be discussing the use of prediction in language and its neural instantiation. Researchers studying language perception, production, and development have been invited to speak about the representational properties, temporal dynamics, and neural underpinnings of expectations in language.

This event is funded in part by your Graduate Student Activities Fee and is therefore open to the entire Graduate Student Community.


May 3-4, 2013


Schedule (tentative)

9:30-10:30Mike Tanenhaus
Expectations in Continuous Speech: Evidence for a “Data Explanation” Approach
10:30-11:30Suzanne Dikker
Predicting language and connecting brains
11:30-11:45coffee break
11:45-12:45Frank Keller
Prediction in Human Parsing
12:45-2:00lunch (provided)
2:00-3:00Martin Pickering
An integrated theory of language production and comprehension
3:00-4:00Xing Tian
Linking motor and perceptual systems: multiple levels of (acoustic/linguistic) predictions in speech
4:00-4:15coffee break
4:15-5:15Adrian Staub
What does cloze probability mean?

10:00-11:00Kara Federmeier
Better than expected: The dynamics of prediction-based processing in younger and older adults' language comprehension
11:00-12:00Nathaniel Smith
Predictability and probability in language comprehension
12:00-1:30lunch (provided)
1:30-2:30Akira Omaki
Growing Expectations
2:30-3:30Lisa Sanders
Predicting When to Attend in Speech Perception
3:30-3:45coffee break
3:45-4:30final discussion