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Building Meaning From Language
Tufts University Initiative on Emerging Trends in Psychology
June 14 - June 19, 2007
Tufts University, Medford, MA


Proceedings
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Thursday, June 14

Opening Session

  • Daniel C. Dennett, Tufts University, What are words?
    [Video  |  Presentation slides]
  • Jamshed Bharucha, Provost, Tufts University, Welcoming Remarks

Friday, June 15

Session 1: Building Linguistic Structure: From Linguistics to Psycholinguistics
Chair:
Daniel C. Dennett, Tufts University

  • Ray Jackendoff, Tufts University, Building Linguistic Meaning
    [Video  |  Presentation slides]
  • James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, Polysemy and Coercion
    [Video]
  • Matthew Traxler, University of California at Davis, Meaning, Argument Structure, and Parsing
    [Video  |  Presentation slides]

Session 2: Semantic Representations and Cognitive Processes
Chair:
Tali Ditman, Tufts University

Panel Discussion, Sessions 1 and 2
Chair: Edward Gibson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
[Video]

Saturday, June 16

Session 3: Semantics Grounded in Perception and Action
Chair:
Tatiana Sitnikova, Massachusetts General Hospital & Tufts University

  • Arthur Glenberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Premotor Cortex, Action Control, and Language    
    [Video | Presentation slides]
  • Rolf Zwaan, Erasmus University, Comprehending with Language    
    [Video | Presentation slides]
  • Michael K. Tanenhaus, University of Rochester, Visual World Studies of Language Processing    
    [Video | Presentation slides]

Session 4: The Neural Basis of Building Meaning from Language
Chair:
Phillip Holcomb, Tufts University

  • Morton Ann Gernsbacher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fine Tuning for Meaning
    [Video | Presentation slides]
  • David Kemmerer, Purdue University, Two Levels of Verb Meaning    
    [Video | Presentation slides]
  • Gina Kuperberg, Tufts University, The Neural Basis of Comprehension    
    [Video]

Panel Discussion, Sessions 3 and 4
Chair:
David Caplan, Harvard Medical School
[Video]

Gina Kuperberg, Tufts University, Closing Remarks