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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


Schedule

Click here to download the complete conference program, and here to download area maps and a local guide.

Thursday, June 14 - Saturday, June 16, 2007
All talks will take place in the Perry and Marty Granoff Building, Distler Hall, at 20 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA.

Thursday, June 14
Opening Session
6:00 - 8:30 pm Registration
7:00 - 7:15 pm Jamshed Bharucha, Provost, Tufts University, Welcoming Remarks
7:15 - 8:00 pm Daniel C. Dennett, Tufts University, What are words?
   
Friday, June 15
Session 1: Building Linguistic Structure: From Linguistics to Psycholinguistics
Chair: Daniel C. Dennett, Tufts University
8:00 - 11:30 am Registration
8:00 - 8:45 am Continental Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 am Gina Kuperberg, Tufts University, Opening Remarks
9:00 - 9:50 am Ray Jackendoff, Tufts University, Building Linguistic Meaning
9:50 - 10:40 am James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, Polysemy and Coercion
10:40 - 11:10 am Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:00 pm Matthew Traxler, University of California at Davis, Meaning, Argument Structure, and Parsing
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch
   
Session 2: Semantic Representations and Cognitive Processes
Chair: Tali Ditman, Tufts University
1:30 - 2:20 pm Walter Kintsch, University of Colorado, Statistical Semantics
2:20 - 3:10 pm Ken McRae, University of Western Ontario, Meaning and Structure
3:10 - 3:40 pm Refreshment Break
3:40 - 4:30 pm Panel Discussion, Sessions 1 and 2
Chair: Edward Gibson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
   
Saturday, June 16
Session 3: Semantics Grounded in Perception and Action
Chair: Tatiana Sitnikova, Massachusetts General Hospital & Tufts University
8:00 - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:50 am Arthur Glenberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Premotor Cortex, Action Control, and Language
9:50 - 10:40 am Rolf Zwaan, Erasmus University, Comprehending with Language
10:40 - 11:10 am Coffee Break
11:10 am - 12:00 pm Michael K. Tanenhaus, University of Rochester, Visual World Studies of Language Processing
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch
   
Session 4: The Neural Basis of Building Meaning from Language
Chair: Phillip Holcomb, Tufts University
1:30 - 2:20 pm Morton Ann Gernsbacher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fine Tuning for Meaning
2:20 - 3:10 pm David Kemmerer, Purdue University, Two Levels of Verb Meaning
3:10 - 3:40 pm Refreshment Break
3:40 - 4:30 pm Gina Kuperberg, Tufts University, The Neural Basis of Comprehension
4:30 - 5:20 pm Panel Discussion, Sessions 3 and 4
Chair: David Caplan, Harvard Medical School
5:20 - 5:25 pm Gina Kuperberg, Tufts University, Closing Remarks