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Wed 13 Mar, '24
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Language and Learning Seminar: Literacy Facilitates Ultimate Native Language Attainment: More Evidence from Turkish - Tan Gedik, Bilkent Univeristy
Microsoft Teams

Speaker: Tan Gedik, Bilkent Univeristy

Title: Literacy Facilitates Ultimate Native Language Attainment: More Evidence from Turkish

Abstract: Since the written form of language must be taught explicitly and is strongly influenced by prescriptivist notions, linguists often regard writing as an uninteresting add-on to spoken language. However, literacy, i.e., the availability of the written form, influences linguistic knowledge and its representation in the mind in profound ways. Literacy has been shown to affect phonological and semantic representations. However, there is surprisingly little research on how acquiring literacy influences representations of grammatical constructions. In this talk, I provide more suggestive evidence that the availability of literacy is quite important for ultimate native language attainment, especially for comprehension and production tasks that aim to elicit written language-biased constructions. Ongoing research shows that when illiterate speakers are compared against literate speakers, illiterate speakers extract fewer across-the-board generalizations — as spoken language contains fewer types-tokens of complex structures in comparison to written language, and show more individual differences in grammatical knowledge. Research on this topic has important implications for two reasons: first, it tells linguists a cautionary tale. Previously, formalist linguists asserted that adult L1 speakers converge on the same grammatical knowledge by age 3, 4 or 5. However, evidence shows that L1 speakers —both literate and illiterate alike— actually show many individual differences in their linguistic knowledge. The lack of written language results in even more individual differences, rendering the convergence hypothesis an unsound argument. Second, data from illiterate speakers provide a non-WEIRD perspective into language acquisition and help us make our language acquisition theories more inclusive. As such, more research investigating the linguistic abilities of illiterate speakers will provide more evidence to avoid arriving at incorrect overgeneralizations.

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Gedik is a PhD candidate at the Chair of Language and Cognition at FAU in Nürnberg, Germany. He is also a visiting researcher at the Department of Psychology at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Gedik investigates the effects of print exposure and acquiring a writing system on linguistic knowledge in L1 speakers. He investigates individual differences in L1 speakers of Turkish and English using a variety of cognitive and linguistic tasks with leading researchers in the field.

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Thu 18 Apr, '24
Conference of Multimodality in Early Interactions (CoMEIn) for ECRs - Registration now open!
Zeeman Building, MS.04

We are thrilled to announce that registration for CoMEIn 2024 on April 18th at the University of Warwick is now open! ECRs interested in multimodality in infant and child interactions - don't miss out! We have a fantastic line up of speakers and poster presentations, lunch, refreshments - all free! Please click on the link below to register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conference-on-multimodality-in-early-interactions-comein-for-ecrs-tickets-726231486927

The deadline for registration is 31st March 2024. Please note that this event is in-person only and the tickets are on a first-come first-served basis.

CoMEIn” for ECRs is a one-day interdisciplinary conference that aims to provide a platform for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to share their findings, insights and unique perspectives on the role of multimodality (i.e., various modes of communication such as gesture, prosody, speech etc.) in early caregiver-child interactions, and how this may shape communicative development in the early years. There will be keynote speeches from established scholars on cross-disciplinary topics related to the overarching theme of multimodality in early interactions, as well as careers talk and Q&A session from a panel of academics in the field, for ECRs to gain insight into securing a job in academia.

As such, we encourage early career researchers working on the topic of multimodality in early interactions, to be a part of this wonderful event and secure the opportunity to: present their findings, network with fellow exciting minds in the field, gain insight into academic professional development, and foster the potential for future collaborations. We are soliciting two types of contributions: oral presentations or posters.

Fri 26 Apr, '24
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Guest Speaker: Title TBC - Dr. Will Gervais, Brunel University
H0.44 - Humanities Building

Speaker: Dr. Will Gervais, Brunel University

Fri 3 May, '24
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Guest Speaker: Title TBC - Dr. Janina Hoffman, University of Bath
H0.44 - Humanities Building

Speaker: Dr. Janina Hoffman, University of Bath

Thu 9 May, '24
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Guest Speaker: Title TBC - Dr. Marteen Speekenbrink, UCL
H0.44 - Humanities Building

Speaker: Dr. Marteen Speekenbrink, UCL

Wed 15 May, '24
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Language and Learning Seminar: Title TBC - Manli Zhang, University of Hongkong
Microsoft Teams

Speaker: Manli Zhang, University of Hongkong

Title: TBC

Abstract: TBC

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Wed 22 May, '24
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Language and Learning Seminar: Title TBC - Camilla Crawshaw, Technische Universität Dortmund
Microsoft Teams

Speaker: Camilla Crawshaw, Technische Universität Dortmund

Title: TBC

Abstract: TBC

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Wed 29 May, '24
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Language and Learning Seminar: Title TBC - Yağmur Deniz Kısa, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Microsoft Teams

Speaker: Yağmur Deniz Kısa, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Title: TBC

Abstract: TBC

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