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Developing Mind Series - Developmental Perspectives On Language Processing

Macquarie University, Sydney, 12-13 May 2016


On their way to becoming expert language users, children undergo neural maturation which affects the development of their language skills. Because of this, the processes underlying language comprehension may vary across development and differ from those in adults. However, not much is known about the variations in these processes. The goal of this workshop is therefore to bring together researchers working on various aspects of language comprehension to better understand how monolingual and bilingual children process language in real time, and how different types of information are exploited during development. This topic is especially timely given increasing evidence that efficient early language processing skills are critical for learning to communicate effectively. It also has implications for better understanding language processing in children with limited language processing skills, such as those with various types of language delay , children with hearing loss, and those with specific language impairment (SLI).

Keynote speakers

  • Associate Professor Phaedra Royle (Université de Montréal, Canada)
  • Professor Jesse Snedeker (Harvard University, USA)
  • Associate Professor Karsten Steinhauer (McGill University, Canada)
  • Professor John Trueswell (University of Pennsylvania, USA)



  • Macquarie University Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)
  • ARC (Australian Research Council) FL130100014 and the Child Language Lab
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)



Satellite Workshop

Essentials on sentence-processing ERP studies: Experimental design and data analysis, 16-17 May, 2016, Macquarie University

This intensive two-day workshop will provide participants with the essentials on how to design and analyse sentence-processing ERP experiments. Topics include discussing differences between auditory and visual ERP studies, preparing speech stimuli, working with special populations (e.g., L2 learners, children, clinical populations), placing triggers, filtering, baseline correction, time-locking, component overlap, wrap-up effects, inter-individual differences, and so on.

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