Noam Chomsky at the University of Reading

A couple of weeks ago we were honoured by the visit of Professor Noam Chomsky at the University of Reading, where he was invited by our School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences. During his presence here, Professor Chomsky gave three talks on international politics and on linguistics, which can still be viewed online by clicking through the links below (via the UoR Facebook page):

Racing for the precipice: Is the human experiment doomed?

Generative linguistics in the 21st Century: The Evidence and the Rhetoric (including panel discussion)

If you could ask Professor Noam Chomsky one question, what would it be? (Student-only event)

Our Psycholingustics and Neurolinguistics lab also had the opportunity to informally meet and chat with Professor Chomsky. This has been an excellent week for all of us, full of stimulating conversations and new ideas! Special thanks to my Reading colleagues, esp. Professor Jason Rothman and Ashika Mistry, who oversaw the organisation of all these events.

 

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Eurosla 27 – Registration now open

Registration for Eurosla 27 (Reading, 30th August – 2nd September 2017) is now open. Please click on the link below to access the registration website.

https://www.reading.ac.uk/celm-eurosla27/registration/

Please note that there are TWO DIFFERENT BUTTONS:

The first button is  for  members of staff or students at the University of Reading or keynote speakers/invited speakers for the Round Table.

The second button is for researchers or PhD students from outside the University of Reading.

Registration fees include fees for the Eurosla membership (50 euros for researchers, 30 euros for PhD students).

Accommodation in the halls for residence can be booked through the registration website. It is also possible to book

accommodation in the Cedars Hotel on Whiteknights campus (http://www.venuereading.com/Sleep/vr-cedars-hotel.aspx) after

completing registration but places in the Cedars Hotel are limited. There are also many hotels in Reading which can be booked separately (not through the conference).

Attention speakers: at least one speaker should have registered for the conference by 19th June to secure a place on the programme. Registration will be closed after the 15th August.

We look forward to meeting you in Reading in August.

Best regards,

Organizers, EuroSLA 2017

Email: eurosla27@reading.ac.uk

Participants needed for MRI study! Do you speak more than one language? Want a high-definition image of your brain?

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You are invited to take part in an MRI study, which investigates how learning and using a second language affects the brain. We are looking for both speakers of English as a second language who live in the UK (including learning both languages from birth), and native speakers of English (with little to no experience with a second language). Participants need to be right-handed and have no history of speech and/or language disorders including dyslexia. 

What do I have to do?

A single session that will take place in the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN), in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences,University of Reading. You will undergo a scanning session and complete a cognitive and (if you are a non-native speaker of English) an English proficiency task. You will also be asked to fill out a Language Background Questionnaire before the scanning day.

How long will it take?

The MRI scan lasts about 60 minutes, and the whole session will last about two hours.

You will receive a contribution payment of £20 towards travel expenses and/or compensation for your time spent with us. You will also receive a high-resolution anatomical image of your brain later, after your participation.

For more information, and to book your participation, please get in touch:

Vincent DeLuca (Vincent.deluca[at]pgr.reading.ac.uk)

Invited talk: Bi-/multilingualism and brain plasticity: Current evidence and implications for cognitive ageing

I have been invited by the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Canada, to give a talk titled “Bi-/multilingualism and brain plasticity: Current evidence and implications for cognitive ageing”. This is part of the ‘Life Trajectory and Cognitive Ageing’ scientific meeting, to be held on the 17th of May, which will feature a variety of talks on the topic of cognitive ageing and the strategies or lifestyle changes that might interact with it.

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The full programme of the meeting can be found here

Register now: Bi-/Multilingualism and the Declining Brain workshop

Registration is now open for the day workshop on Bi-/Multilingualism and the Declining Brain that we will host at the University of Reading on the 21st of June. This event is addressed to everyone interested in the effects of speaking more than one languages on the structure and function of the brain, and how these effects might interact with neurodegeneration and cognitive decline. Keynote speakers include Thomas Bak (Edinburgh), David Green (UCL) and Aileen Ho (Reading). This is a free event, but interested parties will need to register in order to secure a place.

For more details, including the full programme of the day, and to register, visit this link.

I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Our new MRI scanner is now up and running!

Our neuroimaging facilities at CINN now boast a brand new Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma 3T MRI Scanner.Watch our colleagues Dr. Christakou, Prof. Saddy and Prof Johnstone explain the importance of the upgrade and the potential for new cutting-edge research that the new scanner brings with it. Our lab is one of the first to start using the new machine, and we are already excited by the quality of the data we acquire. Needless to say that we are always on the lookout for new and exciting ideas to study bilingualism in the brain!



Second call for papers+ DEADLINE EXTENDED: Workshop on Bi-/Multilingualism and the Declining Brain

The Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) at the University of Reading, UK, is now inviting submissions for a day workshop titled:

“Bi-/Multilingualism and the Declining Brain: Current evidence and future directions”.

This event will look into contemporary suggestions about the neuroprotective effects of bi-/multilingualism against brain decline in clinical populations. It will bring together early career and established researchers in the fields of second language acquisition and cognitive/clinical neuroscience, and will comprise a state-of-the-art snapshot in the field, as well as discuss potential future directions for research.

This free event will take place on the 21st of June 2017 as part of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) 2017 week, and is co-funded by the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM), the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN), and the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA).

For more details, including the call for papers, please visit the workshop’s webpage here