4/29: Language and Cognition Seminar

Language and Cognition
University Seminar #681
Meeting of April 29, 2010

“The relation(s) between linguistics and neurobiology”

David Poeppel
Department of Psychology and Neural Science
New York University

The enthusiasm for neurobiological research into the basis of language suggests that progress is being made regarding our understanding of how the brain computes with linguistic representations. Is this enthusiasm warranted? In which domains of brain-language relations is there credible progress? While there are grounds for optimism that we are beginning to understand where to look in the brain, we do not understand very much at all about how linguistic representations and computations are implemented — the putative goal of the overall research program. Recent experimental work using different brain imaging methodologies will exemplify how complex the (many) relations between brain organization and language architecture are (the ‘granularity problem’), and in which areas of inquiry there is hope for genuine interdisciplinary insight into the mechanisms that form the basis for language processing.

Place: Room 1512, Kellogg Center
School of International and Public Affairs
420 West 118th Street
Time: 4:00 PM

For directions to the School of International and Public Affairs, please refer to
this map.

RSVP: If you will attend the meeting on April 29, please send a note to:
Sara Maria Hasbun, rapporteur

If you will join Dr. Poeppel for dinner at the Faculty House after the meeting,
please indicate this in your note to Ms. Hasbun.


3 Responses

  1. hello
    Ihave a question.what’s a difference between register and jargon?
    All the best,

    • Hello ,
      l asked a question but didn’t observe any answer so, please guide me.
      thank you

    • Hi Fatemeh,

      Sorry for not getting back to you sooner – the end of the year is a crazy time. I would say that the difference between register and jargon is that jargon is a more specific term. It consists of words specific to a profession or group – words that are often difficult for others to understand (this is what people mean when they talk frustratedly about legal or academic jargon).

      Register is a broader term, referring to things like choice of vocabulary, degree of formality, and even extralinguistic qualities of the voice (things like intonation and pronunciation). The term is often used to distinguish between different modes of speech that are used according to the social context, intent, and social status of the speaker.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if it’s still unclear.

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