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Events in Language and Thought

Events in Language and Thought
170 St. George St., Room 100
Time: Mar 7th, 3:00 pm End: Mar 7th, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), South Asian, Slavic Studies (FAS), Science/Technology, Psychology, Psychoanalytic, Psychiatry, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Linguistics (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Italian Studies (FAS), Indigenous, German (FAS), French (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), East Asian Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Caribbean, Anthropology (UTM), African
Lecture 3 (of 4) in the series Beyond Babel, by Anna Papafragou, University of Delaware

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts on Translation and the Multiplicity of Languages is pleased to present a series of four invited lectures titled Beyond Babel

Lecture Three (of four)

Anna Papafragou, University of Delaware

Events in Language and Thought

The linguistic expression of events draws from basic, probably universal, elements of perceptual/cognitive structure. Nevertheless, little is known about how cognition maps onto language production. Furthermore, languages differ in terms of how they segment and package events. This cross-linguistic variation raises the question whether the language one speaks could affect the way one thinks about events. This talk addresses how event cognition interfaces with language. Our studies reveal remarkable similarities in the way events are perceived, remembered and categorized despite differences in how events are encoded cross-linguistically.

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This event is free and open to the public and registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the organizers, Professor Maria Cristina Cuervo, Professor Ana T. Pérez-Leroux, and Professor Susana Bejar or the Jackman Humanities Institute, (416) 946-0313.

The other lectures in this series are:

  • Friday 7 February at 3:00 pm: Ianthi Tsimpli (University of Thessaloniki): "Aspects of Meaning in the Bilingual Mind"
  • Friday 28 February at 3:00 pm:  Andrea Moro (Institute for Advanced Study, IUSS Pavia) "The Boundaries of Babel: Notes between Brain and Syntax"
  • Friday 28 March at 3:00 pm: Lisa Matthewson (University of British Columbia) "Semantic Uniformity and Diversity: Evidence from the Pacific Northwest"

All will be held in the Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100.

Orgaized by the Department of Linguistics, UTSG.  Additional assistance has been provided by:

  • Centre for French and Linguistics, UTSC
  • Department of Anthropology, UTM
  • Department of Language Studies, UTM
  • Department of Psychology, UTM
  • Department of French, UTSG
  • Department of German, UTSG
  • Department of Italian Studies, UTSG
  • Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies
  • Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, UTSG
  • Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UTSG
  • New College, UTSG
  • Victoria College, UTSG

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