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A special lecture by: Dr. Adam Ussishkin at WFU, Thursday March 1st @ 4pm in Greene Hall 162

Our WFU Interdisciplinary Linguistics Minor
announces a special lecture by

Dr. Adam Ussishkin
University of Arizona

Assoc. Professor of Linguistics & Cognitive Science


Psycholinguistics of under-studied languages: the case of subliminal speech priming in Maltese


Early and automatic processing of linguistic stimuli is fairly well-studied for resource-heavy languages such as English (cf. work on visual masked priming by Forster and Davis 1984, Forster et al. 2003, among many others), whereas psycholinguistic studies on languages with few resources are much rarer. In this talk, I first describe the creation of the first online language corpus of Maltese, a Semitic languages for which few electronic resources exist. Next, I discuss the application of the corpus to a psycholinguistic question and investigate the psycholinguistic reality of the consonantal root, a building block of Semitic languages. This investigation is carried out using the relatively novel subliminal speech priming technique.

Thursday March 1st @ 4pm in Greene Hall 162

Scientists are talking, but mostly to each other: a quantitative analysis of research represented in mass media

Scientists are talking, but mostly to each other: a quantitative analysis of research represented in mass media.

An issue that needs to be addressed: how to convey the findings from science to the general public.

This comes on the heals of a message to the linguistic community from David Lightfoot (LSA) that the National Science Foundation is looking to cut the directorate that oversees funding in linguistics.

In this message there is information on how to help, including writing your house representative.

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