The conference was a tremendous success! We had exceptional keynote presentations from Rasha Abdel Rahman, Panos Athanasopoulos, and Friedemann Pulvermüller, all of whom delegates have been raving about until now. We also had talks by sixteen other speakers, coming from as far as New Zealand and South-Africa, and also managed to have inspiring presentations from five speakers who gave their talk online. The slam science event was particularly entertaining and impressive, especially given the junior status of the speakers and the poster session was a huge success as well.
We are very grateful to AMU and the faculty of English for having supported us and making this event possible. And last but not the least, we are extremely grateful to Language Learning for having sponsored CoNSoLER in preparation of the special issue of its Cognitive Neuroscience Series entitled Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Embodiment and Relativity to appear in 2024.
The idea that the language one speaks may shape the way one sees the world, captured in Benjamin Lee Whorf's linguistic relativity principle, has prompted highly contrasted views and vigorous debate amongst academics for almost a century. Theoretical linguists and psychologists, like Noam Chomsky or Steven Pinker, have dismissed the idea entirely, in part because it was incompatible with the theoretical framework of Universal Grammar. Cognitive neuroscientists and experimental psychologists, like Friedemann Pülvermüller or Larry Barsalou, have embraced it as self-evident given the considerable overlap in substrates underpinning language and other cognitive functions in the human brain.
The quest for an optimal evidentiary basis to inform the debate is difficult, however, and many an experimental paradigm is often criticised on the basis that it provides insufficiently controlled stimuli or procedures to support strong conclusions. Whilst language-based studies involving overt reports and questionnaires often fail to acknowledge that they cannot test cognitive effects beyond the realm of language, testing bilinguals systematically downplays the fact that the two languages of a bilingual individual are likely active at the same time. The debate, if there is to be one, thus calls for a triangulation of approaches that test the influence of verbal representations on cognitive processes that are not readily and mandatorily meditated by language (e.g., emotion, memory, categorisation), that tap into implicit processes that are mostly unconscious rather than strategic (e.g., somatotopic activation, visual perception), and that explore developmental trajectories as well as a linguistic diversity more representative of the world's population.
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Embodiment and Relativity (CoNSoLER) conference brings together experimental linguists, psycholinguists, and cognitive neuroscientists to identify and present the most convincing evidence available to date that language is a form of embodied cognition. Contribution probing the validity and scope of the linguistic relativity principle are also welcome. CoNSoLER is held in preparation for a special issue of the Cognitive Neuroscience Series of Language Learning to appear in the Spring of 2024.
[Please indicate the types of presentation that you are interested in at the bottom of your abstract submission form – it can be any combination of the following three].
CoNSoLER-2022 proceedings will be published in the forms of empirical and theoretical contributions in a special issue of Langage Learning within the Cognitive Neuroscience Series (Spring 2024). All oral presentation contributors will be invited to submit a full-length manuscript (~7000 words) which will undergo editorial evaluation and review at Language Learning. Deadline for the submission of the manuscripts is 23 February 2023.
CoNSoLER and the editing of the special issue of Language Learning which will follow from it are sponsored by WILEY and Adam Mickiewicz University.
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CoNSoLER | 2022