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Investigating causes of language change Symposium. 15-16 Nov

Learning, Processing, Western Sydney University

Date: 29 September 2016

When: 15-16 November 2016

Where: Western Sydney University, Parramatta South


This interdisciplinary 2-day symposium aims at bringing together linguists interested in investigating causes of language change and experts in areas outside linguistics that are often seen as containing triggers for language change. The concrete goal is to outline a research programme and investigative approaches that systematically investigate causes of language change using interdisciplinary approaches combining linguistic with extra-linguistic expertise. Day 1 features specialists in speech production, psycholinguistics, neuroscience, psychology and economics as well as historical linguistics giving overviews of their relevant fields. On day 2 interested researchers join together in workshops to develop concrete approaches. We call for registrations by interested researchers for one or both days to join this symposium via email to the organisers by 31 October 2016. For day 1 a broader audience is welcome, but for day 2 we ask to register only if you have a concrete interest in researching causes of language change from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Invited speakers:

  • Prof. Cathi Best (Western Sydney University), child language
  • Prof. Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky (University of South Australia), neuroscience
  • Dr Tegan Cruwys (University of Queensland), psychology
  • Prof. Anne Cutler (Western Sydney University), psycholinguistics
  • Dr Astrid Hopfensitz (Toulouse School of Economics), economics
  • Prof. Matthias Schlesewsky (University of South Australia), neuroscience


Robert Mailhammer & Rachel Hendery 

 Enquiries welcome

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University