Exploring Language: From Genes to Brains to Minds

This one-day Workshop organised by the School of Languages and Social Sciences will bring together specialists from the fields of biology, neuroscience, linguistics, and cognitive stylistics. The overarching goal of the Workshop is to promote an interdisciplinary approach to language studies and raise awareness of these research links among academics and, importantly, students. Speakers will discuss the relationship between language and biology from evolutionary, neuropsychological, and cognitive perspectives.


Dan Dediu, Université Lumière Lyon 2
From biology to language: the role of vocal tract variation in shaping phonetic and phonological diversity across languages

Olga Feher, University of Warwick
How human language and birdsong are shaped by cognition and interaction

Bart de Boer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Analysing the minimalist account of language evolution

Andrew Olson, University of Birmingham
A neuropsychologist’s view of the human language capacity

Rosemary Varley, University College London
Lesion Studies: Insights from aphasia into language & mind?

Caroline Witton, Aston University
Auditory Processing Disorders and Language

Karen Dwyer, University College London and King’s College London
Impoverished linguistic alignment in schizophrenia patients’ dialogic interactions

Gabriella Rundblad, King’s College London
Metaphors in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Marcello Giovanelli and Chloe Harrison, Aston University
Analysing Literature: A Cognitive Stylistic Approach

For more information, email Ariadne Loutrari at a.loutrari@aston.ac.uk