March 2020  





SNL is excited to announce that the Twelfth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language will be held in Philadelphia, USA, from October 21 - 23, 2020 at the iconic Loews Philadelphia Hotel.


Philadelphia (or just "Philly" for short) is one of America's most historic and fascinating cities. Founded in 1682, Philly played a pivotal role in the American Revolution and is famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Attendees will enjoy countless things to see and do, including fascinating museums, vibrant parks, national historic sites, and delicious food.


SNL invites you explore the new 2020 website where you can Renew Your Membership and find a wealth of useful information about the meeting, including Dates and Deadlines, information on Symposium Submissions and Abstract Submissions, and the Schedule of Events.


We hope to see everyone at the Annual Meeting in Philly this October!


SNL 2020

 October 21-23, 2020    

Philadelphia, USA  




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Upcoming Dates

March 23
Deadline to Submit Symposium Proposals

April 1
Abstract Submissions Open

April 15
Early Registration Opens

June 12
Abstract Submissions Close



Job Postings & Announcements


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JobPostingJob Postings and Announcements


The University of Alabama       

Postdoctoral Scholar   


A postdoctoral scholar position is available to work on an NIH-funded R01 project using functional and structural MRI to assess the impact of a reading intervention on reading comprehension in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The position is in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama, in the Cognition, Brain, & Autism Laboratory headed by Dr. Rajesh Kana.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field, and be motivated. Prior research experience in the field of neuropsychiatric disorders, autism spectrum disorders, computational neuroimaging methods and diffusion imaging is a plus. The successful applicant will be responsible for aspects of study coordination and team oversight. The successful applicant will be actively involved in study design, neuroimaging protocol design and calibration, neuroimaging data collection and data analysis, and writing up manuscripts and publishing.

To Apply: Send cover letter detailing your interests and fit with the lab, CV, and contact information for three references by email to Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., at [email protected]. Applicants will be considered until the position is filled.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative-Action Employer.



University of Connecticut

Research Assistant


Qualified individuals are invited to apply for a full-time Research Assistant 1 position in the Language and Brain Lab (Dr. Emily Myers, PI) at the University of Connecticut. This position is supported by an NIH grant on the cognitive neuroscience of speech processing. UConn has a large and vibrant community of researchers with expertise in speech, language, and hearing.  The Language and Brain lab is situated immediately next door to the Brain Imaging Research Center, equipped with a 3T Siemens Prisma MRI as well as TMS and in-scanner EEG.


This individual will have the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of research project, including collecting and analyzing data related to the cognitive neuroscience of speech perception. Responsibilities will include designing experiments and collecting data from typical individuals as well as individuals with language disorders, using standard behavioral methods, eyetracking, and fMRI. Further responsibilities include recruiting, scheduling and coordinating testing of individuals with aphasia, assisting with IRB compliance and lab and computer maintenance, coordinating undergraduate research assistant volunteers, and assisting with manuscript preparation.



  1. BA/BS or MA in Psychology, Speech, Language, and Hearing Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience or related field
  2. Experience conducting research with human participants
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills
  4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  1. Experience with fMRI, EEG, or TMS data collection and analysis
  2. Experience with acoustic analysis of speech or eyetracking
  3. Experience with experimental delivery software such as E-Prime or PsychoPy
  4. Experience working with people with aphasia or other acquired language disorders
  5. Coding skills in Matlab or R


The initial appointment will be one year, with subsequent employment contingent on funds and performance of the candidate.   



Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #494346 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with an anticipated start date of June 2020.  


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on April 24, 2020.  


All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at


The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.



University of Agder

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 


The University of Agder has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Foreign Languages and Translation at the Faculty of Humanities and Education. This is a three-year postdoc position in bilingualism ageing and fitness.

About the position

A fixed-term 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Humanities and Education,as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow affiliated to the Department of Foreign Languages and Translation,for a period of three years. The position is located at the University of Agder's Kristiansand campus. The starting date is the 1st of October 2020.


The position is linked to research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council entitled Fitness, Ageing and Bilingualism (FAB) 2020-2023: The benefits of regular physical activity and bilingualism for language abilities in healthy ageing. This international project is a collaboration between the Universities of Agder in Norway and Birmingham in the U.K. The project is also interdisciplinary, involving a collaboration between the fields of psycholinguistics and health sciences.



The successful candidate will be based at UiA in Kristiansand and work with Professors Linda Wheeldon and Allison Wetterlin. The postdoctoral researcher will have responsibility for running the experiments on bilinguals in Norway and will work primarily within the Experimental Linguistics Laboratory (ELL).


The aim of the project is to investigate language function in normal, healthy ageing. The project will investigate two factors that might ameliorate cognitive decline in older adults: speaking a second language and regular physical exercise. The project will compare the cognitive function of young and older English monolinguals and Norwegian-English bilinguals and relate it to key aspects of language use and language proficiency. The project will also run a physical activity intervention with the older adults to determine the benefits associated with increased cardiovascular fitness for mono- and bilinguals.


The experiments on bilinguals will involve testing a group of young and a group of older Norwegian-English bilinguals, on a suite of cognitive and linguistic tasks designed to measure the decline in cognitive function in bilinguals due to healthy ageing. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow (RF) will be fully involved in the design, running, analysis and dissemination of the research. The expectation is that the postdoctoral researcher will be the first author on several publications.


Required qualifications

  • A PhD degree in psycholinguistics or experimental psychology
    (Candidates must have obtained their doctorate or have submitted their doctoral thesis before the appointment decision is made and must have defended their thesis by the starting date)
  • Interest in psycholinguistics and/or cognitive changes due to healthy ageing, bilingualism, ageing research and physical exercise research
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Strong data analysis skills, including mixed effects modelling in R
  • Extensive experience with experimental design and statistical analysis
  • Strong academic writing skills (academic paper(s) published or submitted)
  • Strong academic presentations skills (posters or oral presentations)

Desired qualification

  • Organizational and teamwork skills, with a willingness to work on a larger research project in a team of researchers on an international multi-disciplinary project
  • Documented research publications beyond the doctoral thesis experience from externally financed research projects (including writing applications and implementing projects)
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to public engagement activities
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills

Personal qualities

  • Good communication and teamwork skills, analytical mind, scientific curiosity and creativity, interest and motivation, accuracy, punctuality and attention to detail, commitment and concentration, patience, ability to work and deliver under pressure.

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.



We offer:

  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund


The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352, NOK 544 400 - 565 500 gross salary per year. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.  


General information

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. The University of Agder is an IW (Inclusive Workplace).


Women are encouraged to apply for the position.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder's Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.


Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant's permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University's intention to exercise this right.



The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • An application letter in English that addresses the desired qualifications for the position as described above
  • A curriculum vitae in English, including a complete list of publications
  • Certificates with grades
  • Up to 5 publications or academic articles (including the Doctoral thesis)
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references to be contacted at the final stage of the application process

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or in English.


Application deadline: 15th of April 2020



For questions about the position: Professor Linda Wheeldon [email protected]

For questions about the application process: Head of Department Tale M. Guldal [email protected]



University of Georgia  

Postdoc Position   


Postdoc in computational neurolinguistics at the University of Georgia (USA).  


Duties include using tools and techniques from computational linguistics to analyze neural signals across languages. The successful candidate will work closely with partners in Michigan, at NeurospinINRIA, and the MPI.  




Rice University (Houston, Texas)

Lecturer Position   


The Cognitive Science program at Rice University (Houston, Texas) is now accepting applications for a lecturer position to begin July I, 2020. The candidate should have a terminal degree in Cognitive Science or a related field (e.g., Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Computer Science) by the start of the appointment as well as research expertise that brings an interdisciplinary approach to theoretical questions about cognition. This is a one ­year appointment with strong possibility of renewal contingent on performance. Rice University has a promotable teaching professor track for those with the promise and commitment to become pedagogical leaders in their discipline, and the successful applicant could eventually be eligible for that track.

The successful applicant will teach five undergraduate courses a year, split across the Fall and Spring semesters. The course load includes a large introductory course on topics in cognitive psychology, a newly developed course specifically for Cognitive Science majors that introduces students to the diversity of methods used by cognitive scientists to address questions about how the mind works, and an upper level class in the area of the lecturer's expertise. S/he will also be expected to contribute to the mentoring of undergraduate students in the Cognitive' Science Program.

The Cognitive Science program at Rice is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major, administered through the School of Social Sciences, which requires students to do course work in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. The program has existed for over thirty years, but in recent years has seen a surge in popularity making it one of the most popular majors on campus. The Cognitive Science program engages faculty from across the university, as well as faculty at different institutions in the Texas Medical Center, creating ample opportunities for interdisciplinary endeavors centered on cognitive science questions. More information about the program is available on our website: 

  1. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 10th, 2020. PhD is required by time of appointment. Application materials include: cover letter,
  2.  CV,
  3. teaching statement,
  4. sample of written work,
  5. evidence of teaching effectiveness and
  6.  three letters of recommendation.

Application can be found here.  


Equal Opportunity Employer­
Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity



University of Zurich

PhD Student Positions  


With the launch of a new 'NCCR Evolving Language', which involves nearly 40 different research groups from a large variety of disciplines across Switzerland, we seek to fill two fully funded PhD student positions for a four-year project starting in May 2020.


Our goal is to understand how hierarchical syntactic structures are generated during speaking in the brain. The tools that we use in the Work Package "Structure Planning" to this end are neural oscillatory power analyses and eye tracking. PhD student 1 will investigate the planning and production of syntactic structures of varying complexity in EEG and eye tracking experiments on German and French. PhD student 2 will use intracranial EEG data to study the neural underpinnings of syntactic planning processes in French narrative speech, integrating methods from computational linguistics (e.g. corpus-based information theoretic measures) and machine learning (e.g. bringing together EEG signals and speech patterns).  


The PhD students will be based at the University of Zurich (Prof. Martin Meyer, Prof. Balthasar Bickel, Dr. Sebastian Sauppe) and will closely collaborate with the Auditory, Speech and Language Neuroscience group (Prof. Anne-Lise Giraud) and the Brain and Language Lab (Prof. Narly Golestani) at the University of Geneva. The working language in the project is English.


PhD student 1:

The ideal candidate holds an MA/MSc in psychology, linguistics, cognitive science or a related field, has a basic knowledge of syntax and linguistics, and has an interest in the experimental study of language processing and production. Knowledge of German is essential; knowledge of French is an advantage, otherwise willingness to acquire a working knowledge of the language quickly is essential. The ideal candidate also possesses prior experience with one or more of the following: experimental studies, EEG and/or eye tracking, programming (R, Python, MATLAB), statistical data analysis.  


PhD student 2:

The ideal candidate holds an MA/MSc in (computational) linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, computer science or a related field, has a basic knowledge of syntax and linguistics, and has an interest in the experimental study of language processing and production. The ideal candidate also possesses experience with programming (R, Python), machine learning techniques and computational linguistics tools; experience with EEG is an advantage. Fluent French in speaking and writing is an essential requirement.


Apart from their CVs, applicants should submit

  • A sample of their writing (e.g., excerpt from their master's thesis),
  • Names of 2-3 persons willing to provide a letter of reference, and
  • A cover letter explaining their expertise and interest in the topic and the project and indicating which PhD student position is being applied for.

The NCCR places great emphasis on gender diversity and we particularly encourage women to apply.


Applications should be sent as a single PDF to [email protected], with subject header "Structure Planning PhD".  


Applications will be reviewed starting March 30. The position remains open until filled.  


For further information contact [email protected] or [email protected].



University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 


The Nelson Neurophysiology Lab at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow with an interest in human intracranial neurophysiology and/or language processing in the brain. Research in the lab focuses on uncovering the neural basis of linguistic syntactic structure-building and semantic representation, studying processes including but not limited to sentence comprehension and word comprehension. The successful candidate will conduct research involving stimulating and recording intracranially from human patients performing language tasks. See an example of the framework for this ongoing research here:, and see the lab website for more information:


Patient populations studied will include adult and pediatric epilepsy patients, adults undergoing an awake tumor resection, and Deep Brain Stimulation patients. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to complement their research with related noninvasive experiments (including TMS, MEG, EEG, and lesion-symptom mapping).


The position requires a PhD in a field relevant to quantitative cognitive neuroscience and neurolinguistics research, including neuroscience, psychology, engineering or linguistics with an interest in neuroscience. Good programming ability (Matlab, R or Python) is required. Research experience with neurophysiology in animals or humans, TMS, MEG, EEG, eyetracking or other behavioral studies is highly desirable. Experience or interest with computational neuroscience and/or linguistics is also desirable.


UAB Hospital is a major center for clinical and basic science research. UAB is ranked among the top 8 public universities in NIH funding. U.S. News & World Report 2020 ranked 14 of UAB's graduate programs among the nation's top 25 for research funding and for the second consecutive year, UAB has been named the #1 young university in the United States by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


Interested applicants can send a CV and a brief statement of interest, as well as contact information for 2-3 references to: [email protected]. The position is open until filled.



University Wisconsin - Madison    

Postdoctoral Research Positions 


The Speech Motor Neuroscience Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for two postdoctoral research positions in the field of speech motor control and learning / speech motor neuroscience. The Speech Motor Neuroscience group consists of two research labs, the Brain Language and Acoustic Behavior (BLAB) lab (directed by Carrie Niziolek) and the Speech Motor Action + Control lab (directed by Ben Parrell). Both labs are funded through grants from the NIH. One position is NIH-funded (T32) and one is funded through an internal grant from UW-Madison. Both
postdoctoral scholars will additionally have opportunities to interact with vibrant research communities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including the Waisman Center (which houses both labs) and the Neuroscience Training Program.  


Position 1: We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to investigate techniques to modulate the effectiveness of sensorimotor learning in speech. This research involves functional neuroimaging with magnetoencephalography (MEG) as well as acoustic analysis of speech. This position also holds the potential to use these tools in the investigation of limb control. 


Position 2 (BLAB lab): We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to investigate neural changes associated with speech production training in both typical individuals and persons with aphasia. This research involves functional neuroimaging with MRI and MEG as well as analysis of speech produced over multiple sessions of a visual feedback training paradigm.


As a postdoc in the Speech Motor Neuroscience Group, you will also be encouraged to develop additional lines of research in related topic areas, including predictive coding of self-produced vocalizations, feedback-driven speech learning, dynamics of native and non-native speech production, and speech motor control in individuals with neurological disorders. Additionally, there are opportunities for developing new studies employing structural and functional MRI, MEG with optically pumped magnetometers, and TMS. The initial appointment for both positions will be for one year, with potential extensions for additional years. 


Required qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics,communication sciences and disorders, or a closely related field
  • A documented history of research productivity
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Leadership and organizational skills

Useful qualifications:

  • Experience collecting and analyzing human behavioral data, MEG or EEG, MRI,and/or TMS data
  • Computational skills, including MATLAB
  • Advanced knowledge and expertise in statistics

Salary and benefits are based on NIH guidelines, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The start date for Position 1 is flexible, and the position is open until filled. The start date for Position 2 must be on or earlier than June 30, 2020.


Interested candidates should email the Speech Motor Neuroscience Group ([email protected]) with "Postdoc Job (YOUR FULL NAME)" in the subject line to submit (1) a current CV, (2) a one-page cover letter describing qualifications, interests, and career goals, and (3) a list of the names and contact information for three references.



Carnegie Mellon University  

Postdoctoral Position 


We are seeking a creative and energetic postdoctoral auditory cognitive (neuro)scientist to join our research team.

The position will be supported by a new NIH-supported research project, Dimension-based auditory attention. The project weds the joint expertise of Drs. Lori Holt and Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (Carnegie Mellon University) and Drs. Frederic Dick and Adam Tierney (Birkbeck College, University of London) to advance our understanding of how human adults selectively attend to specific dimensions of complex sound.

Human communication and other listening behaviors often take place in acoustically complex, or noisy environments like schools, restaurants, and workplaces. Much of daily life requires us to select behaviorally relevant auditory dimensions, and potentially suppress irrelevant dimensions, so that the information conveyed can be remembered and responded to appropriately. Unfortunately, this vital everyday ability is affected by many neurological conditions that result in marked decreases in quality of life. Despite the importance of auditory selective attention, its cognitive and neural mechanisms are poorly understood. For example, although auditory selective attention is widely presumed to involve both a selective enhancement of behaviorally relevant auditory dimensions, and suppression of dimensions outside this attentional focus, evidence for suppression is scant. The long-term goal of the research is to arrive at a mechanistic understanding of auditory selective attention to specific acoustic dimensions.

This postdoctoral position will involve carrying out the research program described above using psychophysics, behavioral training studies, and scalp electrophysiology. A functional magnetic resonance imaging arm of the project may intersect with this position in a collaborative manner.

The position also will involve many opportunities for professional development and cross-lab training. The candidate will join a growing and highly interactive Pittsburgh Cognitive Auditory Neuroscience (PCAN) collective, a research grouping committed to understanding human auditory behavior and its psychological and biological bases. Carnegie Mellon University's strengths are complemented by those of the immediately adjacent University of Pittsburgh. Together, the two institutions boast research strengths in human and nonhuman animal as well as clinical approaches to understanding auditory behavior. The successful candidate will be welcomed into a thriving, interdisciplinary intellectual community. Researchers in this highly supportive environment seek to span disciplines
and employ multiple methodologies in their research. Facilities include a state-of-the-art MRI facility, EEG, NIRS, and MEG systems, and large-scale, high-performance computing clusters situated in a highly collaborative environment.

Pittsburgh, home to Carnegie Mellon University, is consistently rated among the most livable cities in America. With low cost-of-living, a thriving restaurant scene, a wealth of outdoor activities, and an accessible and diverse artistic and cultural landscape, there are ample opportunities to cultivate good work-life balance while advancing your scientific goals.


  • A PhD in neuroscience, psychology, engineering, or related fields
  • One or more years of expertise in auditory cognitive (neuro)science; prior experience with human electrophysiology and psychophysics is highly desirable
  • Broad experience with neuroscience or psychology literature; previous expertise with auditory cognitive neuroscience is advantageous
  • One or more years of experience with coding, data analysis, or computational modeling
  • Fundamental curiosity about how the brain coordinates auditory behavior, and a willingness to engage in collaborative research in a workplace that values intellectual playfulness
  • Statistical and programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Python, R)
  • Enjoyment of working with and teaching others; willingness to play a role in mentoring more junior researchers in the group
  • Fluency in speaking and writing in English
  • Demonstrated ability to write results for publication in the scientific literature
  • Flexibility, and an ability to learn quickly
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a scientific team is very welcome.

Compensation will be aligned to the National Institutes of Health salary pay scale, according to experience. The initial appointment will be one year, with further funding possible for additional years upon satisfactory performance.

We believe that equity and diversity make for better science.

We especially encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.


Please apply with a cover letter expressing your research expertise, qualifications, interests, and research/career goals. Please also include a CV and the names of at least two references in an email to Christi Gomez ([email protected]). You may direction questions and/or applications to Professor Lori Holt ([email protected]) The position is open immediately and candidates will be sought until the position is filled.

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders.



Medical College of Wisconsin  

Postdoctoral Position   


Language Imaging Laboratory, Medical College of Wisconsin

Postdoctoral Position in the Neurobiology of Aphasia


The MCW Language Imaging Laboratory (, directed by Jeffrey Binder, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to collaborate on imaging and behavioral studies of post-stroke aphasia. The work focuses on testing and refining a high-dimensional embodiment model of semantic representation using lesion-symptom correlation and resting state fMRI connectivity analysis in people with aphasia. Results will be applied to developing a mechanistic account of category-related deficit patterns, including verb, event, and abstract concepts as well as concrete object categories. The postdoc will also be involved in therapeutic studies of aphasia using high-definition tDCS and targeted psycholinguistic training methods. The postdoc will work with a large interdisciplinary team. Ample funding for scanning and neuroimaging resources are available, including two research-dedicated 3T MRI systems, human 7T MRI, magnetoencephalography, tDCS, and TMS. Applicants should have an interest in theoretical and empirical studies of aphasia and a high level of proficiency with computational methods in neuroimaging.


The Language Imaging Laboratory is funded by federal and intramural grants and provides a rich research environment for postdoctoral students with opportunities to mentor graduate students and minimal formal teaching responsibilities. MCW is an equal opportunity employer. To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter stating research interests, a curriculum vitae, and copies of at least one published or in-press paper to Samantha Drane ([email protected]), Aphasia Program Coordinator.


Conferences, Programs, and Calls


IMPRS for Language Sciences Conference  

June 3-5 2020  


The conference series on Interdisciplinary Approaches in the Language Sciences is catered towards junior scientists (master's & PhD students). Next to a diverse lineup of invited speakers, our two poster sessions provide junior scientists the opportunity to share their work and meet fellow young researchers from various fields of research.  



Seventh Annual Summer Neurolinguistics School 

22-24 June 2020  


Dear Colleagues,

Center for Language and Brain is happy to invite you to join us for our Seventh Annual Summer Neurolinguistics School, to be held on 22-24 June 2020 in Moscow, Russia.

This year's topic is Child Language Development. The school will be devoted to the cognitive and neural mechanisms of language acquisition, from infancy to adolescence, and to experimental and corpus approaches to their study. 


Our confirmed invited lecturers are:

Barbara Höhle The School will also feature solicited oral and poster presentations. Submissions focusing on this year's topic are particularly encouraged but we also welcome submissions on a broader range of neuro- and psycholinguistic topics. 


Registration and abstract submission will open in March 2020. For more information, please see our website:, or e-mail us at [email protected] We look forward to welcoming you in Moscow!



3rd International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC 2020)    

May 28-29 2020  


ISBPAC 2020 will take place in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on May 28-29, 2020. It will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, which is located on the Radboud University campus. There will be a pre-conference workshop on Teaching L2 Listening on May 27, 2020.


We encourage you to submit 250 word abstracts that address topics in bilingual child, adult, and heritage-speaker processing, including but not limited to the following:

  • Phonetic, phonological, lexical, morphological and syntactic processing
  • Crosslinguistic influence in bilingual speech production and comprehension
  • Code-switching
  • Cognitive consequences of multilingualism
  • Language processing in attrition
  • Implications of multilingual language processing for teaching
  • Neuroscientific studies of bilingual processing
  • Multimodal language and communication

ISBPAC started in 2016 at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany, initiated by Shanley Allen and colleagues. The second edition took place in 2018 at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, organized by Holger Hopp and colleagues.  


When the ISBPAC symposium started out in 2016, it had the explicit aim to include research on children as well as adults. ISBPAC 2018 added "L2" to the title, to include all types of bilingualism ranging from fluent bilinguals to beginning L2 learners. At ISBPAC 2020, while we do not wish to add any more words to the symposium's name, we emphasize multi- and interdisciplinarity: we aim to bring together researchers who investigate bilingual and L2 processing from various disciplines, including linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, multimodal communication, and language pedagogy, and all domains of language. Our fantastic keynote speakers illustrate ISBPAC's aims.


Keynote Speakers

Ann Bradlow, Northwestern University

Ton Dijkstra, Radboud University

Ludovica Serratrice, University of Reading


Pre-Conference Workshop "Teaching L2 Listening"

This one-day workshop aims to bring together educational practitioners and researchers interested in L2 listening.

Keynote speech by John Field, University of Bedfordshire


Important Dates

Notification of Acceptance

Early March, 2020


March 1st, 2020 - April 10th, 2020 (Early Bird)
April 11th, 2020 - May 15th, 2020 (Regular)

Pre-Conference Workshop

May 27th, 2020


May 28th, 2020 - May 29th, 2020


The ISBPAC 2020 organizing committee:

Mirjam Broersma (chair), [email protected]

Evan Kidd

Kristin Lemhöfer

James McQueen

Asli Özyürek

Sharon Unsworth




Seeking Grey Literature for Neuroimaging fMRI Meta-Analysis    


Dear colleagues,


I am currently working with a team to prepare a meta-analysis of studies examining brain response to reading intervention using fMRI. We are seeking grey literature on this topic, including unpublished data/manuscripts, manuscripts in preparation, under review, and/or in press, as well as theses, dissertations, and conference proceedings/submissions. Please direct inquiries and provide any information you wish to share to [email protected] We thank you in advance for your help!


Best regards,

Meaghan Perdue


The Society for the Neurobiology of Language