Conferences 2017

Date Title Organiser(s) Venue
26-28 May Language and the Brain: coding, understanding, and processing International Linguistic Association; City University of Hong Kong; HCLS City University of Hong Kong

Language and the Brain: coding, understanding, and processing

Date : 26-28 May 2017
Venue : City University of Hong Kong

For details please see the conference website .

About the Conference


Drawing on various analytical and theoretical frameworks, linguists have studied the conceptual organization of language. However, realizing that language is both enabled and constrained by cognitive capabilities, empirical evidence is necessary before linguistic-cognitive models and arguments can be tested and verified. To realize this objective, teams of researchers in linguistics and cognitive neuroscience have come together to design and implement practical experiments and non-invasive techniques for studying the neurobiological workings of the brain.

While there is still a great deal that is unknown about human cognition and our mental/thought processes, our understanding of the human brain has been greatly expanded and inspired by developments in neuroscience.

The 62nd Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association, with its theme of Language and the Brain: coding, understanding, and processing, will focus on language and the brain, investigating language functioning across the human lifespan. The conference will provide a unique forum for exploring several language-related behavior issues in relation to the development and aging processs. It is anticipated that the interdisciplinary nature of this area of study will bring together a group of distinguished scholars around the world, who have already demonstrated in their work a unique understanding on linguistics and cognitive neuro-science.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Neural biological foundation of language
  • Language and memory
  • Eye movements and language processing
  • Brain imaging technology and language processing
  • Neurobiology and language and age
  • Modeling language and cognition
  • Language development
  • Language disorders
  • Reading and literacy development
  • Bilingualism and the Brain

In keeping with the ILA tradition, individual papers and posters on other areas of linguistics also will be presented. In addition, apart from a range of parallel sessions, the Conference includes two workshops for teachers -- one on Pedagogical Grammar and the other on Vocabulary Development based on different principles of lexical organization.


Conference co-ordinator:
Jonathan J. WEBSTER City University of Hong Kong
Jo Anne KLEIFGEN Columbia University
LIU Meichun City University of Hong Kong
Jonathan J. WEBSTER City University of Hong Kong
Peggy TSE (HCLS)
Steven SO (LT)
LAU Takon (HCLS)
Annika WENDT (ILA)


  • The International Linguistic Association (ILA)
  • Department of Linguistics and Translation (LT), City University of Hong Kong
  • The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies (HCLS), City University of Hong Kong


  • WORD, Journal of International Linguistic Association