Symposium on Language and Perception

The symposium will be held Monday, April 4, 2005, from 12:00-2:00 PM in the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union.

Language has frequently been characterized as a system with terms that get their meaning solely from their relations to other terms within the same system. By this account, language is viewed as a closed system with little contact to the world. In contrast, there has been considerable recent interest in grounding language in human perceptual and motor systems, and also rekindling the notion that our perceptions and actions may be influenced by language. The three panelists in this symposium will disucss the bidirectional interactions between language and perception. Topics that will likely be covered include:

Lera Boroditsky, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
Stevan Harnad, Canada Research Chair and Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal
Linda Smith, Chancellor’s Professor of Psychology, Indiana University

Organizer: Robert Goldstone

Sponsor: The Indiana University Cognitive Science Program


12:00-12:30 - Lera Boroditsky, "From Perception to Language and Back Again
12:30-1:00 – Stevan Harnad, “How to Get Off the Chinese/Chinese Dictionary-Go-Round”
1:00-1:30 – Linda Smith, "On the inseparability of language and thought"
1:30-2:00 – open discussion