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Call for Papers - Language and Music as Cognitive Systems, University of Cambridge

Dear Colleagues,

As you may be aware, we are currently organising a conference on music
and language as cognitive systems at the University of Cambridge.
Abstracts for both papers and poster presentations can be submitted
until 17 November 2006.

Martin Rohrmeier, on behalf of the organising committee.



Call for Papers  (deadline:  17 November 2006)

11-13 May 2007, University of Cambridge

Centre for Music & Science
Research Centre for English & Applied Linguistics
University of Cambridge, UK



In recent years, the fields of linguistics, musicology, experimental
psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and evolutionary anthropology have
witnessed an increased interest in the comparative study of music and
language as cognitive systems. This conference aims to bring together
major contributors from these areas of research in order to assess the
progress made, and future directions to take, in this truly
interdisciplinary enterprise, and to provide researchers and graduate
students from diverse backgrounds with a unique forum for discussion.

The conference will take place in Cambridge, UK, from May 11 to May 13,
2007. The event is structured around four core areas in which the
collaboration between music and language has proven to be particularly

   1. Structual comparisons between language and music
   2. Evolution of language and music
   3. Learning and processing of language and music
   4. Neuroscience of language and music

The format of the event is designed to encourage discussion of
theoretical models, empirical results, and methodological approaches to
the investigation of musical and linguistic cognition. For this purpose,
outstanding contributors to the different subsections have been invited
to serve as keynote speakers, namely:

    * Ray Jackendoff, Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University
    * Tecumseh Fitch, School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews
    * Jamshed Bharucha, Department of Psychology, Tufts University
    * Aniruddh Patel, The Neurosciences Institute, San Diego

Each keynote speech will be followed by a panel discussion composed of
three leading researchers, drawn from within and outside the University
of Cambridge, and by a paper session, in which four researchers will
present their work. In addition, a number of proposals will be accepted
for poster presentations.

The period for ABSTRACT SUBMISSION for both paper and poster
presentations is August 15, 2006 to November 17, 2006. For more
information on how to submit an abstract, please download the SUBMISSION
GUIDELINES. Notification e-mails will be sent out on January 15, 2007.

This event is co-organized by the Research Centre for English & Applied
Linguistics (Professor John Hawkins, Patrick Rebuschat) and the Centre
for Music & Science (Dr. Ian Cross, Martin Rohrmeier).

The organizers would like to acknowledge the financial support of the
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities
(CRASSH), and the Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK.

For further enquiries, please contact the organizing committee at