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Cognitive Science Colloquium Series

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 12:20pm

202 Uris Hall

Julia Evans, PhD

Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Director, Child Language and Cognitive Processes Lab

University of Texas, Dallas

Poles, Bowls, and Dinosaur Bones

How Atypical Lexical Representations May Be Derailing Sentence Comprehension for Children with Specific Language Impairment

Rumelhart (1979) argued that comprehension, like perception, should be likened to Hebb’s (1949) paleontologist, who uses his or her beliefs and knowledge about dinosaurs in conjunction with the clues provided by the available bone fragments to construct a full-fledged model of the original. In this talk, I explore studies that suggest that, while real world knowledge is intact in children with SLI, deficits at the lexical level (the bone fragments) may be profoundly influencing sentence comprehension performance in children with SLI. 

12:20 @ 202 Uris Hall

Refreshments to be served @ 12:10


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Cognitive Science




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Julie Simmons-Lynch

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607 255-6431


Julia Evans, PhD

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University of Texas, Dallas

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Cornell community

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