Distinguished visitor, Dr. Thomas Bever

This week we will have several talks and meetings with Dr. Thomas Bever. Please take the time to attend as many of these events as possible. Here is the schedule and description of his talks:


Thomas G. Bever, Regent’s Professor of Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Education at the University of Arizona Tucson, will be at Carleton University Mon. March 11-Thurs. March 14, 2013 as part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science’s Distinguished Visitor Program. Dr. Bever is one of the world’s leading scholars on the formal, psychological and biological properties of natural language. His visit is being hosted by FASS, the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, the Institute of Cognitive Science, and the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Bever will present a series of four related lectures on language and cognition, and a seminar on reading and text formatting. He will also be available for meetings with individuals and groups. To schedule a meeting with him please contact Kumiko at Kumiko_murasugi@carleton.ca. Information on his visit, including abstracts, is available at http://www1.carleton.ca/slals/events/.

The revised schedule and titles of his talks are as follows:

Linguistics lecture
Date: Mon. Mar. 11
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
Location: 100 St. Patrick’s Building
Title: Language learning as problem solving: Its role in culling linguistic universals

Psychology lecture
Date: Tues. Mar. 12
Time: 2:30-4:00 pm
Location: 2017 Dunton Tower
Title: Normal variation in the behavior and neurology of language: Implications for genetic modularity of mind and brain

Cognitive Science lecture
Date: Wed. Mar. 13
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
Location: 238 Tory Building
Title: Laws of form in Perception: Aesthetic theory, the golden ratio and depth perception

Interdisciplinary lecture for a general audience
Date: Thurs. Mar. 14
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
Location: 180 University Centre
Title: The bio-psychology of linguistic universals – present puzzles and possibilities

Applied Linguistics seminar
Date: Thurs. Mar. 14
Time: 10:00-11:30 am
Location: 2203 Dunton Tower
Title: How to make linguistics relevant: The case of reading

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