AHRC network: Pervasive context-sensitivity in natural language

CCR will host a major AHRC funded international network between the University of Reading and Peking University, China, during 2014-2016, on the topic of ‘Pervasive context-sensitivity in natural language’. The project will look at the extent of context-sensitivity in language, what theoretical models are best suited to accommodating  context-sensitivity, the effect of  context-sensitivity on the understanding of those with cognitive impairments, and the relationship between artificial linguistic modelling and context-sensitivity. Further details will follow on this site, but if you are interested in being involved in the project please email Emma Borg (e.g.n.borg@reading.ac.uk).

PhD Studentships in Philosophy

Offered by the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

Our Doctoral Training Partnership will be offering a considerable number of AHRC studentships in Philosophy this year. Successful applicants for these studentships will have at least two research supervisors, and these will often be at different universities within this Doctoral Training Partnership. Students will be affiliated with the first supervisor’s university. The second supervisor is allowed to be in a discipline other than Philosophy. The Partnership is strong in many different areas of Philosophy and in inter-disciplinary research that includes Philosophy. Applications are welcome in virtually any area of Philosophy and in a wide array of inter-disciplinary investigations in which Philosophy plays a large part.

For further information, see:






The 7th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy

Is computation observer-relative?
AISB-50, Goldsmiths, London, 1-4 April 2014

As part of the AISB-50 Annual Convention 2014 to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London


The convention is organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)


Dr. John Preston (CCR, Philosophy) is the Symposium Chair for this event, while Prof. Slawomir J Nasuto (CCR, Systems Engineering) is a Symposium OC member. There is a Call for Papers out, deadline 3rd January. Submissions must be full papers and should be sent via EasyChair:


Upcoming talks around the University

Seminar series at the School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences for Autumn 2013:


Seminar series for the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism, Autumn 2013 and Spring 2014:

Autumn 2013

Date Time Location Title
September 18th 1:00-2:30 Whiteknights

Room: Harry Pitt Building, G79

Prof. Roumyana Slabakova, University of Iowa & University of Southampton

The Effect of Construction Frequency and Native Transfer on the L2 knowledge of the Syntax-Discourse Interface

October 7th 3:00-4:30 London Road

Room: L22, 108

Prof. Li Wei, Birkbeck College, University of London

Multilingualism, Social Cognition, and Creativity

October 23rd 1:00-2:30 Whiteknights

Room: Harry Pitt Building, G79

Prof. Suzanne Romaine, University of Oxford


November 6th 3:00-4:30 London Road

Room: G01

Dr. John Williams, University of Cambridge

Linguistic Naturalness and Implicit Learnability

November 20th 1:00-2:30 Whiteknights

Room: Harry Pitt, 157

Prof. David Green, University College London

Language Control in Bilingual and Multilingual Speakers

December 2nd 3:00-4:30 London Road

Room: G01

Prof. Jean Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck College, University of London

Intra- and Inter-individual Variation in Code-Switching Patterns of Adult Multilinguals

December 9th 1:00-2:30 Whiteknights

Room: Harry Pitt, 157

Dr. Victoria Murphy, University of Oxford

Language and Literacy Development in Children with English as an Additional Language

Spring 2014

Jan. 29th 1:00-2:30 Whiteknights

Room: TBA

Prof. Guillaume Thierry, Bangor University

Do bilinguals really have two languages?

Feb 3rd 3:00-4:30 London Road

Room: TBA

Prof. Martha Young Scholten, Newcastle University

Beginners: research, assessment and materials.

Feb 19th 1:00-2:30 Whiteknights

Room: TBA

Dr. Laura Shapiro, Aston University

Reading comprehension in children from diverse language backgrounds

March 3rd 3:00-4:30 London Road

Room: TBA

Dr. Selma Babayigit, UWE, Bristol

Oral language and literacy development in children with English as a second language

March 19th 1:00-2:30 Whiteknights

Room: TBA

Dr. Carol Jaensch

University of Essex


March 31st 3:00-4:30 London Road

Room: TBA

April 16th 1:00-2:30 Whiteknights

Room: TBA

Dr. Manne Bylund, University of Stockholm

Differences in L2 ultimate attainment: age of acquisition effects or effects of bilingualism?