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ILCB's monthly newsletter N°29 - Oct. 15th, 2023
Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain
Bringing together experts in linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, medicine and computer science to understand and to model how language functions.

Dear members of the ILCB community,

I was really pleased to see so many of you at our welcome garden party on Friday 22nd, which started with a short presentation of 9 new PhD students and 4 new postdocs whose projects pertain to ILCB's scientific program, and a very interesting lecture on the “origins of human cognition” by one of our new permanent members, Claire Kabdebon.

We also said goodbye to our project managers --- Marien Guyon and Sabrina Rodrigues. We wish both of them happiness and success with their new projects. Thank you for everything!

The month of October will be full of special events, most notably the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, which will bring so many of our colleagues to Marseille. But also the 14th annual scientific day of the IRM-INT center, the lunch talk given by Prof. Tamara Swaab (UC Davis), etc.

Best wishes,


Quote of the month

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Figure of the month
Annual conference of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language

The 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL 2023) will feature three full days of scientific programming including Keynotes, Symposia, Slide Sessions, Poster Sessions, Award talks, Poster Slams and more.

Featured publications
A Window on Human and Artificial Cognition with Reverse Correlation
Etienne Thoret
The Dynamics of Chunking in Humans (Homo Sapiens) and Guinea Baboons (Papio Papio)
Laure Tosatto, Joël Fagot, and Arnaud Rey
Scientific portraits
ILCB supports

(Mis)alignment in Alignment Research: A Multidisciplinary Workshop on Alignment in Interaction


October 19th & 20th, 2023 @ Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Aix-en-Provence, France


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ILCB supports
Neuroimaging beyond the cortex, Scientific Day
The MRI-INT Center in Marseille is organising its 14th annual scientific day on Friday, October 20th at Cerimed, on the medical school campus of La Timone, Marseille.
This year’s theme is 'Neuroimaging beyond the cortex’ and will be an awesome opportunity to discover various aspects of imaging the cerebellum, the basal ganglia, and the spinal cord. It will feature talks by international, national, and local experts in the field.
Information regarding the program and mandatory registration is available online.
ILCB supports


December 4th to 6th (Mon.-Wed.) 2023

at Campus-Saint-Charles.



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PhD Defense & Scientific Workshop

On Friday October 23rd,

Mitja NIKOLAUS (LPL & LIS, Aix-Marseille Université & CNRS) will defend his PhD thesis entitled 

Communicative Feedback in Language Acquisition


Along with this defense, a scientific workshop is organized with the following preliminary program


Fri. Oct. 23rd, 2023 @ FRUMAN (Saint-Charles)

09h00 Raquel FERNÁNDEZ (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

09h40 Okko RÄSÄNEN (Tampereen Yliopisto, Finland)

10h20 Gabriella VIGLIOCCO (University College London, United Kingdom)


11h00 [Tamara SWAAB's ILCB lunch talk @ Salle des Voûtes]


14h00 PhD defense, Mitja NIKLAUS (LPL & LIS, Aix-Marseille Université & CNRS)




Habilitation Defense & Scientific Workshop

On Friday, December 1st,

Cristel PORTES (LPL, Aix-Marseille Université & CNRS) will defend her Habilitation memoir entitled 

From the Prosody of Discourse to Intonational Meaning in Dialogue(s)


Along with this defence, a scientific workshop is organized with the following preliminary program


Fri. Dec. 1st, 2023 @ LPL (Aix-en-Provence)

10h00 Brechtje Post (University of Cambridge, England)

11h30 Stefan Baumann (University of Cologne, Germany) 

12h15 Lunch

14h00 Soutenance HDR, Cristel Portes (LPL, Aix-Marseille Université & CNRS)

17h00 Social hour



Summary of future events


Please always check the events page on the ILCB website for the latest update.

(Mis)alignment in alignment research: A Multidisciplinary Workshop on Alignment in Interaction
October 19-20th, 2023 @ Laboratoire Parole et Langage (LPL)
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Tamara SWAAB, University of California Davis
October 27th 2023 @ -- Prediction in Language Processing: Some Ideas About How It’s Done
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David SCHLANGEN, University of Potsdam
February 9th 2024 @ -- Understanding Understanding — in General, and in Large Language Models
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Anne-Lise GIRAUD, Institut de l'Audition à l'Institut Pasteur
March 15th 2024 @ -- TBA
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Klaus ZUBERBÜHLER, Université de Neuchâtel
April 19th 2024 @ -- Revisiting the origins of meaning
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