Recognizing words in fluent speech is a fundamental skill in language processing, allowing listeners to access semantic and grammatical information encoded in the utterances they hear. This is one of the first skills infants must master in learning language. Although word recognition is subjectively instantaneous and effortless (at least when listening to familiar languages), the computations required are exceedingly complex. Two problems in particular must be surmounted. First, whereas we perceive words as discrete units with distinct endpoints, acoustically, words flow into one another, typically with no manifest boundary. Infants must thus learn how to segment words from continuous speech. Second, although we achieve a sort of perceptual constancy for words, different instances (or tokens) of words often vary wildly on any number of dimensions. Infants must learn which aspects of such variation are functionally relevant (i.e., actually signal differences between words) and which are not; i.e., infants mus
Dr. Patricia Dobkin, Dept of Medicine, McGill Programs in Whole Person Care. A seminar for health care professionals and others. Please register in advance.
For full- and part-time McGill graduate students. This event is designed to help students new to teaching, or who expect to teach as a part of their academic future, and want to feel more confident about their teaching skills and strategies, want to learn more effective ways to facilitate discussions, are interested in designing a course but don't know where to begin, and are wondering how to prepare for their future as researching and teaching faculty members. Students who attend the entire conference will be given a letter of participation from the Dean of Graduate Studies, which you can add to your teaching dossiers. Event includes coffee and muffins (8:30-9 am) and a catered lunch (1-2 pm).
In the last decade, many institutions, mostly international, started to develop a methodology called Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) in the field of development projects and fight against poverty strategies. Due to the influence of the social sciences, HRIA brings to another level the theory of human rights, namely theories of discrimination. Is HRIA more than a tool? Does it provide added value to development? What impact does HRIA have on the politics of human rights, now under the influence of the measurement paradigm?
Public guest lecture by Professor Bowie, Corpus Christi College
Dr. Richard Ivry, University of California at Berkeley
Dr. Peter Gollwitzer, New York University
Dr. Bruce Wampold, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Prof. Pasquale Pistone, University of Salerno and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Co-hosted by the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Taxation & the Quebec Research Centre of Private and Comparative Law. A light lunch will be served.
Registration fee: $725 physicians; $550 allied health professionals, nurses, residents and fellows. Continuing education credits available. Presented by the Dept of Medicine, Div. of Infectious Diseases, at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, this course reviews clinically relevant topics in infectious diseases that are chosen because they are of interest to the practicing clinician or because there have been significant recent advances in diagnosis or treatment.