Workshop: Linguistic illusions in sentence processing

Dates: September 8th and 9th 2020
Call deadline: March 15th 2020
Location: Constance, Germany

Confirmed speakers: Markus Bader (U Frankfurt), Ian Cunnings (U Reading), Julie Franck (U Geneva), Colin Phillips (U Maryland)


We are very pleased to announce the workshop “Linguistic illusions in sentence processing”, hosted by the Research Unit “Questions at the Interfaces”, the project “The Multilingual Mind”, and the Centre for Multilingualism, to be held at the University of Constance (Germany), September 8th and 9th 2020.

This workshop will provide a platform bringing together researchers working on different linguistic illusions in sentence processing. We will discuss the interplay of different linguistic and nonlinguistic processes reflected in these illusions, and the wide array of diagnostics and tools used in this field. Our goal is to identify the overarching questions in the research of illusions, and to arrive at a more comprehensive understanding of the parallels and differences of the different phenomena currently subsumed under the umbrella term “linguistic illusions”.

We invite abstracts on psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic investigations of different linguistic illusions, for example attraction errors (number attraction, case attraction etc.) or intrusive licensing of negative or positive polarity items. We particularly welcome abstracts dealing with:

  • the interplay between different components of grammar in sentence processing
  • the connection between illusions in sentence processing and the theoretical background of the related phenomena
  • the role of memory retrieval in sentence processing, and its interplay with linguistic processing effects of illusion in bi-/multilinguals
  • comparisons of experimental outcomes and insights from modelling approaches

Abstracts should be one A4 page (12 pt, excluding references and linguistic examples) for 30 minute talks or posters, to be submitted to

For more information, please see

Hope to see you next year in Constance, and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, Anna Czypionka

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Sep 08 - 09 2020


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