Graduate and postdoctoral positions at University of York

The Department of Psychology at the University of York is seeking two full-time researchers (one graduate and one postdoctoral) to work for three years on a new project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, awarded to Professor Gareth Gaskell at York in collaboration with Dr. Jenni Rodd at UCL. The project will examine the role of sleep, plasticity and memory consolidation in the comprehension of language.

Specifically, the research will assess to what extent sleep and memory consolidation underpin our ability to communicate effectively in conversational settings, assessing three possible aspects:
1) The refinement of the mental representations of words to ensure optimal future comprehension.
2) Tracking the linguistic events that are referred to during conversation, facilitating effective dialogue over a range of time-spans.
3) Identifying and maintaining speaker-specific preferences in the way language is used.
A range of methodologies will be used, including web-based and in-lab research, plus recording of sleep using polysomnography, sometimes overnight.

Please see the following links for further details and how to apply. The closing date is the end of July.
Graduate job
Postdoctoral job

Gareth Gaskell
Department of Psychology
University of York
Heslington, York YO10 5DD UK
Office: Psychology, E209
Phone: +44-1904-323187
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IMPRS Conference 2020 (no registration fee)

The IMPRS Conference: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Language Sciences is an international, three-day conference organised by the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences. It will take place from June 3 – 5 2020, now in a virtual format!

The IMPRS Conference is catered towards junior scientists (master’s & PhD students) and aims to inspire the next generation of language scientists to take on new challenges that will further our understanding of the human language ability. More senior researchers are welcome to register and submit a poster, but junior researchers will be prioritized.

In this year’s edition, we will focus on two themes (Language Disorders and Memory & Learning) and explore them from multiple viewpoints, such as genetics, psychology, (neuro)biology, linguistics and computer science. Alongside the keynotes, short talks and discussion sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to present their own work during the poster sessions. Furthermore, we will also have various workshops on soft skills, research methods and data analysis on offer.

The conference will now be hosted completely virtually, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Please bear in mind that the schedule might change to accommodate the virtual format. More information on the virtual format can be found here.

This conference series is catered towards junior scientists (master’s & doctoral students) and aims to inspire the next generation of language scientists to take on new challenges that will further our understanding of the human language ability.

To register, please head over to our website and fill in the registration form.

Note that there are limited spots for the workshops.

Registration will be confirmed by 15th May at the latest.

The IMPRS Conference 2020 committee | @imprsconference

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