LRDC to Host 2023 Annual Conference on Human Sentence Processing

March 1, 2023

  • Why is "legalese" so hard to understand?
  • What are the consequences of pronouncing penny as "penny" or "pinny"?
  • Can we measure whether a text is easy or hard to read?
  • What happens when we imagine someone else's voice in our head?

HSP 2023 logo These and other questions will be discussed at the 2023 Annual Conference on Human Sentence Processing (HSP), March 9-11, 2023, at the University of Pittsburgh. Hosted by the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC), HSP is the premier event in North America for scientists interested in how humans comprehend and produce language. HSP is an interdisciplinary forum that draws researchers from the fields of linguistics, psychology, computer science, education, neuroscience, and philosophy. Approximately 275 scientists (faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates) will attend the conference in person, coming from all over North America and from Europe, Australia, East Asia, and Latin America. This year will be the first hybrid version of the conference and will welcome another 300 scientists on-line.

Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Amanda Godley will open the conference, and LRDC Director and Distinguished University Professor Charles Perfetti will give an invited talk "In What Specific ways - If Any - Does a Reader's First Language Matter When They Read a Second Language?"

A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded special session for the conference "Literacy, Education, and Language Processing" is designed is to encourage connections between psycholinguistics, literacy, and education. It will include presentations from six eminent researchers who bridge the field of psycholinguistics with education and literacy.

The special session capitalizes and builds on the unique strengths of the Pittsburgh academic community. LRDC is an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the science of learning and to education practice. Pitt and nearby Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) are home to a vibrant community of researchers in second language education. The special session on "Literacy, Education, and Language Processing" will present a valuable step towards translating language science into educational contexts.

The HSP conference has been committed to attracting graduate students and post-doctoral fellows both in attending and presenting at the conference. Scientists in the early stages of their careers are well represented and prominent in the conference programs. To broaden participation, this year's conference organizers have done extensive outreach and will be offering virtual pre- and post-conference sessions for undergraduate and graduate students on how to interface with the conference.

More details at the HSP2023 conference webpage.

Registration is currently open to everyone but closes on March 2, 2023.