Socially Situated Language Processing (SSLP 2018)

Pre-AMLAP workshop

Location: ZAS, Schützenstraße 18, 3rd floor, Trajekte-Raum (308)
Date: Sept. 4-5th 2018
Organizers: Katja Münster (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) & John Tomlinson (Leibniz Center for General Linguistics (ZAS))

**** Registration for SSLP is no longer possible as we are at maximum capacity, i.e. we can literally not fit anymore people in the room. If you are attending AMLAP and have not registered, we kindly ask you to respect this and not try to come to the conference on a whim. ***

Both psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics have yielded fundamental insights regarding how language is understood in naturalistic settings. Despite this, the interaction between the two disciplines has been scarce at best. Whereas psycholinguistics has traditionally experimentally examined language comprehension independent of its socially situated environment, sociolinguists has generally ignored cognitive mechanisms that can enrich environmental influences on language use. While recent research has sought to bridge this gap, more experimental work on (computational and / or theoretical) modeling is needed that integrates how socially relevant information becomes integrated into language understanding in real time.
The goal of the current workshop is to encourage more interaction between psycho- and sociolinguistics. 

We invite submissions addressing the following questions:
- How is sentence processing affected by socially situated contextual information? 

  • Does social meaning facilitate real-time processing of utterances?
  • How do social cues prime language processing relevant for establishing reference and utterance interpretation?

- What is the time course of integration for social cues / socially relevant contextual information?

  • What is the effect of socially situated cues of speaker meaning (e.g., eye-gaze, facial expression) on language comprehension?
  • What is the effect of speaker / comprehender group membership (e.g., register, social status, etc.) on (real-time) language understanding?

- How is situated language use mediated by other socially relavant factors?

  • Affect and biological cues (embodiment)
  • Attitudes (expressive content)
  • Audience design (production-comprehension)
  • Development (age)

A further goal is to solicit submissions using a variety of different methodologies, both time course measures (e.g., eye-tracking, EEG, reaction times) as well as data sets addressing variation in larger populations (i.e. different types corpora from spoken interactions, hypertext, social networks, etc.). 

Invited speakers

Laura Staum Casasanto (U Chicago/Cornell U)
Shiri Lev-Ari (Royal Holloway London)
Stephanie Jannedy (ZAS Berlin)
Jos van Berkum (Utrecht)


Submissions can be submitted starting on April 1st until May 22th (deadline).
Authors can submit one page for text  (12 point font) and one additional page for figures/tables/references to the following email:


Authors should NOT include their name/affiliation in the text as well as gratuitous self citation. Authors should also specify whether they would prefer to have a poster or talk. 


Registration for SSLP 2018 is now open. Registration is free of charge but obligatory. Please register by sending an email to submissions.sslp2018(at) with “REGISTRATION” in the subject line and specify your name and affiliation for your name badge. Registration deadline is the 7th of August.
The program will be up shortly. We will also have a self-paid social event on the evening of the 4th of September. Information on this will also follow shortly.