Socially Situated Language Processing (SSLP 2018)

Organizer(s) Katja Münster & John Thomlinson
Affiliaton(s) ZAS Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Workshop SSLP 2018
Start of event 04.09.2018, 08.00 o'clock
End of event 05.09.2018, 18.00 o'clock
Venue ZAS, Schützenstraße 18, 3rd floor, Trajekte-Raum (308)

General information

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.


Download SSLP 2018 full program with abstracts

Tuesday, 4th September



8.30 -- 9.15

Welcome coffee & badge pickup

9.15 – 9.30

Opening remarks

9.30 – 10.30

Keynote: Jos van Berkum: Language comprehension, emotion and sociality

10.30 – 10.45

Short coffee break 

10.45 – 11.15

The impact of stereotypes and noun endings on processing gender in English: comparing native and non-native performance (J. Müller, L. Konieczny, V. Haser)

11.15 – 11.45

Empathy determines how intonation is used to process semantically ambiguous word (N. Esteve-Gibert, A. Schafer, B. Hemforth, C. Portes, C. Pozniak, M. D'Imperio)

11.45 – 12.15

Emotion, reference, and perspective-taking in children's language processing (C. G. Chambers, J. Berman, M. Khu, J. Thacker, S. A. Graham)

12.15 – 13.45

Lunch break

13.45 – 14.45

Keynote: Stefanie Jannedy: Language External Effects on Speech

14.45 – 16.00

Poster* session with coffee 

16.00 – 16.30

Do posh ducks say qu[ɑ:]ck?: Investigating the cognitive representation of dialect variation (M. Austen)

16.30 – 17.00

Automatic vs. RT-modulated phonetic convergence over timescales and context (S. J. Tobin, M. A. Hullebus, A. I. Gafos)

17.00 – 17.30

Processing of case variation in German prepositional phrases (A. Engel & A. Hanulíková)

19.00 – 23.00

Social event: boat trip with small picnic 


  1. Reference resolution and the integration of referential visual cues (M. Sekicki & M. Staudte)
  2. The difference is not orthographic, it is grammatical: Situational variation of linguistic explanations (M. Kuehnast & B. Lütke)
  3. Production/Interpretation Asymmetries in French Grammatical Gender (Célia Richy & Heather Burnett)
  4. Toward an understanding of how nonbinary pronouns are learned and processed (L. Ackerman)
  5. Tailoring Referential Descriptions:  Talking to Children, Adults, and Computers(R. Saryazdi, J. Bannon & C. G. Chambers)
  6. Integration and anticipation processes of the speaker and meaning in adults with and without autism spectrum disorder: evidence from eye-tracking and ERPS (M. Barzy, J. Black, D. Williams, H. J. Ferguson)

 Wednesday, 5th September



8.30 – 9.00


9.00 – 10.00 

Keynote: Laura Staum Casasanto: What kind of meaning is social meaning?

10.00 – 10.30

Coffee break 

10.30 – 11.00

Integrating listener and speaker characteristics into the Coordinated Interplay Account (K. Münster & P. Knoeferle)

11.00 – 11.30

Integrating socially situated non-linguistic cues in pragmatic generalization (A. Pogue, S. Brown-Schmidt, C. Kurumada)

11.30 – 12.00

Effects of talker identity on speech comprehension across the lifespan (A. Hanulíková)

12.00 – 13.30

Lunch break

13.30 – 14.30

Keynote: Shiri Lev-Ari: The development of linguistic skills from a social network perspective

14.30 – 15.00

Coffee break

15.00 – 15.30

Novel lexical representations are shaped by speakers’ in-group status and learners’ in-group biases (S. Iacozza, A.S. Meyer, S. Lev-Ari)

15.30 – 16.00

Do these pants make me look fat?  Influences of response delay on conversational meaning (A. Baltaretu & C. G. Chambers)

16.00 – 16.30

Variation in French partial interrogatives: social meaning as a key factor to understand sociolinguistic norm violations (G. Thiberge & B. Hemforth)

16.30 – 17.00

Panel discussion & concluding remarks