New Directions in Cognitive Science
Mass Terms: Cognitive Issues in Generics, Mass Terms, and Related Linguistic Constructions
A two day conference sponsored by the
Simon Fraser University Cognitive Science Program
Information on the Proceedings of past Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science areavailable here.
Dates: February 3 - 4, 2006
Place: Simon Fraser University Vancouver Campus , 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Conference Chair : Jeffry Pelletier, Simon Fraser University

For more information, contact SFU Cognitive Science Program at (604) 268-7127 or at

Invited Speakers  

Greg Carlson - Linguistics, University of Rochester
Susan Gelman - Psychology, University of Michigan
Cliff Goddard - University of New England, Australia
James Hampton - Psychology, City College London
Francis Jeffry Pelletier - Philosophy/Linguistics, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
Sandeep Prasada - Psychology, Hunter College, New York
Ed Wisniewski - Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greenboro
Sandy Waxman - Psychology, Northwestern University
Fei Xu – Psychology, University of British Columbia

Call for Submissions

Next year's conference brings together research in psychology, linguistics and philosophy to examine two specific forms of linguistic constructions found across different human languages and cultures that play a key role in human communication. Generics and Mass Terms will be of interest to all researchers studying human communication, including philosophers and computer scientists, psychologists and linguists.

In addition to invited speakers we invite abstracts from students locally, nationally, and internationally. These abstracts will form the basis of a poster-session, which will run between the invited speaker presentations. Poster session submissions are invited on the theme: Cognitive Issues in Language. Deadline for submissions has been extended to December 7, 2005. More info.

Students are encouraged to assist as volunteers at the conference. Email: for more info.



By mail before January 15th

Regular: $125.00 CDN / $92 US
Students: $35 CDN / $25.50 US

There will be a conference Chinese banquet on February 3rd at a nearby restaurant. The fee of $35 CDN covers food, taxes and tip, but not drinks.

Please send a cheque for registration fees, along with your name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation to the address below. If you would like to join us for the banquet, please include banquet fees and indicate whether you are a vegetarian or meat eater.
Cognitive Science Program
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C.
V5A 1S6

Onsite registration

Regular $135.00 CDN / $99.00 US
Student: 40.00 CDN / $30.00 US


More info to follow re confrenence rate hotel arrangements...


Program info to come.

Some Topics of proposed papers:

"Conceptual representations and count nouns: insights from human infants", Xu

"On the conceptual basis for the count and mass noun distinction", Wisniewski

"Conceptual representations and some forms of genericity", Prasada

"Types of Generic Assertions", Pelletier

"Vagueness and stability in concepts", Hampton

"Generics as a window onto young children's concepts", Gelman

"Dispositions and situational polysemy", Carlson


Last Updated on November 30, 2005
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