Fall 2023

"She, They, He, Ze: A Discussion of Pronouns, Language and Respect"

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 | 5:30-6:30+pm
 in-person: Math & Science Center E208
 online: Zoom Webinar Link

Poster of the "She, They, He, Ze: A Discussion of Pronouns, Language and Respect" event.

The PROGRAM IN LINGUISTICS invites Emory College students, graduate students, staff, and faculty to a presentation and discussion of gender-fair language and 3rd-person pronouns. Three Emory faculty and three Emory students will make 5-minute mini-presentations on diverse topics:
  • key terms/concepts
  • history of English pronouns
  • pronouns across languages
  • pronouns in relation to thought/behavior
  • negotiating pronouns in personal relations
  • developing norms of use at Emory.
We will then move to a question/answer session and open discussion.

small poster of Dr. Ramsay's lecture includes title of lecture, date, time and photo of Sonja Lanehart.
Dr. Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Autism Center & the Department of Pediatrics,
Emory University School of Medicine
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2023 @ 4:00pm EST
Title: Early Vocal Development in Autism: Biomarkers of Infant Risk and Resilience

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder of early onset defined by core deficits in social communication and restrictive interests/repetitive behaviors. Although ASD is no longer defined by deficits in spoken language, children with autism are universally delayed in speech and language acquisition, 25% of children diagnosed with ASD will never learn to talk, and early language ability continues to be the best prognostic indicator of long-term outcome in adulthood, underscoring the importance of early detection and intervention. This talk presents the results of a large-scale prospective longitudinal study of early vocal development conducted over 10 years as part of an NIH Autism Center of Excellence, aiming to develop vocal biomarkers for autism and related developmental disorders. Using new techniques for automated voice analysis, applied to all-day home audio recordings collected monthly from 500 infants from birth to 3 years, differences in developmental trajectories of infant vocal behavior, caregiver response, and infant-caregiver contingency were found within the first year of life that predict later autism diagnosis and language outcome at 24 months and identify new pathways for early intervention.

This lecture is cosponsored by: The Department of Psychology.