In this four-session workshop we'll be learning what makes good science communication and outreach to non-specialist audiences, from kids and parents to policy-makers.

Start crafting your message by identifying the core of your research, and what makes it special and exciting. Sample some hands-on language science demos that the Outreach Committee has developed, and discuss what makes science communication and outreach successful.

What aspect of your research will capture a kid’s imagination? What will light up a lawmaker’s eyes? Learn to successfully pitch your message to very different audiences. Begin brainstorming a message to engage a specific audience, individually or in small groups, and get feedback from community members who are experts in engaging with these audiences.

Link to shared Google doc with notes is here!

Maryland Day Ideas

- Priming

- Machine translations vs. automatic speech recognition: how do these stack up again humans

- Phonemic restoration

- Garden path and structural ambiguity

- Trivia Wheel

- Jumbled words

- Speech rate & adjusting to speeded speech

- Linguistic illusions - Moses & keys to the cabinet

- Some stuff on animal communication - bee dance & monkey calls & ultrasonic songs

- Non-standard dialect and logic of a reflexive paradigm

- Jar with the representation of the # of languages around the world

- Language in the movies:

Star Wars - force awakens: beeping robot BB8 - information from prosody

Art of Language Inventions (Game of Thrones & Lord of the Rings)

Arrival - Sapir Whorf

- Language acquisition:

gorp & blicket – syntactic frame & the context allowing you to infer the meaning

crying with a stress pattern of your native language

babies as universal listeners

animal figurines & learning their songs

- Recursion & extending the sentence (having each person add a word to create a super long sentence) & GG (maybe LTAG)

Enrapture your audience with a skillfully composed one-minute elevator pitch. Learn how to explain highly technical material lucidly to non-specialists.

Topics for discussion

Put everything you've learned in the past sessions to the test! Finish crafting your hands-on outreach demo (or start, if you're just joining us!), and present it to the rest of the group for feedback.