Nerd Nite September: Words and Weather

The World War 2 Club (aka The Deuce)
50 Conz Street, Northampton
September 12, 2016 – 7:00-9:00pm

I Know You Didn’t Mean That: How Your Beliefs Guide Language Comprehension

UMass Linguist Brian Dillon will talk about how we as listeners understand sentences in the course of normal conversations, and the various ways in which we sometimes ignore what is actually said, and instead, seem to hear what we want to hear.

Brian Dillon is an assistant professor in Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he runs the Cognitive Science of Language lab. The lab focuses on psycholingusitics, the study of how children and adults acquire and understand natural language.

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the Weather in Amherst

Jasper Lapienski is a culturally controversial community organizer who lives in Northampton. Jasper grew up in Amherst and has made a hobby of studying the local weather history since the moment of conception (give or take a few years). What was the weather like around here on the day women got the right to vote? Look up the date ahead of time and be prepared to find out!


The World War II Club is recovering from some burst sprinkler system pipes, which has left the kitchen temporarily out of commission. What does this mean? Unfortunately, we can’t offer food. You are welcome to bring something to eat or order takeout while at the deuce. Bring some pizzas and have a pizza party!

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