LINGUIST List 11.1018

Thu May 4 2000

Confs: Foundations of Language - Germany

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  1. Silke Urban, Foundations of Language - U of Leipzig, Germany

Message 1: Foundations of Language - U of Leipzig, Germany

Date: Thu, 04 May 2000 12:09:08 +0200
From: Silke Urban <>
Subject: Foundations of Language - U of Leipzig, Germany

The Graduate Centre "Universality and Diversity" at University of
Leipzig (Germany), Centre of Cognitive Science and the
Max-Planck-Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience Leipzig
invite everybody
 to a
workshop "Foundations of Language"
with Ray Jackendoff:

times and places
11th of May, 2000: 16.30 - 18.30 at the MPI building,
12th of May, 2000: 16.00 - 18.00 at the MPI building,
16th of May, 2000: 16.00 - 18.00 at the University, HS 17
17th of May, 2000: 16.00 - 18.00 at the University, HS 17

The time is ripe to reexamine the basic issues of linguistic
theory in the light of research in linguistics and neighboring
disciplines. The last thorough exposition of the foundations of
generative linguistics was Chomsky's Aspects of the Theory of Syntax in
1965. Since then, virtually all work in and around linguistics has
either taken these foundations for granted, rejected them altogether, or
modified parts of the formal machinery without addressing the
implications for basic issues.
These lectures, based on a book in progress, will ask what was right in
these foundations, and what in retrospect seems to have been mistaken;
it will show how the last thirty-five years of research lead to a more
comprehensive view of the language faculty and its place in the study of

 The goal is to develop an overall framework in which it is possible
to see how the subdisciplines of generative linguistics fit together and
how they interact with the neighboring disciplines. In particular, I
will be concerned to show that interaction is a two-way street: not
only can generative linguistics can be constrained and enriched by
cross-disciplinary research, but also basic facts about language offer
important challenges for contemporary theories of the brain.

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