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LINGUIST List 18.1350

Fri May 04 2007

Confs: Linguistic Theories/Italy

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        1.    Anna Maria Di Sciullo, Biolinguistics: Language Evolution and Variation


Message 1: Biolinguistics: Language Evolution and Variation
Date: 03-May-2007
From: Anna Maria Di Sciullo <di_sciullo.anne-marieuqam.ca>
Subject: Biolinguistics: Language Evolution and Variation


Biolinguistics: Language Evolution and Variation

Date: 04-Jun-2007 - 06-Jun-2007
Location: Venice, Italy
Contact: Anna Maria Di Sciullo
Contact Email: di_sciullo.anne-marieuqam.ca
Meeting URL: http://www.biolinguistics.uqam.ca/venice2007

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Meeting Description:

The purpose of this conference is to discuss the properties of grammar and
variation from a biolinguistic perspective, bringing together biologists,
neuroscientists, and linguists, for three days of conference. The conference
aims at exploring further the factors that according to Chomsky (2006)
contribute to the growth of language in the individual, the genetic endowment,
experience, and language independent principles of efficient computation,
focusing on the factors contributing to language evolution and variation.

Biolinguistics: Language Evolution and Variation
Venice 2007

Conference Program

Monday, June 4 :

9.00 - 9.30 Registration

9.30 - 10.00 Venetian welcome

10.00 - 11.00 Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (Univ. Arizona)
The case of FOXP2 (the so-called language gene) revisited

11.00 - 12.00 Juan Uriagereka (Univ. Maryland)
Why knots, finches and more: Extending our data base

12.00 - 12.40 Jean-Rémy Hochmann, Mahan Azadpour, Jacques Mehler
(SISSA, Trieste)
Do humans learn artificial center-embedded dependencies?

12.40 - 14.20 Lunch break

14.20 - 15.20 Lyle Jenkins (Biolinguistics Institute, Cambridge)
Biolinguistics: The ''third factor'' in evolution and variation

15.20 - 16.00 Takashi Toyoshima, Fuminori Mizushima
(Kyushu Institute of Technology)
Learnability of recursion in language

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30 Anna Maria Di Sciullo (UQAM)
Elements of bio-morphological variation

17.30 - 18.10 Eva Juarros-Daussa (SUNY at Buffalo)
Architectural constraints in the lexicon:
the three-argument restriction

18.10 - 18.50 Arhonto Terzi, Evangelia Driva
(Technological Educational Institute of Patras)
Children's passives and the theory of grammar

Tuesday, June 5:

9.30 - 10.30 Giuseppe Longobardi,
Chiara Gianollo, Cristina Guardiano
(Univ. Trieste)
Towards a history and geography of human syntax

10.30 - 11.10 Rita Manzini, Leonardo Savoia (Univ. Firenze)
(Bio)linguistic diversity

11.10 - 11.40 Coffee break

11.40 - 12.40 Luigi Rizzi (Univ. Siena)
TBA

12.40 - 14.20 Lunch break

14.20 - 15.20 Cedric Boeckx (Harvard Univ.)
Approaching parameters from below

15.20 - 16.00 Wolfram Hinzen (Univ. Durham)
Emergence of a systemic semantics through minimal
and underspecified codes

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30 Kleanthes Grohmann (Univ. Cyprus)
Focus on Biolinguistics -- Focus in Theoretical Linguistics

17.30 - 18.10 Réjean Canac-Marquis (Simon Fraser Univ.)
A case phase analysis of reconstruction and online Binding

18.10 - 18.50 Antonia Androutsopoulou, Manuel Espanol-Echevarria
(Univ. Laval)
Attributive modification and definiteness

18.50 - 19.50 Alessandra Giorgi (Univ. Venice)
Universal Grammar and temporal dependencies

Wednesday, June 6:

9.30 - 10.30 Andrea Moro (Univ. S. Raffaele, Milan)
Negation in the brain

10.30 - 11.10 Julie Legate (Cornell Univ.)
On determining the contents of Universal Grammar

11.10 - 11.40 Coffee break

11.40 - 12.40 Richard Kayne (NYU)
On the limits of computation

12.40 - 14.20 Lunch break

14.20 - 15.20 Charles Yang (Univ. Pennsylvania)
The Origin and Diffusion of Variations

15.20 - 16.00 Paolo Chinellato (Univ. Padua, Univ. Venice)
New thoughts on Agrammatic Broca's Aphasia
and the structure of the clause

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 - 17.10 Judit Gervain, Jacques Mehler (SISSA, Trieste)
Perceptual primitives in Language Acquisition:
Near infrared spectroscopy studies with neonates

17.10 - 17.50 Erika Marchetto, Luca L. Bonatti (SISSA, Trieste)
Learning rules from an artificial speech stream:
Early developmental differences

17.50 - 18.50 Robert Berwick (MIT)
All you need is Merge: biology, computation,
and language from the bottom-up

18.50 Episodic farewell

Alternates : Carlo Cecchetto, Costanza Papagno(Univ. Milan-Bicocca)
Short term memory as an interface system
for syntactic computation

Alona Soschen (MIT)
Syntactic phases: A biolinguistic approach


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