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LINGUIST List 18.2986

Sat Oct 13 2007

Confs: Cognitive Science,Computational Linguistics,Syntax/USA

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        1.    Robert Berwick, Where Does Syntax Come From? Have We All Been Wrong?


Message 1: Where Does Syntax Come From? Have We All Been Wrong?
Date: 13-Oct-2007
From: Robert Berwick <berwickcsail.mit.edu>
Subject: Where Does Syntax Come From? Have We All Been Wrong?
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Where Does Syntax Come From? Have We All Been Wrong?

Date: 19-Oct-2007 - 19-Oct-2007
Location: Cambridge, MA, USA
Contact: Robert Berwick
Contact Email: berwickcsail.mit.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

The impetus for this workshop, borrowing from a recent review by
Yang in TICS (2004), is that 'Recent demonstrations of statistical
learning in infants have reinvigorated the innateness versus learning
debate in language acquisition,' particularly regarding syntax.
We aim to reexamine this issue in a single forum from the
computational, cognitive, and formal linguistics perspectives. Our
intent is to examine recent applications of statistical learning
theory to language acquisition.

Where Does Syntax Come From? Have We All Been Wrong?


When:
Friday, October 19th, 2007, 9 am - 5:45 pm
(breakfast 9-9:30; lunch 12:00-1:00; afternoon refreshments)

Where: (Note room change!)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wong Auditorium
Building E51 (Tang Center)
70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
(http://whereis.mit.edu/map-jpg?mapterms=e51&mapsearch=go)

Webcast:
This event will not be streamed live but will
subsequently become available on the web via
http://mitworld.mit.edu. Also available via Apple and iTunes at
iTunes U.

Registration:
No advance registration required, no fee - open to all.
RSVP's are appreciated but certainly not required.


Program:

9:00-9:30 Breakfast (Coffee and bagels)
In Foyer outside the Wong Auditorium

9:30-10:00 Opening Remarks:
Robert Berwick (MIT)
Michael Coen (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

10:00-10:45 Lila Gleitman (University of Pennsylvania)
''Human Simulations of Language Learning''

10:45-11:15 Christopher Manning (Stanford University)
''Machine Learning of Language from Distributional
Evidence''

11:15-12:00 Partha Niyogi (University of Chicago)
''The Computational Nature of Language Learning''

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:30 Josh Tenenbaum (MIT), Amy Perfors (MIT),
& Terry Regier (University of Chicago)
''Explorations in Language Learnability Using
Probabilistic Grammars and Child-Directed speech''

1:30-2:10 Howard Lasnik & Juan Uriagereka (UMD)
''Structure Dependence, the Rational Learner, and
Putnam's 'Sane Person'''

2:10-3:10 Noam Chomsky (MIT)
''Remarks and Reflections''

3:10-3:30 Coffee Break

3:30-4:00 Sandiway Fong (University of Arizona)
''Statistical Natural Language Parsing: Reliable Models
of Language?''

4:00-4:30 William Sakas & Janet Dean Fodor (CCNY)
'''Ideal' Language Learning and the Psychological
Resource Problem''

15 minute break

4:45-5:45 Panel discussion:
Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania)
Jean-Roger Vergnaud (USC)
Anna-Maria di Sciullo (University of Québec)
Norbert Hornstein (UMD)
Robert Freiden (Princeton University & Université Paris)


Organizers:
Robert C. Berwick, MIT, berwickcsail.mit.edu
Michael Coen, University of Wisconsin-Madison, mhcoencs.wisc.edu


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