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Fri Feb 08 2008

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        1.    Naonori Nagaya, 12th Biennial Rice University Symposium on Language

Message 1: 12th Biennial Rice University Symposium on Language
Date: 08-Feb-2008
From: Naonori Nagaya <nagayarice.edu>
Subject: 12th Biennial Rice University Symposium on Language
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12th Biennial Rice University Symposium on Language

Date: 27-Mar-2008 - 29-Mar-2008
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Contact: Matt Shibatani
Meeting URL: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~eivs/sympo/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The 12th Biennial Rice University Symposium on Language, co-organized by Matt
Shibatani (Rice University) and T. Givón (University of Oregon), will be held in
the Farnsworth Pavilion of the Ley Student Center on March 27th-29th, 2008. The
topic of the symposium is 'The Genesis of Syntactic Complexity'.

The 12th Biennial Rice University Symposium on Language, is to be held at Rice
University, Texas, on March 27th-29th,2008. The program and the abstracts of the
plenary papers are now available at:


Registration is free; please preregister at this website.

The 12th Biennial Rice University Symposium on Language
The Genesis of Syntactic Complexity:
An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Thursday, March 27th

Morning session (9am-12noon):

Opening remarks:
T. Givón

Bernd Heine (Köln)
''A grammaticalization perspective on the rise of syntactic complexity''

Marianne Mithun (UC Santa Barbara)
''Re(e)volving complexity: adding intonation''

Matt Shibatani (Rice)
''Elements of complex structures , where recursion isn't''

Afternoon session (2pm-5-pm): Child Language

Holger Diessel (Jena)
''The emergence of relative clauses in early child language''

Cecilia Rojas (UNAM, Mexico)
''Starting small' processes in the acquisition of early relative clauses in

T. Givón (Oregon
''The acquisition of complex VPs: How children learn to negotiate fact and desire''

Friday, March 28th
Morning session (9am-12noon): Diachrony-II

Guy Deutscher (Leiden)
''Nominalization and the origin of subordination''

Martin Hilpert (UC Berkeley) and Christian Koops (Rice)
''The rise of pragmatic complexity: Diachronic and cross-linguistic aspects of

T. Givón (Oregon)
''Toward a diachronic typology of relative clauses''

Afternoon session (2pm-6pm):

Brian MacWhinney (Carnegie Mellon)
''The emergence of linguistic complexity through catalysis and usage''

Eric Pederson & Mitzi Barker (Oregon)
''Syntactic complexity and coordination in a verbal production task''

Diego Fernandez-Duque (Villa Nova)
''Cognitive underpinning of syntactic complexity: A possible role for 'chunking'?''

Saturday, March 29th

Morning session (9am-12noon): Diachrony-III

Östen Dahl (Stockholm)
''Two pathways of grammatical evolution''

Andrew Pawley (Canberra)
''On the origins of serial verb constructions in Kalam''

Claire Bowern (Rice)
''Defining complexity: Arguments from historical reconstruction''

Afternoon session (2pm-5pm): Biology and Evolution

Nathan Tublitz (Oregon)
''Neural plasticity: A window into the complexity of the brain''

Don Tucker (Oregon)
''Neural mechanisms of the language process''

Derek Bickerton (Hawaii)
''How central is recursivity?''

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