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        1.    Anna Maria Di Sciullo, International Network in Biolinguistics First Meeting

Message 1: International Network in Biolinguistics First Meeting
Date: 16-Feb-2008
From: Anna Maria Di Sciullo <di_sciullo.anne-marieuqam.ca>
Subject: International Network in Biolinguistics First Meeting
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International Network in Biolinguistics First Meeting
Short Title: INB

Date: 23-Feb-2008 - 24-Feb-2008
Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
Contact: Anna Maria Di Sciullo
Contact Email: di_sciullo.anne-marieuqam.ca
Meeting URL: http://www.biolinguistics.uqam.ca

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The international network in biolinguistics aims to foster research on the
biological basis of the language faculty, linking theoretical linguistics,
developmental psychology, evolutionary biology and psychology, molecular
biology, genetics, and physics.

The programmatic sessions of this first organisational meeting set the minimal
architecture of this network, including possible websites, journals, summer
schools, and permanent centers. The open sessions of the meeting consist of
presentations and discussions of ongoing works in the field.

The presentations aim to explore further the factors that according to Chomsky
(2004, 2006, 2007) contribute to the growth of language in the individual, the
genetic endowment, experience, and language-independent principles of efficient

This meeting is organized by Anna Maria Di Sciullo and Massimo
Piattelli-Palmarini. It is sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada, the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, and the
University of Arizona, Tucson.

Saturday, February 23rd
Room 311 Communication Building

First Session: FLB

10:00- 10:30
M. Hauser and A. Endress (HU), General Perceptual Constraints on Language
Structure: Evolutionary Primitives

10:30- 11:00
T. Bever (UA), (with Shiaohui Chan, PhD, and Roeland Hancock)
Individual cerebral differences in language representation and learning

11:00- 11:30

11:30- 12:00
K. Stromswold (RU), The ''Critical Period'' in Language Acquisition: What Is
It, What Causes It, and Why Does It Exist?

12:00- 12:30
K. Wexler (MIT), Developing Phases, Verbal, Resultant State and Target State
Passives, Inverse Copulas, Clefts: the Interaction of Brilliant Plasticity and
Genetically Guided Principles

Lunch break

Second Session: Genes

Room 311 Communication Building

L. Jenkins (Biolinguistics Institute, Cambridge), Biolinguistics: From Genes to

R. Berwick, (MIT), Some Simple Biolinguistic Experiments Regarding FOXP2: How
Might We Extend the Domain of Evidence?


M. Piattelli-Palmarini (UA), and Juan Uriagereka (UM) Spellbound: The Birds

R. Berwick (MIT), Signal to Noise: Why Detecting Natural Selection could be

Sunday, February 24th
Room 311 Communication Building

Third Session: FL to FLB

A.M. Di Sciullo (UQAM), Exploring Asymmetry Effects from a Biolinguistic

C. Boeckx (HU), Approaching FL from Below

Lisa Cheng (Leiden University), Mapping in the Interfaces: Syntax-Phonology


E. van Gelderen (ASU), Economy as a Third Factor

H. Harley & A. Wedel (UAT), Temporal vs. Constituent Structure Effects in Processing

J. McGilvray (McGill), The Biolinguistics of Linguistically Expressed Concepts


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