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Mon Jun 29 2009

Calls: Language Acquisition, Psycholing, Syntax/Germany

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        1.    Andreas Trotzke, Recursion Workshop (DGfS 2010)

Message 1: Recursion Workshop (DGfS 2010)
Date: 27-Jun-2009
From: Andreas Trotzke <andreas.trotzkemars.uni-freiburg.de>
Subject: Recursion Workshop (DGfS 2010)
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Full Title: Recursion Workshop (DGfS 2010)

Date: 24-Feb-2010 - 26-Feb-2010
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Andreas Trotzke
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://linguistlist.org/confcustom/recursion2010

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2009

Meeting Description:

'[…] von endlichen Mitteln einen unendlichen Gebrauch machen' - Recursion as a Central Issue in Recent Linguistics (DGfS 2010)

Since Chomsky referred to Humboldt when thinking about the 'creative aspect of language use' as a human-specific capacity and describing it by using recursive function theory, recursion is a prominent issue in linguistics. Recently, Hauser et al. argue that only syntactic recursion belongs to what they call FLN (Faculty of Language - Narrow Sense), i. e. that only this feature of the human language faculty is both human- and language-specific. Consequently, Hauser et al. are challenged by findings of cross linguistic fieldwork (Everett), by comparative psychology (Gentner et al.), and by a vast amount of literature describing similar kinds of recursion in other cognitive domains than language (e. g. Jackendoff & Lehrdahl).

This workshop aims at recursion within grammatical theory as connected to cross linguistics and language acquisition studies. Moreover, it deals with neurobiological research localizing aspects of syntactic recursion in neural tissue, e. g. the processing of long-distance dependencies. Beside these 'biolinguistic' aspects, recursion is also addressed by accounts describing language qua communication and not qua internal computational system. Accordingly, recursive structures of theory of mind and their implications for linguistic pragmatics are also of great interest.

As the workshop aims at approaching the issue multidimensionally, it invites all researchers wondering - like Humboldt - about this gift of nature 'von endlichen Mitteln einen unendlichen Gebrauch [zu] machen.'

The workshop is part of the annual meeting of the German Society for Linguistics (DGfS) in Berlin from February 23-26, 2010.

Workshop Organizers:

Andreas Trotzke (University of Freiburg)
Uli Sauerland (ZAS, Berlin)
Mathias Schenner (ZAS, Berlin)
Rainer Ludwig (ZAS, Berlin)

Invited Speakers:

Tecumseh W. Fitch (tbc)
Tom Güldemann (tbc)


Call for Papers:

Submission Details:

We invite submissions of anonymous abstracts for 30 or 60 minute talks including discussion. Submissions should not exceed two pages. Please upload your abstracts at http://linguistlist.org/confcustom/recursion2010 by the deadline listed below. The submissions will be reviewed anonymously by the workshop's organizers.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: August 15th, 2009
Notification: September 1st, 2009
Workshop dates: February 24-26th, 2009



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