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LINGUIST List 21.1586

Thu Apr 01 2010

Confs: Lang Acquisition, Typology/USA

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        1.    Shannon Hoerner, Bridging Language Acquisition and Typology

Message 1: Bridging Language Acquisition and Typology
Date: 30-Mar-2010
From: Shannon Hoerner <shoernerumd.edu>
Subject: Bridging Language Acquisition and Typology
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Bridging Language Acquisition and Typology

Date: 08-May-2010 - 09-May-2010
Location: University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Contact: Shannon Hoerner
Contact Email: shoernerumd.edu
Meeting URL: http://ling.umd.edu/events/mayfest/2010/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Typology

Meeting Description:

Every year the graduate students of the Department of Linguistics at the
University of Maryland organize a linguistics workshop focusing on a different
aspect of language. The goal of this 17th annual Mayfest is to bring researchers
together for a lively interdisciplinary exchange that offers new angles for
approaching the relation between learnability and typology.

Talks at this year's workshop will center on issues raised by cross-linguistic
variation for theories of language acquisition and vice versa. In particular we
are interested in fostering discussion about defining the space of possible
languages and how learners use constraints on this space to acquire a particular
grammar. Talks will address the strengths and weakness of theories of
'principles and parameters' and linguistic universals in accounting for the
range and limits of grammatical variation, in addition to the degree to which
conclusions from this work converge with those from the study of language
acquisition and change.
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