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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Typology
Every year the graduate students of the Linguistics Department of 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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