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LINGUIST List 21.2126

Thu May 06 2010

Confs: Cognitive Science, Typology, Syntax, Neuroling/Spain

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        1.    Montserrat Sanz, Understanding Language: 40 Years down The Garden Path

Message 1: Understanding Language: 40 Years down The Garden Path
Date: 06-May-2010
From: Montserrat Sanz <msanz.kobegmail.com>
Subject: Understanding Language: 40 Years down The Garden Path
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Understanding Language: 40 Years down The Garden Path
Short Title: GARDEN PATH

Date: 28-Jun-2010 - 01-Jul-2010
Location: San Sebastian-Donostia, Basque Country, Spain
Contact: Itziar Laka
Contact Email: itziar.lakaehu.es
Meeting URL: http://www.elebilab.com

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Syntax; Typology

Meeting Description:

The famous garden path sentence the horse raced past the barn fell turns 40
years since it was published in the seminal paper "The Cognitive Basis of
Linguistics Structures" by Thomas G. Bever, one of the founders of the field of
language processing. Language is the focus of some of the major scientific
issues in cognitive science, such as the interaction between associative habits
and structured mental computations, or a productive rapport between innatist
approaches and biological and functional approaches. This meeting brings
together some of the most outstanding researchers in the field, to discuss
current frontiers in our understanding of language within cognitive science, and
to assess the progress made during these four decades of research in language

Call for Participation:

Reminder: Summer Course at the University of the Basque Country

Understanding Language: Forty Years down the Garden Path


-Itziar Laka (University of the Basque Country. UPV/EHU)
-Montserrat Sanz (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. Japan)
-Pello Salaburu (University of the Basque Country)

Please find below the information about the gathering at the Basque Country that
will take place from June 28th to July 1st, 2010 in San Sebastián (Spain). This
40-hour course offers the possibility of listening to and interacting with an
outstanding panel of speakers, representative of the frontier in language
research within Cognitive Science. It is also a commemoration of the 40 years
since the publication in 1970 of "The Cognitive Bases for Linguistic Structures"
by Thomas G. Bever, a precursor of many of the topics that are today known as
Biolinguistics. Also in that paper, the famous example "The horse raced past the
barn fell" was first proposed to illustrate some phenomena concerning language

We would like to encourage students to attend. There are some scholarships
available for students, which cover registration fees and housing. The deadline
for application has been extended. Please urge your students to come to Spain
and enjoy the unique opportunity to see so many bright and influential people
debating together and to ask them questions.

The information about summer courses at San Sebastián can be found in:


About grants:


For more information please contact either Edurne Petrirena or

List of Speakers:

-Gerry Altman, University of York
-Bob Berwick, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
-Thomas G. Bever, University of Arizona
-Ina Bornkessel, University of Marburg
-Manuel Carreiras, BCBL-Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language
-Gary Dell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
-Luciano Fadiga, Italian Institute of Technology-University of Ferrara
-Charles Lin, Indiana University
-Yosef Grodzinsky, Mc Guill University
-Sonia Kotz, Max Planck Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences
-Maryellen MacDonald, University of Wisconsin-Madison
-Jacques Mehler, SISSA-ISAS CNS, Trieste
-Colin Phillips, University of Maryland
-Douglass Saddy, University of Reading
-Edward P. Stabler, UCLA
-Michael Tanenhaus, University of Rochester
-Massimo Piatteli-Palmarini, University of Arizona

Registration fees:

Before 31 May: 90 EUR.
From 1 June: 108 EUR.

Academic validity:

40 hours.

Official language:


Monday, June 28th


Welcome and Presentation: Itziar Laka and Montserrat Sanz

Mike Tanenhaus, University of Rochester: Introduction to the Course. On the
Cognitive Basis of Linguistic Structures: Themes that have Endured.

Session 1. The Crosslinguistic Brain and Language
Chair of the session: Itziar Laka

Jacques Mehler SISSA-ISAS CNS, Trieste: Languages in the Infant Brain

Manuel Carreiras, Basque Center on Brain, Cognition and Language: Mechanisms of


Ina Bornkessel, University of Marburg, Germany: Neurotypology: Modelling
Cross-linguistic Similarities and Differences in the Neurocognition of Language

Yosef Grodzinsky McGuill University: Changing Perspectives on the Functional
Role of Some Language Regions in the Brain


Round Table, General Discussion: The Crosslinguistic Brain and Language
Theme discussant: Douglass Saddy
Participants: Tanenhaus, Mehler, Carreiras, Grodzinsky

June 29th, Tuesday

Session 2. The Evolution Of Language And Language Universals
Chair of the session: Pello Salaburu, University of the Basque Country

Massimo Piattelli Palmarini, University of Arizona: Comprehension, Production
and Linearization in a New Evolutionary Perspective

Robert Berwick, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Three Models for the
Description of Language Complexity


Douglass Saddy, University of Reading: Measuring Language Universals in the Brain

Thomas Bever, University of Arizona: Where do Linguistic Universals come from?


Round Table, General Discussion: The Evolution of Language and Language Universals
Theme discussant: Colin Phillips
Participants: Piatelli-Palmarini, Berwick, Saddy, Stabler and Bever.

June 30th, Wednesday

Session 3. The Relations between Language Production and Perception
Chair of the session: José Manuel Igoa, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Maryellen C. MacDonald, University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Production Basis of
Language Comprehension: Evidence from Relative

Gary Dell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Implicit Learning in the
Language Production System is Revealed in Speech Errors

Luciano Fadiga, Italian Institute of Technology, U. Ferrara: From Action to
Language: Evidence and Speculations


William Idsardi, University of Maryland: Statistical Generalizations in Language

Charles Lin, Indiana University: Down the Head-final Garden path: Understanding
the Processing Asymmetries of Head-final Relative Clauses


Round Table, General Discussion: The Relations between Language Production and
Theme discussant: Thomas Bever
Participants: MacDonald, Dell, Fadiga, Idsardi, Lin

July 1st, Thursday

Session 4. The Garden Path Today - Comprehension Models
Chair of the Session: Montserrat Sanz

Sonia Kotz, Max Planck Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences: Syntactic
Ambiguities: from Linguistic Structure to Brain Correlates

Gerry Altmann, University of York: Anticipating the Garden Path: the Horse Raced
Past the Barn Ate the Cake

11:00-12:00 Michael Tanenhaus University of Rochester: Real Time Ambiguity
Resolution in Interactive Conversation


Edward Stabler UCLA: Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics in Incremental Interpretation

Colin Phillips, University of Maryland: Grammatical Illusions: Where You See
Them, Where You Don't


Round Table and General Discussion: The Garden Path Today- Comprehension Models
Theme discussant: Yosef Grodzinsky
Participants: Kotz, Tanenhaus, Altmann, Stabler, Phillips

Conclusions and Predictions for Future Research:

-Thomas Bever University of Arizona
-Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, University of Arizona
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