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Confs: Cognitive Science, Psycholing, Syntax/UK
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1. Alex Drummond ,
Past and Future of Universal Grammar
Message 1: Past and Future of Universal Grammar
From: Alex Drummond <alex.drummonddur.ac.uk>
Subject: Past and Future of Universal Grammar
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Past and Future of Universal Grammar
Date: 16-Dec-2011 - 18-Dec-2011
Location: University of Durham, United Kingdom
Contact: Wolfram Hinzen
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=97
Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Psycholinguistics; Syntax
Grammar is universal in human populations, pathologies aside. A theory of grammar should thus be a universal theory in this sense. Yet it is widely contended today that it need not be the theory of Universal Grammar (UG), in the sense of its early generative formulations, which have taken UG to be a linguistically specific and species-specific biological endowment consisting of functionally arbitrary formal rules. Theories of universal grammar have also been formulated in a number of different ways in the past, with far from identical underlying axiomatic assumptions. Furthermore, the modern theory of UG itself is currently undergoing a significant reformulation, following the development of Minimalism. This conference aims to provide a forum for assessing and (re-)directing the course that research on universal grammar and the biological foundations of language should take over the coming years and decades, bringing together linguists, psychologists, philosophers, and biologists.
Call for Commentators:
The Past and Future of UG
…To take place in Durham, 15-18 December 2011
We invite researchers from linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, archaeology, biology, and philosophy to apply to give a commentary on one of the invited talks at The Past and Future of Universal Grammar. This conference aims to provide a forum for assessing and (re-)directing the course that research on universal grammar and the biological foundations of language should take over the coming years and decades, bringing together linguists, psychologists, philosophers, and biologists. Applications from advanced doctorate students, postdocs, and faculty are equally encouraged. Commentaries will introduce the discussion sections, and are expected to take at most 10 minutes of time.
Hagit Borer, Nick Chater, Guglielmo Cinque, Gavin Clowry, Tim Crow, Ewa Dabrowska, Wolfram Hinzen, Anders Holmberg, Elisabeth Leiss, Christopher Petkov, Ian Roberts, Tom Roeper, Daniel Seely, Michelle Sheehan, Halldor Sigurdsson, Maggie Tallerman, Ian Tattersall, Nathalie Tzourio-Mazoyer, Rosemary Varley, Jill de Villiers.
If you would like to apply, please send the following to alex.drummonddur.ac.uk:
(i) An expression of interest, indicating which talk you would like to comment on (see URL below for a programme) and what makes you suitable for the task,
(ii) a full CV
Deadline: 15 October 2011,
We can offer partial compensation towards travel and accommodation expenses of up to £200 in total per commentator.
A number of hotel rooms have been reserved, which begin from £50 per night. At the beginning of the Michaelmas term, college accommodation may become available, at a cheaper price.
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