LINGUIST List 7.696

Thu May 16 1996

Confs: Language Origins; Inside NPs

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  1. "A. Charles Catania", Language Origins Society
  2. Dipsco, Inside NPs

Message 1: Language Origins Society

Date: Wed, 15 May 1996 23:25:10 EDT
From: "A. Charles Catania" <>
Subject: Language Origins Society

 The 1996 Annual Meeting of the Language Origins Society
 July 11-15, 1996

 You are invited to attend the 1996 Annual Meeting of the Language Origins
Society. The meeting will begin at approximately 1:00 p.m. on July 11 and end
at approximately 1:00 p.m. on July 15 at UMBC (University of Maryland
Baltimore County). The five day program will include papers on all aspects of
the origins and evolution of spoken, written, and signed languages. What we
know about evolutionary, developmental, social, and linguistic processes
places severe constraints upon plausible scenarios for the origins and
evolution of language, and several papers will be explicitly concerned with
defining these constraints. As in past LOS meetings and consistent with its
multidisciplinary character, a broad range of disciplines will be represented. 
The program is co-sponsored by UMBC and by the following UMBC academic
departments: Ancient Studies, Biology, English, History, Interdisciplinary
Studies, Modern Language and Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, and
Sociology and Anthropology.

 A keynote lecture in honor of the late Jan Wind, founder of the LOS, will
be presented by Stevan Harnad, editor of the journal, BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN
SCIENCES, and co-editor, with Steklis and Lancaster, of the seminal volume,
"Origins and evolution of language and speech" (ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY
OF SCIENCES, No. 280, 1976). Robert R. Provine of the UMBC Department of
Psychology will speak on laughter as an approach to the mechanisms and
evolution of vocal production, perception and social behavior, following upon
work presented in AMERICAN SCIENTIST (1996, Vol. 84, 38-45).

 Preliminary Program

Jan Wind Memorial Lecture: From praxis to pantomime to propositions:
Communicative continuum or cognitive hurtles?
 Stevan Harnad (Southampton, UK)

Invited Lecture: Laughter in humans and chimpanzees: Insights into language
 Robert Provine (Baltimore, MD, USA)

The role of language - Robin Allott (Seaford, E. Sussex, UK)

Three branches of the Cro-Magnon protolanguage - Nicholas D. Andreyev (St.
 Petersburg, Russia)

The complexity criterion in linguistics - Bernard H. Bichakjian (Nijmegen, The

Language as an evolutionary product of cognition - Angelo Cangelosi (Genoa,
 Italy) and Domenico Parisi (Rome, Italy)

A systematic language and notation for the natural sciences: An emerging
 hypothesis - Jerry L. R. Chandler (Bethesda, MD, USA)

Right-left cerebral asymmetry: Innateness, experience, adaptation - Tatiana V.
 Chernigovskaya (St. Petersburg, Russia)

A possible "ideal structure" in Latin, Old Irish, & Old English - Robert
 Payson Creed (Amherst, MA, USA)

Ontogenetic integration of the affective and linguistic components of speech:
 Cerebral dominance inversion as a cause of speech pathology - Elena S.
 Dmitrieva and Kira A. Zaitseva (St. Petersburg, Russia)

The communication rubicon: Signal to symbol - Mary LeCron Foster (Berkeley,

Comparative semantics - Robert Davy Green (Punaauia, Tahiti, French Polynesia)

Some methodological problems in linguistic taxonomy and reconstructions - Eric
 de Grolier (Paris, France)

On irrational rationalism - G bor Gyri (Pecs, Hungary)

Is Wittgenstein's private language argument relevant to theories of the origin
 of language? - Roger Harris (London, UK)

Language capacities ca 40,000-27,000 BP - Gordon Hewes (Boulder, CO, USA)

Natural selection and language origins - Harry J. Jerison (Los Angeles, CA,

Social networks and the emergence of overt distinctions - Christer Johansson
 (Lund, Sweden)

The evolution of language: Some problems in cross-disciplinary analysis -
 Michael W. Katzko (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Dialectical difference in Arabic word order - Chad D. Nilep (Tempe, AZ, USA)

Possible social motor activities of Homo Erectus - Stedman B. Noble
 (Washington, DC, USA)

Saussure's Precipitate Principle I and an ameliorative amendment - Julius
 Nyikos (Washington, PA, USA)

The legacy of Herder in Heidegger's language origin theory - Achim Oberst
 (Montreal, Canada)

An "acoustic-signature" model of early speech evolution - Michael J. Owren
 (Portland, OR, USA)

Modeling paleo-speech with motherese - Elizabeth H. Peters (Tallahassee, FL,

Evidence for changes in diet, food preparation, and distribution: Implications
 for changes in hominid social organization and communication - Sonia Ragir
 (Staten Island, NY, USA)

Why people can pronounce so many different sounds: A conflict theory of the
 genealogy of human vocal diversity - Bruce Richman (Cleveland Heights, OH,

Semantic encoding: Unique to humans - Leonard Rolfe (Stowmarket, Suffolk, UK)

Affect and the evolution of language: A comparative study - Daniel Shanahan
 (Jouy-en-Josas, France)

Programming languages, their reality and origins, and what that can tell us
 about natural language origins - Georgi Stojanov (Skopje, Macedonia)

Why look to gesture - William C. Stokoe (Silver Spring, Maryland, USA)

Ernst Cassirer on language origins - Gerhild Tesak (Dresden, Germany)

"Primitive language" in language breakdown - Jrgen Tesak (Dresden, Germany)

Auditory processing against the background activity of speech-formatting and
 vocalization systems of the human brain: An analysis on the basis of an
 evolutionary approach - Inna A. Vartanian (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Language and environment - William S. Verplanck (Knoxville, TN, USA)

Etymological phonosemantics and glossogonic research - Stanislav V. Voronin
 (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Description, command and the evolutionary function of language - Dennis P.
 Waters (Princeton, NJ, USA)


 The standard registration fee for the 1996 LOS Conference will be US $50
(US $30 for students). This fee will include the entire academic program as
well as a Welcome Reception on Thursday evening and a special LOS Dinner on
Sunday evening. For those interested in attending a single day's session, the
registration fee will be $15. The single day fee is for sessions only. There
will be an additional charge for the Welcome Reception on Thursday and the LOS
dinner on Sunday.

 Arrangements have been made for campus lodging and meals. The cost to
stay on campus is US $20 per night for single rooms in 4-room apartments that
have a common area, bathroom, and kitchen. Conditional upon room
availability, arrangements can be made for arrival before July 10 and
departure after July 15. The campus meal plan will be available during the
meeting for approximately US $18 per day (three meals). Optional off-campus
(hotel) housing and meals are available for meeting attendees.
 For those wishing to stay off campus, several hotels are located 10 to 15
minutes from UMBC. Transportation from hotels to campus is not provided, but
taxi service is available. Arrangements have been made at the following
hotels, which should be contacted directly to make reservations: Holiday Inn
BWI (rate $71), at 1 410 859-8400; and Susse Chalet BWI (rate $51), at 1 410
859-2333; be sure to mention UMBC and the LOS Meeting when calling.


 By Air: The Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is located 7
miles from the UMBC campus. Limousine and Taxi Service is available on the
lower level, near the baggage claim area (the taxi ride from BWI to UMBC is
 Attendees arriving at Washington National Airport or Dulles Airport will
have a one-hour ride on the Baltimore Shuttle, which offers limousine service
to any point in Baltimore. The best way to travel to UMBC, however, is by
train. Take the Washington Flier from the airport to the Washington Amtrak
station (US $8 from National; US $16 from Dulles.) This train runs every 30
minutes from 5:20 am until 10:20 pm. From the Amtrak Station the Marc Train
to BWI Airport leaves every half hour until 10 pm (cost US $4.50). From BWI,
the UMBC campus is a short taxi ride away.

 By Train: Baltimore's Pennsylvania Station is located in downtown
Baltimore, a 20-minute taxi ride from campus. An alternate destination is the
BWI Amtrak Station, just 10 minutes from campus (not all trains stop at the
BWI Station).

 By Car: From Washington and points south, proceed north on I-95 to exit
47B, Route 166. Follow the signs to UMBC.
 From Baltimore City and north, proceed south on I-95 to exit 47B, Route
166. Follow the signs to UMBC.
 From I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) take exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue) and continue
one-half mile to the entrance of UMBC on the left.

 Additional detailed information and directions to the campus will be
provided with confirmation of your registration. Directions to UMBC and
campus information are available on the internet (

 The UMBC Conference Center can accept Mastercard or Visa.
 1) By phone: 1 410 455-2336
 2) By FAX: 1 410 455-1074
 3) By email to:
 4) By mail with credit card information or check to:
 UMBC Continuing Education
 5401 Wilkens Avenue
 Baltimore, MD 21228-5398

For additional information, contact Brian Bartholomay at the above address or
via email at:


A. Charles Catania			 Phone: 1-410-455-2973 or -2426
Department of Psychology 	 Dept: 1-410-455-2567
University of Maryland Baltimore County	 Fax: 1-410-455-1055 
Baltimore, MD 21228-5398 USA	 Email: CATANIAUMBC.EDU
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Message 2: Inside NPs

Date: Tue, 14 May 1996 13:09:08 +0200
From: Dipsco <>
Subject: Inside NPs
Andrea Moro
DIPSCO - Istituto Scientifico H San Raffaele, Milano
May 14 1996

"Inside NPs"

Dear Colleagues,

we are glad to inform you that the program of the "Inside NPs" conference
has been confirmed. You find the program below together with a brief
description of the aim of the conference. For a list of hotels and for
specific information on how to reach S. Raffaele, send an e-mail to

 The aim of "Inside NPs" is to discuss a specific aspect of the
syntax of these constituents, namely the presence/absence of "clausal
structures" within them. More specifically, we would like to discuss the
similarities and differences between NPs and clausal structures focusing on
predication, inverse structures, conditions on extraction, the relation
between functional and lexical heads, theta-role assignment, expletives and
 The workshop is intended to provide a discussion between linguists
and aphasiologists on the specific aspect of the aphasia of proper names
and related issues.

Symposium: Inside NPs - clausal structures within NPs
Istituto S. Raffaele, Aula Newton
Via Olgettina 58, Milano

June 27 Thursday

13:30 - 14:00
Massimo Piattelli Palmarini (DIPSCO): a welcome message

14:00 - 15:00
Giorgio Graffi (University of Udine): historical overview of the issue

15:30 - 16:30
Giuseppe Longobardi (University of Venice): the syntax of N-raising

17:00 - 18:00
Gennaro Chierchia (University of Milan): on the distribution of bare
NPs in English and Italian

June 28 Friday

9:30 - 10:30
Guglielmo Cinque (University of Venice): on nominal functional projections

10:45 - 11:45
Giuliana Giusti (University of Venice): are there TopicP and FocusP inside
the DP?

12:00 - 13:00
Marcel Den Dikken (HIL - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): predicate
inversion inside the nominal phrase

15:00 - 16:00
Roberto Zamparelli (University of Rochester): syntactic layers and semantic
interpretation in the NP

16:30 17:30
Richard Kayne (Harvard University): Prepositions as Complementizers

Workshop: theory of proper names and aphasia

June 29 Saturday

9:00 - 9:45
Marco Santambrogio (University of Cagliari): the semantics of proper
names. A survey.

10:00 - 10:45
Giuseppe Longobardi (University of Venice): common nouns and proper names

11:00: 11:45
Gennaro Chierchia (University of Milan): bare nouns as names of kinds

12:00 - 12:45
Carlo Semenza (University of Padua) - Marina Zettin (Maria
Ausiliatrice Hospital, Torino): the neuropsychology of proper

12:45 13:15
Massimo Piattelli Palmarini (DIPSCO): comments on the talks

No fees are requested for participation. To have a list of hotels and to
have specific information on how to reach S. Raffaele, send an e-mail to
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