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Summer School Announcement: GLOW Spring School 1

Host Institution: Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel
Coordinating Institution: University of Leuven
Website http://www.glow37.org/spring-school
Dates: 7-Apr-2014 to 11-Apr-2014
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Focus: The GLOW Spring School focuses on competing theories of syntax, morphology, semantics, and computational linguistics.
Minimum Education Level: MA
Additional Qualifications:
Full Summer School Description: The general theme of GSS1 is “Theories in Dialogue”. The main idea is to approach the same topic from two different theoretical angles, thus creating a dialogue between the two theories. These dialogues will be organized in the form of two consecutive classes—taught by different teachers—each day during an entire week.
Course Listings:
  • Pavel Caha: Nanosyntax: an advanced introduction
    • The course provides an introduction to a theory of the interface called Nanosyntax. Two main features of the theory are: 1) a fine grained syntactic decomposition and 2) a post-syntactic spell-out procedure based on phrasal lexicalization. The course covers both the ‘ideology’ and ‘technology’: what are the new tools, how and when to use them, and why it is interesting to pursue this line of research.
  • Hagit Borer: Building syntax
    • The purpose of this course is to investigate the properties of potential syntactic building blocks so as to give rise to clear diagnostics for what are (or aren’t) categorial labels (‘functional’ and ‘lexical;); what are (or aren’t) segments of extended projections, what are (or aren’t) syntactic functions, and what are (or aren’t) roots.
  • Philippe Schlenker: Anaphora: insights from sign language
    • Sign language anaphora is realized rather differently from its spoken language counterpart, and it sometimes provides overt evidence for operations that must be inferred indirectly in spoken language. Topics to be discussed include: (i) donkey anaphora; (ii) temporal and modal anaphora; (iii) role shift and context shift; (iv) logical and iconic variables; (v) phi-features and iconic features.
  • Martina Wiltschko: The composition of pronouns: lessons for modelling the form meaning association
    • Pronouns are composed. They can be composed in different ways. To see this we discuss case-studies from Blackfoot, Halkomelem, and German (among others). The pronouns of these languages have different morphological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic properties. These differences make it difficult to even compare pronouns to each other. What we need is a framework within which we can understand the composition of pronouns, a formal typology.
  • Norvin Richards: Islands
    • TBA
  • Philip Hofmeister: The psycholinguistics of island effects
    • This course examines the extent to which processing limitations relate to the unacceptability of sentences with dependencies into so-called syntactic islands. The primary focus will be upon psycholinguistic evidence for the processing difficulties associated with island effects, the role of general cognitive limitations on the magnitude of island effects, the architecture, assumptions, and predictions of processing-based accounts of island effects
  • Charles Yang: The mechanisms of language acquisition
    • This course is an overview of language acquisition that draws insights from linguistics, psychology, and computer Science. Topics range from the discovery of the phonemic inventory to morphological structure, from inductive generalizations (with exceptions) to parameter setting. A major theme is to sensibly assess the role of distributional information in the study of language: structural constraints in language remain central to the success of language acquisition and use.
  • Antal Van den Bosch: Implicit linguistics with memory-based Language processing
    • Memory-based language processing (MBLP) is an approach to language processing based on exemplar storage during learning and analogical reasoning during processing. From a cognitive perspective, the approach is attractive as a model for human language processing because it does not make any assumptions about the way abstractions are shaped, nor any a priori distinction between regular and exceptional exemplars. In this course, we take (machine) translation as our focus domain.
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics, Morphology, Semantics, Syntax
Subject Language:
Lang family:
Tuition: 200.00 (EUR)
Registration Dates: 1-Nov-2013 to 15-Jan-2014
Contact person information: Marijke De Belder
Email:marijke.debelder@kuleuven.be
Apply online: http://www.glow37.org/online-registration
Registration Instructions: Registration is possible only on the online registration page. Registration closes on January 15th, 2014, 12pm (MET). You can indicate which classes you want to attend on the registration page, and you can also reserve a room in a nearby youth hostel on that page.
   
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