LINGUIST List 23.2725

Thu Jun 14 2012

Calls: Biolinguistics, Cognitive Science, Typology/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 13-Jun-2012
From: Anna Maria Di Sciullo <>
Subject: Workshop: Advances in Biolinguistics
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Full Title: Workshop: Advances in Biolinguistics
Date: 22-Jul-2013 - 27-Jul-2013 Location: Geneva, Switzerland Contact Person: Anna Maria Di Sciullo
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Typology

Other Specialty: Biolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2012

Meeting Description:

This workshop focuses on advances on the understanding of the biological basis of language (Lenneberg 1967, Jenkins 2000, 2004, Chomsky 2002, 2005, 2011, Piattelli-Palmarini et al. 2009, Larson et al 2010, Di Sciullo et al. 2010, Di Sciullo and Boeckx 2011). The workshop invites discussions where specific biolinguistic hypotheses are substantiated by theoretical linguistics evidence, empirical data and biological/natural world evidence. The workshop includes the following thematic sessions:

1. Language and biology2. Language typology and language universals3. The effects of natural laws

Session 1: Language and biology, addresses the question of how studies in language and genetics, language and the brain contribute to our understanding of the nature of syntax, morphology, the lexicon, and their interfaces with the other cognitive systems.

Session 2: Language typology and language universals, considers how biolinguistic studies on language evolution and variation shed new light on language typology, and the study of language universals. The questions raised in this session are the following: how is variation and change in the natural world related to language variation and change, and how the biolinguistic perspective may lead to new approaches to language typology and universals.

Session 3: The effects of natural laws, discusses recent proposals on the effect of natural laws, such as prominence, symmetry breaking, reaction-diffusion, preservation of shape etc. on language derivations and representations, on language variation and evolution, and on language acquisition. How do these laws interact with natural language?

The invited speakers are Lyle Jenkins, Angela Friederici, and Giuseppe Longobardi.

Call for Papers:

Precisions for Abstract Submission:

a) The workshop will consist of three two-hour sessions. Each session includes an invited talk (50 min), two oral presentations (20 min), and a general discussion (30 min).

b) All the contributions will be selected by the organizer as well as by a selection committee.

c) Unsolicited submissions through the Congress abstract submission process will be considered for inclusion in the program as well. Please, send your abstracts (500 words not including author's name and affiliation, title and references) to:

The deadline is 15 July 2012.

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