LINGUIST List 23.5032

Mon Dec 03 2012

Calls: General Linguistics/Brazil

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 02-Dec-2012
From: Luiz Amaral <>
Subject: Recursion in Brazilian Languages and Beyond
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Full Title: Recursion in Brazilian Languages and Beyond
Date: 07-Aug-2013 - 09-Aug-2013 Location: Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil Contact Person: Marcus Maia
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Jan-2013

Meeting Description:

This project is a partnership between the Graduate Program in Linguistics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (PPGL-UFRJ) and the Language Acquisition Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (LARC-UMass). The conference will be held at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 7, 8 and 9, 2013.

Recursion has long been identified as a fundamental property of the combinatorial systematicity of the human language faculty (Chomsky, 1957), which can be characterized in general terms as ‘an operation which takes its own output as an input’ (Roeper, 2010). It has been claimed to be the only part of language that is specific to humans (Hauser, Chomsky, and Fitch 2002). However, recursion appears in many forms in grammar, with unusual variations across languages. They include not only complements, but possessives, PP’s, adjectives, and variants in languages currently explored in fieldwork. Since they are not all present in all languages, the challenge of representation, acquisition, and processing emerges as a new frontier.

Organizing Committee:

Tom Roeper (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Marcus Maia (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Luiz Amaral (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)Bruna Franchetto (The National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Aniela Improta França (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

Call for Papers:

We encourage papers from different areas of theoretical, descriptive and experimental linguistics, including but not limited to: generative grammar, language typology, anthropological linguistics, language processing, neuroscience of language, first language acquisition, heritage language studies, bilingualism and second language acquisition. The goal is to have grammatical constructions in a wide variety of languages examined using as many theoretical and experimental approaches as possible. Papers from all theoretical domains will be considered, but we advise contributors to clearly present a detailed analysis of the recursive structure they are working with. Talks will be organized around major topics, depending on the content of the submissions.

Beyond those questions, in the past decade, both the claims that recursion is the central component of the ‘narrow faculty of language’ and that it should be present in all languages have been the object of intense debate (cf. Pinker & Jackendoff, 2005; Everett, 2005). We encourage papers that address claims that recursion in other dimensions of cognition reveal important similarities to and differences from language.

The conference will offer only plenary sessions; no parallel sessions will be held. Each presentation will last twenty minutes, followed by a ten-minute period for questions and discussion. In addition to oral communication sessions, there will be two poster sessions during the congress. English will be the official language of the conference.

The deadline for submissions is January 30. Abstracts should include a theoretical framework, hypotheses and the objectives of the presentation. They should be no longer than two pages, including references and examples, with at least 1-inch margins, 12pt font. All abstracts should be anonymous. Notification of acceptance will be sent to participants by March 30.

Abstracts should be sent by email as an attachment to the following address:

In the body of your email message please include the following information: Name, Affiliation, Mail address, Email address, and Title of paper.

The conference website will be announced in early December.

Scientific Committee:

Luiz Amaral (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Bruna Franchetto (The National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Aniela Improta França (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Marcus Maia (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Andrew Nevins (University College London)
Cilene Rodrigues (Pontificia Universidade Catolica - Rio de Janeiro)
Tom Roeper (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Filomena Sandalo (State University of Campinas - Unicamp)

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