LINGUIST List 26.271

Thu Jan 15 2015

Confs: Linguistic Theories, Neurolinguistics/Italy

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Date: 12-Jan-2015
From: Anna Maria Di Sciullo <di_sciullo.anne-marieuqam.ca>
Subject: Biolinguistic Investigations on the Language Faculty
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Biolinguistic Investigations on the Language Faculty

Date: 26-Jan-2015 - 28-Jan-2015
Location: Pavia, Italy
Contact: Anna Maria Di Sciullo
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.er.uqam.ca/nobel/bioling/PAVIA2015/index.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Neurolinguistics

Meeting Description:

The conference is organized by the International Network in Biolinguistics and NeTS Center at IUSS Pavia, Italy.

The conference will be held on January 26 and 27 and will be followed on the 28 by a dedicated session to NeTS results and work in progress. The conference will be transmitted via satellite.

This conference aims to contribute to our understanding of the human capacity for language, understood as a generative procedure that relates sounds and meanings via syntax. While theoretical hypotheses about this relation are part of the generative enterprise since its beginnings, recent developments address the issue in terms of the properties of the 'language organ'. Different hypotheses about the properties of the generative procedure, giving rise to the discrete infinity of language, are under discussion, and their connection with biology is open to important cross-disciplinary work. Advances have been made in human-animal studies to differentiate human language from animal communication. Contributions from neurosciences also point to the exclusive properties of the human brain for language. Studies in genetically based language impairments also contribute to the understanding of the properties of the language organ.

Invited speaker: Ken Wexler, MIT

Program:

Biolinguistic Investigations on the Language Faculty

January 26-28, 2015
Pavia, Italy

*All talks are given in Sala del Camino (the Aula Magna) IUSS

Monday, January 26

8:00-9:00
Registration

9:00-9:15
Welcome

9:15-10:00
Ken Wexler, MIT
Developmental Biolinguistic Investigations in Syntax and Semantics

10:00-10:45
Arhonto Terzi, Technological Educational Institute of Patras, Greece
Theodoros Marinis, University of Reading
Konstantinos Francis, University of Athens
Clitics of Children With Autism: Impaired Syntax, Discourse/Pragmatics or Prosody?

10:45-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00
Anna Gavarró, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Myriam Cantú-Sánchez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
A Study in Spanish SLI and the Founder Effect

12:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:45
Giuseppe Longobardi, University of York and University of Trieste
Cristina Guardiano, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Andrea Ceolin, University of York
Guido Barbujani, University of Ferrara
Silvia Ghirotto, University of Ferrara
Across Language Families: Genome Diversity Mirrors Linguistic Variation Within Europe

14:45-15:30
Giuseppe Longobardi, University of York and University of Trieste
Andrea Ceolin, University of York
Aaron Ecay, University of York and University of Pennsylvania
Cristina Guardiano, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Monica Alexandrina Irimia, University of York
Nina Radkevich, University of York
Algorithmic Generation of Random Languages Argues for Syntax as a Source of Phylogenetic Information

15:30-16:00 Break

16:00-16:45
Anna Maria Di Sciullo, UQAM
Stanca Somesfalean, UQAM
Language Faculty, Language Development and Object Pronouns in Romanian

16:45-18:00
Poster Session

Dinner


Tuesday, January 27

9:00-9:45
Caterina Donati, Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7
Chiara Branchini, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
The Grammar of Code Blending. What Bimodal Bilinguals Can Teach Us About Language Architecture

9:45-10:30
John Winward, Thammasat University, Thailand
Second Language Users and the English Article System – Where Does It All Go Right?

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:45
Scott Thomas, Alexandria, Virginia
Architecture (Conceptual and Cognitive) and Language Processing

11:45-12:30
Manuela Ambar, University of Lisboa
Root Subjunctive Clauses

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:45
Edward Ruoyang Shi, Universitat de Barcelona
Saleh Alamri, Universitat de Barcelona
FOXP2 and Language: A More Nuanced View

14:45-15:30
Gonzalo Castillo, Universitat de Barcelona
Elizabeth Qing Zhang, Universitat de Barcelona
Is Externalization More Than a Side Effect? The Cognitive Abilities of Vocal Learning Birds

15:30-16:00 Break

16:00- 16:45
Mirko Grimaldi, University of Salento / CRIL
Anna Dora Manca, University of Salento / CRIL
Francesco Sigona, University of Salento / CRIL
Francesco Di Russo, University of Rome
Electrophysiological Evidence of Italian Vowels Segregation and Representation in Human Auditory Cortex

16:45-17:30
Camila Matamoros, Concordia University
Charles Reiss, Concordia University
Variables and Other Biolinguistic Issues in Phonology

17:30- 18:00 Break

18:00-18:45
Joana Rosselló, Universitat de Barcelona
Language Externalization Is Not Secondary: On the Integration of Speech and Thought

18:45-19:15
Pedro Tiago Martins, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Bridget Samuels, University of Southern Carolina
Cedric Boeckx, Universitat de Barcelona / ICREA
What Makes Speech Human-Specific?


Wednesday, January 28 - Symposium

Symposium: The Language of Schizophrenia: New Questions for Biolinguistics
Organizer: Wolfram Hinzen, Universitat de Barcelona / ICREA

9:00-9:15
Introduction: Roberto Cavallaro, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Department of
Clinical Neurosciences, Milan

9:15-10:00
Peter McKenna, FIDMAG Research Foundation, Benito Menni CASM Hospital, Barcelona
Everything You Wanted to Know About Schizophrenic Language But Were Afraid to Ask

10:00-11:30 Break

11:30-12:15
Wolfram Hinzen, Universitat de Barcelona / ICREA
The Positive Symptoms of Schizophrenia in Light of the Un-Cartesian Hypothesis

12:15-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:45
Marta Bosia, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Milan
Valentina Bambini, Institute for Advanced Study (IUSS), Pavia / NeTS
Andrea Moro, Institute for Advanced Study (IUSS), Pavia / NeTS
Roberto Cavallaro, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Milan
Language, Pragmatics and Social Cognition in Schizophrenia

14:45-15:30
Edith Pomarol-Clotet, FIDMAG Research Foundation, Benito Menni CASM Hospital, Barcelona
Disordered Speech and Language in Schizophrenia: The Perspective From Brain Imaging

15:30-16:15
Round Table on the Language Faculty and Schizophrenia

16:15-17:00
Closing remarks

* Program changes will be posted on this page.

Poster session: Monday, January 26, 16:45-18:00

Cedric Boeckx, Universitat de Barcelona / ICREA
Evelina Leivada, Universitat de Barcelona
Parametric Hierarchies and the Three Factors in Language Design: A Biolinguistic Perspective

Pritha Chandra, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Feature-Value Pools & Strengths: The Expression of Variation

Gonzalo Castillo, Universitat de Barcelona
The Inhibitory Nature of Language and Creative Behavior

Sandra Villata, University of Geneva
Brian McElree, New York University
Julie Franck, University of Geneva
The Temporal Dynamics of Intervention Effects: A Speed-Accuracy Trade-Off Study on Wh-Islands

Edward Ruoyang Shi, Universitat de Barcelona
Elizabeth Qing Zhang, Universitat de Barcelona
Lexical Tone Acquisition: A Case Study in Comparative Biolinguistics

Stefano Rastelli, University of Pavia and University of Greenwich / CAROLE
Quantized Second Language Acquisition

Evelina Leivada, Universitat de Barcelona
Mind the Gap: (Non-)Manifested Patterns of Variation Across Linguistic and Cognitive Phenotypes

Tatiana Golovko, Novosibirsk State University
Alexander Saprygin, Novosibirsk State University
Mariya Timofeeva, Novosibirsk State University
Natalya Snytnikova, Novosibirsk State University
EEG Reactions During the Recognition of Sentences With Different Emotionally Personal Assessment...

Gerhard Jäger, Tübingen University
Does Population Size Affect Language Structure?

Ermenegildo Bidese, University of Trento
Andrea Padovan, University of Verona
Alessandra Tomaselli, University of Verona
Syntax as the Edge of Thought

Hiroyuki Nishina, Saitama University
Comparing Causative Recursion in Kinematic Grammar With Sentence Embedding in Human Grammar



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