LINGUIST List 26.3933

Fri Sep 04 2015

Confs: Lang Acquisition, Morphology, Psycholing, Semantics, Socioling, Syntax/Norway

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Date: 03-Sep-2015
From: Terje Lohndal <>
Subject: Linguistic Complexity in the Individual and Society
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Linguistic Complexity in the Individual and Society
Short Title: LCIS

Date: 15-Oct-2015 - 16-Oct-2015
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Contact: Terje Lohndal
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

This conference is associated with the project Linguistic Complexity in the Individual and Society (LCIS; at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. The goal of LCIS is to study linguistic complexity in three different areas: formal grammar, language acquisition, and sociolinguistics. The groundbreaking part of this project is that it will attempt to combine these different sub-disciplines of modern linguistics. Different methodologies and theoretical perspectives will be useful in order to illuminate complementary aspects of language complexity and thus contribute to deepening our understanding of this phenomenon. A unifying aspect of the research is the use of multilingual data. These data have become increasingly important for linguistic methodologies and theories, but also for public policy makers in the sense that they address consequences of migration and children growing up acquiring parts of multiple languages.

The present two-day conference on October 15-16, 2015 will feature talks addressing linguistic complexity within the three areas mentioned above: formal grammar, language acquisition, and sociolinguistics. The following speakers have kindly agreed to provide plenary addresses:

Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Frans Gregersen (Copenhagen University, Lanchart)
Liliane Haegeman (Ghent University)
Marie Maegaard & Janus Spindler Møller (Copenhagen University, Lanchart)
Ianthi Tsimpli (University of Cambridge)


Participants should register here: by October 1.


The conference will take place at Campus Dragvoll at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

Thursday October 15

09:00-12:00 DI42 (Idrettsbygningen)

Welcome by Dean Anne Kristine Børresen

Ianthi Maria Tsimpli (invited)
Faces of linguistic complexity in connected speech: Evidence from bilingualism and language impairment

10:15-10:30 Coffee break

Jeannique Darby
Coercion, Complexity, and the Exploration of Aspect in Object-Experiencer Psych Verbs

Øystein A. Vangsnes & Göran Söderlund
Bidialectal literacy and cognitive control

Kleanthes K. Grohmann & Maria Kambanaros
From Comparative Bilingualism to Comparative Biolinguistics

12:00-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:15 DI41 (Idrettsbygningen)

Liliane Haegeman (invited)
The syntactic complexity of yes and no in West Flemish

Unn Røyneland & Elizabeth Lanza
The dark sides of linguistic complexity

Merete Anderssen & Marit Westergaard
The Effects of complexity and CLI in HL: Subject Shift and Object Shift in Norwegian

15:30-15:45 Coffee break

Mari Nygård, Brita Ramsevik Riksem, and Tor A. Åfarli
What language mixing can tell us about the syntax of gender

Marie Maegaard & Janus Spindler Møller (invited)
From multilingualism to languaging: Discussing the role of ''languages'' in 17 years of sociolinguistic development among Danes with a Turkish background

Conference dinner

Friday October 16
09:00-12:15 D8

Artemis Alexiadou (invited)
The category number: a case study in linguistic complexity

Isabelle Roy, Bridget Copley & McCune
A measure of syntactic complexity in early child productions: maximal syntactic depth

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

Theresa Biberauer & Ian Roberts
Emergent parameters and syntactic complexity: new perspectives

Inna Tolskaya
Syntax and semantics of the prefix-scale interplay

Katerina Zombolou & Artemis Alexiadou
The parallel development of Reflexives: A case study of an early bilingual German-Greek child

12:30-14:00 Lunch

13:30-16:00 D14

Nino Grillo, Artemis Alexiadou, Caterina Paolazzi & Andrea Santi
No evidence of higher complexity or agent-first strategy in German Passives

Frans Gregersen (invited)
Complexity – from the language user's point of view



Participants should register here: by October 1.

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