Biolinguistic Investigations on the Language Faculty
January 26-28, 2015
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.
We invite contributions presenting theoretical and experimental investigations on the properties of the Language Faculty.
This conference is part of the cycle of conferences organized by the International Biolinguistic Network. This year the conference is organized jointly with Ne.T.S., the Center for Neurocognition and Theoretical Syntax of the Institute for Advanced Study in Pavia, Italy.
The Conferences organized by the International Biolinguistic Network are supported by the Major Collaborative Research on Interface Asymmetries funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and by the Dynamic Interfaces project funded by the Government of Quebec Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture.