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The Language Design
UQAM, May 27-29, 2010

Conference Program
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Thursday, May 27:
9:00 - 9:30 Anna Maria Di Sciullo, UQAM
Robert Proulx, Vice Rector, UQAM
Anne Rochette, Dean, UQAM

Language evolution and variation

9:30 - 10:15 Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, University of Arizona at Tucson:
Language design and evolution in a new perspective

10:15 - 11:00 Giuseppe Longobardi, University of Trieste:
How to probe history with grammar

11:00 - 11:15 Break

Phylogeny, patterns of variance in the natural world

11:15 - 12:00 Richard Palmer, University of Alberta:
Learning, developmental plasticity and the evolution of morphological asymmetries in animals

Lunch break

Language design, patterns and complexity

14:00 - 14:45 Lyle Jenkins, Boston Biolinguistics Institute:
Emergence of complexity in design the case of symmetry

14:45 - 15:30 Anna Maria Di Sciullo, UQAM:
Asymmetry in language design, a biolinguistic perspective

15:30 - 15:45 Break

15:45 - 16:30 Boris Steipe, University of Toronto:
Distribution and role of patterns in protein structure

16:30 - 17:00 Brief meeting of the Biolinguistics Network

Friday, May 28:

Faculty of Language in the narrow sense

9:00 - 9:45 Cedric Boeckx, ICREA/Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona:
How the language organ self-organizes

9:45 - 10:30 Dana Isac, Concordia University:
An exercise in syntactic (de)composition

10:30 - 11:00 Hisatsugu Kitahara, Keio University:
On the labeling algorithm and its alleged exceptions

11:00 - 11:15 Break

11:15 - 11:45 Christiana Christodoulou & Martina Wiltschko, UBC:
Function without content. Evidence from Greek subjunctive na

11:45 - 12:15 John Lumsden, UQAM:
Binary branching

Lunch break

Faculty of Language in the broad sense

14:00 - 14:45 Howard Lasnik, University of Maryland, College Park:
A surprising consequence of single cycle syntax

14:45 - 15:30 Peggy Speas, UMASS Amherst:
The Minimal Structure of the Left Periphery

15:30 - 15:45 Break

15:45 - 16:30 James Higginbotham, USC:
Pronominal Perspectives

16:30 - 17:15 Wolfram Hinzen, University of Durham:
Parts and wholes in syntax

17:15 - 18:30 Poster session*

18:30 - 19:15 Paul Pietroski, University of Maryland, College Park:
I-Languages and conceptual reanalysis

19:15 - 20:00 Roberto De Almeida, Concordia University:
Where do coercion effects come from?

Saturday, May 29:

9:00 - 9:45 William Idsardi, University of Maryland, College Park:
Language design and the syntax-phonology interface

9:45 - 10:30 Charles Reiss, Concordia University:
Phonology is as recursive as syntax

10:30 - 10:45 Break

Processing, computation

10:45 - 11:15 Evie Malaia & Ronnie B.Wilbur, Purdue University:
Experimental evidence from sign language for a phonology-syntax-semantic interface

11:15 - 12:00 Sandiway Fong, University of Arizona at Tucson & Jason Ginsburg, Aizu University:
Doubling constituents: Pronouns and antecedents in Phase Theory

Lunch break

Development and variation

13:30 - 14:15 Partha Mitra, Cold Spring Harbor Institute:
Culture in the Zebrafinch as a multigenerational phenotype

14:15 - 15:00 Kleanthes Grohmann, University of Cyprus:
The dialect design: Socio-syntax of development and the grammar of Cypriot Greek

15:00 - 15:15 Break

15:15 - 16:00 Tom Roeper, UMASS, Amherst:
Innate grammar and efficient acquisition

16:00 - 16:30 Calixto Aguero Bautista, Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo:
Non-native acquisition from a biolinguistic perspective

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16:30 - 17:15 Ken Wexler, MIT:
Linguistic design and development

Concluding remarks

Poster session

Sergio Balari, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Antonio Benítez-Burraco, Universidad de Huelva, Víctor M. Longa, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela & Guillermo Lorenzo, Universidad de Oviedo:
Fossils of language: What if we were looking in the wrong places?

Antonio Benítez-Burraco, Universidad de Huelva:
'Language genes': They exist and we have them, but what do we really use them for?

Shishir Bhattacharja, University of Dhaka:
On the so-called post-syntactic compounds in Japanese

Alex Drummond, University of Maryland, College Park:
Constraints on sideward movement

Atsushi Fujimori, UBC:
The patterns of associating sounds with meanings: the case of telicity

Thomas Graf, University of California, Los Angeles:
Concealed reference-set computation or how syntax escapes the parser's clutches

Tim Hunter, University of Maryland, College Park:
Syntactic effects of conjunctivist interpretation

Monica Irimia, University of Toronto:
Explaining variation in resultative secondary predicates

Stefanie Röhrig, University of Mainz:
The acquisition of scalar implicatures

Bridget Samuels, University of Maryland, College Park:
Phonological forms: from ferrets to fingers

Miyuki Sawada, National Kaohsiung Normal University:
The syntax and semantics of compound sentences

Jeffrey Watumull, University of Cambridge:
Merge as a minimax solution to the optimization problem of generality

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