New Perspectives on Language Creativity:
Composition and Recursion

UQAM, September 25-27, 2011

conference program | poster | abstract booklet printable .pdf




Sunday 25 September

Room D-R200


9:00-10:00      Registration


10:15-10:30    Anne Rochette, Dean, UQAM



10:30-11:15    Henk van Riemsdijk, Tilburg University

Invited speaker
An Element-theoretical Approach to Cohesion and Repulsion in Syntax


11:15-12:00    Anna Maria Di Sciullo, UQAM

                            Language Creativity in Numerals


12:00-13:30   Lunch


13:30-14:15    Roland Friedrich, Humboldt University Berlin and Max Planck Institute Leipzig

Invited speaker

Neural Correlates of the Semantics of Mathematical Logic


14:15-14:30   Break


14:30-15:15    Pierre Pica, CNRS Paris

Invited speaker

NUMBER as a test case for the i-language e-language connection


15:15-15:30    Break


15:30-16:30   Panel


19:00                 Music concert




Monday 26 September

Salon orange, Centre Pierre-Péladeau



9:15-10:00      Nirmalangshu Mukherji, University of Delhi

    Invited speaker

    Human Reference


10:00-10:30    Wayne Cowart, Dana McDaniel, K. Heather Thompson, Tatiana Romanchishina, University of Southern Maine                 

How to Merge Abruptly, Silently, and Successfully


10:30-10:45    Break


10:45-11:15    Monica Irimia, University of Toronto

Parallel Merge. Multiple Agree, and Complex Event Formation


11:15- 11:45    Alexander Clark, Royal Holloway, University of London

                            A Learnable Version of Set Theoretic Merge


12:00-14:00   Lunch




14:15-14:45   Joana Rosselló, Universitat de Barcelona, Txuss Martin, New York University, and Celia Alba, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

                            No Words without Syntax, Nor Syntax without Words


14:45-15:00    Break


15:00-15:30    Manuel Español-Echevarría, Université Laval

                            On the Recursive Properties of Adjunction


15:30-16:00    Ana T. Pérez-Leroux, University of Toronto, Anny P. Castilla, SUNY/Fredonia, Susana Bejar, University of Toronto/Scarborough,  Diane Massam, University of Toronto      

The Acquisition of NP Recursion in English-speaking Children         


16:00-17:00   Panel 


19:00                 Social Event




Tuesday 27 September

Salon orange, Centre Pierre-Péladeau


Formal grammar

9:00-9:45        Edward Stabler, UCLA

                            Invited speaker

                            Creativity at the Interfaces

9:45-10:15      Andreas Trotzke and Markus Bader, Universität Konstanz

                            The Noncentrality of Recursive Self-embedding: Convergent Evidence from Grammar and Performance


10:15-10:30    Break


10:30-11:00    Scott Carlton Thomas, Alexandria, Virginia

We have a simple memory system (in at least one way) and our language is limited accordingly (in at least a couple of ways)


11:00- 12:00   International Network in Biolinguistics Annual Meeting


12:15-14:00    Lunch


Language impairment

14:00-14:45    Peter Kosta, University of Potsdam, Diego Gabriel Krivochen, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina and Hartmut Peters, Institut für Humangenetik der Charité, Berlin

                            Invited speaker

Delayed Merge in L1 Acquisition as a Problem of Biolinguistics and Molecular Genetics


14:45-15:15    Alexandra Motut and Kenji Oda, University of Toronto

"Move over Move": Agree-driven Syntax in an Expanded Search Domain


15:15-15:30    Break  



15:30-16:30    Panel and concluding remarks








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