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International Network in Biolinguistics
First Meeting

The University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona)

February 23-24, 2008


Saturday, February 23rd

Room 311 Communication Building


First Session: FLB


10:00 - 10:30 M. Hauser and A. Endress (HU), General Perceptual Constraints on Language Structure: Evolutionary Primitives


10:30 - 11:00 T. Bever (UA), Three Studies of Biological, Learning and Evolutionary constraints on Linguistic Universals


11:30 - 12:00 K. Stromswold (RU), The "Critical Period" in Language Acquisition:  What Is It, What Causes It, and Why Does It Exist?


12:00 - 12:30 K. Wexler (MIT), Developing Phases, Verbal, Resultant State and Target State Passives, Inverse Copulas, Clefts: the Interaction of Brilliant Plasticity and Genetically Guided Principles


Second Session: Genes


2:00 - 2:30 L. Jenkins, Biolinguistics: From Genes to Phenotype


2:30 - 3:00 R. Berwick (MIT), Some Simple Biolinguistic Experiments Regarding FOXP2: How Might We Extend the Domain of Evidence?


3:30 - 4:00 M. Piattelli-Palmarini (UA) and Juan Uriagereka (UM), Spellbound: The Birds


4:00 - 4.30 R. Berwick (MIT), Signal to Noise: Why Detecting Natural Selection could be Impossible


Sunday, February 24th

Room 311 Communication Building


Third Session: FL to FLB


10:00 - 10:30 A.M. Di Sciullo (UQAM), Exploring Asymmetry Effects from the Biolinguistic Perspective


10:30 - 11:00 C. Boeckx (HU), Approaching FL from Below


11:00 - 11:30 Lisa Cheng (Leiden), Mapping in the Interfaces: Syntax-Phonology (Mis)matches


12:00 - 12:30 E. van Gelderen (ASU), Economy as a Third Factor


12:30 - 13:00 H. Harley & A. Wedel (UAT), Temporal vs. Constituent Structure Effects in Processing


13:00 - 13:30 J. McGilvray (McGill), The Biolinguistics of Linguistically Expressed Concepts


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