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Biolinguistics:
Language Evolution and Variation

Conference Program
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Monday, June 4:
9.00 - 9.30 Registration

9.30 - 10.00 Venetian welcome

10.00 - 11.00 Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (Univ. Arizona)
The case of FOXP2 (the so-called language gene) revisited

11.00 - 12.00 Juan Uriagereka (Univ. Maryland)
Why Knots, Finches and More: Extending our Data Base

12.00 - 12.40 Jean-Rémy Hochmann, Mahan Azadpour, Jacques Mehler (SISSA, Trieste)
Do humans learn artificial center-embedded dependencies?

12.40 - 14.20 Lunch break

14.20 - 15.20 Lyle Jenkins (Biolinguistics Institute, Cambridge)
The "third factor" in evolution and variation

15.20 - 16.00 Takashi Toyoshima, Fuminori Mizushima (Kyushu Institute of Technology)
Learnability of recursion in language

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30 Anna Maria Di Sciullo (UQAM)
Elements of bio-morphological variation

17.30 - 18.10 Eva Juarros-Daussa (SUNY at Buffalo)
Architectural constraints in the lexicon: the three-argument restriction

18.10 - 18.50 Arhonto Terzi, Evangelia Driva (Technological Educational Institute of Patras)
Children’s passives and the theory of grammar

Tuesday, June 5:

9.30 - 10.30 Giuseppe Longobardi, Chiara Gianollo, Cristina Guardiano (Univ. Trieste)
Towards a history and geography of human syntax

10.30 - 11.10 Rita Manzini, Leonardo Savoia (Univ. Firenze)
(Bio)linguistic diversity

11.10 - 11.40 Coffee break

11.40 - 12.40 Luigi Rizzi (Univ. Siena)
On delimiting movement

12.40 - 14.20 Lunch break

14.20 - 15.20 Cedric Boeckx (Harvard Univ.)
Approaching parameters from below

15.20 - 16.00 Wolfram Hinzen (Univ. Durham)
Emergence of a systemic semantics through minimal and underspecified codes

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30 Kleanthes Grohmann (Univ. Cyprus)
Focus on Biolinguistics — Focus in Theoretical Linguistics

17.30 - 18.10 Réjean Canac-Marquis (Simon Fraser Univ.)
A case phase analysis of reconstruction and online Binding

18.10 - 18.50 Antonia Androutsopoulou, Manuel Espanol-Echevarria (Univ. Laval)
Attributive modification and definiteness


18.50 - 19.50 Alessandra Giorgi (Univ. Venice)
Universal Grammar and temporal dependencies


Wednesday, June 6:

9.30 - 10.30 Andrea Moro (Univ. S.Raffaele, Milan)
Negation in the brain

10.30 - 11.10 Julie Legate (Cornell Univ.)
On determining the contents of Universal Grammar

11.10 - 11.40 Coffee break

11.40 - 12.40 Richard Kayne (NYU)
On the limits of computation

12.40 - 14.20 Lunch break

14.20 - 15.20 Charles Yang (Univ. Pennsylvania)
The Origin and Diffusion of Variations

15.20 - 16.00 Paolo Chinellato (Univ. Padua, Univ. Venice)
New thoughts on Agrammatic Broca’s Aphasia and the structure of the clause

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 - 17.10 Judit Gervain, Jacques Mehler (SISSA,Trieste)
Perceptual primitives in Language Acquisition: Near infrared spectroscopy studies with neonates

17.10 - 17.50 Erika Marchetto, Luca L. Bonatti (SISSA, Trieste)
Learning rules from an artificial speech stream: Early developmental differences

17.50 - 18.50 Robert Berwick (MIT)
All you need is Merge: Biology, computation, and language from the bottom-up

18.50 Episodic farewell

 

Alternates :
Carlo Cecchetto, Costanza Papagno (Univ. Milan-Bicocca)
Short term memory as an interface system for syntactic computation

Alona Soschen (MIT)
Syntactic phases: A biolinguistic approach


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