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Emergence of Language Structures Workshop


The slides from the presentations have now been made available in PDF format. You may download them below in the Schedule of Talks.


Carol Padden (UCSD), Maria Polinsky (UCSD/Harvard), Robert Kluender (UCSD)


Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, UC San Diego
Center for Research in Language, UC San Diego


Mark Aronoff (Stonybrook U)
Simon Kirby (U Edinburgh)
Robert Kluender (UCSD)
Irit Meir (U Haifa)
Carol Padden (UCSD)
Maria Polinsky (UCSD)
Wendy Sandler (U Haifa)
Ezra van Everbroeck (UCSD)


February 6, 2007


The workshop will be held on the UC San Diego campus in the AP&M 4301. [map]


The goal of exploring language evolution and emergence of language structures is to uncover fundamental properties of human language by understanding how languages may have been assembled over time. Where might the various properties of human language have originated (e.g. its sound structure, its lexical inventories, and rules of syntax), and how did these different properties become conventionalized within a community of language users?  Both are enormously challenging research questions, requiring multiple approaches from different disciplines. Language evolution will be examined using data from modeling, new sign languages and experimental languages.

Schedule of Talks

Click links for abstracts or click the PDF icon for the slides from the presentations.

1:00-2:00 Invited Presentation: Simon Kirby (U Edinburgh ) The origins and evolution of language: Can we study it in the lab?
2:00-2:40 Maria Polinsky & Robert Kluender No complementation without predication: The role of predication in the emergence of language structure
2:40-2:50 Break
2:50-3:30 Ezra van Everbroeck, Garrison Cottrell & Maria Polinsky The effect of Pro-Drop on the learnability of SVO languages
3:30-4:10 Wendy Sandler (U Haifa ) & Mark Aronoff (Stonybrook U)
Is phonology necessary for language?
4:10-4:20 Break
4:20-5:00 Irit Meir (U Haifa ) & Carol Padden  Body as Subject: The emergence of form-meaning correspondence
5:00-6:00 General discussion



Congratulations to Dr. Marta Kutas on being awarded the 2015 Distinguished Career Contributions Award. Dr. Kutas will give her award lecture on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in San Francisco.

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