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LINGUIST List 20.2773

Fri Aug 14 2009

Confs: Language Acquisition, Linguistic Theories, Syntax/USA

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        1.    Lisa Pearl, Input and Syntactic Acquisition Workshop

Message 1: Input and Syntactic Acquisition Workshop
Date: 14-Aug-2009
From: Lisa Pearl <lpearluci.edu>
Subject: Input and Syntactic Acquisition Workshop
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Input and Syntactic Acquisition Workshop
Short Title: ISA

Date: 11-Sep-2009 - 12-Sep-2009
Location: Irvine, CA, USA
Contact: Lisa Pearl
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.ling.cogsci.uci.edu/isa2009/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Syntax

Meeting Description:

We cordially invite you to attend the workshop on Input and Syntactic
Acquisition being held at the University of California, Irvine on September
11-12, 2009. This workshop is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and
hopes to explore the relationship between the input children receive and the
eventual knowledge speakers attain. Every theory of language acquisition
requires the input to play a causal role in the attainment of syntactic
knowledge, but theories vary in the exact nature of this causal role - ranging
from those with minimal linguistic presuppositions about the form of possible
knowledge to those with very rich presuppositions. Given this goal, we expect
talks on a variety of topics, such as:

-Data/studies that favor/disfavor the need for prior linguistic knowledge
-The importance/influence of different data distributions on the trajectory
of acquisition
-Comparisons of different theories of grammar acquisition based on
empirical data
-Interesting syntactic phenomena that may be fruitful avenues to explore
for addressing claims of prior knowledge

We are very excited to have speakers with a variety of backgrounds and
viewpoints joining us:

Kamil Ud Deen, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Anne Hsu, University of California, Berkeley
Jeff Lidz, University of Maryland
Julian Pine, University of Liverpool
Terry Regier, University of Chicago
William Sakas, City University of New York
Charles Yang, University of Pennsylvania

The webpage for this workshop can be found at:


It includes information regarding the speaker's presentations, the schedule,
specific location on UCI campus, and travel information. Registration for this
workshop is free, though we do ask all attendees to register through the website
for administrative purposes. We hope you can join us!

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