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LINGUIST List 20.3970

Thu Nov 19 2009

Confs: Language Acquistion, Psycholinguistics/USA

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        1.    Rudy Troike, Workshop in Honor of Carol Chomsky

Message 1: Workshop in Honor of Carol Chomsky
Date: 19-Nov-2009
From: Rudy Troike <rtroikeemail.arizona.edu>
Subject: Workshop in Honor of Carol Chomsky
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Workshop in Honor of Carol Chomsky

Date: 11-Dec-2009 - 12-Dec-2009
Location: Cambridge, MA, USA
Contact: Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://carol-chomsky-workshop.lids.mit.edu/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

The workshop 'Rich Languages from Poor Inputs: Workshop in Honor of Carol Chomsky' has been organized by Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (U of Arizona) and Robert C. Berwick (MIT) It will be held at MIT, December 11-12, 2009. Location: MIT-Stata Center Room 32-123. The workshop is partially supported by the NSF.

The seminal work of the late Carol Chomsky on language acquisition represented a synthesis of insights from linguistics, education, and child development. This workshop is devoted to updating her synthesis, her many often novel and sometimes prophetic findings presented in light of current research into these areas by leading researchers in each of these three fields. Carol Chomsky challenged linguists to study language development beyond the age of five as well as the abilities of input-constrained children, including the blind and deaf, who nonetheless properly acquire language; and she challenged educators to incorporate research on language development for children who could not learn to read easily, or who invented their own spelling. Her work led to a wide dissemination of new techniques for teaching reading, writing, and interacting with the profoundly impaired. The workshop is therefore organized around different areas under the single thematic umbrella of language acquisition under conditions of extreme deprivation, where language is broadly construed to include both reading and writing. The first area centers on the robustness of language acquisition to variability in the environment (including the blind, the deaf and similar special cases). The second thematic area will broaden the picture by considering evidence that was unavailable in Carol’s days, specifically, brain correlates, genes and bio-linguistics. The third area will turn to language in Carol Chomsky’s extended sense, encompassing spelling, reading, and the arts, covering what has been learned in forty years since Charles Read’s and Carol Chomsky’s publications in the early 1970s (1975, 1976) about young children’s invented spelling and reading. This workshop provides a unique opportunity to see how Carol Chomsky’s insights into children’s learning abilities continue to inform the field today. Theoretical linguists and neuroscientists will better understand how their research may be applied to improve the lives of such groups, and practitioners will learn how new linguistic work and new brain/genomics research might inform their own day-to-day work, in the best case, leading to joint activity that takes from the best of both worlds.

Attendance is free without any formality. A detailed program and abstracts can be downloaded from the website: http://carol-chomsky-workshop.lids.mit.edu/

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