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LINGUIST List 21.1505

Mon Mar 29 2010

Confs: Cognitive Science, Neuroling, Syntax, Typology/Spain

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        1.    Itziar Laka, Understanding Language: 40 Years down The Garden Path

Message 1: Understanding Language: 40 Years down The Garden Path
Date: 29-Mar-2010
From: Itziar Laka <itziar.lakaehu.es>
Subject: Understanding Language: 40 Years down The Garden Path
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Understanding Language: 40 Years down The Garden Path
Short Title: GARDEN PATH

Date: 28-Jun-2010 - 01-Jul-2010
Location: San Sebastian-Donostia, Basque Country, Spain
Contact: Itziar Laka
Contact Email: itziar.lakaehu.es
Meeting URL: http://www.elebilab.com

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Syntax; Typology

Meeting Description:

The famous garden path sentence the horse raced past the barn fell turns 40
years since it was published in the seminal paper "The Cognitive Basis of
Linguistics Structures" by Thomas G. Bever, one of the founders of the field of
language processing. Language is the focus of some of the major scientific
issues in cognitive science, such as the interaction between associative habits
and structured mental computations, or a productive rapport between innatist
approaches and biological and functional approaches. This meeting brings
together some of the most outstanding researchers in the field, to discuss
current frontiers in our understanding of language within cognitive science, and
to assess the progress made during these four decades of research in language


Monday, June 28th

Welcome and Presentation: Itziar Laka, Montserrat Sanz and Pello Salaburu

Mike Tanenhaus, University of Rochester: Introduction to the Course. On the
Cognitive Basis of Linguistic Structures: Themes that have Endured.

Session 1:
The Crosslinguistic Brain and Language
Chair: Itziar Laka, University of the Basque Country

Jacques Mehler SISSA-ISAS CNS, Trieste, Italy: Languages in the Infant Brain

Manuel Carreiras, Basque Center on Brain, Cognition and Language: Mechanisms of


Inna Bornkessel, University of Mamberg, Germany: Neurotypology: Modelling
Cross-linguistic Similarities and Differences in the Neurocognition of Language

Yosef Grodzinsky McGuill University, USA: Changing Perspectives on the
Functional Role of Some Language Regions in the Brain


Round Table, General Discussion: The Crosslinguistic Brain and Language
Theme discussant: Douglass Saddy
Participants: Tanenhaus, Mehler, Carreiras, Grodzinsky

June 29th, Tuesday

Session 2:
The Evolution of Language and Language Universals
Chair: Pello Salaburu, University of the Basque Country

Massimo Piattelli Palmarini, University of Arizona, USA: Comprehension,
Production and Linearization in a New Evolutionary Perspective

Robert Berwick, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA: Three Models for the
Description of Language Complexity


Douglass Saddy, University of Reading, UK: Measuring Language Universals in the

Thomas Bever, University of Arizona, USA: Where do Linguistic Universals come from?


Round Table, General Discussion: The Evolution of Language and Language Universals
Theme discussant: Colin Phillips
Participants: Piatelli-Palmarini, Berwick, Saddy, Stabler and Bever.

June 30th, Wednesday

Session 3:
The Relations between Language Production and Perception
Chair of the session: José Manuel Igoa, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Maryellen C. MacDonald, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA: The Production
Basis of Language Comprehension: Evidence from Relative Clauses

Gary Dell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA: Implicit Learning in
the Language Production System is Revealed in Speech Errors

Luciano Fadiga, Italian Institute of Technology, U. Ferrara, Italy: From Action
to Language: Evidence and Speculations


William Idsardi, University of Maryland, USA: Statistical Generalizations in
Language Behaviors

Edward Gibson, Massachusetts Institute of technology, USA: Language above the
Word: Quantitative Investigations of Syntactic Representations and Processes


Round Table, General Discussion: The Relations between Language Production and
Theme discussant: Thomas Bever
Participants: MacDonald, Dell, Fadiga, Kotz, Gibson

July 1st, Thursday

Session 4:
The Garden Path Today - Comprehension Models
Chair: Montserrat Sanz

Sonia Kotz, Max Planck Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Germany:
Syntactic Ambiguities: from Linguistic Structure to Brain Correlates

Michael Tanenhaus University of Rochester, USA: On the Mechanisms Underlying
Real-time Language Comprehension

Gerry Altmann, University of York, UK: Anticipating the Garden Path: the Horse
Raced Past the Barn Ate the Cake


Edward Stabler UCLA, USA: Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics in Incremental

Colin Phillips, University of Maryland, USA: Grammatical Illusions: Where You
See Them, Where You Don't


Round Table and General Discussion: The Garden Path Today- Comprehension Models
Theme discussant: Yosef Grodzinsky
Participants: Kotz, Tanenhaus, Altmann, Idsardi, Phillips

Conclusions and Predictions for Future Research:

Thomas Bever University of Arizona
Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, University of Arizona
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