Graduate Workshop on Biolinguistics

Associated with ConSOLE XIX, a workshop on biolinguistics will be held at the University of Groningen on January 7th, 2010. The biolinguistics research area focuses on the biology and evolution of language and aims to understand the unique ability and origin of human language. Research carried out within the field of biolinguistics has received considerable and increasing attention over the past few decades from researchers within various fields including linguistics, (evolutionary) biology, philosophy, mathematics, and neuroscience. The collaborative efforts within these scientific fields attempt to arrive at a deeper understanding of the origin, biology and evolution of the language faculty.

Invited speaker

Simon Kirby University of Edinburgh


12:00 - 13:00 Registration

13:00 - 13:10 Opening

13:10 - 13:50
Thomas Graf (University of California)
Lost in translation: A formal model of merge-over-move and its implications for the language faculty

13:50 - 14:30
Jeff Hanna (University of Cambridge)
Indices of morphosyntactic processing in bilinguals: evidence against an L2 critical period

14:30 - 15:10
Luke McCrohon (University of Tokyo)
Biological evolution, multilingualism and the lexicon

15:10 - 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 - 16:10
Marília Costa (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Theory of mind and other cognitive modules: a dynamic interaction

16:10 - 16:50
Lluís Barceló-Coblijn (University of the Balearic Islands)
Alleged morpheme-based alarm calls in the light of biolinguistics: The role of duality of patterning

16:50 - 17:50 Invited speaker
Simon Kirby (University of Edinburgh)
Language as a culturally evolving system: from computer simulation to the experiment lab

17:50 - 18:00 Concluding Remarks

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