For the general conference, we invite abstracts for 30-minutes talks and for posters on any topic related to generative grammar, from a theoretical and/or experimental perspective. The official languages are English and Italian.
Multilingualism: Social and Cognitive Dimensions
Multilingualism is a pervasive phenomenon in contemporary societies. The capacity
to naturally acquire any language by any child has become the central empirical
observation since the beginning of generative grammar, as it shows that, as humans,
we are all biologically endowed with a language acquisition device which is naturally
put into work through social interaction of the typically developing child with the
external world. So, conditions internal to the cognitive system, i.e. the internal
grammar with its formal properties, and external conditions, i.e. exposure to a rich
enough input, are both crucial dimensions in any form of language acquisition. The
dialog between the social and the cognitive dimensions is especially crucial in
situations of multilingualism, raising specific issues, such as: richness of the quality
and quantity of the input, age of onset, possible delays in child acquisition, necessity
to distinguish between pathological delay vs unavoidable time needed in second
language acquisition, the distinction among types of multiligualism/ early vs late,
child vs adult ..., the possible protective role of multilingualism in aging, the role of
questionnaires to determine external factors, types of adapted testing etc.
These issues are especially congenial with one of the research themes developed
at the hosting department DISPOC within the frame of the interdisciplinary project
for which it has been selected as one of the Excellence Departments of the Italian
Submissions are invited for posters on issues related to multilingualism along the lines indicated above, with a special focus on the dialog between the role of grammatical constraints and the role of external conditions. Empirical domains investigated may also concern discourse situations (such as e.g. question-answers exchanges and their formal characterization, appropriate use of subject pronouns, proper mastering of clitic pronouns and topicalization structures etc...), always crucial in social interactions.
The workshop will take place in the morning of February 27th. The official language of the workshop is English.