SHORT-TERM VISITOR MINI-LECTURE SERIES by PROF CEDRIC BOECKX (ICREA & University of Barcelona):

Thinking Biolinguistics

The usual CAT rule applies for this event: Everyone is welcome!

When?

11–14 December 2012:

Those interested in attending the lectures, please confirm by email to Kleanthes Grohmann.

Where?

At the University of Cyprus Main Campus in Nicosia (i.e. the "old" campus on Kallipoleos): room E103 (CAT Lab) -- unless we need a bigger room, in which case the lectures will be held in the rooms indicated after each lecture, in the same building.

Who?

Dr Cedric Boeckx is ICREA Research Professor in the Department of General Linguistics at the University of Barcelona.

What?

This lecture series is meant to provide an introduction to the enterprise called biolinguistics: What is it? How did it come about? What does it intend to achieve? Although clearly related to, and often conflated with generative linguistics, biolinguistics requires -- or so I will argue -- a significant rethinking of the practice of theoretical linguistics, but also its conceptual foundation; a necessary step, I believe, to move from a cognitive science to a cognitive bioscience.

I will take for granted some of the major concepts of modern linguistics, those discussed in the first two parts of my 2010 Language in Cognition book (Wiley). I will also assume basic familiarity with concepts like "FLN", "FLB", "three factors of language design", "I-language", etc. If you are not familiar at all with these, please read up before the lectures. If you are very motivated, you may want to read classics like Lenneberg's (1967) Biological Foundations of Language, Piattelli-Palmarini's (1980) Language and Learning, and Chomsky's (1980) Rules and Representations. Finally, you may also want to read Ray Jackendoff's (2011) recent article in Language "The human language faculty: Two views", which I will discuss at some point in the lectures.

 

THIS EVENT IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CYRPUS THROUGH A SHORT-TERM VISITOR FELLOWSHIP.
THE SUPPORT FROM THE UCY DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH STUDIES IS GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGED.