Building Integrative Models of Linguistic Change - Agenda

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

7:00pm - 9:00pm Welcome reception (Hotel Santa Fe)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Breakfast (8:00am)
Welcome by Dan Hruschka (8:30am)
Introductory Remarks by Chris Wood (8:40am)

Session A. Change across Levels
9:00 - 9:50 Andrew Wedel
Modeling sublexical contrast maintenance as an emergent effect of lexical category competition
9:50 -10:40 Dan Slobin
Usage-based language change: Interactions of morphosyntax, lexicon, and pragmatics
Tea Break
10:55 - 11:45 Joan Bybee
Mechanisms of change and frequency effects across levels
11:45 - 12:15 Discussant: Paul Smolensky


Session B. Engines of Language Change
1:15-1:45 Murray Gell-Mann
The Evolution of Human Languages Program
1:45-2:25 George Starostin
The importance of morphology vs. lexicon in micro- and macrocomparative studies
Tea Break
2:40-3:30 William Croft
What drives language change?
3:30p-4:20 Peter Culicover
Aspects of a Theory of Grammatical Change
4:20-5:00 Discussant: Marcus Feldman

Gala dinner together at Coyote Cafe (6:30pm)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Breakfast (8:30am)
Session C. Change over Differing Time Scales
9-9:50 Shana Poplack
Variationist tools for the study of language change
9:50-10:40 Tania Kuteva
What is the relationship between grammaticalization and long-term evolution of language?
Tea Break
10:55-11:45 Simon Kirby
Language as an Adaptive System: are models of cultural evolution really modelling change?
11:45-12:15 Discussant: D. Eric Smith


Session D. Next Steps in Modeling Change
1:30-2:20 Russell Gray
On the pleasures and perils of simplicity
2:20-3:10 Mark Pagel
Tea Break
3:30-4:20 Jon Wilkins:
Probabilistic models of sound change
4:20-5:00 Discussant: Tanmoy Bhattacharya

Dinner on your own

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Breakfast (8:30am)
Session E. Review, Synthesis and Where To Go From Here
9am-10:50am Small group breakout session
Tea Break
11am-11:30am Discussant: Ray Jackendoff
11:30am-noon Wrap-up discussion


1pm-4pm Excursions
For those interested, there will be planned excursions to Bandelier Monument or Museum Hill

Note: talks will include 30 minutes of formal presentation with 20 minutes reserved for questions and discussion