Recursion in Brazilian Language & Beyond – evento na UFRJ em agosto/2013

This project is a partnership between the Graduate Program in Linguistics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (POSLING/UFRJ) and the Language Acquisition Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (LARC-UMass). The conference will be held at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 7th, 8th and 9th, 2013. The Institute will take place on August 5th and 6th and between August 12th and 16th.

Recursion has long been identified as a fundamental property of the combinatorial systematicity of the human language faculty (Chomsky, 1957), which can be characterized in general terms as “an operation which takes its own output as an input” (Roeper, 2010). It has been claimed to be the only part of language that is specific to humans (Hauser, Chomsky, and Fitch 2002). However, recursion appears in many forms in grammar, with unusual variations across languages. They include not only complements, but possessives, PP’s, adjectives, and variants in languages currently explored in fieldwork. Since they are not all present in all languages the challenge of representation, acquisition, and processing emerges as a new frontier.

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