Complex Systems in Linguistics Workshop, 5 Sept 2011
A Workshop on
Complex Systems in
Linguistics will be taking place on 5th September 2011 at the
University of Southampton, UK. The workshop that aims to
bring together researchers working with various conceptions of complexity in
the study of language. In particular, the workshop organisers aim to explore
the different ways in which concepts from complexity science may bear upon
linguistic theories, and to reach out to researchers within complex systems
more generally. The workshop is intended to provide a cooperative,
constructive and collaborative environment; we invite and welcome
exploratory and speculative papers, particularly where they may lead to
advancing methodologies and understanding beyond existing paradigm
The Workshop on Complex Systems in Linguistics will take place at the University of Southampton on Monday 5th September 2011. It will take place at the main Highfield campus, in building 2. The room is on Level 1, Lecture Theatre B (room number 02/1083) - Please note the room change from previous instructions. Building 2 can be found on the Highfield campus map at: www.soton.ac.uk/about/whereissoton/maps/highfield_campus.pdf
The city of Southampton and the University are very well served by road and rail links. Southampton International airport is situated on the outskirts of the city. Full information can be found on the University’s “Getting Here” page: http://www.soton.ac.uk/about/whereissoton/index.html
In order to plan for numbers, and since the main lecture theatre has a limited capacity, all participants at the workshop are asked to ‘pre-register’ in order to confirm their participation by email, before Thursday 18th August. Please complete this registration form and email it to Glyn.Hicks@soton.ac.uk as soon as possible. Participants who are not presenting a paper at the workshop are asked to pay a fee of £15 to contribute towards the cost of their food and refreshments during the day. This can be paid in cash at registration on the morning of the workshop. Registration will take place on-site on the morning of the workshop, from 9am.
Presentations will last approximately 30 minutes (40 for the invited talks), plus a short discussion/question period. The invited papers are from Cedric Boeckx (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats/Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), and an invited session with papers by Diane Larsen-Freeman (University of Michigan) and Philip Herdina (Universität Innsbruck). Click here for the full finalised programme; approximate details are below.
9:00 - 9:50am Registration and coffee
Cedric Boeckx Syntax Santa Fe style
Leah Bauke How complex is Merge?
David Medeiros X-bar structure and the Golden String
Lluís Barceló i Coblijn & Antoni Gomila Syntactic development at 25 months: a critical phase
transition of grammatical rule induction
1:10 - 2:30 Lunch
Diane Larsen-Freeman Complexity Theory: Opening new spaces
Philip Herdina What Complexity Theory can do for language research
Glyn Hicks & Matthew Reeve Complexity and/or Minimalism(?)
5:30pm Workshop finishes. Evening meal in Southampton
Since this is a single day workshop we will not be offering an accommodation package - we invite workshop participants to arrange their own local accommodation should they need it; there is plenty available around Southampton and the University. Some suggestions are listed here; note that www.laterooms.com/ has reduced rates for most of these.
Elizabeth House Hotel: www.elizabethhousehotel.com/
Highfield House Hotel: www.highfieldhousehotel.co.uk/
Jurys Inn: http://southamptonhotels.jurysinns.com/
Southampton Park Hotel: http://www.southamptonparkhotel.com/
Food and Refreshments
Lunch and coffee/tea (during breaks) will be provided on the day at no additional cost.