August 5th - 16th UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro

About the event

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.

Conference Team

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scientific committee

UCL/UFRJ

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scientific & organization committees

UFRJ

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scientific & organization committees

UFRJ

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scientific committee

PUC-RJ

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scientific committee

Unicamp

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scientific & organization committees

UMass

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scientific & organization committees

UFRJ

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scientific & organization committees

UMASS

Call for papers

We encourage papers from different areas of theoretical, descriptive and experimental linguistics, including but not limited to: generative grammar, language typology, anthropological linguistics, language processing, neuroscience of language, first language acquisition, heritage language studies, bilingualism and second language acquisition. The goal is to have grammatical constructions in a wide variety of languages examined using as many theoretical and experimental approaches as possible. Papers from all theoretical domains will be considered, but we advise contributors to clearly present a detailed analysis of the recursive structure they are working with. Talks will be organized around major topics, depending on the content of the submissions.

The conference will offer only plenary sessions; no parallel sessions will be held. Each presentation will last twenty minutes, followed by a ten-minute period for questions and discussion. English will be the official language of the conference.

The deadline for submissions is January 30th. Abstracts should include a theoretical framework, hypotheses and the objectives of the presentation. They should be no longer than two pages, including references and examples, with at least 1-inch margins, 12pt font. All abstracts should be anonymous. Notification of acceptance will be sent to participants by March 30th.

Abstracts should be sent by e-mail as an attachment to the following address: recursionbrazil2013@gmail.com . In the body of your email message please include the following information: name, affiliation, mail address e-mail address and title of the paper.

Event program

The Recursion in Brazilian Languages & Beyond project consists of two parts: an Institute and a Conference. The Institute is constituted by mini-courses focusing on different aspects of Recursion and will take place on August 5th and 6th and between August 12th and 16th. The Conference will happen between August 7th and 9th and will consist of three keynotes and 30 communications organized in thematic sessions.

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Institute August 05th - 06th

August 5th, August 6th

Fieldwork in Pirahã

10:00 12:30

Filomena Sândalo (Unicamp)
Cilene Rodrigues (PUC-Rio)

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Conference August 07th - 09th

August 7th

Conference registration

8:00

Opening remarks

Session I - 9:00 to 12:30

09:00 12:00
09:00 - On the specificity of recursion in human language

Anna Maria Di Sciullo (Université du Québec)
Roberto de Almeida (Concordia University)

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09:30 - Recursion in tupi-guarani languages

Marcia Dâmaso Vieira (National Museum, UFRJ)

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10:00 - Recursion of postpositional and possessive phrases in Kawaiwete

Suzi Lima
Pikuruk Kaiabi

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10:30 - Coffee Break
11:00 - Aki Tegupotsihekuinhü - Recursion in Kuikuro

Bruna Franchetto (National Museum, UFRJ)
Mara Santos (PRODOCLIN)
Mutuá Mehinaku

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11:30 - Recursion in Portuguese word-internal verb-formation

Miriam Lemle (UFRJ)

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12:00 - Revisiting closing suffixes

Maria Carlota Rosa (UFRJ)
Katia Abreu (UFRJ)

Lunch

12:30

Keynote 1: "Recursion typology and the Acquisition Path"

14:00

Tom Roeper

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Coffee Break

15:00

Session II - 15:30 to 17:30

15:30 17:30
15:30 - Recursion in language and the development of higher cognitive functions: an investigation with children acquiring Brazilian Portuguese

Leticia Correa (PUC –Rio)
Marina Augusto (UERJ)
Mercedes Marcilese (PUC-Rio)
Clara Villarinho (PUC-Rio)

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16:00 - Indirect Recursion, the importance of second-order embedding and its implications for cross-linguistic child language acquisition

Bart Hollebrandse (University of Groningen/ The Netherlands)

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16:30 - Embedding as a building block of evidential categories in Kotiria

Kristine Stenzel (UFRJ)

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17:00 - Embedded imperatives in Mbyá: recursion in the domain of speech acts

Guillaume Thomas (Institut Jean Nicod, ENS/CNRS /FRANCE)

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August 8th

Session III - 9:00 to 12:30

09:00 12:00
09:00 - Acquisition of Recursive Prepositional Phrases by Native and L2 Speakers of Spanish

Jon Nelson (UMass, Amherst/US)

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09:30 - The Acquisition of the Relativizer “-uraz” in Wapichana

– Luiz Amaral (UMass, Amherst) & Wendy Leandro (UFRR)

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10:00 - The bird on the alligator in the water: Strong continuity and children’s development of NP recursion

Ana T. Pérez-Leroux (U. of Toronto/CANADA)
Anny Castilla (SUNY-Fredonia/US)
Sujana Bejar (U. of Toronto/CANADA)
Diane Massam (U. of Toronto/CANADA)
Tyler Peterson (U. of Toronto/CANADA)

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10:30 - Coffee Break
11:00 - Recursion in Child Brazilian Portuguese: the Case of Long-Distance WH-questions

Elaine Grolla (USP)

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11:30 - Recursive Possessives in Child Japanese

Akiko Terunuma (Daito Bunka University/JAPAN)
Terue Nakato-Miyashita (Kitasato University/JAPAN)

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12:00 - The Processing of PP Embedding and Coordination in Karaja and in Portuguese

Marcus Maia (UFRJ), Aniela França (UFRJ), Aline Gesualdi (CEFETRJ), Aleria Lage (UFRJ) & Cristiane Oliveira (UFRJ)

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Lunch

12:30

Keynote 2: "Clausal Embedding: Parametric Variation of a Universal Concept"

14:00

Uli Sauerland

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Coffee Break

15:00

Session IV - 15:30 to 17:30

15:30 17:30
15:30 - Recursivity and displacement

Andres Pablo Salanova (University of Ottawa)

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16:00 - The structure of asymmetric clausal coordination

Rafael Nonato (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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16:30 - -Strategies of Embedding in Kamayura

Lucy Seki (IEL/UNICAMP)
Andrew Nevins (University College of London & UFRJ)

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17:00 - Multiple Embedding of Relative Clauses in Karitiana

Luciana Storto (Universidade de São Paulo)
Karin Vivanco (Universidade de São Paulo)
Ivan Rocha (Universidade de São Paulo)

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August 9th

Session V - 9:00 to 12:00

09:00 12:00
09:00 - Container constructions in Yudja (Tupi): recursion of postpositional phrases

Suzi Lima (UMass, Amherst)

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09:30 - Animacy and recursion in Brazilian Portuguese: an ERP study

Cristiane Ramos de Souza (UFRJ)
Aleria LAge (UFRJ)

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10:00 - Recursion in Brazilian sign language

Eduardo Kenedy (UFF)
Aline Dias (UFF)

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10:30 - Coffee Break
11:00 - Word order as evidence for recursion in Pirahã

Cilene Rodrigues (PUC-Rio)
Filomena Sândalo (Unicamp)

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11:30 - Predicate-raising and head-finality in Tenetehára

Fabio Duarte (UFMG)

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12:00 - On recursivity and internal vs external factors and faculty of language

Pierre Pica (CNRS, France & Instituto do Cérebro - UFRN, Brazil)

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Lunch

12:30

Keynote 3: "Intonational Conditionals: Hidden Adjunction"

14:00

Cilene Rodrigues (PUC-Rio)

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Coffee Break

15:00

Session VI - 15:30 to 17:30

15:30 17:30
15:30 - Computational learning of recursion in language from positive-only data

Takashi Toyoshima (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan)

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16:00 - Defining a monster operator

Lovania Roehrig Teixeira (UFRGS, Brazil)
Renato Miguel Basso (UFSCar, Brazil)

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16:30 - Deixis and multiple blends: the role of recursion in meaning construction

Lilian Ferrari (UFRJ, Brazil)

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17:00 - Recursion vs Iteration: towards a definition

Ana Maria Ibãnos (PUC-RS, Brazil)
Sidriana Rattova (PUC-RS, Brazil)

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Conference closing dinner

20:00

Restaurante Real Astória
Av. Reporter Nestor Moreira, 11 / Botafogo
(21) 2244-6239 / (21) 2543-3427
See how to get there: http://www.realastoria.com/?page_id=2468

Institute August 12th - 16th

August 12th, August 14th, August 16th

Multiple Grammars Theory and Language Acquisition

09:00 - 12:00

Tom Roeper (UMass, Amherst)
Luiz Amaral (UMass, Amherst)

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Linguistic Variation in Complement Clauses

14:00 17:00

Uli Sauerland (Harvard University, Zas)

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August 13th, August 15th

The growth of grammatical complexity in bilingual and monolingual children

09:00 12:00

Ana Pérez Leroux (University of Toronto)

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The relationships between recursivity and prosody

14:00 17:00

Andrew Nevins (University College London)

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When and where

August 5th - 16th UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro

Carlos Drummond de Andrade Auditorium - G1

Av. Horácio Macedo, 2151 - Faculdade de Letras

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Hotels Suggestions

The hotels indicated below have an agreeement with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and will give conference participants a 10% discount.

Acapulco Hotel

www.acapulcohotel.com.br

R. Gustavo Sampaio, 854 - Leme
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22010-010
+55 (21) 3077 2000 / 2275 0022

Mengo Palace Hotel

www.mengopalace.com.br

R. Correia Dutra, 21 - Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22210-050
+55 (21) 3262 1616

Hotel Regina

www.hotelregina.com.br

R. Ferreira Viana, 29 - Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22210-040
+55 (21) 3289 9999

Registration

To attend the Conference you must sign up below and choose your category. Participation in the Institute is open to all registered participants in the Conference. Graduate students should contact the POSLING coordination (poslingufrj@gmail.com), if interested in taking the courses for credit.

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Alternatively you can deposit the fee in the Banco do Brasil account:
Branch (agência) 4332-X | Account (conta): 7121-8 | Variação: 051
After making the deposit send a scan of the receipt to recursionbrazil2013@gmail.com

Papers on Recursion

These are a few papers on Recursion. If you want to make other relevant papers available here contact us at recursionbrazil2013@gmail.com

Recursiveness and Italian compounds
Antonietta Bisetto
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Minimal Recursion: Exploring the Prospects
Noam Chomsky
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Numerical Cognition without words: evidence from Amazonia
Peter Gordon
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Recursion and Human Language
Harry van der Hulst
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Challenging the syllabic model of 'syntax-as-it-is'
Maggie Tallerman
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Of Musical Hand Chairs and Linguistic Swing
Kazuko Hiramatsu, William Snyder, Thoams Roeper, Stephanie Storrs, Matthew Saccoman
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Experimental Evidence for Complex Syntax in Pirahã
Uli Sauerland
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The acquisition of recursion: how formalism articulates the child's path
Tom Roeper
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Proceedings of the first International Psycholinguistics Congress
Aniela Improta França, Marcus Maia
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Recursion in Human Language
Cilene Rodrigues
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Exact and approximate arithmetic in an Amazonian Indigene group
Pierre Pica, Cathy Lemer, Véronique Izard, Itanislas Dehaene
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Processing crossed and nested dependencies: an automation perspective on the psycholinguistic results
Aravind L. Joshi
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A closer look at the turtle's eyes
Andrea Moro
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Language and the origin of numerical concepts
Rochel Gelman, C. R. Gallistel
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Recursion restrictions
Hilda Koopman
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Human kinship, from conceptual structure to grammar
Doug Jones
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The neural basis of recursion and complex syntactic hierarchy
Angela D. Friedrici, Jörg Bahlmann, Roland Friedrich, Michiru Makuuchi
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Number as a cognitive technology: evidence from Pirahã language and congnition
Michael C. Frank, Daniel L. Everett, Evelina Fedorenko, Edward Gibson
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Evelin 2012
Textos do curso de Cilene Rodrigues
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Contact

UFRJ(Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) - Logo UFRJ | Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Pós Graduação em Linguística

Av. Horácio Macedo, 2151,
Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro
RJ - Brasil - CEP 21941-590

recursionbrazil2013@gmail.com
+55 (21) 2598 9710 | +55 (21) 8885 2110

Submitting extended abstracts

Deadline: October 15th, 2008
  • 5-page extended abstract with additional pages for references.
  • The text should be single spaced, with 12-font and 1-inch margins.
  • Images, trees, tables, examples, graphs, etc should come in the text within the 5-page limit.
  • Use Harvard or IPA styles for references and citations.
    Example (Harvard):
    One author: (Miller 1991) or Miller (1991)
    Two authors: (Miller and Smith 1994) or Miller and Smith (1994)
    Three authors or more: (Miller et al. 1995) or Miller et al. (1995)
  • Footnotes can come in the text or at the end of the paper within the 5-page limit.

The reviewing process will take place between October and December, 2013.
Authors will be notified of the final decision by December 31st.
The complete version of the selected papers will be due on January 31st.

Remember the focus is on:

  • Papers that present data from less studied languages spoken in Brazil that illustrate different forms of recursion.
  • Papers that discuss theoretical or methodological issues in recursion and embedding with data from Portuguese or other more commonly studied languages.

We encourage the submission of papers that combine different approaches to the topic: descriptive, experimental and theoretical.

To send your abstract use the form bellow:

If you have any problem send the archive to recursionbrazil2013@gmail.com with the subject "Extended Abstract"