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Workshop (AG4) at the 38th DGfS meeting in Konstanz, taking place on February 24th-26th, 2016.
Shravan Vasishth, Universität Potsdam, Germany
Luigi Rizzi, Università di Siena, Italy & Université de Genève, Switzerland
The invited speakers are supported by the Research Focus on Cognitive Sciences of the University of Potsdam.
Description of the workshop
Complex sentences (e.g., relative clauses, wh-questions, passives, clefts, extractions from weak islands) are considerably challenging for children who acquire their first or second language but also for adults when they are tested under time pressure. Attempts to explain the effects of sentence complexity have developed, at least, along two directions. On one hand, theoretical linguists have been aiming to clarify the nature of sentence complexity, how it manifests itself within one language and across different languages and under which conditions the grammaticality of complex sentences is disrupted (e.g., Rizzi, 2013). Grammatical theories of sentence complexity have also been used to interpret children’s non adult-like performance on experimental tasks. On the other hand, psycholinguists and cognitive scientists have assessed how individuals understand various types of complex sentences either in real time (whilst they read or listen to them) or off-line (after the sentence is completed). These results have shown interesting differences and similarities across languages and populations and they have enriched our knowledge on how language interacts with other cognitive abilities (e.g., Lewis, Vasishth, & Van Dyke, 2006). Recent attempts have been made to establish a dialogue between the grammatical and processing accounts (e.g. Lewis & Phillips, 2015) thereby reviving the interest in the relation between grammar and mental processes.
The aim of this 3-day-workshop (as part of the DGfS conference) is to bring these two perspectives on language together in order to promote a cross-fertilization of the two accounts, focusing in particular on the following issues:
Mi 24. Feb
Do 25. Feb
Fr 26. Feb