[PLing] The Syntax of Mind: An International Conference (Vienna, April 17-19)
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The Syntax of Mind: An International Conference
This conference will occur in Vienna April 17-19, over the Easter
holiday, immediately following the International Evolution of
Language Conference (EVOLANG X) in Vienna.
We invite the submission of abstracts for posters and short 30 min.
Prizes for best talk and best poster will be awarded.
The conference will be hosted and introduced by Prof. W. Tecumseh
Fitch (Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna).
No registration fee!
A fundamental and recurring question in cognitive science concerns
the modularity of mind: to what degree are computations and the
representations they operate upon encapsulated to particular
cognitive domains such as language, vision, music or action? An
equally fundamental question for cognitive biology concerns species-
specificity: what aspects of cognition in a species rely on species-
specific versus clade-general computations?
In the past decade, major progress has been made in exploring both of
these issues, much of it relying upon artificial grammar learning and
related paradigms. Current results suggest that certain
computational processes are shared, at least between language and
music, and thus constitute integrating "horizontal" or cross-domain
aspects of human cognition. While broadly characterized as
"hierarchical processing" or "syntax", they include phenomena in a
variety of subdomains including phonology and rhythm. However, the
picture remains murky with respect to nonhuman animals, with little
evidence of human-like skills in other primates, but increasing
evidence for repeated convergent evolution of analogous traits in
birds and marine mammals.
This conference will provide a state-of-the-art update on this fast-
moving field, and will focus on overlaps between and evolution of
spoken language and music, researching employing artificial grammar
learning, and comparative work in these areas with a wide range of
Keynote Speakers will include:
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