How Language Evolves

Event Date (Pacific Time): 
Friday, Feb 20, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Chairs:

Roger Levy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David Perlmutter, University of California, San Diego

This symposium addresses the question of how human language came to have the kind of structure it has, focusing on three sources of evidence: 1) ways languages get new structure not present in the language of the previous generation(s) of speakers or signers; 2) what contrasts between new and mature languages reveal about how language evolves; and 3) neuroscientific investigations of functional specialization for language in the human brain and its dependence on the linguistic input the language learner gets during cognitive development.

Event Sessions

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