04/07/2018

Linguists from around the world meet at the URV for the 28th Colloquium of Generative Grammar

It is a top-level international scientific meeting featuring previously unpublished papers and presentations by renowned linguists

Round table, left to right, doctors Colin Phillips, University of Maryland; Loes Koring, University of Utrecht; Gillian Ramchand, University of Tromsø; Jaume Mateu, CLT-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Alec Marantz, New York University and Linnaea Stockall, Queen Mary University London.

During this annual conference, linguists from around the world present their research on the syntax, semantics, morphology, pragmatics and phonology of natural languages from the theoretical perspective of generative grammar. The fourth edition of the conference was held in Tarragona in 1994 and this year sees the conference return to the URV for its 28th edition, organised by lsabel Oltra-Massuet, Serra Húnter professor at the Department of English and German Studies and collaborating researcher at the Neuroscience of Language Lab of NYU Abu Dhabi since 2015. This year the conference has brought more than 80 people together for three days in the Main Lecture Theatre on the Catalunya Campus; the first day (30 May) was dedicated to a workshop on argument structure and linguistic processing, that in turn forms part of the national project led by Oltra-Massuet on the argument structure of inergative verbs and their linguistic processing.

An image from the poster session.

This scientific meeting is held every year at a university on the Iberian Peninsula and features over thirty unpublished papers selected by an international scientific committee created for the occasion and various presentations by renowned linguists. The conference brings together established experts and young doctoral students from around the world to discuss the latest advances in theoretical linguistics.

It is a top-level international scientific meeting featuring previously unpublished papers and presentations by renowned linguists such as Alec Marantz from NYU, Colin Phillips from the University of Maryland, Gillian Ramchand from the University of Tromsø and Elena Castroviejo, Ikerbasque researcher at the University of the Basque Country, among others.

A tour of Medieval Tarraco led by the researcher and specialist medieval art Marta Serrano, from the Department of History and History of Art at the URV.

Generative grammar is a linguistic theory developed by Noam A. Chomsky and studied around the world. It analyses the system of universal rules, laws and principles that govern natural language on the basis of their materialisation in the grammars of different languages.

For more information, go to the event website.


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