The Specificity of Language. A Workshop in Honour of Riny Huybregts

Date/time: June 28, 2013; 12:30-17:00
Location: Drift 25, Room 102, Utrecht []

What are the properties setting the human language faculty apart from other cognitive capacities? Linguistic research of the past few decades have clarified many aspects of this issue, although many questions still remain to be answered.

 In this workshop, several aspects of the question will be discussed by a number of scholars who have one thing in common: they have worked together with Riny Huybregts, a linguist who has spent an active career in interpreting, explaining and expanding in particular Noam Chomsky’s views on these issues. After having worked in the Dutch universities in Utrecht, Tilburg and Leiden, Riny retired recently. This workshop is the way in which his former colleagues want to mark the occasion of his retirement.

The workshop is organized by Lisa Cheng (Leiden), Norbert Corver (Utrecht) and Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Instituut). Participation is free, but please notify of your intention to come before June 15, 2013.


12.30 Elena Anagnostopoulou: Phases and Agree Within the Word and Beyond.
13.00 Jan Koster: Language. A Neo-Saussurean Approach.
13.30 Marc van Oostendorp. Two Levels of Human Language: Inhalt and Urteil
14.00 BREAK
14.30 Henk van Riemsdijk. Double Dutch in Swiss German
15.00 Norbert Corver. Some Thoughts on Interjections
15.30 Riny Huybregts. The SOV order of Emerging Language: Natural Disposition or UG?