Princeton University (USA) – Premier séminaire le 28 juin 2016

Professor Adele Golberg, Princeton University (USA) is one of our visiting professors in the frame of the International Chair EFL 2016.

You will find below the detail of her seminars starting end of June 2016 :

 

 

« Constructionist Approaches to Language »

Venue/lieu : salle 221, centre Censier, Université Sorbonne nouvelle – 13 rue Santeuil – 75005 Paris

Summary

These lectures emphasize the commonalities among words, idioms, and more abstract syntactic patterns in that all are learned pairings of form and function.  This emphasis allows us to draw many parallels between language and other cognitive processes, parallels that in turn raise the issue of whether language may emerge from a combination of general cognitive abilities, without requiring a unique language faculty.  We ask: How do children generalize beyond what they hear in order to learn their rich and complex knowledge of language? How can we explain the fact that there exist generalizations that hold across languages?

Lecture 1 : Word Meaning: exemplars, prototypes, extensions, metaphor – Date : mardi 28 juin, 14h00-16h00

Key ideas: memory for language is vast; word meanings are rich, highly polysemous, and interconnected.

Lecture 2 : Families of Constructions  –  Date : jeudi 30 juin, 14h00-16h00

Key ideas: surface patterns yield the broadest generalizations; attention to function and conventionalization provides explanations for many patterns and constraints.

Lecture 3 : Learning & Cross-Linguistic Generalizations 1  –  Date : mardi 12 juillet, 14h00-16h00

Key ideas: linguistic universals have often been overstated; generalizations exist, but they tend to be modest and explicable in terms of domain-general factors and by appeal to the functions of the constructions involved.

Lecture 4 : Learning & Cross-Linguistic Generalizations 2  –  Date :   mercredi 13 juillet, 14h00-16h00

Key ideas: linguistic universals have often been overstated; generalizations exist, but they tend to be modest and explicable in terms of domain-general factors and by appeal to the functions of the constructions involved.

 

Les documents concernant les quatre séminaires du professeur Adele Goldberg (diaporama, lecture supplémentaire, etc.) sont disponibles à l’adresse suivante : https://adele.princeton.edu/constructionist-approaches-2-week-course-lsa-summer-institute/