Generative Linguistics beyond Language

Workshop during the GLOW conference: Generative Linguistics beyond Language: Shared Modules for Rhythm, Narration and Emotion across Domains.

Workshop Description

In recent years, linguistic methods that were developed in the generative framework have been systematically applied to non-linguistic phenomena. We find generative approaches to the syntax and semantics of music (e.g. Koelsch 2012, Katz 2017, Schlenker 2017), the syntax and semantics of dance (e.g. Charnavel 2016, Patel-Grosz et al. 2018), the semantics of visual narrative (Abusch 2013), and the connection between speech and drumming rhythms (Winter 2014). Crucially, recent explorations that expand linguistic methodology beyond natural language in such a way aim to shed light on the shared properties of different cognitive domains (language, music, dance, silent narratives) that are fundamentally human. This yields new insights into human cognition as a whole, and thus also into the core properties of the human language faculty.


Some images from the workshop.


Workshop Programme

09:30-09:40 Registration
09:40-09:50: Welcome by Mathilde Skoie,  Vice-Dean for Research at the Faculty of Humanities
09:50-10:00 Introduction by Alexander Refsum Jensenius and Pritty Patel-Grosz
10:00-11:00 Invited speaker:

Caroline Palmer (McGill University)
Prosodic accommodation in ensemble music and speech conversation [abstract]

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

Christina Domene Moreno and Baris Kabak (University of Wuerzburg)
Stress-melody alignment reflects language-specific cues for accentual prominence [abstract]


Emar Maier and Daniel Altshuler (University of Groningen / Hampshire College)
Coping with Imaginative Resistance: A supersemantic investigation [abstract]


Sam Cumming, Gabriel Greenberg and Rory Kelly (UCLA)
Point of View and Incremental Interpretation in Film [abstract]

13:00-13:30 Tour of RITMO
13:30-14:45 Lunch (catered)

Blythe P. Newton-Haynes and Daniel Altshuler (Hampshire College / UMass Amherst)
Analyzing ballet mime at the semantics/pragmatics interface [abstract]


John Bailyn (Stony Brook University)
Rock and Roll as a Dialect of Common-Practice Western Tonal Music [abstract]


Oriol Quintana Sanfeliu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Merge and Move in tonal harmony [abstract]

16:15-16:45 Coffee

Teresa Proto (Leiden University)
Temporal structure in speech and music: The timing of proparoxytones in Italian folksongs [abstract]

17:15-18:15 Invited speaker:

Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS; New York University)
Musical Meaning within Super Linguistics [abstract]

Published June 19, 2018 9:47 PM - Last modified May 12, 2019 9:30 PM