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Utrecht Theoretical Linguistics


31 January 2019
12:00 - 17:00
Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal, room 003, room 006

Language Sciences Day – Quo Vadis, Linguistics?

The UiL-OTS LSD, with the title Quo vadis, linguistics? will take place on January 31 at 12.
This is the program:

‘Quo vadis linguistics?’


12.00         Welcome and Lunch

12:30                 Posters, demo’s and clinics:

Topics include: artificial grammar learning in animals; linguistic corpus annotation; developmental language disorder in bilingual children; diagnosing psychiatric disorders through language analysis; neurobiological risk factors in developmental language disorder; language development and the 22q11 deletion syndrome; designing fieldwork questionnaires and elicitation tasks; neural textual entailment; open science; language therapy for children with complex language disorders; prosody in the expression of causal relations; time in translation and L2 acquisition; using language capital in multilingual schools; linguistic markers of psychopathology in computer mediated communication; reciprocity and reflexivity in Brazilian Portuguese; narrativity in expository texts; ellipsis in Dutch perfect passives; bridging in Chinese child language.


14:30                 Tea/Coffee break

15:00                 Discussion ‘Quo vadis linguistics?’

Petra Hendriks (Center for Language and Cognition, University of Groningen) and Martin Everaert will kick off the discussion by presenting their views on these and related matters.


A discussion on the future of linguistics in general, and linguistic research at the UIL OTS in particular.

The field of linguistics has changed dramatically in the past 40 years. Empirical expansion, theoretical diversification and methodological innovation have had an enormous impact on our understanding of all things linguistic, but have at the same resulted in a sense of fragmentation. Is there still a common core to the highly diverse research activities that are labeled ‘linguistic’? Are there still questions that every linguist considers quintessential? What are we to do to advance further, both theoretically and methodologically? How do we connect theory-driven and applied work, and in what ways can we be relevant to society?


17.00         Drinks