Thank you to all participants

Dear friends and colleagues,

We’d like to thank you all very much again for having taken time in your busy schedules to come to Oslo and for making the summer institute 2019 such a success. We very much appreciate the thought and effort that you put in and the collaborative and intellectually stimulating atmosphere that you helped us to develop.

- the organisers

The future

Watch this space for details of future courses.

We have left the details of The Norwegian Summer Institute on Language and Mind 2019 below because they are a very good guide to what we aim to achieve.


The Norwegian Summer Institute on Language and Mind

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A summer course in linguistics and philosophy in Norway

Tuesday 30th July (9.30 am) – Friday 9th August (1 pm), 2019
University of Oslo, Blindern campus; Seminar room 1 (‘Undervisningsrom 1’), Sophus Bugges building

Invited lecturers

Robyn Carston (University College London)
Stephen Crain (Macquarie University)
Steven Gross (Johns Hopkins University)
Michael Rescorla (University of California, Los Angeles)
Agustín Vicente (IKERBASQUE: Basque Foundation for Science)

N.B. Rosalind Thornton (Macquarie University) has had to drop out of this year's summer institute. Her lectures will be given by Stephen Crain.

Organisers/local lecturers

Nicholas Allott (University of Oslo)
Anna Drożdżowicz (University of Oslo)
Carsten Hansen (University of Oslo)
Terje Lohndal (NTNU, Trondheim, & UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
Georges Rey (University of Maryland at College Park)

The teaching

The programme starts at 9.30am on Tuesday 30th July and finishes at 1pm on Friday 9th August.

Classes are from Tuesday – Saturday and then Monday – Friday. There will be a 1 1/2 day break on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

The first day will have introductory lectures to get everyone up to speed with the relevant parts of linguistics, philosophy and psychology.

For the rest of the course, days will include 90 minute classes on each of the three "strands" (see below). Teaching will be discursive, with plenty of time for questions and answers in each class.

There will also be three round-table discussion sessions, where we will discuss issues across the strands, guided by student questions.

Lecture strands

Lectures

Words and concepts

Invited Lecturers: Robyn Carston (UCL) and Agustín Vicente (IKERBASQUE)

Lecturer/convenor: Nicholas Allott

Topics to include: the relationship between language and thought; lexical semantics, concepts and the semantics-pragmatics interface; polysemy; polysemy and co-predication; inner speech

The acquisition of linguistic structure and meaning

Invited Lecturer: Stephen Crain (Macquarie University)

Lecturer/convenor: Terje Lohndal

Topics to include: Poverty of the stimulus; children’s acquisition of hard-to-observe properties such as disjunction, quantifiers and scope, negation, long-distance dependencies. The interplay between nature and nurture in language acquisition, child language experiments and design.

Investigating the language faculty and other mental faculties

Invited Lecturers: Steven Gross (Johns Hopkins) and Michael Rescorla (UCLA)

Lecturer/convenor: Anna Drożdżowicz

Topics to include: The Perception-Conception Distinction; Perception and Probability; Mental Representation; Mental Computation; The Computational Representational Theory of Mind; Bayesian modelling of the mind

Lecture timetable

Schedule (pdf file)

Tuesday, July 30th

09:30-11:00
SELF-INTRODUCTIONS:
All students and faculty will briefly introduce themselves and their academic background. No slides allowed, at most 2 mins per person

11:00-11:30
BREAK

11:30-13:00
FOUNDATION CLASS:
Linguistics · Lohndal, Allott

13:00-14:30
LUNCH

14:30-16:00
FOUNDATION CLASS:
Philosophy · Hansen, Rey

Wednesday, July 31st

09:30-11:00
STRAND 1: Words and concepts
Allott · Introduction

11:00-11:30
BREAK

11:30-13:00
STRAND 3: Investigating the language faculty and other mental faculties
Gross · The Perception-Conception Distinction (with language as a case study)

13:00-14:30
LUNCH

14:30-16:00
STUDENT POSTERS

16:30-19:00
EVENING ACTIVITY:
Tapas – details to follow

Thursday, August 2nd

09:30-11:00
STRAND 1: Words and concepts
Carston · Polysemy, lexical pragmatics and lexical innovation

11:00-11:30
BREAK

11:30-13:00
STRAND 3: Investigating the language faculty and other mental faculties
Rescorla · Bayesian Modeling of the Mind

13:00-14:30
LUNCH

14:30-16:00
STRAND 3: Investigating the language faculty and other mental faculties
Gross · Perception and Probability I

Friday, August 2nd

09:30-11:00
STRAND 1: Words and concepts
Carston · Polysemy and the question of ‘the meaning’ of a word

11:00-11:30
BREAK

11:30-13:00
STRAND 3: Investigating the language faculty and other mental faculties
Rescorla · Mental Representation

13:00-14:30
LUNCH

14:30-16:00
STRAND 3: Investigating the language faculty and other mental faculties
Gross · Perception and Probability II

16:30-19:00
EVENING ACTIVITY:
Student talks – details to follow

Saturday, August 3rd

09:30-11:00
STRAND 3: Investigating the language faculty and other mental faculties
Rescorla · Mental Computation

11:00-11:30
BREAK

11:30-13:00
ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION

13:00-14:30
LUNCH

Free afternoon and evening

Sunday, August 4th

REST DAY

Monday, August 5th

09:30-11:00
STRAND 1: Words and concepts
Vicente · The various puzzles of co-predication

11:00-11:30
BREAK

11:30-13:00
STRAND 1: Words and concepts
Carston · Sense Conventions, Lexicons and Communication

13:00-14:30
LUNCH AND GROUP PHOTO SESSION

14:30-16:00
STRAND 1: Words and concepts
Vicente · Inner Speech. Why we talk to ourselves and how we do it

16:30-19:00
EVENING ACTIVITY:
Student talks – details to follow

Tuesday, August 6th

09:30-11:00
STRAND 2: The acquisition of linguistic structure and meaning
Lohndal · Poverty of the stimulus

11:00-11:30
BREAK

11:30-13:00
STRAND 2: The acquisition of linguistic structure and meaning
Crain · Negation in Child English

13:00-14:30
LUNCH

14:30-16:00
ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION

Wednesday, August 7th

09:30-11:00
STRAND 1: Words and concepts
Vicente · Inner speech, propositional thinking and some cognitive delusions

11:00-11:30
BREAK

11:30-13:00
STRAND 2: The acquisition of linguistic structure and meaning
Crain · Testing Children’s Linguistic Knowledge

13:00-14:30
LUNCH

14:30-16:00
STRAND 2: The acquisition of linguistic structure and meaning
Crain · Disjunction across languages and in child language

16:30-19:00
EVENING ACTIVITY:
Picnic iff the weather is good. At Sognsvann. More details to come.

Thursday, August 8th

09:30-11:00
STRAND 2: The acquisition of linguistic structure and meaning
Crain · Theories of Acquisition: Long-distance Dependencies

11:00-11:30
BREAK

11:30-13:00
STRAND 2: The acquisition of linguistic structure and meaning
Crain · Quantification in child language

13:00-14:30
LUNCH

14:30-16:00
STRAND 3: Investigating the language faculty and other mental faculties
Drożdżowicz & Hansen · Linguistic Intuitions

Friday, August 9th

09:30-11:00
STRAND 2: The acquisition of linguistic structure and meaning
Crain · Innate Ideas and Where to Find them

11:00-11:30
BREAK

11:30-13:00
ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION

Certificate of participation, plus transferable credits

You can receive a certificate certifying satisfactory participation, plus 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. This requires that you:

If you want, you write an additional comprehensive essay after the course and submit it to us. This brings an additional 5 ECTS credits (10 in total).