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Critical & Open Symposium Leipzig

Welcome to Crops, the Critical and Open Symposium Leipzig, a reading group for linguistics undergrads and anyone else interested.


What is Crops?

Crops is a Colloquium/Reading Group/Lesekreis, i.e. each week we read a linguistic (or linguistics-adjacent) paper and discuss it in a group meeting.

Who should come?

The reading group mainly aims at linguistics undergrad students third semester upwards. It is expressly also open to people who are not as versed in the field and are intimidated by the colloquia of the institute. That said, of course M.A. students, newer B.A. students and anyone else is welcome too! We try to be as accomodating as possible, but still feel free to ask questions if you feel you lack background for any given week's reading.

What are we reading?

We want this to be a space where topics and theories can be explored that do not appear in the institute‘s teachings. This should include things that are just not covered by the institute (such as historical, socio- or neurolinguistics), as well as critical voices or even direct contradictions of teaching canon.

Which papers to read is voted on at meetings two weeks in advance. Anyone can propose a reading! The person suggesting a reading then prepares the discussion and some prompts and questions.

Where does it take place (and when)?

We usually meet every second Friday at 17:15 at the Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum (GWZ). If this time does not work for you, please shoot us an email and we'll consider a new time for the next meetings.

I live in Berlin.

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Next readings

2022/07/29: Précis of foundations of language: Brain, meaning, grammar, evolution (Jackendoff 2003)

Past readings

2021/10/22: Cultural constraints on grammar and cognition in Pirahã: Another look at the design features of human language (Everett 2005)

2021/10/29: The Tangle of Space and Time in Human Cognition (Núñez & Cooperrider 2013)

2021/11/05: The Graphical Basis of Phones and Phonemes (Port 2007)

2021/11/12: On the -oo Suffix of Campbell’s Monkeys (Kuhn, et al. 2018)

2021/11/19: Emergent Grammar (Hopper 1987)

2021/11/26: Unaccusativity in Sentence Production (Momma, Slevc & Phillips 2018)

2021/12/03 - 2021/12/17: Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar: The handbook (Müller, et al. 2021):

2021/12/03: Basic properties and elements (Abeillé & Borsley 2021)

2021/12/10: The evolution of HPSG (Flickinger, Pollard & Wasow 2021)

2021/12/17: Formal background (Richter 2021)

2021/12/31: Revisiting Fitch and Hauser's observation that tamarin monkeys can learn combinations based on finite-state grammar (Miyagawa 2021)

2022/01/07: The computational nature of phonological generalizations (Heinz 2018)

2022/01/14: On the relationship of typology to theoretical syntax (Baker & McCloskey 2007)

2022/02/18: The Universal Generative Faculty: The source of our expressive power in language, mathematics, morality, and music (Hauser & Watumull 2016)

2022/03/11: Fuck Nuance (Healy 2017)

2022/03/18: The Natural Syntax of Local Coreference (O'Grady 2021)

2022/03/22: Morphotactics in Affix Ordering: Typology and Theory (Popp 2021)

2022/03/25: Reflexive choice in Dutch and German (Hendriks et al. 2015)

2022/04/22: Natural infant-directed speech facilitates neural tracking of prosody (Menn et al. 2022)

2022/05/06: Non‐sentential vs. Ellipsis Approaches: Review and Extensions (Progovac 2013)

2022/06/24: The rise of Optimality Theory in first century Palestine (Dresher 2010)