Colloquium: Tom Roeper
On Tuesday, April 16th, at 4pm in SH 0.104, Professor Tom Roeper (University of Massachusetts) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium.
How abstract are real Mental Representations?
Searching for the right formulation of recursion in language and Math if they emerge together on the developmental path.
Recent work in Minimalism (Chomsky (2013)) has proposed definitions of recursion that are abstract: word order is captured by Externalization, and self-embedding by Indirect Recursion of abstract categories. These formulations can also capture both recursive adjective formation and the recursive indirect embedding of the 1-9 system among multipliers of ten, hundred and thousand.
Several new experiments in English and Chinese provide Initial evidence that there are empirical correlations in children between 4-7 years between these stages and the emergence of recursion in possessives and Adjective phrases up to four levels (big little big little boxes).