III Conference of the Association of Latinoamerican Linguistics and Philology of Northwest Europe (ALFAL-NE). Oxford 21-22 June 2007

Final Programme

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Linguistic theories and the biological foundations of human language: a dialogue

This III meeting intends to focus on encouraging a dialogue among researchers who are interested in understanding how language functions in the human brain. There are basically two types of methods of analysis which are being used. One looks at how the Language Function expresses itself in the brain at a biological level. The other looks at whether this functioning can be encapsulated using a representational approach. Both methods, the physical and the meta-physical one, need each other in order to handle, in the best way possible, the limitations they have when faced with interpreting the overwhelming complexity which the Language Function exhibits.

The conference will take place in Great Britain in the Taylorian Institution at the University of Oxford. English, Spanish and Portuguese will be the official languages of this conference following the association's rules.

Invited Speakers

Simon Fisher (Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford University, Great Britain)
Manuel Carreiras (Cognitive and psycholinguistic neurosciences. University of La Laguna. Spain)
Julio González-Álvarez (Department of Basic Psychology and Clinic psychobiology. University of Jaime I . Castellón de la Plana. Spain)
Nuria Sebastián (Department of Basic Psychology. University of Barcelona. Spain)

How to get to Oxford

The nearest airports to Oxford are the London ones: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stanstead. There are regular bus services from these airports to Oxford. For buses from Heathrow and Gatwick see http://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/airline1.html for buses from Stanstead and Luton see http://www.nationalexpress.com


We can provide accommodation and breakfast at a cost of 47 GBP per night, per person. Please contact the organizers in order to make your reservation.


Paul O'Neill (Modern Languages Faculty. Oxford University.Great Britain)
Lyndsay Weichel (Committee for Comparative Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics. Oxford University. Great Britain)
Andrew Swearingen (Modern Languages Faculty. Oxford University.Great Britain)


Paloma García-Bellido (Modern Languages Faculty, Oxford University. Great Britain).
Bob de Jonge, Regional Delegate of ALFAL (Department of Romance Languages, Rijksuniversiteit Gröningen. The Netherlands).

Conditions for the presentation of papers

1. Presentations will focus on the following problems
Language disorders
Language development
Language processing
Special consideration will be given to papers which use data from Spanish, Portuguese or Latinoamerican Indian languages.
2. In order to have access to the selection process an abstract is required. Abstracts should be sent in two formats: PDF and Word (.doc), one page long, DINA 4 size with the title, the author's name or authors' names, affiliation(s) and email(s) on the top of the page. They should be sent via e-mail by 10th May 2007 to: alfal.neiii@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk. The 14th of May the candidates will be informed on the results of the selection.
3. Each paper will have 25 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion
4. Any author who wishes to present a paper at the conference should become a member of the Association. One year membership 2007 to 2008 ($33) is possible. Please visit http://odur.let.rug.nl/dejonge/alfal/index.htm for inscription information.
5. Conference fees: Participants £35, non participants £30 and Students £15. Please send your payment in sterling to Dr E P Garcia-Bellido LloydsTSB, Carfax, Oxford UK. Payment can be sent by post with a cheque or by Bank transfer to Bank Sort Code 30-96-35 account: 0194978. Others can use either method:
IBAN METHOD: GB40LOYD 3096350194978
6. For any queries please contact: alfal.neiii@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk

The coordinators intend to publish a selection of the proceedings

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