Plenary 3  (PL3)

8:30 am -10:40 am 

Language and Our Inner Voice

Charles Fernyhough, Durham University      

Riny Huijbregts, Utrecht University   

Andrea Moro, IUSS School for Advanced Studies  


Andrea Moro, PhD

Professor of Linguistics

Institute for Advanced Study IUSS

Center for Neurocognition, Epistemology and Theoretical Syntax

Pavia - Italy



Andrea Moro (1962) Founder and former director of NeTS, Head of the Department of Cognitive, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Vice Rector of the Institute for Advanced Study IUSS and Coordinator of the Ph.D. Program in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind is full professor of General Linguistics.

He has been director of the interfaculty program in cognitive neuroscience at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan which he contributed to found in 1996 and associate professor at the University of Bologna. Ph. D. in Linguistics at the University of Padua, he has been Fulbright student and visiting scientist at MIT and at Harvard University several times; he obtained a "Diplòme d’ètudes supèrieures en thèorie de la syntaxe et syntaxe comparative" at the University of Geneva. His main fields of research are theoretical syntax and the neurobiological foundations of human language. Among his contributions are the discovery of inverse copular sentences, the principle of Dynamic Antisymmetry, the neurobiological correlation of "possible" vs. "impossible languages", the effect of negation on premotor cortex activity and the electrophysiological representation of inner speech.


Among his books: The Raising of Predicates (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Dynamic Antisymmetry (MIT Press, 2000), The Boundaries of Babel (MIT Press, 2015 II edition), Breve storia del verbo "essere" (Adelphi, 2010), I speak therefore I am (Columbia University Press, 2016) and The Equilibrium of Human Syntax (Routledge, 2013); he also published several papers on international journals including Nature Neuroscience, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Trends in Cognitive Science, Linguistic Inquiry and Neuroimage. He is member of the Scientific Board of the Science and Faith Foundation "Science and Faith" Foundation at the Holy See and former member and vice president of the Consulting Board of the Minister of the University for the policy of Research CEPR