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Full Title: DGfS Workshop: NP Syntax and Information Structure

Location: Potsdam, Germany
Start Date: 13-Mar-2013 - 15-Mar-2013
Contact: Andreas Trotzke
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Meeting Description: Workshop at the 35th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS 2013)

Research on the internal structure of nominal expressions (including prepositional phrases) in a variety of languages has revealed that there are parallels between clausal and nominal complexity and that the nominal domain also encodes information-structural properties such as focus and topic (Giusti 1996). Recently, research on NP syntax and information structure has received some attention again (Aboh et al. 2010), especially by investigating non-standardized variants (dialects and former diachronic stages) that may invoke alternative realizations which are not so easily observable in the standardized written languages. Our workshop addresses the question of how far the parallels between the nominal and clausal domain in the context of information structure can be pushed and which restrictions can be observed with respect to the availability of such alternative realizations. We aim at bringing together researchers (working in a functional or formal framework) that deal with the above mentioned aspects, preferably from (but not limited to) a microvariational perspective.

Confirmed Speakers:

Norbert Corver (Utrecht)
Ulrike Demske (Potsdam)

Workshop Organizers:

Ellen Brandner (Konstanz), Barbara Sonnenhauser (München), Andreas Trotzke (Konstanz), Martina Werner (Wien)


Aboh, Enoch O., Norbert Corver, Marina Dyakonova & Marjo van Koppen. 2010. DP-internal information structure: Some introductory remarks. Lingua 120. 782-801.
Giusti, Giuliana. 1996. Is there a FocusP and a TopicP in the Noun Phrase structure? University of Venice Working Papers in Linguistics 6. 105-128.
Linguistic Subfield: Syntax
LL Issue: 24.884

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