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Full Title: Information Structure Meets Generative Syntax

      
Location: Poznań, Poland
Start Date: 11-Sep-2014 - 14-Sep-2014
Contact: Piotr Cegłowski
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://sle2014.eu/
Meeting Description: For the last thirty years or so, the categories of Information Structure such as focus and topic have been incorporated into the mainstream of generative syntactic research. Starting with a classical partition of sentence structure into focus and presupposition (Chomsky 1972, Jackendoff 1972), generative linguists have thought of the ways in which pragmatically-oriented categories of information structure could be coded in formal syntax (apart from their discourse-related provenance, the phenomena in question belong to distinct grammatical domains, and therefore, have naturally been studied at different grammatical interfaces: syntax-semantics, syntax-phonology and semantics-phonology).

Thus, one of the research goals in the GB era was to define the formal exponents of the displacement processes, e.g., Topicalization and Clitic Left Dislocation (Cinque 1983, 1990; Lasnik and Saito 1992) and a feature checking - based approach to Focus (Horvath 1986; Brody 1990). With the advent of Minimalism, new ways of reasoning emerged, e.g., the cartographic approach to focus and topic (Rizzi 1997, following Pollock 1989, Belletti 2004; Rizzi 2006) or the partitioning of focus into information and identification foci (Kiss 1998, 2002, Zubizarreta 1998, Reinhart 2006), to name but two. The era of Late Minimalism has witnessed further proliferation of ideas including some interesting alternatives to cartography-based solutions, e.g., Bouchard (2009); Neeleman et al (2009) (see Craenenbroeck (ed.) 2009), as well as other inspiring proposals (López 2009; Fanselow and Lenertová 2011, among others).

That the question of the relation between narrow syntax and information structure remains a theme of a lively debate and ranks high on the generative (both minimalist and non-minimalist) agenda has best been proven by the quality and quantity of recent contributions in the field.

The aim of the workshop is to review the question of the relation between narrow syntax and information structure by discussing new data and proposals, including the ones which seem constructively critical of the mainstream approaches. For references, see Call for Papers.
Linguistic Subfield: Linguistic Theories; Syntax
LL Issue: 24.5356

This is a session of the following meeting:
47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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