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Full Title: Gender, Class, and Determination: A Conference on the Nominal Spine

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Start Date: 18-Sep-2015 - 20-Sep-2015
Contact: Eric Mathieu
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Meeting Description: This conference, the ninth in a series dedicated to issues in the syntax and semantics of the noun phrase, brings together a working group of Canadian and international linguists who specialize on the noun phrase. We are interested in the many ways in which natural languages categorize nouns into genders or classes. A noun may belong to a given class because of its logical or symbolic similarities with other nouns, because it shares a similar morphological form with other nouns, or simply through an arbitrary convention. We try to determine what is responsible for this type of classification, paying special attention to the functional and lexical categories that make up the syntactic spine. This topic is a natural continuation in the Canadian series on nouns, which has considered various other aspects of structure internal to noun phrases (e.g. relative clauses, modifiers, determiners). This conference focuses specifically on how gender can sometimes function as a classifying device and how, in the absence of gender as a classifying device, determiners and other functional elements in the nominal spine come to fill that gap. The papers in this conference could focus on empirical questions such as these but many other questions will arise:

I. What is the relationship between gender, number and classification?
II. What is the role of the plural (some languages have many plurals, e.g. Arabic)?
III. What is the role of the determiner in the noun phrase? Is it obligatory, is it related to phasehood, and if so, how?

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Organizing Committee:

Myriam Dali
Eric Mathieu
Gita Zareikar
Linguistic Subfield: Morphology; Semantics; Syntax
LL Issue: 26.3386

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