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Full Title: Internal and External Syntax of Nominal Expressions

Location: Poznan, Poland
Start Date: 29-Aug-2013 - 01-Sep-2013
Contact: Katarzyna Miechowicz-Mathiasen
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The term nominal expression covers a wide range of expressions from those that include just a single element (the noun itself) to much more complex ones in which the pivotal nominal element is accompanied by modifiers and/or complements of various forms and sizes (adjectives, numerals, quantifiers, prepositional phrases, clauses, other nominals). There is an intuitive conviction that it is the nominal element itself that heads the nominal expression. An approach promoting such a view was fleshed out by Jackendoff (1977): numerals, quantifiers or demonstratives were argued to be specifiers of the Noun Phrase (NP), and prepositional phrases, clauses, and other nominals could constitute complements of the noun heading the NP. However, since the works of Szabolcsi (1983/1984) and Abney (1987), research into the nominal domain has shown that the internal structure of nominal expressions has a complexity comparable to that of the clausal domain; in particular, it has been shown since that quantifiers, numerals and demonstratives/articles head their own projections, and that these project on top of the NP rather than belong within it, thus creating the noun’s functional domain in a fashion parallel to the functional domain of the verb. This has spurred new research concerning both the complexity of the internal syntax of nominal expressions (a.o.: the ordering of the projections; their availability in various languages; their lexicalization; their role in hosting adjectival modifiers; their interaction with each other; the presence/absence of concord), as well as the complexity of its external syntax (a.o.: the distribution and licensing of nominal expressions; the presence/suspension of sentential agreement; parallels/differences between nominal expressions and clauses). Some issues are topics of ongoing debates: the universality/parametrization of DP (Willim 2000, Boskovic 2005, Pereltsvaig 2007, Rutkowski 2007), the role of case (Matushansky 2008, Caha 2009, Pesetsky & Torrego 2001, 2004, Pesetsky 2012), the internal arrangement of adjectival modifiers (Szymańska 2000; Scott 2002; Pereltsvaig 2007; Cetnarowska et al. 2009; Cinque 2010), the internal architecture of nominal expressions (Ritter 1993; Willim 2000; Picallo 2007; Alexiadou et al. 2007), the syntax of nominalizations (Rozwadowska 1997, 2005; Alexiadou 2004). We invite presentations concerning the invariably complex issues pertaining to the internal or external syntax of nominal expressions. We are particularly interested in comparative studies (both synchronic and diachronic) based and developed within the generative framework, but we also welcome contributions stemming from other frameworks. Our objective is to contribute to the ongoing debate and research into the nominal domain. (Word count: 400)

The following speakers have agreed to submit abstracts:

1 Bożena Cetnarowska (Silesian University, Poland)
2 Barbara Citko (University of Washington)
3 Gisbert Fanselow (University of Potsdam)
4 Asya Pereltsvaig (Stanford University, USA)
5 Bożena Rozwadowska (University of Wrocław, Poland)
6 Paweł Rutkowski (Warsaw University, Poland)
7 Adam Szczegielniak (Rutgers University, USA)
8 Ewa Willim (Jagiellonian University, Poland)
Linguistic Subfield: Syntax
LL Issue: 24.387

This is a session of the following meeting:
44th Poznan Linguistic Meeting

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