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Agreement 2014: Defining and mapping agreement

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Agreement 2014: Defining and mapping agreement
31 July 2014, King’s Manor, York
Programme (updated July 5, 2014)

Invited speakers:
Greville Corbett (Surrey), Jürg Fleischer (Marburg)

9.30-10.00 Coffee

10.00-11.00 Greville Corbett (Surrey)
Agreement: how far does it go?

11.00-11.30 Dunstan Brown (York) and Norman Yeo (York)
Dimensions of variation from the canonical: an empirical investigation

11.30-12.00 Helge Lødrup (Oslo)
How can a verb agree with a verb? Reanalysis and pseudo-coordination in Norwegian.

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Jürg Fleischer (Marburg)
Inherently unstable? A diachronic perspective on lexical hybrids in West Germanic

14.00-14.30 Elif Bamyaci (Würzburg), Jana Häussler (Potsdam) and Barış Kabak (Würzburg)
An experimental investigation of optionality in subject-verb agreement in Turkish

14.30-15.00 Jenneke van der Wal (Cambridge)
Whether, where and when we find phi-features on v

15.00-15.30 Coffee

15.30-16.00 Kristin Boerjesson (Leipzig) and Gereon Müller (Leipzig)
Long-distance agreement and locality: a reprojection approach

16.00-16.30 Maria Polinsky (Harvard) and Nina Radkevich (York)
Demystifying Archi agreement

18.00 DINNER

Workshop Theme:
Agreement, in its simplest form, can be described as a situation where information associated with a 'controller' element also appears on another 'target' element. In many languages, agreement is pervasive, so much so that each of the major syntactic frameworks requires a way of dealing with it, either as a primitive operation such as Agree (as in Minimalism), or in terms of agreement, concord or index features (as in LFG and HPSG). However, despite extensive research, many aspects of agreement still remain deeply puzzling.

This workshop is devoted to a cross-disciplinary exploration of the agreement phenomenon, and the extent to which agreement may be defined in any given theory, as well as the ways in which agreement is expressed at the interfaces and/or mapped onto linguistic typologies. The workshop is not restricted to any particular theory or framework, and is open to any analysis that is firmly grounded in empirical data, which seeks to analyse agreement in morphology, syntax, semantics or its interfaces. We seek to address issues pertaining, but not limited, to the following:

1) What counts or does not count as agreement, e.g. agreement vs. concord, syntactic vs. semantic agreement etc.?

2) What can we learn from diachronic approaches to agreement in comparison with synchronic approaches?

3) What benefits or challenges do different methods of studying agreement present, e.g. fieldwork, corpus methods?

4) What is the nature of cross-linguistic variation of agreement, e.g. richness of agreement morphology, domains of agreement, syncretism etc.?

5) How can typologies of agreement be expressed, e.g. using a multidimensional approach such as 'Canonical Agreement' (Corbett 2002, Brown, Chumakina & Corbett 2012) as opposed to categorical approaches?

6) What role does morphology play in agreement and what types of frameworks are best suited to expressing this? What are the benefits of inferential-realizational frameworks (Stump 2001, Brown & Hippisley 2012) compared with e.g. Distributed Morphology (Halle & Marantz 1993, 1994)?

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Meeting Location:
King's Manor, York, UK

Contact Information:
Norman Yeo

Meeting Dates:
The Agreement 2014: Defining and mapping agreement will be held from 31-Jul-2014 to 31-Jul-2014.

Abstract Submission Information:
Abstracts can be submitted from 09-Dec-2013 until 15-Mar-2014.

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