Chains in Minimalism

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This workshop, which is part of a research project funded by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research provided by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, will address a number of fundamental questions concerning the concept of 'chain', particularly as viewed from the perspective of the minimalist program, such as the following: (i) Do chains exist? Is there empirical evidence for the existence of chains as syntactic entities of some sort? (ii) To what degree, if any, does the notion of chain play a crucial role in the analysis of particular linguistic phenomena, e.g., control, anaphora, quantifier scope ambiguities, reconstruction, speaker preferences, locality of movement, resumption strategies, etc.? (iii) If chains exist, what kind of objects are they? How should they be defined? What are the computational mechanisms underlying chain formation? (iv) What role, if any, do chains play at the interfaces? What are the mechanisms of chain interpretation at, say, PF or LF (or their variants in terms of multiple spell-out models)? The 2 day workshop will feature talks by two invited keynote speakers, research project members, as well as a number of speakers whose papers will be selected by an anonymous abstract review. Keynote Speakers: Cedric Boeckx (ICREA/ Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Norbert Hornstein (University of Maryland) Research Project Members: Roger Martin (Principle Investigator, Yokohama National University) Yoshio Endo (Co-Investigator, Kanda University of International Studies) Tomohiro Fujii (Co-Investigator, Yokohama National University)

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Meeting Location:
Yokohama, Japan

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Tomohiro Fujii

Meeting Dates:
The Chains in Minimalism will be held from 12-Feb-2011 to 13-Feb-2011.

Abstract Submission Information:
Abstracts can be submitted from 01-Nov-2010 until 09-Dec-2010.

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