LINGUIST List 10.1052

Fri Jul 9 1999

Calls: Phonology, Case Theory/DGfS

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  1. Geoffrey S. Nathan, Phonology Workshop
  2. Heike Zinsmeister, Workshop on Case Theory

Message 1: Phonology Workshop

Date: Thu, 08 Jul 1999 11:08:25 -0500
From: Geoffrey S. Nathan <>
Subject: Phonology Workshop


Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

 Friday afternoon, October 15, through Sunday morning, October 17, 1998. 

As in previous workshops, this is a fairly informal gathering, open to
students and faculty, but especially suitable for graduate students
presenting work in progress. We hope it will be possible, as before,
to accept all abstract submissions, but if the number of submissions
received exceeds the capacity of the workshop, we will find a solution
then. Presentations dealing with any of the various areas of
phonological investigation (broadly construed) are welcome.
Presentations are planned to be approximately 20 minutes in length
with an additional period of discussion.

To speak at the conference, provide us with a title which clearly
indicates the paper's topic and scope, your name and affiliation, and,
if possible, a brief (1-2 paragraph) summary of the content of the
talk BEFORE SEPTEMBER 20. Please E-mail submissions to the McWOP
Organizing Committee at: 


<center>Geoffrey S. Nathan

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Carbondale, IL, 62901-4517

Phone: (618) 453-3421 (Office)

	(618) 549-0106 (Home)</center>
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Message 2: Workshop on Case Theory

Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1999 11:20:57 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Heike Zinsmeister <zinsmeisIMS.Uni-Stuttgart.DE>
Subject: Workshop on Case Theory

Call for Papers


	Workshop as part of the Annual Conference 
 of the German Society for Linguistics (DGfS)

	 Marburg University, March 1-3, 2000

Case and case theory have always played an important role in formal 
theories of grammar. Case is taken to be the device that integrates 
nominal expressions into the clausal structure. In addition, the 
classical concept of Case Filter accounts for several syntactic 
phenomena such as Raising, ECM, Passive, etc. on the basis of the 
notion of structural case.

In the recent Minimalist discussion, structural Case is taken to be 
an uninterpretable feature, to be deleted during the derivation whereas 
inherent case is taken to belong to a different component of the 
language faculty. On the other hand, there are approaches that assume 
that Case itself makes a substantial contribution to the interpretation 
of the clause. The question to be addressed then is whether this clear 
distinction is justified and if not how a unified account of Case could 
look like in a comprehensive theory of Case. 

The workshop plans to discuss new theoretical approaches with respect 
to the following phenomena:

* passives and other diathetical processes (middles, applicatives ...)

* quirky (non-nominative) subjects (like in Icelandic, Hindi ...)

* referential properties of NPs and other semantic properties that 
 may determine the choice of Case (partitive vs. accusative marking
 as in Finnish, animateness or volitionality as in Yimas, split 
 ergativity based on pronoun vs. full NP ...)

* the well-known correlation between morphological case systems and 
 "free word order" (formerly discussed under the notion of 

We would like the following questions to be the central issues of the

* How is Case structurally represented (as a pure feature, as a functional
 projection above the NP, as a separate tier in the representation, etc.)?

* Which formal operations apply to the different kinds of Case?

* How can the interaction between Case and other formal components of the
 grammar be characterized (argument structure, syntactic function, agreement,
 especially default-agreement and quirky case, etc.)?

* How can the distribution of Case be predicted, cf. Burzio's 
 Generalization and its extensions?

* Are there universally exactly two slots for structural Case?

* What about languages that do not have overt case at all (polysynthetic 
 languages) and can/should the notion of "abstract Case" be upheld? 

The workshop is not limited to any specific theoretical framework.

Conference languages are English and German. Talks will be in general 
20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion. Limited space is available for 
presentations of 40 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts should be 1-2 pages long. Electronic submission is possible
(either plain text format or WinWord).
Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed in mid-September.


			Heike Zinsmeister
			Institut fuer Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung
			Universitaet Stuttgart
			Azenberstr. 12
			70174 Stuttgart

For further information, please contact one of the organizers:

Ellen Brandner
Heike Zinsmeister

Further information on the conference will soon be available
at the DGfS-homepage:

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