LINGUIST List 10.399

Mon Mar 15 1999

Calls: MT Summit 99, LOT, MLA 99

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  1. Jeff ALLEN, MT Summit 99 - theme session suggestion
  2. Artemis Alexiadou, Remnant Movement F-movement and their implications for the T-model
  3. Thomas F. Shannon, MLA 99 Language Change sessions

Message 1: MT Summit 99 - theme session suggestion

Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 11:05:40 +0100
From: Jeff ALLEN <>
Subject: MT Summit 99 - theme session suggestion

Dear colleagues in the field of translation technologies:

As you are aware, the deadline for paper submissions to 
Machine Translation (MT) Summit 1999 is soon approaching.

The European Language Resources Association (ELRA) 
would like to see if a theme session on language resources 
could be organized at the conference if enough papers on the
topic are submitted.

We would highly encourage you to consider proposing a paper
on the theme of language resources/databases/corpora that
are used in MT and other translation systems/applications.

Some subtopics of this general theme include:

- standardization of data and formats;
- validation and quality control of data;
- obtaining and (re)using data produced by third parties;
- legal issues in the use of data produced by third parties;
- reusability of data for diverse applications and purposes;
- the need for corpora, lexica, and terminology resources;
- corpus linguistics studies and the need for resources;
- evaluation of systems using different corpora or other 
- (minimum) amount of data needed for the development,
 customization, and implementation of systems;
- porting systems to new areas and new languages in view
 of available or potential resources;
- etc...

According to the conference submission procedures that are
indicated at , please 
mail 4 hardcopies of your papers to:

MT Summit VII
Asia-Pacific Association for Machine Translation (AAMT)
3F, Shiba-Koen Sanada Bldg.
3-5-12 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan
In addition, please submit an ASCII version of the cover page 
electronically to:

Important Dates:
15 April 1999 Paper submission deadline
30 May 1999 Notifications
15 July 1999 Final camera-ready copy deadline

Please do not submit paper proposals to ELRA.

Additional information about the MT Summit 99 can be
found at:

September 13 - 17, 1999
MT Summit '99: The 7th Machine Translation Summit 
Singapore, Singapore 

Best regards,

Jeff Allen and Khalid Choukri
 on behalf of the European Language Resources Association 

Jeff ALLEN - Directeur Technique
European Language Resources Association (ELRA) &
European Language Resources Distribution Agency (ELDA) 
(Agence Europenne de Distribution des Ressources Linguistiques)
55, rue Brillat-Savarin
75013 Paris FRANCE
Tel: (+33) (0) - Fax: (+33) (0)
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Message 2: Remnant Movement F-movement and their implications for the T-model

Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 19:37:57 +0100
From: Artemis Alexiadou <>
Subject: Remnant Movement F-movement and their implications for the T-model

Workshop on Remnant Movement, F-movement and their implications for 
the T-model.

Potsdam University, 24 and 25 July 1999.

During the LOT summer school in Potsdam in July 19-31 1999, 
there will be a workhop on Remnant Movement, F-movement and their
implications for the T-model co-organized by the Linguistics
Department of the University of Potsdam, ZAS Research Center for
General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Berlin, and LOT.

Invited speakers: Hans den Besten, Gisbert Fanselow, Roland 
Hinterhoelzl, Hilda Koopman, Howard Lasnik, Gereon Mueller, 
(David Pesetsky). 

Remnant Movement, F-movement and their implications for 
the T-model.

Recent developments in linguistic theory have led to the view that
phrasal movement of the traditional kind is not the only kind of XP
movement. In addition, there are two types of
movements that are not as easy to detect as traditional XP movement,
namely F(-eature) movement and remnant movements based on pied 
piping of large portions of structure.
In the Minimalist program (cf. Chomsky 1995), a set of universal 
features are is manipulated by the computational system by certain 
operations (Feature-Attraction and Move) to generate expressions.
The operation Move involves matching of features between the 
target and the raised constituent and generalised
pied piping. On this view, phrasal movement is an exceptional
operation; the conditions under which it takes place are still
unclear, e.g. is it determined by properties of the interfaces?
by properties of the target?
Still, phrasal movement is an operation for which there is clear
evidence while feature movement is more difficult to detect. 
The basic argument/evidence for feature movement is locality, 
the fact that certain relations are sensitive to the presence of
 intervening elements, exactly as for the cases of overt movement. 

In a framework where XP movement
can either be phrasal movement or feature movement, a natural 
question that arises concerns the necessity of the distinction
between overt and covert
movements. In Chomsky 1995 it was assumed that overt movement is
phrasal while covert movement is FF movement and that this
distinction is determined by properties of the PF interface. Another 
theoretical possibility however is to deny the T model and assume
that all movements take place overtly. This is
actually the line that Chomsky takes in his 1998 paper. He also
 replaces FF movement by Agree, which does not require actual 
movement for Checking reasons. Others have argued, however, that 
the T model is required (Richards
1997, Sauerland 1998). Recently, Pesetsky 1998 has argued that there
 is both covert XP movement and covert FF movement and that the
 two can be distinguished on
the basis of ACDs and special kinds of intervention effects that 
restrict covert FF movement but not covert XP movement.
Remnant movement has the following general format:
[ZP ... t1 ...]2 ... X1 ... t2 X moves from a larger constituent ZP,
 and subsequently ZP, containing
the trace of X, moves higher up. This type of operation has been 
around since the mid-eighties. An example is Den Besten and
 Webelhuth's (1987) analysis of VP-topicalization in German and Dutch,
 involving scrambling of one or more arguments out of VP and
 subsequent movement of the remnant VP. The role of Remnant Movement
 has become increasingly important
recently, specially in analyses that assumes Kayne's antisymmetry or
 a variant
thereof. Thus, remnant movement has been proposed for constructions 
that used to be analyzed as rightward movement (e.g., HNPS, Right
 Dislocation). While Antisymmetry considerably restricts possible
syntactic structures, it necessitates more complex movement
operations. Most importantly, however, the assumption that such
complex movement operations exist may also lead to abandoning the
T-model, as is e.g. the case in Kayne 1998.
 However, questions like the following have yet not be settled: e.g.
the triggers and landing sites for Remnant Movement are unclear. The
 issue of the types of constituents that can move as a remnant is not
 settled. How do we explain categorial differences (e.g., Den 
Besten observes that VP-remnants in Dutch can move but PP-remnants 
cannot)? Furthermore, to which extent has (un)grammaticality of 
remnant movement to do with the proper binding of traces in the 
remnant? Additionally, when all material has moved out of a remnant 
X except for one constituent Y, how do we distinguish between movement
 of X and movement
of Y (e.g., modification, stranded material)? In view of this, which
cases of constituent movement need to/can be reanalyzed as remnant 
Is it possible to reanalyze alleged violations of the HMC in terms
of remnant movement (e.g, Rivero 1994)?

By and large, the proposals mentioned above have been motivated by
theory-internal considerations.
As we saw, there have also been attempts to
provide concrete diagnostics
for the existence or not of such movements 
but in many cases, it is not clear what kind of empirical evidence
 one can appeal to in order to justify the choice of a particular
 style of movement over another.

The question that arises concerns the properties of various movement 
as well as the relation between the existence of these operations and 
model of Grammar one would need to assume.

Abstracts are invited for 35 minutes talks (with an additional 10 
minutes for discussion).

Abstracts should be anonymous and should be no longer than two pages,
margins of
at least 1-inch, font size 11. Submissions are limited to a maximum 
of one
individual and one
joint abstract per author. Please provide 4 anonymous abstracts and
camera ready original.

Deadline for abstract submission: April 1, 1999. 

Abstracts should be sent to:

Workshop on Movement
c/o Artemis Alexiadou
Jaegerstr. 10/11
10117 Berlin

Organizing committee: Artemis Alexiadou, Elena Anagnostopoulou, 
Sjef Barbiers and Hans-Martin Gaertner.

For information on the summer school visit:

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Message 3: MLA 99 Language Change sessions

Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 10:29:18 -0800
From: Thomas F. Shannon <>
Subject: MLA 99 Language Change sessions

The deadline for the following Call for Papers has been extended to April
1, 1999.

The Division on Language Change is calling for papers to be presented at
the 1999 Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association, which will be
held in Chicago, December 27-30, 1999. There will be three sessions, with
the following topics:

1. "Heteroglossia and Language Change"

2. "Orality, Literacy, and the Study of Language Change"

3. Open Topic: any aspects of Language Change

We invite abstracts for 15 minute presentations addressing aspects of these
topics. Presentors must normally be members of the Modern Language

One page abstracts should be sent by April 1, 1999, via mail, fax, or email to:

Prof. Thomas F. Shannon
University of California
Department of German
5319 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-3243

fax: 707-747-1453

NB: The LSA Annual Meeting will take place in Chicago shortly after the MLA
meeting, for those who wish to combine attendance at the two.
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