LINGUIST List 12.1070

Tue Apr 17 2001

Calls: Syntax of Auxiliaries, Spanish/Portuguese

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  1. Beukema, F. H., Microvariation in the Syntax of Auxiliaries
  2. Silvina Montrul, Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese/Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

Message 1: Microvariation in the Syntax of Auxiliaries

Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 12:22:35 +0200
From: Beukema, F. H. <>
Subject: Microvariation in the Syntax of Auxiliaries

Call for Papers

Workshop on Microvariation in the Syntax of Auxiliaries

This two-day workshop will take place during the 34th Societas Linguistica
Europaea (SLE) meeting at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium),
August 29-30, 2001. 

Topic of the workshop:

Recent research on auxiliary DO has shown that its syntax is much more
complicated than the study of standard varieties may suggest. Whereas
auxiliary DO is a last resort dummy element in Standard English (cf. Chomsky
1995), it can also be used as a habitual aspect marker in closely related
varieties such as Caribbean Creoles (Rickford 1986) and Irish English
(Guilfoyle 1983). Similarly, auxiliary DO in Standard Dutch and German can
only show up in contexts of VP-topicalization, whereas many non-standard
varieties of Dutch and German allow a much wider use (Erb 2001). This is one
of the many examples that show that the study of microvariation in auxiliary
systems is necessary for a deeper understanding of the syntax of

For this workshop we invite papers on microvariation in the syntax of
auxiliaries that shed light on theoretical questions such as:

(i)	How many different types of auxiliary positions are there and do
languages differ in the number and order of positions?
(ii) 	Why is there a difference within some languages but not within
others between head movement of auxiliaries and head movement of lexical
verbs (cf. Pollock 1989)?
(iii)	Do lexical and functional (auxiliary) instances of one and the same
verb have one lexical entry or more?
(iv)	How can the variation in perfective auxiliary selection be explained
(cf. Kayne 2000 for an analysis of variation in the selection of HAVE and BE
in Romance dialects)
(v)	How can the difference between affixal and independent auxiliaries
be captured?
(vi)	Does the distribution of auxiliaries in finite contexts differ from
that in non-finite contexts, do languages differ in this respect and how can
this be explained?
(vii)	What does morphosyntactic variation tell us about the syntax of
auxiliaries? For example, the occurrence of the so-called Infinitivus pro
Participio and the Participium pro Infinitivo effects on auxiliaries in verb
clusters seems to correlate with the order of the verbs in these clusters.
(viii) 	Auxiliaries can have clitic status. Languages differ with respect to
the enclitic or proclitic status of these clitics. For example, English
auxiliary clitics seem to be enclitic (they' d vs. *hawe (from have we),
whereas Dutch auxiliary clitics seem to be proclitic (*z'ilden (from ze
wilden 'they wanted') vs. hewwe (from hebben we 'have we'). What does this
difference tell us about the different syntactic structures of English and


Abstracts are invited for 16 presentations of 40 minutes, including 10
minutes of discussion.

Submission deadline of abstract: Monday April 30, 2001 
Notification of acceptance: Monday June 1, 2001 

Abstracts should be at most two pages long, in a 12-point font with 1-inch
margins. They may be sent either electronically (WordPerfect, PDF, or MSWord
attachment) with name, title of the paper and affiliation on a separate page
(i.e. not in the body of the abstract), or by regular mail (one card with
name, title of the paper and affiliation and four anonymous copies). We
strongly encourage you to send abstracts by e-mail. 

E-mail abstracts should be sent to:

Send regular mail (4 hard copies) to: 

Frits Beukema
Department of English
Leiden University
PO Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

For further information on this workshop, please contact the organizers.
Their e-mail addresses are:

For more information on the international conference SLE 2001 (28 -31
August), please write to:
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Message 2: Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese/Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 15:42:42 -0500
From: Silvina Montrul <>
Subject: Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese/Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

4th Conference on the
Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese
as First and Second Languages
together with the
5th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

October 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2001
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Invited Speakers
Jos=E9 Igancio Hualde, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Susana L=F3pez-Ornat, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Conxita Lle=F3, Universit=E4t Hamburg
Diane Musumeci, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carmen Silva-Corval=E1n, University of Southern California
Juan Uriagereka, University of Maryland
Lydia White, McGill University

For the Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese All
topics in the field of first, second, bilingual and impaired
acquisition of Spanish, Portuguese or other Iberian languages
(Catalan, Gallego, Basque, etc.) will be fully considered.

For the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
All topics in Hispanic Linguistics from different theoretical perspectives
will be fully considered.
Submission Guidelines for the two Conferences
1. Authors can submit two abstracts-one individual and one joint.
These can
be for one conference each or both for the same conference.
2. Five (5) copies of an anonymous, clearly titled one-page abstract
(single-spaced with 1 inch margin throughout, Times New Roman, 12 point font)
for review. There can be an additional page for references. 
3. One (1) copy of the same abstract with name and institutional
affiliation to include in the conference program.
4. For EACH author, an index card with the following information:
conference, title of paper, area or research, name, academic affiliation,
current/summer address, phone and fax number, e-mail, and audiovisual requests.

Abstracts submitted must represent original research. Presentations will be
minutes long, plus 10 minutes for questions. All authors who present papers at
the conference will be invited to contribute their papers to a refereed
volume of selected papers.

Deadline: All submissions must be received by May 1, 2001.
Send submissions to: Silvina Montrul (for the Acquisition conference) and
Francisco Ord=F3=F1ez (for the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium), University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese,
4080 Foreign Languages Building, MC-176, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL
61801, USA. e-mail: and

See our website for more details on topics
and other updates

Silvina Montrul
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Linguistics, and SLATE
Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4080 Foreign Languages Building, MC-176
707 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: (217) 244-4090
Fax: (217) 244-8430
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