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Tue Jul 3 2001

Calls: Morpho-Syntactic Mismatch, Linguistic Thought

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  1. Wilhelm Geuder, Morpho-Syntactic Mismatches
  2. nikiforidou vassiliki, International Linguistics Conference: Reviewing Linguistic Thought

Message 1: Morpho-Syntactic Mismatches

Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 19:52:17 +0200
From: Wilhelm Geuder <>
Subject: Morpho-Syntactic Mismatches

Call for papers:


To be held as a part of the
24. Annual Meeting of the DGfS (German Linguistics Association)
Mannheim, Germany,
>February 27 - March 1, 2002

The objective of this workshop is an examination of the morphology-syntax
interface with respect to the question of how category-changing morphology
interacts with syntactic structure.

Category-changing morphology would usually be subsumed under "derivation",
and as such be considered to be a matter of the lexicon. This is in
contrast to "inflection" which is typically seen as dependent on the
syntactic environment of a word. However, there are cases that look like
morphological derivation but are transparent with respect to syntactic
structures and processes, thus giving rise to structures with paradoxical
properties. A celebrated example is the following possessive construction
from Sorbian, described in Corbett (1987) (diacritics omitted):
	mojeho			bratrowe		dzeci
	my.GEN-SG-MASC	brother.ADJ.NOM-PL	child.NOM-PL
	'my brother's children'
The paradoxical thing about this construction is that the noun for
"brother" has undergone derivation to an adjectival form, but the
possessive adjective "mojeho" still agrees in gender and number with the
noun that underlies the derived form.
Analogous problems can be observed with nominalisations or participles:
* Nominalised verbs can still take adverbial modifiers: "John's stupidly
driving the car off the cliff"
* Attributive participles in German take adjectival inflections but can
still be combined with markers of verbal status like the infinitival "zu"
	ein leicht zu l�sendes		 	 Problem
	an easy to solve.PART-PRES.NEUTR-SG. problem(NEUTR-SG)
	'an easy to solve problem' (lit.: 'an easy to solving problem')
* Participles denoting the resultant state of an action still allow the
addition of
manner adverbs that speak about the ongoing action; a German example from
Kratzer (1996):
	das Kind ist sorgf�ltig gek�mmt
	the child is carefully combed [stative]
Other potential sources of paradoxical structures are compounds, particle
verbs, etc.

There are various ways of coping with such paradoxical data: For one thing,
the category-changing morphology could be assigned a hybrid status,
something in between a lexical category and an inflectional (or
"functional") element. This of course invites the fundamental question of
whether we have to assume a "syntactic category" of, say, adjective over
and above the corresponding "lexical" category (of adjective).
Alternatively, one could opt for phrasal affixation, i.e. the derivational
affix could be projected as a syntactic head that embeds whole phrases.
This raises important questions concerning word order or for restrictions
on such phrasal embeddings. Another question of interest would be how
different grammatical frameworks can cope with such phenomena, possibly
avoiding the appearance of any phrase-structural paradoxes at all.

>Finally, we also welcome papers that connect these topics to issues in
semantics or typology. For example: Are there any special, "hybrid",
interpretations of derivations which give rise to morphosyntactic
paradoxes? Furthermore: What other kinds of constructions with such
mismatches exist, and what cross-linguistic regularities can be found for

Wilhelm Geuder (Universit�t Konstanz)	(
Irene Rapp (Universit�t T�bingen)	(


Deadline for the submission of abstracts is September 1.

Preferably, abstracts should be submitted via e-mail. Please send a
two-page abstract as plain e-mail text or as an attached .rtf-file to both
the following addresses:,

>For the subject line of your e-mail and as the name of your attached file,
please use a combination of two catchwords from your paper, for instance:
"Possessive-Sorbian". (Please do not name your submission "abstract dgfs"
or the like!)

Alternatively, you can also send a printed abstract to:
Wilhelm Geuder,
Universit�t Konstanz,
>FB Sprachwissenschaft,
Postfach 5560 / D174,
78457 Konstanz

The workshop will feature invited papers and submitted ones. The
submissions will be selected by the workshop organisers (so they need not
be anonymised).

Talks can be given in English or German. The time slots available are one
hour or half an hour (including discussion period). Please state in your
submission which kind of slot you would like to have.

>For further information (in the future), and for the German version of the
workshop abstract, see the workshop homepage:

Information (in German) about the DGfS and about the Mannheim conference in
general will be found under:
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Message 2: International Linguistics Conference: Reviewing Linguistic Thought

Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 21:14:01 +0300
From: nikiforidou vassiliki <>
Subject: International Linguistics Conference: Reviewing Linguistic Thought



Reviewing Linguistic Thought: Perspectives into the 21st Century

Department of Language and Linguistics
Faculty of English Studies
School of Philosophy
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

21-24 May 2002, Athens

The Conference aims to encourage scholars and researchers from different 
theoretical backgrounds to discuss the prospects of linguistics in the 
new millennium. Emphasis will be placed on these views that allow for a 
dialogue, and even some interaction, between different theoretical 

The 20th century has witnessed the creation of distinct and very often 
opposing models of linguistic analysis; synchronic vs. diachronic, 
formal vs. non-formal, modular vs. non-modular, psychological vs. 
social, relativist vs. non-relativist, are only some of the dichotomies 
of 20th century linguistics. The Conference invites participants to 
reconsider such dichotomies, review their impact on the development of 
linguistic thought and make suggestions on overlapping areas of interest 
leading to new perspectives.

The organizing and scientific committees invite papers that address any 
of the theoretical issues above by drawing on data from all levels and 
perspectives of linguistic or interdisciplinary analysis (phonology, 
morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, psycholinguistics, 
sociolinguistics, etc.). Priority will be given to analyses that provide 
evidence in favour of abolishing strict dichotomies between theoretical 
approaches and/or levels of linguistic analysis and as such promote a 
dialogue among different theoretical perspectives. Opposing evidence is 
also welcome.

Papers will be 20-minute long and will be followed by 10 minutes of 
discussion. The language of the Conference is English.

Plenary Speakers

 a.. Anastasios Phivos Christidis (University of Thessaloniki)

 a.. William Croft (University of Manchester)

 b.. Ray Jackendoff (Brandeis University)

 c.. Katarzyna Jaczszolt (University of Cambridge)

 d.. Stephen Levinson (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)

 e.. Eve Sweetser (University of California, Berkeley)

 f.. Deirdre Wilson (University of London)

Organizing Committee

 a.. Sophia Marmaridour, Faculty of English Studies, University of
 Athens (

 a.. Kiki Nikiforidou, Faculty of English Studies, University of 
 Athens (,

 a.. Anastasia Papakonstantinou, Faculty of English Studies, 
 University of Athens (

Conference Secretariat: Mary Drosou (, Vangelis Gekas 

Scientific Committee

 a.. Elena Anagnostopoulou (University of Crete)=20

 b.. Eleni Antonopoulou (University of Athens)

 c.. Angeliki Athanasiadou (University of Thessaloniki)

 d.. Robyn Carston (University of London)

 e.. Bessie Dendrinos (University of Athens)

 f.. Bruce Fraser (Boston University)

 g.. Adele Goldberg (University of Illinois, Urbana)

 h.. Yan Huang (Reading University)

 i.. Dimitra Katis (University of Athens)

 j.. Chrysoula Laskaratou((University of Athens)

 k.. Jacob Mey (University of Odense)

 l.. Amalia Mozer((University of Athens)

 m.. Eric Pederson (University of Oregon)

 n.. Angeliki Ralli (University of Patras)

 o.. Gunter Senft (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics,

 p.. Mary Sifianou((University of Athens)

 q.. Dimitra Theofanopoulou-Kontou((University of Athens)

 r.. Jenny Thomas (Bangor University)

 s.. Savas Tsohatzidis (University of Thessaloniki)

 t.. Ken Turner (University of Brighton)

 u.. Yanis Veloudis (University of Thessaloniki)

 v.. Jef Verschueren (University of Antwerp)

Submission of Abstracts

Deadline: November 15, 2001

Length: one page, single spacing, 3cm (1.25 inch) margins all round, 12pt.

Send your abstract both

 a.. as attachment (MSWord formatted) to

 b.. by post to:

International Linguistics Conference
c/o Kiki Nikiforidou
Faculty of English Studies
University of Athens
Panepistimioupoli, Zografou
GR - 15784 Athens

Send four anonymous copies and one with your name and affiliation to the 
address above (Name and affiliation in the upper left-hand corner, one 
line empty, title centered and one line empty before the text).

Notification of acceptance by January 31, 2002

Further information about registration and conference fees, travel, 
accommodation and planned events will be forthcoming at the conference 
website starting September 2001.
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