LINGUIST List 12.1867

Fri Jul 20 2001

Calls: Syntax of Predication, Lang/Politics Symposium

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  1. Niina Zhang, Syntax of Predication
  2. Joan Rahilly, Language and Politics Symposium

Message 1: Syntax of Predication

Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 15:02:09 +0800
From: Niina Zhang <>
Subject: Syntax of Predication

Workshop on Syntax of Predication 
ZAS-Berlin, Nov. 2 (Fri.) - 3 (Sat.), 2001
Organized by the Project Group of Syntax of Predication, ZAS Berlin

Call for papers

This workshop is aimed to discuss the following theoretical issues in the
minimalist approach of generative grammar:

1. Is predication a syntactic relation (Rothstein 1992, Hale & Keyser 1997:
39, Bowers 2001, etc.) or not (Hornstein 2001)?

Relevantly, does syntax have a correlate of "lambda abstraction" such as
predicate operators, PrP (Bowers 1993, 2001), or/and some special
predicate-related features similar to or in contrast to case features of
arguments (Bailyn 2001, Adger & Ramchand 2001)? Even without these special
elements in computation, how is a predication relation licensed
syntactically (any (a)symmetric c-command and locality conditions? Cf.
Williams 1980)? Also, how syntactic operations interact with predication
(Moro 2000, 2001)?

2. How is non-primary predication different from primary predication

Relevantly, how are non-primary predicates integrated into the syntactic
structures of primary predication? What do the structural properties of
various types of non-primary predication constructions (depictive,
resultative, perceptional, epistemic verb constructions, mental attitude
verb constructions, etc.) tell us about the syntactic structures and
operations in general?

3. Considering the syntax of complex-predicate constructions, we also look
forward to discussion of notions of small clause, predication of event
subject (including Williams' (1985: 308) S-control), etc., and new
understanding of phenomena such as various types of argument-sharing,
parasitic gaps, serial verb constructions, and the Warlpiri-style
nonconfigurationality, which has been claimed to show properties of
depictive secondary predicate constructions (Speas 1990, Baker 2001, contra
Legate 2001), with respect to the basic principles of minimalist syntax.


Adger, D. & G. Ramchand 2001 Phrases and interpretability. In WCCFL 20
Proceedings, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press, 101-114.

Baker, M. 2001 The nature of nonconfigurationality. In M. Baltin & C.
Collins (eds.) 407-438.

Bailyn, J. 2001 The Syntax of Slavic Predicate Case. ZAS Papers in
Linguistics 22, 1-23.

Baltin, M. & C. Collins (eds.) 2001 The Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic
Theory. Blackwell.

Bowers, J. 1993 The Syntax of Predication. Linguistic Inquiry 24, 591-656.

Bowers, J. 2001 Predication. In M. Baltin & C. Collins (eds.) 299-333.

Hale, K. & J. Keyser 1997 On the complex nature of simple predicators. In
A. Alsina, J. Bresnan & P.

Sells (eds.) Complex Predicates. CSLI Publishers, 29-65.

Hornstein, N. 2001 Move! A Minimalist Theory of Construal. Blackwell,

Legate, J. 2001 Symmetry and asymmetry in Warlpiri syntax. Asymmetry
Conference. UQAM, May 7-10.

Moro, A. 2000 Dynamic Antisymmetry. The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

Moro, A. 2001 Symmetry, movement and Predication. Asymmetry Conference.
UQAM, May 7-10.

Rothstein, S. 1992 Predication and the Structure of Clauses. Belgian
Journal of Linguistics 7, 153-169.

Speas, M. 1990 Phrase Structure in Natural Language. Dordrecht: Foris.

Williams, E. 1980 Predication. Linguistic Inquiry 11, 203-238.

Williams, E. 1985 PRO and subject of NP. Natural Language and Linguistic
Theory 3, 297-315.

Deadline of abstract submission: Aug. 31, 2001.

Abstracts should be anonymous, maximally two pages long, 12 point, single
spacing, and be sent by email or attachment files via email. In your email,
list the title of the abstract, name of author(s), affiliation, and email

Maximally 10 abstracts will be selected and the travel cost of the selected
speakers will be partially covered by ZAS (

Contact: Niina Zhang (
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Message 2: Language and Politics Symposium

Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 20:31:06 +0100
From: Joan Rahilly <>
Subject: Language and Politics Symposium

Queen's University, Belfast / AHRB Research Centre for Irish and Scottish
Forum for Research on the Languages of Scotland and Ulster

Language and Politics
Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and Scotland
Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, Scots, Ulst�r-Scotch

 Language rights
 Language equality legislation
 The European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages and its
 Secure status for language
 Language maintenance and provision
 Language planning
 The impact on all-Irish/all-Gaelic education
 Comparator Case Studies: Norway and Switzerland; also Low German

Speakers from Government, Statutory Bodies and Politicians in all
three jurisdictions Internationally-renowned Language Academics and

23-25 August 2001, Queen's University Belfast, Peter Froggatt Centre

Offers of related papers by 31 July 2001 are still welcome!

Organisers: Dr. John M. Kirk and Prof. D�nall P. � Baoill
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Te. +44 (0)28 9027 3815 and +44(0)28 9027 3390
Fax. +44 (0)28 9031 4615
Email: and

To ensure the receipt of the programme (available early August 2001),
please contact the organisers.
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