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Fri Jun 14 2002

Calls: Complex Predicates, Corpus Ling/AAACL

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  1. Miriam Butt, Call for Papers: Complex Predicates, Particles and Subevents

Message 1: Call for Papers: Complex Predicates, Particles and Subevents

Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2002 16:38:25 +0100 (WET DST)
From: Miriam Butt <>
Subject: Call for Papers: Complex Predicates, Particles and Subevents


	 Complex Predicates, Particles and Subevents

			University of Konstanz
			 SFB 471
		 September 30, October 1-2

The phenomenon of complex predicates across languages points towards a
tight correlation between the syntax of predication and the semantics
of events. The exploration of this syntax/semantics interface has
taken many forms, but remains far from having reached a state of
accomplishment. The aim of this workshop is to contribute to the
exploration of the syntax/semantics interface by paying special
attention to how the semantics of events is tied to the syntax of
complex predication. Central phenomena under investigation are V-V
constructions as found in South Asian languages (Butt 1995) or
resultative readings which go along with auxiliary and verbal
selection as found in Romance (Folli and Ramchand 2001). Of further
interest are N-V constructions such as in (3) or (4).

	 (1)	 nAdyA aa gayii
		 Nadya come went
		 'Nadya arrived.' (Urdu)

 (2)	 Gianni ha	corso nel bosco	(Italian)
		 John has run.Past in.the woods
		 'John has run in the woods (for an hour).'

		 Gianni e	corso nel bosco (Italian)
		 John is run.Past in.the woods
		 'John has run in the woods (in a minute).'
	 (3)	 shekast dAdan
		 defeat give
		 'to defeat' (Persian)

		 shekast xordan
		 defeat eat
		 'to be defeated'	 (Persian)	

	 (4)	 Er hot a kum arayn geton
		 he has a come in done
		 'He came in.'		(Yiddish)

There is growing evidence that parts of complex (but still primary)
predication hook into "subevents" (Ramchand 2001) or "diminutivized
events" (Diesing 1998). This type of syntax/semantics interplay is
heavily reminiscent of the elusive semantics associated with Germanic
particle verbs. One question that arises is whether the syntax and
semantics of complex V-V or N-V predication can indeed be analyzed
along the same lines as the syntax and semantics of particle verbs.

 (5) Er kommt an.
	 he come	at
	 'He arrives.'

A perhaps pertinent observation is that while Sanskrit made heavy use
of preverbs (or particle verbs) along the lines now found in Germanic,
the modern Indo-Aryan descendents in South Asia have purged themselves
of this construction. In comparison, the South Asian languages make
much heavier use of V-V or N-V complex predication than is the case in
Germanic, where the Indo-European preverb/particle construction is
still very much in evidence. Does this diachronic evidence as to
complementary distribution support the perceived close connection
between particles and complex predicates?
Another observation is that the phonological and prosodic properties
of complex predicates and particle verbs are special both from a
diachronic and a synchronic perspective in that they form separate
prosodic entities, but nevertheless are also dependent on another
prosodic word. This dependency, however, does not lead to a gradual
loss of prosodic independence, as is observed with auxiliaries or
clitics, for example. How can this be accounted for?

The possibility of a close connection between particles and complex
predicates has often been raised, but not been substantiated,
primarily because research on the Indo-Aryan (and Indo-Iranian) type
of complex predication is seldom treated by the same group of
researchers who work on particle verbs. One goal of this workshop is
thus to bring together researchers on complex predicates (V-V and N-V)
and particle verbs. The ultimate goal is to understand the
syntax/semantics/phonology interface of these constructions better in
terms of both synchronic and diachronic perspectives.

Invited Speakers:
David Adger (York) and Daniel Harbour (MIT)
Ashwini Deo (Stanford)
Paula Fikkert (Nijmegen) and Astrid Kraehenmann (Konstanz)
Gillian Ramchand (Oxford)
Peter Svenonius (Tromso)

We anticipate being able to accept another 8-10 papers. Partial
reimbursement will be available.

The workshop is part of project A2 of the SFB 471 at the University of

A web page for the workshop can be found at:
 (on-line registration should work as of next week)

Abstracts should be sent to:

Abstract length: 1 page, with a second page for references and
		 examples, if necessary. 
Deadline:	 June 20 (notification of acceptance by the 30th)
		 Note: the deadline has been extended slightly. 

Accepted Formats: PDF, PS, HTML or ASCII. No Word or RTF files will
be accepted.
Alternative methods of submission:

	 Fax: +49 7531 88 30 95

	 Snail Mail: Miriam Butt
		 FB Sprachwissenschaft, Fach D186
		 Universitaet Konstanz
		 78457 Konstanz
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Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 10:34:41 -0500
From: Nolan, Patrick A <>



THE Fourth North American Symposium on Corpus Linguistics and Language


NOVEMBER 2 - 4, 2002

Sponsored by the Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication and IUPUI

Sylviane Granger - University of Louvain, Belgium
Michael McCarthy - University of Nottingham, UK
Randi Reppen - Northern Arizona University, USA

Papers, Colloquia, and Posters are invited on topics including (but not
limited to):

*design of corpora
*corpus annotation
*linguistic analyses of corpora
*the use of corpora in language learning and teaching
*parallel corpora
*learner corpora
*ESP and LSP corpora
*register/genre variation
*software development

Abstracts submitted must represent original, unpublished research and should
follow the guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines 
Individual Papers should be 20 minutes long with an additional 10 minutes
for discussion.
Posters are for one-on-one discussion of work in progress. Posters are
especially effective for presenting data visually (in charts, graphs, or
tables). Narrative discussion is best presented in bullet format. A block of
time will be designated when presenters are available to discuss their
posters. Upon acceptance, presenters will receive guidelines for their
For a Poster or a Paper, send a copy of an abstract, no more than 250 words
long, typed on a single page. In the upper left-hand corner, place the
submitter's name, address, institutional affiliation, phone and fax numbers,
and e-mail address.
Colloquium Proposals are invited for 1 � hour blocks. Colloquium organizers
may divide their time as they choose, but time should be allocated for
opening and closing remarks, presentations, discussants (if included) and
extended audience response. Colloquium organizers serve as the liaison
between participants in their colloquium and the Site Committee, and are
responsible for communication among these participants. A colloquium
proposal abstract should include the following:
One copy of a single page statement from the organizer explaining the theme
of the colloquium, how the individual presentations relate to one another,
and how the time will be allocated. Include organizer's name, institutional
affiliation, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address in the upper
left-hand corner.
One copy of a 250 word abstract typed on a single page for each individual
presentation. In the upper left-hand corner place the presenter's name,
institutional affiliation, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail
Proposal abstracts can be submitted by mailing in the information or by
sending as a Word attachment via e-mail (see addresses below).
Deadline for Submission: August 1, 2002
Notice of Acceptance/Rejection: August 20, 2002
Send submissions to:
Symposium on Corpus Linguistics 
Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication 
620 Union Drive #407 
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5170 
E-mail address: 

For more information on the symposium, including guidelines for submitting
papers, registration, other conference details, and information about
Indianapolis, please visit the 2002 AAACL Symposium website at:
e-mail us at the above address.
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