LINGUIST List 13.708

Fri Mar 15 2002

Calls: Germanic Ling, Complex Predicates & Inversion

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  1. Marc Pierce, Germanic Linguistics-- extended deadline
  2. Jong-Bok Kim, Final CFP: Workshops on Compex Predicates and Inversion

Message 1: Germanic Linguistics-- extended deadline

Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 16:21:16 -0500 (EST)
From: Marc Pierce <>
Subject: Germanic Linguistics-- extended deadline

This is to announce an extended deadline for the submission of
abstracts for the meeting of the Discussion Group for Germanic
Philology to be held at this year's MLA convention. The new deadline
is March 22.

The original call for papers follows.

Invitation to submit papers for a session on Germanic
linguistics/philology at the annual meeting of the MLA, 27-30 December
in New York. Topic is open. Please submit an abstract electronically
to Frederick W. Schwink at or send an e-mail to ask
for more information.

Marc Pierce
University of Michigan
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Message 2: Final CFP: Workshops on Compex Predicates and Inversion

Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 08:59:11 +0900
From: Jong-Bok Kim <>
Subject: Final CFP: Workshops on Compex Predicates and Inversion

Final CFP: LSK 2002 Workshops on Complex Predicates and Inversion

The 2002 LSK International Summer Conference hosted by the Linguistic
Society of Korea invites abstracts for the following two workshops. We
encourage proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks (such as
Minimialism, HPSG, and LFG). The workshops will be held on the final
day of the LSK conference at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea on
August 5-7, 2002 (see for more
information). Also HPSG-2002 will follow immediately after these
workshops (see for more information).


Invited Workshop participants:
Peter Sells (organizer, Stanford University);
Norbert Hornstein (Univ. of Maryland);
Daniel Godard (CNRS, University Paris 7);
Hiroto Hoshi (Univ. of London)

Complex Predicates -- for example certain causative, resultative,
serial verb, and light verb constructions -- are predicates composed
of more than one grammatical element (either morphemes or words), each
of which contributes part of the syntactic and semantic information
more typically associated with a single head. Complex Predicates are
found in many (perhaps all) languages, and often show quite similar
combinations of argument structure despite radically different overt
expressions across languages. They raise several analytical
questions: How are the composite argument structures formed and
represented (e.g. exactly what is combined, and how does that
combination happen)? What is the range of permissible argument
structure combinations (i.e. the semantic and syntactic typology of
complex predicates)? What is the set of permissible structural
representations for a given type (e.g. causatives)?

Different theoretical approaches such as HPSG, LFG, and GB/MP, offer
different perspectives and formal tools for the exploration of these
questions. This workshop will air diverse views on this topic, with
the goal of achieving greater insight into the questions above and
other related issues. We invite abstracts for 30 minute presentations
that address any empirical or theoretical issues relevant to the
analysis of Complex Predicates, from any theoretical perspective.


Invited Workshop participants:
Ivan Sag and Robert Levine (Stanford University and Ohio State
University, co-organizers);
Howard Lasnik (University of Connecticut);
Robert Borsley (University of Essex)

Inversion -- the patterned positional alternation of lexical elements
- has been of central importance in the development of most frameworks
for syntactic analysis. Inversion phenomena are diverse, including
interrogative-related initial position in Germanic, Romance and other
language families (e.g. English subject-auxiliary inversion), second
position phenomena, extraction-related `stylistic' inversion in
Romance, VSO languages, etc. A range of approaches to inversion have
been offered: transformational frameworks treat inversion phenomena in
terms of operations such as Head Movement; HPSG and other
constraint-based, lexicalist (CBL) frameworks allow alternate
structures (inverted and non-inverted) to be directly generated; and
some LFG treatments take a middle ground, positing the
Head-Movement-like notion of 'extended head', whereby a word can lie
outside the phrase it heads, but in a constraint-based setting. The
purpose of this session is to bring together researchers working in
transformational and CBL frameworks to arrive at a deeper
understanding of the theoretical and empirical issues at stake in the
different approaches to inversion that have been explored.
Contributions to this session may address any empirical or theoretical
issues relevant to the analysis of inversion phenomena. We invite
abstracts for 30 minute presentations addressing any aspect of
inversion, using any theoretical framework.


Abstracts should be as specific as possible. Include a statement of
your topic or problem, your approach, and your conclusions. Abstracts
should not exceed one page in length, plus one additional page of data
and/or references. Abstracts should be submitted electronically to The abstract should either be pasted into the email
or should be an attachment as an ASCII text file, Word, PS or PDF
file. Please use the subject header 'Workshop Abstract: Your last
name and first name initial'. Include all author information (the
title of the paper, area, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the
author(s), and the address, phone number and e-mail address of the
primary author) in the body of the e-mail.

Deadline for LSK Workshop abstract submission: March 15, 2002
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2002

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