LINGUIST List 15.1730

Mon Jun 7 2004

Calls: General Ling/Switzerland; Ling Theories

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  1. u.s, Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW)
  2. n.elouazizi, The Structure of Verb Phrase (vP/VP) in Afroasiatic: Morpho-phonological and Syntacic Approaches

Message 1: Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW)

Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 04:55:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: u.s <>
Subject: Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW)

Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) 
Short Title: GLOW 

Date: 29-Mar-2005 - 02-Apr-2005
Location: GENEVA, Switzerland
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics ,Linguistic Theories
,Morphology ,Philosophy of Language ,Phonology ,Semantics ,Syntax
,Cognitive Science ,Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2004

Meeting Description:

The 28th GLOW Colloquium will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, in
March/April 2005. The GLOW Main session (free topic) will take place
from March 31 to April 2, preceded by three workshops on March 29 and

March 29: Symposium on the Philosophy of Linguistics
March 30: Synchrony meets Diachrony in Phonology
March 30: Semitic Syntax.

The new call deadline is November 1, 2004.

For more information, keep an eye on the conference website,,
the GLOW website,,
and the Autumn issue of the GLOW Newsletter.
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Message 2: The Structure of Verb Phrase (vP/VP) in Afroasiatic: Morpho-phonological and Syntacic Approaches

Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 09:25:12 -0400 (EDT)
From: n.elouazizi <>
Subject: The Structure of Verb Phrase (vP/VP) in Afroasiatic: Morpho-phonological and Syntacic Approaches

The Structure of Verb Phrase (vP/VP) in Afroasiatic:
Morpho-phonological and Syntacic Approaches

Date: 14-Jan-2005 - 16-Jan-2005
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Contact: Noureddine Elouazizi
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Linguistic Theories 
Subject Language Family: Afroasiatic 
Call Deadline: 10-Aug-2004 

Meeting Description:


The Afroasiatic languages of Africa and the Middle East have a rich
morphology for verbal derivation and inflection. Unlike the basically
affixal morphological systems of Indo-European languages, Afroasiatic
morphology is pervaded by a wide variety of purely morphological
alternations that are internal to the stem. In Classical Arabic, for
instance, there is a clear sense in which verbs and nouns like kataba
'he wrote', kaataba 'he corresponded', and kitaabun 'book' are
morphologically related to one another by means of the consonantal
structure of the root, although they do not share discrete strings of
segments in concatenated morphemes. In comprising three discontinuous
morphological components (the root, the stem template, and the vowel
melody) the verb phrase structure in Afroasiatic is radically
different from the one in Indo-Eurpoean languages.

The study of the root and pattern dichotomy goes back as early as the
traditional treatments of medieval Arab and Hebrew grammarians. Within
the generative research tradition, research on these
morpho-phonological aspects started with McCarthy's (1979) seminal
work. Recent advances within the framework of government phonology
have shown that the stem template itself has internal
structure. Furthermore, verbal derivation follows a systematic and
hence predictable apophonic path (Guerssel and Lowenstam 1986;
Sgral 1986, 2000; Bendjaballah 1999, 2001). For the purely
syntactic aspect, root-and-pattern morphology poses a challenge, since
the basic morphological units do not correspond in any way to distinct
syntactic positions.


The purpose of this interdiscipliany symposium is to provide a meeting
ground for experts to exchange views and findings on a central topic
of comparative and theoretical Afroasiatic linguistics. Within the
general theme of verbal configurational structure in Afroasiatic
languages, the following questions are of particular interest to the
-What is the internal structure of the VP/νP? Given the inflectional
role of the vowels, how does the structure of the verb relate to the
tense/aspect domain?
-How much internal structure is present in templatic morphology and
what is its relation to the derivation of VPs? In which respect does
apophony reflect syntactic derivation?
-What is the status of stem pattern/binyanim that encode grammatical
voice alternations (causative, middle, reciprocal) and situation
aspect (stative, inchoative)? Are they listed in the lexicon together
with a root entry (Borer 2004) or are they associated with distinct
voice heads (Doron 2003).
-What is the position of the subject? Can subjects be licensed within
the vP or is subject raising obligatory?
-What are the mirco- and macroparameters of crosslinguistic variation
in the verbal domain?


Edit Doron (The Hebrew University of Jersualem)
Jean Lowenstamm (CNRS - Universit� 7, Paris)
Ur Shlonsky (Universit� de Gen�ve) 
Jacqueline Lecarme (CNRS - Universit� 7, Paris)
Jamal Ouhalla (University College Dublin)
Sabrina Benjaballah (CNRS, Universit� Lille III)

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (plus 10 minutes of
discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous and limited to one page
(using 1'' margins on all sides with at least 11pt font size) with an
additional page containing data and references. Non-standard fonts
should be avoided. In case used, they should be embedded in a
pdf-document. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual
and one joint abstract per author.

The abstracts should be sent by e-mail to both of the following email
addresses: and

All abstracts should be submitted as attachments and the body message
includes the following information: title of the paper, author's
name(s), affiliation, phone and email address.

Abstracts will be selected on a competitive basis after a review by a
reviewing committee. All authors who will be selected to present their
work at the conference will be invited to submit their papers for a
volume publication.


August 10th, 2004 Deadline to submit the abstracts 
September 05th, 2004 Notifications of Acceptance.
November 19th , 2004 Early Registration deadline
January 14th-16th, 2005 Conference dates

Chris Reintges and Noureddine Elouazizi

All attendees, including speakers, are expected to register for the

For more information, visit ULCL website:

A conference designated webpage will soon appear on that
website. Should you have any other questions or comments, please feel
free to contact the organizers.
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