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LINGUIST List 16.1477

Tue May 10 2005

Calls: General Ling/Australia; Morphology/Syntax/UK

Editor for this issue: Amy Wronkowicz <amylinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Farzad Sharifian, Australian Linguistic Society Annual Conference, 2005
        2.    Matthew Baerman, Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

Message 1: Australian Linguistic Society Annual Conference, 2005
Date: 09-May-2005
From: Farzad Sharifian <Farzad.Sharifianarts.monash.edu.au>
Subject: Australian Linguistic Society Annual Conference, 2005

Full Title: Australian Linguistic Society Annual Conference, 2005
Short Title: ALS2005

Date: 28-Sep-2005 - 30-Sep-2005
Location: Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Contact Person: Colleen Pickett
Meeting Email: colleen.pickettarts.monash.edu.au
Web Site: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ling/als/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 21-May-2005

Meeting Description:

Second call for papers and website update

* Please submit your abstract electronically no later than May 21, 2005.
* Your abstract should be a maximum of 500 words, saved in Word format with
a '.doc' extension and sent as an attachment to: colleen.pickettarts.monash.edu.au
* Submitting authors please include your postal address, telephone, fax and
email address.
* Under the title of your abstract, please include one or more keywords
indicating the field of your research, e.g. phonology
* In the subject line of your email please write your name and 'ALS 2005
* You will receive an email receipt of your abstract within two weeks.

We also invite presenters to submit a written form of their paper for possible
inclusion in the online conference proceedings. The final date for paper
submission will be announced shortly.
Message 2: Deponency and Morphological Mismatches
Date: 09-May-2005
From: Matthew Baerman <m.baermansurrey.ac.uk>
Subject: Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

Full Title: Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

Date: 16-Jan-2006 - 17-Jan-2006
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Matthew Baerman
Meeting Email: m.baermansurrey.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/LIS/MB/Workshop.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 18-Sep-2005

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Deponency and Morphological Mismatches, London, January 16-17, 2006

Deponency and Morphological Mismatches
The Surrey Morphology Group is pleased to announce that it is organizing a
two-day workshop on deponency and related morphological mismatches, to be held
January 16-17, 2006, at the British Academy in London. This is in conjunction
with the project Extended Deponency: the right morphology in the wrong place,
funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK). For more information on
the project, see http://www.surrey.ac.uk/LIS/MB/Deponencymain.htm.

Theme of the workshop
Deponency is a mismatch between morphosyntactic values and morphological form
which was first described for Latin. The deponent verbs of Latin are
morphologically passive but syntactically active. For example, contrast the
normal verb amant/amantur in (1) with the deponent verb hortantur in (2):

(1) normal verb
quae ex se natos ita amant
which.NOM.PL from self.ABL born.ACC.PL thus love.3PL

ad quoddam tempus et ab eis ita amantur
to certain.ACC.SG time.ACC.SG and from them.ABL thus love.3PL.PASS

'...which [animals] thus love their offspring for a certain time and thus are
loved by them.' (Cicero, De amicitia, Chapter VIII)

(2) deponent verb
me=que hortantur ut magno animo sim
me.ACC=and exhort.3PL.PASS that great.ABL.SG spirit.ABL.SG be.1SG.SBJV

'...and they exhort me to be of good courage' (Cicero, Epistulae ad Atticum,
book 11, letter 6)

In (1) the verb 'love' illustrates the regular alternation between the active
form amant and the passive form amantur. In (2), the verb 'exhort', hortantur,
has the same ending as the passive amantur, but is active (and transitive at
that). The alternation in (1) is productive, available to any transitive verb,
while deponent verbs such as hortor are an exceptional, lexically-specified
class. This presents an obvious challenge to morphological description: the
passive morphology has a clear function for the majority of verbs, but in some
cases it has the opposite function. But in spite of the fact that deponency has
been a familiar notion since Classical times, our understanding of it remains
sketchy: cross-linguistically, the corpus of examples is vanishingly small, and
it is only recently that its ramifications for our model of morphology have been
seriously considered (e.g. Börjars, Vincent and Chapman 1996, Corbett 1999,
Embick 2000, Sadler and Spencer 2001, Stump 2001, Kiparsky 2005, Bobaljik and
Branigan forthcoming). This workshop aims to address the following questions:

(i) If deponency in an extended sense can be understood as a mismatch between
the expected and actual function of a morphological form or paradigm, what other
phenomena can be thought of in these terms? How prevalent are morphological
mismatches cross-linguistically, and what sorts of categories do they affect?

(ii) How should deponent paradigms be represented in a formal model of
morphology? Are they evidence for special devices in an autonomous morphological
component, or can they be handled in some other way?

The time allotted for presentations will be 40 minutes (30 minutes for the
paper, 10 minutes for questions).

Invited speakers
Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
Nick Evans (University of Melbourne)
Andrew Spencer (University of Essex)
Greg Stump (University of Kentucky)
Nigel Vincent (University of Manchester)

We welcome proposals for papers dealing with any issue connected with deponency
and mismatches between morphology and syntax. Abstracts are due by September 18,
2005. They should be one-page long and anonymous, with identifying information
(title of paper, name of author, and affiliation) in the body of the email.
Submissions should be sent to deponencysurrey.ac.uk. Alternatively, hard copy
can be sent to:

Matthew Baerman
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

Please check the workshop webpage for any updates.

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