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LINGUIST List 16.2328

Thu Aug 04 2005

Calls: Morphology/UK, General Ling/Germany

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        1.    Matthew Baerman, Deponency and Morphological Mismatches
        2.    Sam Featherston, Linguistic Evidence: Empirical, Theoretical and Computational Perspectives


Message 1: Deponency and Morphological Mismatches
Date: 03-Aug-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

2nd Call for Papers: 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)

Abstracts
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
LCTS
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

Please check the workshop webpage for any updates.
Message 2: Linguistic Evidence: Empirical, Theoretical and Computational Perspectives
Date: 03-Aug-2005
From: Sam Featherston <sam.featherstonuni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: Linguistic Evidence: Empirical, Theoretical and Computational Perspectives



Full Title: Linguistic Evidence: Empirical, Theoretical and Computational
Perspectives
Short Title: LingEvid2006

Date: 02-Feb-2006 - 04-Feb-2006
Location: Tübingen, Germany
Contact Person: Sam Featherston
Meeting Email: LingEvid2006uni-tuebingen.de
Web Site: http://www.sfb441.uni-tuebingen.de/LingEvid2006

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2005

Meeting Description:

The ever-increasing accessibility of corpus data and the wider application of
experimental linguistic techniques in recent years has led to a remarkable
revival of interest in issues of the empirical base of linguistic theory in
general, and the status of different kinds of linguistic evidence in particular.

Consensus is growing that all sorts of data, even so-called primary data from
introspection or from authentic language production, are inherently complex and
reflect performance and production factors as well as the constructs which are
subject of linguistic theory. It is therefore necessary for linguistic studies
to adduce evidence from multiple data types or sources: introspective data,
corpus data, psycholinguistic data, experimental data, historical and diachronic
data, typological data, neurolinguistic data and language learning data are not
only welcome but also often essential. It is in particular by contrasting
evidence from different sources with respect to particular research questions
that we may gain a deeper understanding of the status and quality of the
individual types of linguistic evidence on the one hand, and of their mutual
relationship and relative weight on the other.

It is the aim of this conference to bring together researchers from different
areas of linguistics to discuss their views on the above issues and their use of
different types of evidence in dealing with linguistic research questions of
different generality, and thereby help establish a better understanding of the
nature of linguistic evidence. We therefore invite original contributions from
all fields of linguistics (including syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonology,
morphology, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics
historical linguistics, typology) on any of the above issues concerning
linguistic evidence.

-Third Call and submission deadline change -

Linguistic Evidence: Empirical, Theoretical, and Computational Perspectives.
2-4 February 2006 at Tübingen University, Germany

- Please note new submission deadline: 30th September 2005 -

This change has become necessary because of a hacker posting in the Linguist
List, advertising a false submission deadline.

- Web site: http://www.sfb441.uni-tuebingen.de/LingEvid2006 -

Aims and scope:
The increasing accessibility of corpus data and the wider application of
experimental techniques in linguistics have led to a remarkable growth in
interest in the empirical base of linguistic theory, and the status of different
kinds of linguistic evidence.

It is becoming clearer that all sorts of data, even so-called primary data from
introspection or from authentic language production, are inherently complex and
reflect performance and production factors as well as the constructs which are
subject of linguistic theory. It is therefore necessary for linguistic studies
to draw on evidence from multiple data types or sources: introspective data,
corpus data, psycholinguistic data, experimental data, historical and diachronic
data, typological data, neurolinguistic data and language learning.

It is in particular by contrasting evidence from different sources on the same
research question that we may gain a deeper understanding of the status and
quality of the individual types of linguistic evidence and of their mutual
relationship and relative weight.

It is the aim of this conference to bring together researchers from different
areas of linguistics to discuss their views on these issues and their use of
different types of evidence in dealing with linguistic research questions, and
thereby help establish a better understanding of the nature of linguistic
evidence. We therefore invite original contributions from all fields of
linguistics (including syntax, semantics, pragmatics,phonology, morphology,
phonetics, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics,
historical linguistics, typology) on any of the above issues concerning
linguistic evidence.

Submissions

We invite abstracts for 25+10 minute talks and also for poster presentations.

Abstracts should be anonymous and a maximum of 2 pages long. Please attach a
separate file or sheet with personal information: title of abstract, author(s),
affiliation(s), corresponding author's e-mail and postal address, telephone and
fax number. Submission by e-mail, post or fax can all be accepted. We welcome
plain text, ps, or pdf; doc at your own risk.

Abstracts can be e-mailed to LingEvid2006uni-tuebingen.de or posted or faxed to:

Sam Featherston
Linguistic Evidence
SFB 441
Nauklerstrasse 35
72074 Tübingen
Germany

Fax: +49/7071/29-5830

Full details can be accessed on our web site at
http://www.sfb441.uni-tuebingen.de/LingEvid2006

Wolfgang Sternefeld, Uwe Mönnich, Hubert Truckenbrodt and Sam Featherston
Co-chairs of the organizing committee



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