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LINGUIST List 16.2416

Thu Aug 18 2005

Calls: Morphology/Syntax/Germany;General Ling/Germany

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        1.    Monika Budde, Syntax and Morphology Multi-Dimensional
        2.    Wiebke Ramm, 'Subordination' vs. 'Coordination' in Sentence and Text from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Message 1: Syntax and Morphology Multi-Dimensional
Date: 17-Aug-2005
From: Monika Budde <dgfs-agtu-berlin.de>
Subject: Syntax and Morphology Multi-Dimensional

Full Title: Syntax and Morphology Multi-Dimensional

Date: 22-Feb-2006 - 24-Feb-2006
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Contact Person: Monika Budde
Meeting Email: dgfs-AGtu-berlin.de
Web Site: http://www.tu-berlin.de/sum-ag

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Syntax

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2005

Meeting Description:

Syntax and morphology multi-dimensional (Workshop at the DGfS annual meeting).


Workshop to be held at the annual meeting of the German Linguistic Society
(Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft - DGfS; www.dgfs.de) in
Bielefeld, February 22 to 24, 2006 (meeting program:

Further information (also in German): www.tu-berlin.de/sum-ag

In the last two decades or so, there has been a growing interest in
approaches assuming serveral syntactic and/or morphological 'tiers' or
'dimensions'. Lexical Functional Grammar, for example, describes sentences
jointly by means of a c[ategorial]-structure, a f[unctional]-structure and
an a[rgument]-structure (Bresnan 2001). In Integrational Linguistics, a
constituent structure, a marking structure, a lexical interpretation, an
intonational structure, and a relational component are assigned to
'sentences' as well as to 'words' (Lieb 1983, Eisenberg 2004). This
workshop intends to investigate the advantages and the limitations of such
approaches with multi-dimensional sentence or word structures. We want to
discuss general aspects of theory construction as well as empirical
problems in describing individual languages, including the following questions:

- How do the different parts of a structure interact with each other and
with the non-morphosyntactic levels of description?

- Which morphosyntactic dimensions are directly relevant for semantic
interpretation? And which dimensions play only an indirect role or no role
at all in assigning a meaning to a morphosyntactic object?

- Which role do morphological and lexical properties play in a syntactic

- What are the advantages of representing word order and relational
hierarchy seperately, and what are the problems?

- What are the common properties of multi-dimensional word and sentence
structures, and what is typical of each of them?

The workshop is addressed to syntacticians and morphologists who are
interested in discussing empirical as well as theoretical questions
cross-theoretically. There are slots for 30-min talks (including 10 min of
discussion). Conference languages are German and English. One-page
abstracts should be sent to the coordinators before September 1st, 2005,
preferably by email (plain text or attachments in Word format, or in RTF).
Contributors should indicate their name, affiliation and the e-mail adress
at which they wish to be contacted. - Note that, according to the DGfS
guidelines, no speaker may present papers at two different workshops of the
annual meeting of the DGfS.

Bresnan, Joan (2001). Lexical-Functional Syntax. (Blackwell Textbooks in
Linguistics, 16.) Oxford: Blackwell.

Eisenberg, Peter (2004). Grundriß der deutschen Grammatik. 2 vols.
Stuttgart: Metzler, 2nd rev. ed.

Lieb, Hans-Heinrich (1983). Integrational Linguistics. Vol. I: General
Outline. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 17.) Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Important Dates:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 September 2005
Notification of acceptance: 20 September 2005
Deadline for submission of camera-ready abstracts: 1 December 2005
Workshop: 22 - 24 February 2006

Organizing committee:
Monika Budde (contact person)
Technische Universität Berlin, Germanistische Linguistik
Sekr. FR 6-3
Franklinstr. 28/29
D-10587 Berlin

Andreas Nolda
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik

Oliver Teuber
Technische Universität Berlin, Germanistische Linguistik
Message 2: 'Subordination' vs. 'Coordination' in Sentence and Text from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective
Date: 16-Aug-2005
From: Wiebke Ramm <wiebke.rammilos.uio.no>
Subject: 'Subordination' vs. 'Coordination' in Sentence and Text from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Full Title: 'Subordination' vs. 'Coordination' in Sentence and Text from a
Cross-Linguistic Perspective (Workshop at the DGfS annual conference)

Date: 22-Feb-2006 - 24-Feb-2006
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Contact Person: Wiebke Ramm
Meeting Email: wiebke.rammilos.uio.no
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Text/Corpus
Linguistics; Translation

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2005

Meeting Description:

'Subordination' vs. 'coordination' in sentence and text from a cross-linguistic

Workshop at the 28th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), Bielefeld, 22-24 February 2006.

Organised by

Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen and Wiebke Ramm,

Dept. of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (Institutt for
litteratur, områdestudier og europeiske språk - ILOS), University of Oslo, Norway


2nd Call for Papers.

Workshop URL:

Conference URL: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/dgfs2006/


Common in many approaches to the description and representation of discourse
structure is the observation that discourse units can be organised
hierarchically (subordinating) or non-hierarchically (coordinating). This is
also reflected in the way the respective discourse relations are characterised
in these approaches. Examples are the distinction between subordinating and
coordinating discourse relations in the framework of Segmented Discourse
Representation Theory (SDRT) (Asher & Lascarides 2003, Asher & Vieu 2005) -
'Elaboration' and 'Narration' being the prototypical representatives of the two
-, the distinction between 'nucleus-satellite relations' and 'multinuclear
relations' in Rhetorical Structure Theory (RST) (Mann & Thompson 1988), or the
distinction between 'Hauptstruktur (main structure)' and 'Nebenstruktur (side
structure)' in Klein and v. Stutterheims (1992) 'Quaestio' approach.

The distinction between subordination and coordination is also important for the
description of syntactic and semantic relations on sentence level, as is
well-known. However, relatively few attempts have been made so far to investigate

i) the relation between the discourse-related and the sentence-related (pairs
of) notions, in particular, the impact the choice between syntactic
subordination (adjunction etc.) vs. coordination has on discourse structure, and

ii) possible language-specific differences with respect to a) the realisation
of 'subordinating' and 'coordinating' discourse relations, on the one hand, and
b) language-specific preferences for either a hierarchical organisation of
discourse information by means of complex sentence structures or a 'flat' form
of information packaging by means of sequences of independent sentences (cf.
Fabricius-Hansen 1999), on the other hand.

The study of multilingual parallel texts / parallel corpora (in a broad sense)
can make an important contribution to these research areas and thus improve the
understanding of how information packaging on sentence and text level are
related. We therefore invite contributions based on parallel texts/corpora
and/or language comparison, including but not limited to topics such as the

* syntactically adjoined structures from the perspective of information
structuring on discourse level
* 'subordinating' vs. 'coordinating' discourse relations / clause combining and
their realisation
* connectives and punctuation as a means to structure discourse and signal
discourse relations

This workshop is intended for linguists working in the following areas:
text/discourse linguistics, syntax/semantics/pragmatics interface, contrastive
linguistics, corpus linguistics.

Asher, N. & Lascarides, A. 2003. Logics of conversation: Studies in natural
language processing. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.
Asher, N. & Vieu, L. 2005. Subordinating and coordinating discourse relations.
In: Lingua 115, 591-610.
Fabricius-Hansen, C. 1999. Information packaging and translation: Aspects of
translational sentence splitting (German - English/Norwegian). In: Doherty, M.
(ed.): Sprachspezifische Aspekte der Informationsverteilung. Berlin. 1999. 175-214.
Klein, W. & v. Stutterheim, C. 1992. Textstruktur und referentielle Bewegung.
In: LiLi 86, 67-92.
Mann, W.C. & Thompson, S.D. 1988. Rhetorical Structure Theory: Toward a
functional theory of text organization. In: Text 8, 243-281.


Abstracts of papers should be up to one page long (using 2.5 cm margins on each
side and 12 pt font size). The body should include the following information:
author's name(s), affiliation, email address, and title of abstract.

Presentations should last 20 minutes (+ 10 minutes for questions and
discussion). Depending on the number and quality of abstracts we receive, there
may be room for a few longer presentations (45 min. + 15 min. quest./disc.).
Make sure to indicate in your message whether you would be interested in
extending your presentation.

All abstracts should be submitted in English or German only, in Word (RTF)
and/or PDF format. Please save and send your abstract in PDF format if it
contains special fonts, tables, etc.

Your submission should be sent electronically to both organisers:


Note that the workshop is part of the DGfS conference. All participants must
register for the conference. Note also that in accordance with the DGfS
guidelines no speaker is allowed to give a talk in more than one workshop of the
DGfS main conference.


Deadline for abstract submission: 1 September 2005.
Notification of acceptance: 15 September 2005.
Provisional programme: 1 December 2005.
DGfS Conference: 22-24 February 2006.

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