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QP Structure, Nominalizations, and the Role of DP
37th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
Message 1: QP Structure, Nominalizations, and the Role of DP
From: Monika Rathert <m.rathertmx.uni-saarland.de>
Subject: QP Structure, Nominalizations, and the Role of DP
Full Title: QP Structure, Nominalizations, and the Role of DP
Short Title: QP/nom/DP
Date: 16-Dec-2005 - 17-Dec-2005
Location: Saarbruecken, Germany
Contact Person: Monika Rathert
Meeting Email: m.rathertmx.uni-saarland.de
Web Site: http://web.uni-frankfurt.de/fb10/rathert/workshop/program.html
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Morphology;
Semantics; Syntax; Typology
Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2005
This international workshop on 'QP structure, Nominalizations, and the role of
DP' takes place in Saarbrucken at the Center for Language Research and
Technology, 16-17 December 2005. It is organized by Anastasia Giannakidou
(Chicago) and Monika Rathert (Saarbruecken). The workshop is financed by the
German Research Foundation DFG (GZ 4851-179-05).
See below for the program of the workshop. In addition to the talks, there is
room for poster presentations. Please send your poster abstract (not more than 2
pages) via email to m.rathertmx.uni-saarland.de.
Deadline for poster abstracts: October 1st 2005.
09.00-09.40 Anastasia Giannakidou & Monika Rathert: Opening
09.40-10.20 Lisa Matthewson: t.b.a.
10.20-11.00 Artemis Alexiadou: The syntax of derived nominals
11.20-12.00 Manfred Bierwisch: Nominalization vs. Verbalization: predictable
12.00-12.40 Ulrike Demske: Nominalization Patterns in Competition
14.10-14.50 Urtzi Etxeberria: Contextually restricted quantification in Basque
14.50-15.30 Veronika Ehrich: Constraints on Eventivity in Nominalizations
15.50-16.30 Angelika Kratzer: What can domain widening do to a quantifier?
16.30-17.10 Manfred Krifka: t.b.a.
17.10-17.50 Kook-Hee Gil & George Tsoulas: t.b.a.
17.50-18.50 plenary discussion
09.00-09.40 Lisa Cheng: The quantificational structure in Chinese
09.40-10.20 Hagit Borer: The name of the adjective
10.40-11.20 Heidi Harley: The count/mass properties and event types of deverbal
and underived nPs in English
11.20-12.00 Helen de Hoop: Argument strength
12.00-12.40 Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm: Nominalizations, partitives and
pseudo-partitives in a global perspective
14.10-14.50 Tom Roeper: Covert A-movement and LF effects deliver a typology of
14.50-15.30 Louise McNally: Properties, entities of properties, and kinds
15.30-16.10 Caroline Heycock & Roberto Zamparelli: t.b.a.
16.30-17.10 Tal Siloni: Event nominals and arity operations
17.10-17.50 Luisa Marti: Spanish unos and algunos and the syntax/semantics of
17.50-18.30 Frans Zwarts: t.b.a.
18.30-19.30 plenary discussion
In the recent literature, the properties of QPs have enjoyed a renewed interest.
Apart from the celebrated weak versus strong distinction Milsark (1977), the
particular semantic and syntactic properties of the building blocks of QPs stand
in the centre of attention: the NPs, DPs, and the role of the quantificational
determiners as well as the definite determiner D. In light primarily of
crosslinguistic results, the discussion of these classical topics has
reconsidered some of the fundamental aspects of QP internal syntax and
semantics, and major issues such as definiteness and indefiniteness, kind
reference, number marking, partitivity, and the way presuppositions are built
into the very meanings of quantifiers themselves has been rekindled. Under
debate is currently whether the individual meanings and categorial status of QP
constituents vary across languages (e.g. as suggested in Chierchia's nominal
mapping parameter, Chierchia (1998)), or whether we want to revise altogether
our standard theory of QP structure (thus also our classical theory of
quantification, as suggested in Matthewson (2001) but critiqued in Giannakidou
In this context, the role of D and DP has been central. D has been argued to
materialize contextual restriction Giannakidou (2004), and it is interesting to
see what this claim predicts for languages employing no overt determiners or
number marking, or for those allowing distinct compositions, with or without D,
for weak and strong determiners respectively (e.g. Basque). Additionally,
mechanisms of type shifting have been explored to allow the appropriate kinds of
outputs for composition.
D has also shown to be central in nominalizations. Some nominalizations are
categorially ambiguous, like the -ing-forms in (1)-(3), and for these, the
syntactic nature is not always easy to determine (Alexiadou (2001), Rathert
(1) mixed nominalization: John's careful hunting of the bear
(2) gerund: John's carefully hunting the bear
(3) participle in the progressive: John is hunting the bear
It has been suggested that syntactic nominalizations share with noun phrases
(whether simple nouns or lexical nominalizations) the same external layer, the
functional projection DP (Siloni (1997), Hazout (1995)). Within this program of
research, the discrepancies between noun phrases (especially, event nominals)
and syntactic nominalizations follow from the fact that noun phrases have an
internal nominal structure, while syntactic nominalizations entail a verbal
projection that is allowed to be dominated by the functional projection DP as it
lacks temporal specifications. The question is to what extend the nominal and
verbal DPs (i.e. the ones that embed a VP rather than an NP) share certain
characteristics, e.g. regarding presuppositions of existence or actualization.
Nominalizations are a kind of prism through which to see linguistic theory.
Nearly every syntactic theory from Lees (1960) and Chomsky (1970) onwards was
tested in its ability to tackle these special objects. As Tom Roeper puts it in
his most recent work on nominalizations,
''many people have the intuition that the right level of abstraction in grammar
would equally capture a description of both sentences and nominalizations[...].
To put it more succinctly: where theories fail to extend naturally to include
the effects of category-changing derivational affixes, the theories themselves
fail to be natural. Numerous proposals, with increasingly subtle distinctions
have been advanced (Randall 1984, Sproat 1985, Zucchi 1989) and extensions to
many other languages. In each instance, the proposal veers either toward an
exceptional treatment of nominalizations, or toward an abstraction that makes
nominalizations seem just like sentences. The former solution seems conceptually
inadequate while the latter solutions usually fail to capture many of the
facts.'' Roeper (2005, p.125)
Also, Chomsky's Remarks on Nominalizations threw attention on the division of
labor between syntax and the lexicon, an especially fruitful debate that is
still going on.
While everybody agrees that nominalizations stand in the centre of linguistics,
the same can be said about QP and D. The building blocks of QPs (NP, DP, Q-det,
D) relate in obvious ways to fundamental issues such as definiteness and
indefiniteness, kind reference, number marking, partitivity, and presuppositions
In this workshop, we want to address recent developments in the area of QPs,
nominalizations, and the linking element D. We want to invite discussions among
the various paradigms paving the way towards a more comprehensive understanding
of how quantification and nominalizations are encoded in the grammar. We believe
that cross-paradigm and cross-linguistic cooperation in this field of research
is especially important, and one of the aims of the workshop is to bring people
together and to foster cooperation in this way.
Alexiadou, Artemis. 2001. Functional Structure in Nominals. Nominalization and
ergativity. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Chierchia, Gennaro. 1998. Reference to kinds across languages. Natural Language
Chomsky, Noam. 1970. Remarks on nominalization. Readings in English
Transformational Grammar, ed. by Roderick A. Jacobs and Peter S. Rosenbaum,
184-221. Waltham MA: Ginn & Company.
Giannakidou, Anastasia. 2004. Domain restriction and the arguments of
quantificational determiners. Paper presented at SALT 14.
Hazout, Ilan. 1995. Action nominalizations and the lexicalist hypothesis.
Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 13.355-404.
Lees, Robert B. 1960. The grammar of English nominalizations. The Hague: Mouton
Matthewson, Lisa. 2001. Quantification and the nature of crosslinguistic
variation. Natural Language Semantics, 9.145-89.
Milsark, G. 1977. Toward an Explanation of Certain Peculiarities of the
Existential Construction In English. Linguistic Analysis, 3.1-29.
Rathert, Monika. 2005. Nominalisierungen: Sprachgeschichte und Morphosyntax.
Habilitationsschrift. Ms, Universität Saarbrücken.
Roeper, Thomas. 2005. Chomsky's Remarks and the transformationalist hypothesis.
The Handbook of English Word Formation, ed. by Pavol Stekauer and Rochelle
Lieber, 125-46. Dordrecht: Kluwer.
Siloni, Tal. 1997. Noun phrases and nominalizations: the syntax of DPs.
Deadline for abstract submission for posters: 1 October 2005
Notification of acceptance for posters: 31 October 2005
Program: 5 November 2005
For a detailed motivation, see this page:
Message 2: 37th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
From: Doris Payne <dlpayneuoregon.edu>
Subject: 37th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
Full Title: 37th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
Short Title: ACAL
Date: 06-Apr-2006 - 09-Apr-2006
Location: Eugene, Oregon, United States of America
Contact Person: Doris Payne
Meeting Email: acal2006uoregon.edu
Web Site: http://www.uoregon.edu/~acal2006/
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Historical
Call Deadline: 07-Dec-2005
Annual conference on all aspects of African linguistics. Some thematic sessions
will be included.
This year's theme is ''Linguistic Areas in Africa'', though abstracts for papers
on all areas of African linguistics are welcome.
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