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Sun Aug 21 2005

Confs: Linguistic Theories/Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

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Message 1: The Structure of Parametric Variation
Date: 19-Aug-2005
From: Chris Johns <c.s.r.johnsdur.ac.uk>
Subject: The Structure of Parametric Variation


Date: 05-Sep-2005 - 07-Sep-2005
Location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
Contact: Michelle Sheehan
Contact Email: parametricncl.ac.uk
Meeting URL: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/parametric

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Meeting Description:

Over the past twenty-five years, the notion of parameter of Universal Grammar
has been the central element in accounting for the observed variation and
predicting the possible variation among grammatical systems. The aim of the
conference, which is funded by the AHRC through the project 'Null Subjects and
the Structure of Parametric Theory' (AR14458), is to bring together researchers
working on the nature of parametric variation.

Sunday, 4th September
18.00-21.00 Drinks Reception

Monday 5th September, Percy Building
10.00-11.00 Invited Speaker: Giuseppe Longobardi (Trieste) On the Form and
Functioning of Mapping Parameters

11.15-12.00 Marcello Modesto (São Paulo) The null subject parameter is not the
only parameter for null subjects

12.00-12.45 Marco Nicolis (Siena) On some classical correlations: pro drop, free
inversion, that-t effects

14.00-14.45 Marika Lekakou (UCL) Middles across languages: the parameter of
imperfective aspect

14.45-15.30 Jacqueline Van Kampen & Arnold Evers (Utrecht) A single value filter
on parameter setting

16.00-16.45 Maia Duguine (Ehu-U, Basque Country/Hitt) Deletion, agreement and
focus. How to account for null arguments in Basque

16.45-17.30 Ad Neeleman (UCL) & Kriszta Szendroi (Utrecht) Radical pro-drop and
the morphology of pronouns

17.45-18.45 Invited speaker: Martin Haspelmath (MPI for Evolutionary
Anthropology, Leipzig) The World Atlas of Language Structures as a tool for
comparative linguists

Tuesday 6th September
10.00-11.00 Invited Speaker: Richie Kayne (NYU) Title TBC

11.15-12.00 Gianollo, Guardiano & Longobardi (Trieste) Is a 'history and
geography of human syntax' meaningful?

12.00-12.45 Phoevos Panagiotidis (Cyprus College) Diachronically persistent
configurations as macro-parametric choices

14.00-14.45 Hedde Zeijlstra (Tuebingen) Deriving parameters: on the syntactic
flexibility of functional categories

14.45-15.30 Martine Coene (Uia-Antwerp) & Larisa Avram (Bucharest) Can children
tell us anything we did not know about parameter clustering ?

16.00-16.45 Geoff Horrocks (Cambridge) & Melita Stavrou (Thessaloniki)
Parametric variation in the lexicalization of semantic properties: the role of
grammatical aspect in shifting a verb's basic aktionsart.

16.45-17.30 Gerardo Fernández-Salgueiro (Michigan, Ann Arbor) Further-raising: a
new property clustering around the null-subject parameter?

19.30 Conference dinner at Assembly Rooms

Wednesday 7th September, Percy Building
9.00-10.00 Invited Speaker: Mark Baker (Rutgers) A Macroparameter Meets
Mapudungun: Splintering or Confirmation?

10.00-10.45 Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Institute) Word-order alternations in
three-verb clusters as non-parametric variation

11.15-12.00David Adger (Queen Mary, London) Variation without parameters

12.00-12.45 Gillian Ramchand & Peter Svenonius (Tromsö) Mapping a parochial
lexicon onto a universal semantics

14.00-16.30 Round table discussion, chaired by Anders Holmberg (Newcastle) and
Ian Roberts (Cambridge)


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