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LINGUIST List 16.3277

Mon Nov 14 2005

Calls: Syntax/Netherlands;General Ling/UK

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        1.    Marika Lekakou, Syntactic Doubling in European Dialects
        2.    Lucy Brookes-Howell, Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics

Message 1: Syntactic Doubling in European Dialects
Date: 14-Nov-2005
From: Marika Lekakou <marika.lekakoumeertens.knaw.nl>
Subject: Syntactic Doubling in European Dialects

Full Title: Syntactic Doubling in European Dialects

Date: 16-Mar-2006 - 18-Mar-2006
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact Person: Sjef Barbiers
Meeting Email: edisynmeertens.knaw.nl

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Syntax

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2005

Meeting Description:

At the launch of the ESF funded research programme European Dialect Syntax
(Edisyn), the Meertens Institute is happy to announce a workshop on syntactic
doubling phenomena in European dialects. The Edisyn research programme and the
workshop aim at achieving two goals. One is to establish a European network of
(dialect) syntacticians that use similar standards with respect to methodology
of data collection, data storage and annotation, data retrieval and cartography.
The second goal is to use this network to compile an extensive list of so-called
doubling phenomena from European languages/dialects and to study them as a
coherent object. Cross-linguistic comparison of doubling phenomena will enable
us to test or formulate new hypotheses about natural language and language

Second call for papers

Ernestina Carrilho (University of Lisbon)
Karen Corrigan (University of Newcastle)
Jeroen van Craenenbroeck (Catholic University Brussels)
Elvira Glaser (University of Zurich)
Anders Holmberg (University of Newcastle)
Marjo van Koppen (Utrecht University)
Bernd Kortmann (University of Freiburg)
Rita Manzini (University of Florence)
Cecilia Poletto (University of Venice)
Angela Ralli (University of Athens)
Gemma Rigau (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Patrick Sauzet (University of Toulouse)
Øystein Vangsnes (University of Tromsø)

Recent research on Dutch dialects (SAND project) has revealed a wealth of
doubling phenomena that do not appear in the standard language. See for instance
the cases in (1) - (7) below.

(1) Subject pronoun doubling and subject agreement doubling:
Ze peiz-n da-n ze ziender rijker zij-n.
they think-3PL that-3PL they they richer are-3PL
'They think that they are richer.'

(2) Wh-word doubling:
Wel denkst wel ik in de stad ontmoet heb.
who think-2PL who I in the city met have
'Who do you think I met in the city?'

(3) Participial morphology doubling:
Zol hee dat edane hemmn e kund.
would he that done-PART have could-PART
'Could he have done that?'

(4) Auxiliary doubling:
K-em da gezegd gehad.
I-have that said-PART had-PART
'I have said that.'

(5) Verb doubling:
Doe het brood eve snije.
do the bread particle cut
'Please cut the bread.'

(6) Negative concord:
't en danst-ij niemand nie.
it neg dances-it nobody not
'Nobody is dancing.'

(7) Indefinite determiner doubling:
Zoo-n ding een ha ik ze leve nie gezie.
such-a thing one have I his life never seen
'I have never seen such a thing.'

Since most of these phenomena primarily occur in non-standard varieties, their
existence, as well as their importance, has gone largely unnoticed in the
linguistic literature. Doubling structures are interesting from a theoretical
perspective, as they contain a semantically superfluous element. This provides
an opportunity to study pure syntax and we can expect answers in at least two areas:

1. Doubling can give us important clues about the structure of language. If
indeed doubling constructions contain elements that make no semantic
contribution, then the question is raised of why language would make use of such
redundancy. One could perhaps argue that doubling is a meaningful tool, used to
facilitate communication or put focus on some constituent within the clause. At
this point, it is unclear to what extent these explanations are valid. They at
least do not shed instant light on another general issue: the doubling phenomena
illustrated above occur far more pervasively in the Dutch dialects than in the
standard variety. Any theory on variation should be able to deal with such
qualitative and quantitative differences. More data are required in order to
ascertain whether and where such differences are attested. It is an open
question whether some level of unification of doubling phenomena can be established.

The general questions raised above easily lead to precise ones, as soon as a
particular framework is adopted. Within a generative approach, for instance,
doubling phenomena have significant consequences for the way we look at
syntactic dependencies. A relevant question is whether doubling involves the
spell-out of intermediate copies of a movement chain or reveals the existence of
generalized spec-head configurations. Hence, the proposed research enables us to
test central hypotheses about syntactic theories and formulate new ones.
Different frameworks may well provide different parts of the puzzle.

2. Research on doubling phenomena is likely to contribute to our understanding
of syntactic variation. It helps us to define what is known as micro-variation,
i.e. the variation between closely related languages. It has for instance been
suggested that doubling structures are underlyingly identical to their
non-doubling counterparts, and that the only difference is that more is spelled
out. If so, doubling is basically a phonological procedure. This reasoning may
well extend to other dialectal phenomena. One is word order in Germanic verb
clusters, where one could claim that dialects/languages do not differ in the
underlying syntactic structure of the cluster, but only in the way they spell
out the order of the verbs. In order to formulate hypotheses of this kind we
need to know how extensive the doubling phenomenon is and what the boundaries
are. Are there any limitations as to what kind of categories doubling can
target? If so, how do we explain these limitations? These answers will
eventually not only contribute towards the characterization of micro-variation
but will in turn have implications on how we look at meso-variation (e.g. OV vs.
VO order) and macro-variation (e.g. polysynthetic vs. non-polysynthetic languages).

We invite contributions that (a) enrich the inventory of doubling phenonema from
European dialects and/or (b) address any of the aforementioned questions or
related issues. Scholars who are planning to set up a dialect syntax project in
one of the European countries are particularly encouraged to submit. We offer
partial reimbursement.

Submissions are limited to 1 singly authored and 1 jointly authored abstract per
author. Abstracts should be anonymous and not exceed 2 pages including figures,
examples and references, with 1-inch margins and in fonts no smaller than
12-point. Please send your abstract as an attachment by e-mail to
edisynmeertens.knaw.nl. Acceptable formats for attachments are MS Word and PDF.
The following information should be included in the body of the message: name of
author(s), affiliation, title of the paper, postal address, e-mail address.

Presentations are allotted 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. We plan to
publish a volume or special journal edition including selected papers presented
during the workshop.



Sjef Barbiers
Hans Bennis
Margreet van der Ham
Olaf Koeneman
Marika Lekakou
Message 2: Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics
Date: 14-Nov-2005
From: Lucy Brookes-Howell <HowellLCcardiff.ac.uk>
Subject: Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics

Full Title: Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics
Short Title: COMET

Date: 29-Jun-2006 - 01-Jul-2006
Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Lucy Brookes-Howell
Meeting Email: cometcardiff.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap/hcrc/comet2006

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 02-Dec-2005

Meeting Description:

The 4th International interdisciplinary conference on COMMUNICATION, MEDICINE
AND ETHICS (COMET) will be held in Cardiff (UK) from 29 June - 1 July 2006.

The Conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and administrators
from different disciplines concerned with issues of Communication and Ethics in
the fields of healthcare and the human and social sciences.

Plenary speakers will include:
Nicky Britten, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter (UK)
Daniel Callahan, The Hastings Center (USA)
Anssi Perakyla, University of Helsinki (Finland)

We would like to invite abstracts and proposals of no more than 250 words to be
submitted online by 2nd December 2005. The online submission form can be found
at http://www.cf.ac.uk/encap/hcrc/comet2006/submission.shtml We expect to
provide notification of acceptance or otherwise by mid January 2006.

The Conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and administrators
from different disciplines concerned with issues of Communication and Ethics in
the fields of healthcare and the human and social sciences.

Plenary speakers will include:

Nicky Britten, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter (UK)
Daniel Callahan, The Hastings Center (USA)
Anssi Perakyla, University of Helsinki (Finland)

Invited colloquia will include:

Ellen Barton, Wayne State University (USA)
'Communication in end-of-life consultations'
Christopher N. Candlin, Macquarie University (Australia)
'Healthcare interaction and assessment'

Also featuring the Cardiff Lecture, to be delivered by:
Peter Harper, Institute of Medical Genetics, Cardiff University (UK)

Please visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap/hcrc/comet2006 for further details. If you
would like to be added to the distribution list to receive updates
automatically, please email cometcardiff.ac.uk

The Conference is hosted by the Health Communication Research Centre, Cardiff

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