LINGUIST List 16.779

Tue Mar 15 2005

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        1.    Ora Matushansky, Workshop On Adjectives/Journee d'etudes sur les adjectifs
        2.    Simon Musgrave, Noun Phrase Structures: Functional Elements and Reference Tracking

Message 1: Workshop On Adjectives/Journee d'etudes sur les adjectifs

Date: 14-Mar-2005
From: Ora Matushansky <>
Subject: Workshop On Adjectives/Journee d'etudes sur les adjectifs

Full Title: Workshop On Adjectives/Journee d'etudes sur les adjectifs

Date: 28-Sep-2005 - 28-Sep-2005
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Ora Matushansky
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2005

Meeting Description:

Journée d'études sur l'analyse formelle d'adjectifs/Workshop on the formal
analysis of adjectives

Workshop on the formal analysis of adjectives/Journee d'etudes sur l'analyse
formelle d'adjectifs

organized by UMR 7023 and Universite Paris 8

September 28, 2005, Paris, France
(immediately preceeding CSSP 05)

Invited speakers
Hagit Borer (USC)
Denis Bouchard (UQAM)
Jenny Doetjes (Leiden Center for Linguistics & Utrecht Institute of Linguistics
Chris Kennedy (Northwestern)

Submission deadline: April 30, 2005

We invite submissions for 20-minute presentations (plus 10-minute discussions)
on any topic having to do with the formal treatment of adjectives. Abstracts
should be at most 2 pages in length (including examples and references) written
in French or English. The same person may submit at most one abstract as a sole
author and one as a co-author.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
-- the syntax of the adjectival phrase
-- attributive and predicative adjectives
-- adjective ordering inside the DP
-- comparatives, superlatives and other scalarity-related issues
-- semantic, syntactic and morphological sub-classes of adjectives
-- adjectival typology
-- adjectival argument structure
-- concord and other types of adjectival morphology

Abstracts should be sent by email. You should send your abstract anonymously, in
ASCII, RTF, Postscript or PDF format to
Please write the (first) author's name plus the word 'abstract' in the subject
line of your message (e.g., 'Dupont abstract'), and include author name(s),
affiliation, contact information and the title of the abstract in the body of
the email. The name of the attached file should be abstract.EXT, where EXT
stands for the relevant extension.

Organizing committee:
Patricia Cabredo-Hofherr
Ora Matushansky
Lea Nash

Workshop homepage:

CSSP homepage:


Journee d'etudes sur l'analyse formelle d'adjectifs
organisée par l'UMR 7023 et l'Universite Paris 8

28 septembre 2005, Paris, France
(immédiatement avant CSSP 05)

Conférenciers invités:
Hagit Borer (USC)
Denis Bouchard (UQAM)
Jenny Doetjes (Leiden Center for Linguistics & Utrecht Institute of Linguistics
Chris Kennedy (Northwestern)

Date limite de soumission: 30 avril 2005

Nous invitons toutes les personnes intéressées à soumettre des résumés anonymes
pour une présentation de 20 minutes (plus dix minutes de discussion). Les
résumés ne doivent pas dépasser 2 pages, exemples et indications
bibliographiques inclus, en anglais ou en français. Le même auteur peut
soumettre un résumé comme seul auteur et un résumé comme co-auteur.

Les résumés sont à envoyer par courrier électronique à l'adresse au plus tard le 30 avril 2005.

Envoyez votre résumé anonyme en pièce jointe (au format texte, RTF, Postscript
ou PDF), et indiquez le nom du premier auteur suivi du mot 'abstract' (e.g.,
'Dupont abstract') dans la rubrique 'objet'. Veuillez noter dans le corps du
message les coordonnées de(s) auteur(s) (nom, affiliation, adresse) et le titre
du résumé. Le nom du fichier doit être abstract.EXT, où EXT correspond à
l'extension du ficher (PDF, DOC, etc.).

Les thèmes possibles incluent mais ne sont pas limités à des questions suivantes:
-- la syntaxe du syntagme adjectival
-- les adjectifs épithètes et prédicatifs
-- l'ordre d'adjectifs à l'intérieur du DP
-- les comparatifs, les superlatifs et d'autres questions liées à la scalarité
-- les sous-classes sémantiques, syntaxiques et morphologiques d'adjectifs
-- la typologie adjectivale
-- la structure argumentale des adjectifs
-- l'accord et d'autres types de la morphologie adjectivale

Comité d'organisation:
Patricia Cabredo Hofherr
Ora Matushansky
Lea Nash

La page web de la journée:

La page web du CSSP:

Message 2: Noun Phrase Structures: Functional Elements and Reference Tracking

Date: 14-Mar-2005
From: Simon Musgrave <>
Subject: Noun Phrase Structures: Functional Elements and Reference Tracking

Full Title: Noun Phrase Structures: Functional Elements and Reference Tracking

Date: 17-Jan-2006 - 20-Jan-2006
Location: Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines
Contact Person: Simon Musgrave
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Austronesian

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2005

Meeting Description:

Noun Phrase Structures: Functional Elements and Reference Tracking

10-ICAL - January 2006

Call for papers

Simon Musgrave (Monash University)
Michael Ewing (University of Melbourne)
(Both members of the project Endangered Maluku Languages: East Indonesia and the
Dutch Disapora)

Invited Speakers:
Nikolaus Himmelmann
Susanna Cumming & Edmundo Luna
Diane Massam

Many languages have closed-class or functional elements which occur in noun
phrases, often referred to as articles or determiners. It is widely accepted
that some type of functional element associated with nouns can be reconstructed
for Proto-Austronesian (Ross 2002). Synchronically, functional elements in NP
are present in some branches of Austronesian (Formosan and Philippine languages,
many Oceanic languages [Lynch, Ross and Crowley 2002]) but not in others (Malay
and other languages of the western archipelago). It is not clear what is the
best term to describe any of these functional elements, and there is a range of
terminology in the literature. To take only languages of the Formosan-Philippine
type as an example, some scholars refer to the pre-nominal functional elements
as articles (Blake 1925 [Tagalog]), some refer to them as particles (Bloomfield
1917 [Tagalog], some call them case markers (Donohue 1999 [Tukang Besi], Foley
to appear [Tagalog]), some call these elements construction markers (e.g. Early
and Whitehorn 2003 [Paiwan]). Other terms have been applied also, as documented
by the survey of Reid (2002). In this case, it is a well-known fact that these
elements alone do not specify definiteness, but definite interpretations arise
as an interaction between the nominal markers and verbal morphology (Adams and
Manaster-Ramer 1988). In another case, in many Central Malayo-Polynesian
languages of Maluku, nouns are typically marked with a suffix (Collins 1983),
but again it is not clear whether such elements denote referential properties of
the noun (phrase).

Such observations suggest a series of questions at various levels of analysis:

Semantically, what sort of information is given by functional elements in NPs in
Austronesian languages? Do they code definiteness or specificity or some other
referential property? When do they code clause level information, that is, when
can they be interpreted as case markers?

Syntactically, is there any justification for analyzing functional elements in
NP in Austronesian languages as the heads of the phrases in which they occur?
Following the tradition that flows from Abney (1987), should the category DP be
used in the analysis of Austronesian languages? If there is justification for
such an analysis, what is the status of the languages which seem to lack
functional elements in nominal phrases?

Functionally, are there important difference between the languages with
functional elements in NP and those without in the way in which referent
tracking is handled? Is the information coded by functional elements useful for
identifying participants? How do languages without functional elements do this work?

We invite the submission of abstracts dealing with these issues. Abstracts
should be 100-550 words and should be sent by 30 June 2005 to or
by mail to:

10-ICAL Abstracts
c/o LSP Secretariat
De La Salle University
2401 Taft Avenue
1004 Manila

Presentations will be twenty minutes with ten minutes for discussion.

Enquiries can be addressed to Simon Musgrave (
or Michael Ewing (

ICAL website:
Endangered Moluccan Languages Project website:

Abney, Stephen P. 1987.The English Noun Phrase in its Sentential Aspect. PhD
Dissertation, MIT.
Adams, Karen and Alexis Manaster-Ramer. 1988. Some questions of Topic/Focus
choice in Tagalog. Oceanic Linguistics 27:78-101
Blake, Frank R. 1925. A Grammar of the Tagalog Language New Haven: American
Oriental Society (American Oriental Series, vol. 1)
Bloomfield, Leonard (1917) Tagalog Texts with Grammatical Analysis Urbana: The
University of Illinois (University of Illinois Studies in Language and
Literature Vol. III, part 2-4)
Collins, James T 1983. The historical relationships of the languages of Central
Maluku, Indonesia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics (D-47) Donohue, Mark 1999 A
Grammar of Tukang Besi Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter
Early, Robert and John Whitehorn 2003. One Hundred Paiwan Texts Canberra:
Pacific Linguistics (PL-542)
Foley, William A. to appear. The place of Philippine languages in a typology of
voice systems. In Peter K. Austin and Simon Musgrave (eds) Voice and Grammatical
Relations in Austronesian Languages CSLI Press Lynch, John, Malcolm Ross and
Terry Crowley. 2002. The Oceanic Languages Richmond, Surrey: Curzon
Reid, Lawrence A. 2002. Determiners, nouns or what? Problems in the analysis of
some commonly occurring forms in Philippine languages. Oceanic Linguistics
Ross, Malcolm D. 2002. History and transitivity of Western Austronesian voice.
In Fay Wouk and Malcolm Ross (eds) The History and Typology of Western
Austronesian Voice Systems pp17-62. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics (PL-518)

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