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LINGUIST List 17.167

Wed Jan 18 2006

Calls: Syntax/Romania;General Ling/Canada

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        1.    Virginia Hill, Interface Legibility at the Edge
        2.    Zita McRobbie, 15th Conference of the Finno-Ugric Studies Association of Canada

Message 1: Interface Legibility at the Edge
Date: 18-Jan-2006
From: Virginia Hill <motaunbsj.ca>
Subject: Interface Legibility at the Edge

Full Title: Interface Legibility at the Edge

Date: 25-Jun-2026 - 27-Jun-2026
Location: University of Bucharest, Romania
Contact Person: Virginia Hill
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Call Deadline: 07-Mar-2026

Meeting Description:

The purpose of this conference is to discuss current issues on the syntax/semantic/pragmatic interface(s) such as observed at the left periphery of CPs. The questions addressed include, but are not restricted to, the following:

-What are the grammatical properties of the edges (Chomsky 2000, 2001, 2005) of the highest CP borders (e.g., Rizzi 1997, 2001, 2004) that make them legible at the interface with discourse? What are the contributions of the edges in the domains of tense and aspect with respect to the grammatical representation of discourse and temporal dependencies (e.g., Smith 2004, Higginbotham 1995, 2004, Nunes and Thompson. 1995, Stowell 1998, 2004)?

-If other sorts of phases also have higher borders including vP, PP, and DP (e.g., Adger 2003, Den Dikken 2003, Torego 2002, Uriagereka 2003), is the role of the edges of these domains parallel to the role of the edges of the highest CP borders, and what is their specific contribution to legibility in the domain of discourse (e.g., Declerck and Reed 2001, Edgington 2003, Haegeman 2001, Speas & Tenny 2003)?

-If discourse is reduced to additive conjunction of sentences (chunks), as summed in certain semantic theories, such as Dynamic Theories of Meaning and Discourse Representation Theory (e.g., Kemp 1982, Kemp and Reyle 1993, Chierchia 1995, Groenendijk and Stokhof 1990, Poesio and Zucchi 1992), to what extent do the edges of higher borders of phases determine the syntax/semantic and or semantic/pragmatic connection?

-If variation is external to the grammar, and the properties of the edge of a phase are determinant in parameterization (e.g., Kayne 2005), to what extent do the syntax/semantic/pragmatic interface(s) trigger parametric resettings (e.g., Roussou and Roberts 2003)?

Abstracts are invited for 30 minute slots (20 minutes presentation, followed by a 10 minute discussion). Abstracts should be in .pdf format, a maximum of two pages long, in a font not smaller than 12 pt, with 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins on all sides. E-mail your abstract to motaunbsj.ca no latter than March 7, 2006. Notification of acceptance will be sent on April 3.

Invited Speakers:
James Higginbotham, USC College
Ian Roberts, Cambridge University
Margaret Speas, UMASS
Tim Stowell, UCLAOrganizers:
Anna Maria Di Sciullo (UQAM): di_sciullo.anne-marieuqam.ca
Virginia Hill (UNBSJ): motaunbsj.ca

Organizing committee at UNBSJ:
Dorina Ceapa
Jacqui Clydesdale
Allison MacKinnon

-Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Interface Asymmetries (Di Sciullo)
-SSHRCC Standard Research project on Merge and Move across the Border (Hill)
-Department of English-University of Bucharest

Message 2: 15th Conference of the Finno-Ugric Studies Association of Canada
Date: 17-Jan-2006
From: Zita McRobbie <mcrobbiesfu.ca>
Subject: 15th Conference of the Finno-Ugric Studies Association of Canada

Full Title: 15th Conference of the Finno-Ugric Studies Association of Canada

Date: 29-May-2006 - 30-May-2006
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact Person: Zita McRobbie
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://vpacademic.yorku.ca/fusac/general_info.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2006

Meeting Description:

The Fifteenth Conference of the Finno-Ugric Studies Association of Canada will be held on May 29-30, 2006, at York University in Toronto, Canada, in conjunction with the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Papers are welcome in all areas of Finno-Ugric research, such as anthropology, archaeology, folklore, history, linguistics, literature, music, paleo-archeology, etc.

Announcements with regard to the conference will be posted at

Second Call for Papers:

Abstracts should be sent by February 15th, 2006

to the Conference Organizing Committee at the following address (electronic submissions
are encouraged):

Zita McRobbie-Utasi, Chair
Conference Organizing Committee, FUSAC
Department of Linguistics
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6. CANADA.

e-mail: mcrobbiesfu.ca
Fax: (604) 291-5659

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