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LINGUIST List 18.1059

Mon Apr 09 2007

Confs: Syntax/Netherlands

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        1.    Mélanie Jouitteau, Workshop on V1 and V2

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Message 1: Workshop on V1 and V2
Date: 05-Apr-2007
From: Mélanie Jouitteau <melaniejouitteaugmail.com>
Subject: Workshop on V1 and V2

Workshop on V1 and V2

Date: 19-Apr-2007 - 20-Apr-2007
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Contact: Mélanie Jouitteau
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Meeting Description:

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researches on V2 and
V1 languages, and to investigate the second-placement phenomena
in a cross-linguistic perspective.

The workshop is to be held the 19 & 20 April 2007 in Leiden

Supporting organizations:
Leiden University Center for Linguistics and
the Linguistics department of The University of Leiden.

Invited speakers:
David Adger (U. Queen Mary)
Dirk Bury (U. Wales, Bangor)
Jan Koster (U. Groningen)- to be confirmed
Diane Massam (U. Toronto)
Alain Rouveret (CNRS)
Fred Weerman (U. Amsterdam)
Jan-Wouter Zwart (U. Groningen)
Olaf Koeneman (Meertens Inst. Amsterdam)

It is well known that V2 orders are sensitive to the presence of C
particles. In German or Dutch, the presence of a C particle leads to a
V-final order, and V2 seems to be in complementary distribution with
C particles (Den Besten 1977, Weerman 1989). However, Hallman
(2000) has recently proposed an analysis of German V2 where the
verb-final is merely a subclass of V2. Under this analysis, the
complementary distribution vanishes.

In Hebrew or Breton, also V2 languages, the presence of a C particle
leads to C-VSO orders (Borsley and Kathol 2000, Shlonsky 1997). This
C-VSO order is V2 if we count syntactic heads as the pre-tensed
element. This conclusion is independently reached for Breton, where a
verbal head can be the first element of V2 orders ('Long Head
Movement'- Borsley, Rivero &
Stephens 1996, Jouitteau 2005).

The Breton and Hebrew patterns suggest that either a head or an XP
can count as the first position for V2. Such a generalization could
drastically extend the typology of V2. Recent work has proposed
different analyses of the V2 requirement, leading to different lines of
research. Some of them even cast doubt on the very existence of V1
orders (Bury 2000, 2003, Sifaki 2000, Koster 2003, Jouitteau 2005).
This is provocative since about 10% of the languages of the world
have been described as having V1 as basic word order.

Are there V1 orders in human languages at all? What is the evidence
for V1orders in V1 languages? Are there more V1 orders in V1
languages than in so-called V2 languages? Do verb-first languages
persistently show recurrent pattern of clause initial particles
(aspectual heads, matrix C particles), or is this accidental? What is the
proper analysis of V1 languages (Carnie and Guilfoyle 2000, Carnie
and Harley 2005)? In diachrony, Celtic languages switched from V2 to
V1, whereas Arabic and Hebrew switched from V1 to V2 (or SVO). Can
the trigger for change be identified (see Willis 1998, Rouveret 1994,
Bury 2002 and Roberts 2005 for Welsh)?

What is the cross-linguistic characterization of V2? Is the theoretical
mechanism of V2 restricted to so-called V2 languages, or is it
operative in other languages as well? Is V2 any different in sign
languages? Can second-placement phenomena receive a uniform
analysis? Can the V2 rule account for second position clitics
(Wackernagel position)? Are the second placement phenomena
reducible to the EPP? Is it the result of syntax, phonology, or
morphology (Anderson 2005, Adger 2006, Meinunger 2006)? Are
there second position phenomena in DPs?

Call deadline: 08 February 2007
Notification of acceptance: 01 March 2007
Workshop: 19-20 April 2007

The V1/V2 workshop will be held in Leiden, 19-20 April, 2007

Abstracts are on the website and registration is possible on line:

Supporting organizations: Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and the Linguistics department of The University of Leiden


April 19, 2007:

8.30 - 9.00 Registration

9.00 - 10.00 Fred Weerman: First in verb second

10.00 - 11.00 Hans den Besten: Absolute POS 2nd and yet with asymmetry: the case of Khoekhoegowab

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30 David Adger: Lexical initiality in high functional domains

12.30 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 15.30 Jessica Coon: VOS as Predicate raising in Chol Mayan

15.30 - 16.30 Dirk Bury: On verb-initial orders and obligatory specifiers

16.30 - 17.00 Coffee break

17.00 - 18.00 Sjef Barbiers & Marjo van Koppen: A place for Tense in the Dutch middlefield

18.00 - 19.00 Jan-Wouter Zwart: A non-cartographic view of (second) position phenomena

April 20, 2007:

9.00 - 10.00 Alain Rouveret: VP fronting and VP ellipsis in Celtic and in Germanic: the vP phase and the role of morphology

10.00 - 11.00 Chris H. Reintges: Syntactic variation in VSO order: V1/V2 convergences in Older Egyptian

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30 Olaf Koeneman: More or less V2

12.30 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 15.30 Roland Hinterhölzl: From V1 to V2 in Older Germanic

15.30 - 16.30 Arnold Evers & Jacqueline van Kampen: A learnability perspective on Vfin-first and Vfin-second typology

16.30 - 17.00 Coffee break

17.00 - 18.00 Krzysztof Migdalski: On the relation between V2 and the second position cliticization

18.00 - 19.00 Diane Massam: Verb second, Predicate First: Word Order in Niuean

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