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LINGUIST List 18.2308

Thu Aug 02 2007

Calls: Syntax/Germany; General Ling/USA

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        1.    Gereon Mueller, Local Modeling of Non-Local Dependencies in Syntax
        2.    Mircea Sauciuc, Mid America Linguistics Conference


Message 1: Local Modeling of Non-Local Dependencies in Syntax
Date: 02-Aug-2007
From: Gereon Mueller <gereon.muelleruni-leipzig.de>
Subject: Local Modeling of Non-Local Dependencies in Syntax
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Full Title: Local Modeling of Non-Local Dependencies in Syntax

Date: 27-Feb-2008 - 29-Feb-2008
Location: Universitaet Bamberg, Germany
Contact Person: Tibor Kiss
Meeting Email: tiborlinguistics.rub.de
Web Site: http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~muellerg/lmnlds.html

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2007

Meeting Description

This workshop is part of the 30th meeting of the German Linguistic Society
(DGfS), Bamberg 2008.

Against a background of growing convergence among syntactic theories, the goals
of the workshop are: 1) to bring together researchers working on the local
modeling of non-local dependencies from different theoretical points of view; 2)
to discuss advantages and disadvantages of local treatments of non-local
dependencies; and 3) to compare different theoretical approaches.

Local Modeling of Non-Local Dependencies in Syntax

Workshop, 30th meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS)

February 27-29, 2008
Universität Bamberg

Non-Local Dependencies
Syntactic dependencies may be non-local in the sense that they involve two
positions in a phrase structure whose correspondence cannot be captured by
invoking notions like ''clause-mate relation'' or (non-extended)
''predicate/argument structure''. A classic example that instantiates such a
non-local relation is the existence of long-distance movement dependencies in
natural languages (e.g., wh-movement, topicalization, etc.), where the displaced
item and its base position can in principle be separated by arbitrarily many
intervening clause boundaries. However, there are many other syntactic
dependencies that can also be non-local in this sense. For instance,
reflexivization is often confined to minimal predicate/argument structures, but
it may also apply non-locally in certain contexts, in certain languages (without
necessarily being amenable to an account in terms of logophoricity). Control of
the subject of an infinitive by an argument belonging to a matrix clause also
emerges as a non-local operation, at least in some analyses. Furthermore, many
languages (among them, e.g., Tsez, Itelmen, and Hindi, but also, strictly
speaking, Icelandic) exhibit instances of non-local agreement. Case assignment,
too, may in principle be non-local (i.e., it is not necessarily confined to
minimal predicate/argument structures); and tense relations between clauses are
non-local almost by definition. Finally, a particularly clear example of a
non-local dependency is the binding of pronouns that are interpreted as variables.

Local Modelling
By postulating successive cyclicity in the case of displacement phenomena (i.e.,
Comp-to-Comp movement), a non-local dependency was (to some extent) modeled as a
local phenomenon in classic transformational grammar. Subsequently, an even more
local treatment of movement dependencies was developed by Gerald Gazdar in the
framework of GPSG, by adopting Slash features that are passed on in minimal
subtrees; essentially, this kind of approach is still maintained in HPSG
analyses. Interestingly, recent analyses within the Minimalist Program
(including some of Chomsky's own work) converge with Slash feature percolation
approaches in that they assume that displacement phenomena involve minimal local
movement steps - not only to the edge of each phase (i.e., clause or predicate
phrase), but actually to the edge of each XP (see Jan Koster's recent work on
gap phrases). In the same vein, it has recently been proposed that
reflexivization should be modeled in a strictly local way (by invoking feature
percolation or extremely local movement steps) - both within HPSG analyses and
Minimalist analyses. Analogous considerations apply in the case of the other
non-local dependencies mentioned above.

Goals of the Workshop
Against the background of growing convergence among syntactic theories, the
goals of the workshop are: 1) to bring together researchers working on the local
modeling of non-local dependencies from different theoretical points of view; 2)
to discuss advantages and disadvantages of local treatments of non-local
dependencies; and 3) to compare different theoretical approaches. As far as this
last point is concerned, we believe that it may turn out that local analyses of
non-local phenomena developed in different kinds of syntactic theories (and
spanning the generative/declarative dichotomy) can be shown to not only share
identical research questions, but also, to a large extent, identical research
strategies. Needless to say, these considerations may apply not only to HPSG and
the Minimalist Program, but also to syntactic theories in which local approaches
to non-local dependencies are either an important building block per se (e.g.,
LFG, categorial grammar, in some sense also TAG), or in which local analyses
have recently come to the fore as viable alternatives to standard, non-local
approaches (e.g., optimality theory). Recurring questions arising in this
general area of research include the following: How can asymmetries between
different kinds of (basically non-local) dependencies be accounted for (e.g.,
displacement may often be non-local to a higher degree than reflexivization)?
And how can asymmetries between different languages with respect to the same
kinds of (basically non-local) dependencies be accounted for?

Organizers
Artemis Alexiadou (Universität Stuttgart)
Tibor Kiss (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Gereon Müller (Universität Leipzig)

Abstract submission
Email to: tiborlinguistics.rub.de (Tibor Kiss)
Abstracts should be anonymous, no more than two pages, in pdf format. 12pt, wide
margins on all sides, for 20 minute talks (30 minute slots). Name, affiliation,
and title of the abstract should be included in the body of the email.

Extended Deadline for abstract submission: August 15, 2007
(Notification of acceptance: September 1, 2007)
Message 2: Mid America Linguistics Conference
Date: 01-Aug-2007
From: Mircea Sauciuc <mcsku.edu>
Subject: Mid America Linguistics Conference
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Full Title: Mid America Linguistics Conference
Short Title: MALC

Date: 26-Oct-2007 - 28-Oct-2007
Location: Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Contact Person: Sara Rosen
Meeting Email: rosenku.edu
Web Site: http://www.linguistics.ku.edu

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 22-Aug-2007

Meeting Description:

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Kansas is pleased to announce
that it will be hosting the 2007 Mid-America Linguistics Conference (MALC). The
conference will take place on October 26-28 2007 at the University of Kansas
campus in Lawrence.

We invite abstracts in all areas of linguistics, including (but not restricted
to) phonology, phonetics, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics,
sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, and psycholinguistics. Interdisciplinary
papers are more then welcome. This year's meeting will feature special interest
sessions on Psycho/Neurolinguistics, Endangered Languages, and/or African
Languages. Each presentation will be allowed 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for
discussion. You may also submit to the poster session.

Full Title: Mid-America Linguistics Conference

Short Title: MALC

Location: Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Conference Dates: 26-Oct-2007 - 28-Oct-2007
Contact: Sara Rosen (rosenku.edu)
Meeting email: malcku.edu
Meeting URL: http://www2.ku.edu/~ling/malc_conference.shtml
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Call Deadline: 22-Aug-2007

The Linguistics Department at the University of Kansas will host the 2007
Mid-America Linguistics Conference (MALC). The conference will be held over the
weekend of October 26-28, 2007 at the Lawrence campus. We are especially pleased
to be hosting MALC this year, as it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the
Linguistics Department at the University of Kansas.

The invited speaker will be David Poeppel of the University of Maryland.

We invite abstracts in all areas of linguistics, including (but not restricted
to) phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics,
L1/L2 acquisition, neurolinguistics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics,
and pragmatics. In addition to the main session, there will be special interest
sessions on neurolinguistics and less commonly studied languages. The
neurolinguistics session will present current research in the field of
neurolinguistics, bringing together researchers and inviting presentations
spanning the state-of-the-art in research on human language from a cognitive
neuroscience perspective. The less commonly studied languages session will bring
attention to a wide range of typologically diverse languages. KU has a long
tradition of field linguistics research and we welcome abstracts in all areas
concerning less commonly studied languages. The conference will also feature a
poster session. Oral presentations will be allowed 20 minutes plus 10 minutes
for discussion. Conference proceedings will be published electronically in the
Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics.

Abstract Submission:

Please send abstracts to: malcku.edu.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words in Word or PDF format. The subject
line of the email should read, ''MALC Abstract Attached''. The body of the email
should contain: the author's name, abstract title, affiliation, mailing address,
and email address. The author should indicate whether the abstract is for an
oral presentation (main session or special interest session) or for the poster
session. The deadline for abstract submission is August 22, 2007.





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