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LINGUIST List 18.3701

Tue Dec 11 2007

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        1.    Jules Terry, Workshop on Locating Variability: Formal Approaches


Message 1: Workshop on Locating Variability: Formal Approaches
Date: 10-Dec-2007
From: Jules Terry <terryjmunc.edu>
Subject: Workshop on Locating Variability: Formal Approaches
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Workshop on Locating Variability: Formal Approaches
Short Title: WLV

Date: 24-Apr-2008 - 26-Apr-2008
Location: Amherst, MA, USA
Contact: Kathy Adamczyk
Contact Email: kaalinguist.umass.edu

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

This workshop will bring together researchers from the US and abroad for a
discussion of the treatment of variation within current formal linguistic theory

Workshop on Locating Variability: Formal Approaches

Center for the Study of African American Language
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

April 24th -26th, 2008

Recent trends in linguistic theory have led to increased interest in the role of
features and formal grammar in language variation, its expression as dialectal
difference, and speakers' choices of forms within dialects. While it is true
that research on dialects of English has focused mainly on the impact that
social factors have on the use of linguistic constructions, variation in
dialects of languages such as Italian, German, Dutch, and Flemish have been
productively analyzed using variation models developed within theoretical
syntax. This workshop will bring together researchers from the US and abroad for
a discussion of the treatment of variation within current formal linguistic
theory. Participating researchers will address the following themes:

The status of linguistic features in grammar and their relation to the way
languages and dialects vary

Intra-speaker variability due to selection of multiple grammars or parameters

Patterns of variation in language acquisition

Speakers

David Adger
Jeffrey Parrott
Charles Yang
Sjef Barbiers
Tom Roeper
James Walker
Lisa Green
Cristina Schmitt
Tracey Weldon
Randall Hendrick
Elisabeth Selkirk
Alison Henry
William Snyder
Richard Kayne
Joe Stemberger
Andrew Nevins
J. Michael Terry
William Labov
Christina Tortora


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