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LINGUIST List 19.2943

Sun Sep 28 2008

Confs: Linguistic Theories, Semantics, Syntax, Typology/Netherlands

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        1.    Umberto Ansaldo, Functional Projections in Analytic Languages

Message 1: Functional Projections in Analytic Languages
Date: 24-Sep-2008
From: Umberto Ansaldo <uansaldogmail.com>
Subject: Functional Projections in Analytic Languages
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Functional Projections in Analytic Languages

Date: 31-Oct-2008 - 01-Nov-2008
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Contact: Rint Sybesma
Contact Email: R.P.E.Sybesmahum.leidenuniv.nl
Meeting URL: http://www.lisacheng.nl/NWO_funded_project.htm#functional

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Semantics;
Syntax; Typology

Meeting Description:

The meeting signifies the official start of the project 'Functional Projections
in Analytic Languages', aimed at the investigation of functional categories in
analytic languages, specifically Sinitic and Kwa. Topics addressed include (a)
the notion of language type, (b) the nature and distribution of functional
categories, and (c) parallels and differences in verbal and nominal domains.

Languages differ with respect to which functional categories they overtly
realize. Whereas some overtly realize case, others overtly realize the
initiation node in the verb phrase (also known as ''little v''). The project
'Functional Projections in Analytic Languages', funded by the NWO and carried
out in cooperation between Leiden and Amsterdam, aims at investigating which
functional categories are overtly realized in so-called ''analytic'' languages
in order to find out whether they form a natural class. In particular, we focus
on two language groups, which are both supposedly analytic, but which are
geographically and genetically wide apart from one another: Sinitic (or Chinese/
East Asia) and Kwa (West Africa).

The organizers would like to announce the kick-off conference, to be held in
Leiden (in the Lipsius building) from Friday, 31st October to Saturday 1st of
November, 2008. The conference is organized around eight invited talks on the
following topics:
i. Language types
ii. The nature of functional categories
iii. The distribution of functional categories
iv. The question whether the verbal and nominal domains are as parallel in
structure as is often assumed.

The invited speakers include: Oluseye Adesola, Artemis Alexiadou, Felix Ameka,
Walter Bisang, James Essegbey, Victor Manfredi, James Huang, Pieter Musyken.

In addition, presentations by the organizers as well as discussion sessions have
been planned. We invite all interested parties to come and participate in this
conference; if you are planning to attend, please let us know at:
R.P.E.Sybesmahum.leidenuniv.nl. Attendance is free.

The organizers

Rint Sybesma (Leiden)
Lisa Cheng (Leiden)
Enoch Aboh (Amsterdam)
Umberto Ansaldo (Amsterdam)
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