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Wed Nov 26 2008

Confs: Syntax/Netherlands

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        1.    Lisa Cheng, Diagnosing Syntax


Message 1: Diagnosing Syntax
Date: 23-Nov-2008
From: Lisa Cheng <llchenghum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Diagnosing Syntax
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Diagnosing Syntax

Date: 29-Jan-2009 - 31-Jan-2009
Location: Leiden and Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact: Norbert Corver
Contact Email: Diagnosing.Syntaxlet.uu.nl
Meeting URL: http://www.abelcorver.com/DiagnosingSyntax/

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Meeting Description:

The workshop addresses the question of what are the diagnostic
signs, techniques and procedures that can be used as tools in the analysis of
natural language syntax. This will be done by focusing on five core domains:
ellipsis, agreement, anaphora, phrasal movement, and head movement.

This workshop seeks to offer the opportunity for syntacticians in different
branches of linguistics to meet and discuss the use of diagnostics in syntactic
research.

Focusing on five core domains of natural language syntax (viz. ellipsis,
agreement, anaphora, phrasal movement, and head movement) and taking a
multi-perspective on syntactic diagnostics (i.e. syntax,
syntax-semantics/morphology interface, neuro-psycholinguistics, and typology),
this workshop addresses some central issues concerning diagnosis in syntax, such as:

The identification of core diagnostic signs in each of the above domains of syntax,
The validity of a syntactic property as a diagnostic sign (i.e. is it a true
syntactic sign or rather a syntactic 'symptom'),
The use and usefulness of the diagnostic method in different 'branches' of
linguistics,
The convergence of those branches on core syntactic diagnostics, and
The techniques and procedures that are used in diagnosing syntactic features, et
cetera.

For each of the five empirical core domains, syntactic diagnostics will be
investigated from four angles: (a) (pure) syntax; (b) syntax at the interface
(with semantics / morphology); (c) neuro/psycholinguistics (acquisition,
parsing, aphasia); (d) a language X whose syntax is less well-known and is
beginning to be explored.
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