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Calls: Linguistic Theories, Syntax/Germany
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Message 1: Linearization Workshop
From: Joost Kremers <j.kremersem.uni-frankfurt.de>
Subject: Linearization Workshop
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Full Title: Linearization Workshop
Short Title: Lin2010
Date: 23-Feb-2010 - 26-Feb-2010
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Joost Kremers
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://user.uni-frankfurt.de/~kremers/DGfS2010-Linearization.html
Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Syntax
Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2009
This workshop deals with the question of linearization, the issue of relating a
hierarchical syntactic structure with a (predominantly) linear phonological
Call for Papers
In current minimalist thinking, syntactic representations are strictly
hierarchical and do not contain any information on the linear order of terminal
elements. Such an assumption obviously raises a number of questions, which this
workshop aims to address. Firstly, questions arise over the motivation of this
hypothesis, such as the following:
- What empirical evidence do we have in support of the hypothesis? Are there
facts that can be accounted for more easily in a syntax=hierarchy model?
- How do we reconcile the hypothesis with the strict ordering requirements that
some languages appear to have (e.g. SVO in English)?
- Is there evidence against the hypothesis? For example, it has been argued that
there are precedence restrictions on binding, that linear order determines
first-reading quantifier scope, or that coordination operates on linear strings.
Tied to these are questions concerning the derivation of linear order:
- How can linear order be derived from a hierarchical structure?
- Does the LCA provide us with a helpful insight into linearization, or do we
need linearization parameters? Or is a combination of both preferable?
- Where exactly in the grammar does linearization take place? Is it the first
step from syntax to PF, or does it take place in the phonology proper?
- How do we deal with cases where linear order seems to be absent, e.g. in cases
of simultaneous realization in sign languages? Can we accommodate such facts in
other ways (e.g. through morphology) or do they compel us to adopt a
substantially different view of linearization?
Papers dealing with these and related questions are invited for 30 (25+5) or 60
(50+10) minute talks. One page abstracts (A4 or Letter, 12pt Times) with
possibly an additional page for examples, figures and references, should be
submitted before 15 August 2009, through LINGUIST List's EasyAbs facility at
This workshop on linearization is held as part of the annual conference of the
German Society for Linguistics (DGfS), to be held at the Humboldt-University in
Berlin, 23-26 February 2010. Participation is open to all; the workshop language
will be English.
Workshop organizers: Marc Richards (University of Leipzig), Joost Kremers
(University of Frankfurt)
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