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Wed Jun 17 2009

Calls: Linguistic Theories, Syntax, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Germany

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        1.    Felix Bildhauer, Quirky Vorfeld Phenomena (DGfS 2010 Theme Session)

Message 1: Quirky Vorfeld Phenomena (DGfS 2010 Theme Session)
Date: 16-Jun-2009
From: Felix Bildhauer <felix.bildhauerfu-berlin.de>
Subject: Quirky Vorfeld Phenomena (DGfS 2010 Theme Session)
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Full Title: Quirky Vorfeld Phenomena (DGfS 2010 Theme Session)

Date: 24-Feb-2010 - 26-Feb-2010
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Felix Bildhauer
Meeting Email: felix.bildhauerfu-berlin.de
Web Site: http://hpsg.fu-berlin.de/Events/DGfS-2010

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 16-Aug-2009

Meeting Description:

Organizers: Felix Bildhauer and Philippa Cook

This theme-session will specifically address lesser-studied phenomena involving
the position preceding the finite verb in German main clause declaratives (the
Vorfeld) whilst aiming explicitly to draw in the formal analysis on findings
made available by corpus linguistics and/or psycholinguistics. This is motivated
by the fact that various studies have shown that a reliance on introspective
data has led to generalizations being missed or to false assumptions being made.

The findings of several recent works have led to a call for revision, or even
rejection, of some standard assumption(s) of theoretical significance for the
analysis of the Vorfeld. For instance, it was long assumed that the Vorfeld
could house precisely one constituent. Recent corpus-based work has, however,
shown that multiple-occupancy of the Vorfeld is not as uncommon as previously
assumed (Müller 2003). The exact conditions in which such constructions are
licensed still remain to be explicitly formulated though. In a similar vein,
Meinunger (2007) shows that the long-adopted assumption that the German object
pronoun es cannot occur in the Vorfeld is not empirically tenable. Again, the
precise licensing conditions are all but clear. Taking a further example,
although it has long been known that a subject and non-finite verb may co-occur
in the Vorfeld, a detailed account of the semantic and informational-structural
properties of this construction is still required. Another area of interest is
less well-documented information structural constellations involving the
Vorfeld. For instance, it is often assumed that the Vorfeld corresponds to some
information structural category (Topic, Focus, Contrast etc.) yet Fanselow &
Lenertovà (to appear) introduce novel data suggesting that the relationship
between syntax and information-structure is in need of refinement.

In addition to contributions considering data from verb-second languages, we
also welcome proposals addressing related phenomena in other language groups
(e.g. the pre-clitic position in Slavic, V2-similar effects in Romance etc.).
The theme-session aims to attract researchers working in the fields of corpus
linguistics, psycholinguistics as well as researchers in theoretical linguistics
with a strong empirical component.

Call for Papers:

Please submit your abstract to the following E-mail address (not to the
organizers' contact address):


Submission deadline: 16. August 2009

Abstracts should not exceed one page (plus optionally one page more for data,
figures and references). They should be anonymous and in pdf format. The body of
your E-mail should include the author's name, affiliation and contact information.

Notification of acceptance: 15. September 2009
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