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LINGUIST List 20.3074

Sun Sep 13 2009

Calls: Germanic Languages, Ling Theories, Pragmatics, Syntax/USA

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        1.    Stefan Huber, Germanic Languages: Syntax, Phonology, and Pragmatics

Message 1: Germanic Languages: Syntax, Phonology, and Pragmatics
Date: 12-Sep-2009
From: Stefan Huber <shubercas.usf.edu>
Subject: Germanic Languages: Syntax, Phonology, and Pragmatics
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Full Title: Germanic Languages: Syntax, Phonology, and Pragmatics

Date: 26-Feb-2010 - 26-Feb-2010
Location: Tampa, FL, USA
Contact Person: Stefan Huber
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Germanic

Call Deadline: 13-Dec-2009

Meeting Description:

University of South Florida
Department of World Languages
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
CPR 419
Tampa, Florida 33620

Cross-linguistic research has time and again underlined the importance of the interrelation between syntactic structure and pragmatic function. A crucial example is discourse-configurational languages, which seem to offer predetermined syntactic positions for specific pragmatic effects, such as topic, focus, or contrast. Regarding Germanic languages, equivalent fixed positions may be harder to prove beyond any reasonable doubt. Nevertheless, most linguists would agree that form and function are not randomly matched. The question, then, is how to account for various surface phenomena: Are they all derived within “narrow” syntax or can they be the result of (a) “later,” post-syntactic cycle(s)? With the fruitful theoretical introduction of the “division of labor” concept (e.g. Chomsky 2001 and many others), a new path for analyzing linguistic data has been paved: Not everything that meets the eye must be explained in terms of syntactic restrictions, but at least part of it can be derived from other, extra-syntactic mechanisms, such as phonological constraints. The latter may be directly or indirectly linked to pragmatic strategies.

Special Session: “Germanic Linguistics: Syntax, Phonology, and Pragmatics – The Division of Labor”

Date: Friday, February 26, 2010
Venue: T.B.A.
Cost: $90.00 (regular)/$50.00 (graduate students)

This special session within the 'Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages and Literatures 2010' aims to discuss the interplay of syntax and pragmatics with special consideration to extra-syntactic ordering phenomena.



Call for Papers:

Deadline extended: December 13, 2009

For this special session, we invite papers on Germanic linguistic topics that investigate the correlation between form and function with special regard to potentially post-syntactic effects, such as ellipses, scrambling, stylistic fronting, object shift, etc. In general, theoretical proposals based on new data are preferred.

Each paper is allotted 30 minutes, including time for questions (no less than 5 minutes). Abstracts should not exceed one page (font: Times New Roman, size 12, US letter; references must be included) and be sent to shubercas.usf.edu no later than December 13, 2009. After a short review process, notifications will be sent out at the beginning of December 2009.



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