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LINGUIST List 21.2598

Tue Jun 15 2010

Calls: Semantics, Syntax/Canada

Editor for this issue: Di Wdzenczny <dilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    María Cristina Cuervo, Workshop: 'The end of argument structure?'

Message 1: Workshop: 'The end of argument structure?'
Date: 14-Jun-2010
From: María Cristina Cuervo <mc.cuervoutoronto.ca>
Subject: Workshop: 'The end of argument structure?'
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Full Title: Workshop: 'The end of argument structure?'

Date: 01-Oct-2010 - 02-Oct-2010
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact Person: María Cristina Cuervo
Meeting Email: mc.cuervoutoronto.ca

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 19-Jul-2010

Meeting Description:

This workshop, to be held on 1-2 October, 2010, will be an opportunity to
explore current issues and re-assess generally accepted premises on the
relationship between lexical meaning and the morphosyntax of sentences. A
central question in the study of language concerns the mechanisms by
which the participants in an event described by a sentence come to occupy
their positions in the structure and acquire their interpretation. A long-
standing approach is based on the assumption that it is the lexical meaning
of a verb (or root) that determines, albeit indirectly, the basic properties of
sentence structure at the level of verbal meaning, including asymmetric
relations, thematic roles, case, and agreement. An alternative approach
claims that the syntax itself greatly restricts possible verbal meanings on the
basis of the legitimate relations that can exist between syntactic heads,
complements, and specifiers.

If we think that all systematic aspects of verbal meanings (licensing of
external argument, number and type of 'obligatory' and extra arguments,
agentivity, causativity, aksionsart, etc.) are dependent on configurational
properties, what is left for lexical entries? Do generalizations such as the
UTAH and other prominence hierarchies need to be stated explicitly, or are
they derived from more general principles of syntactic operations (and
structures) and semantic compositionality? What is left unexplained by
syntax-driven approaches?

In order to promote an open exchange of ideas, we have in mind a real
workshop format rather than a regular conference, around themes that will
be determined in consultation with the invited participants, based on their
contributions. A small number of papers will be selected from open

Invited participants:
Mark Baker (Rutgers University)
Heidi Harley (University of Arizona)
Lisa Travis (McGill University)

Invited student participant:
Grant Armstrong (Georgetown University)

Call For Papers

Abstracts are invited for oral presentations that address some issue on
argument structure and collaborate by arguing for one or the other position,
or presenting and discussing challenges. Abstracts must be 1 page long
plus one page for examples and references (maximum), with 2.5cm/1 inch
margins and 12 point font size, written in English.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically as an anonymous PDF file, to
either of the contact addresses. The subject line of the message should
state: October Workshop. In the body of the message, please include the
title of the abstract, the name of the author(s), affiliation(s) and contact

Deadline for abstract submission: 19 July, 2010
Notification of acceptance: 16 August, 2010

María Cristina Cuervo
Yves Roberge
University of Toronto

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