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LINGUIST List 21.2771

Thu Jul 01 2010

Calls: Germanic, Syntax, Semantics, Phonology, Historical Ling/Germany

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        1.    Hans-Martin Gärtner, Comparative Germanic Syntax and the Icelandic Challenge

Message 1: Comparative Germanic Syntax and the Icelandic Challenge
Date: 28-Jun-2010
From: Hans-Martin Gärtner <gaertnerzas.gwz-berlin.de>
Subject: Comparative Germanic Syntax and the Icelandic Challenge
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Full Title: Comparative Germanic Syntax and the Icelandic Challenge

Date: 24-Feb-2011 - 25-Feb-2011
Location: University of Göttingen, Germany
Contact Person: Hans-Martin Gärtner
Meeting Email: gaertnerzas.gwz-berlin.de

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Phonology; Semantics; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Germanic

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2010

Meeting Description:

Comparative Germanic Syntax and the Challenge from Icelandic

A workshop at the 33rd Meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS)
February 23-25, 2011 - University of Göttingen

Thórhallur Eythórsson
Hans-Martin Gärtner

Invited Speakers:
Ásgrímur Angantýsson (Reykjavík)
Nicole Dehé (Konstanz)

Research on comparative Germanic syntax has for a long time been stimulated by
the challenge of Icelandic, a language singled out by a great number of
'peculiar' phenomena not attested (to such a degree) elsewhere (Maling & Zaenen
1990; Thráinsson 1994; 2007). The aim of our workshop is to bring together
researchers more narrowly concerned with the proper analysis of Icelandic with
researchers interested in comparative Germanic syntax who would like to test and
broaden their views in light of the 'Icelandic challenge.' We particularly
welcome attempts at bringing in evidence from the interfaces of syntax with
morphophonology and prosody as well as semantics/pragmatics. Given the long and
virtually uninterrupted literary documentation of Icelandic, this language is an
ideal testing ground for theories of language change. Therefore, we also
encourage contributions from historical linguistics.

Call for Papers

Topics to be addressed at the workshop include (but are not limited to):

I) Grammatical function to Case linking, the status of 'quirky' patterns
(DAT-NOM, ACC-ACC) and its impact on agreement, diatheses, infinitival
structures, and subject reflexives.

II) Transitive expletive constructions (TECs), object-shift, and their relation
to clause structural issues such as adverb placement, verb positioning,
interpretational issues such as definiteness, scope of negation and negative
quantifiers, as well as prosodic issues such as phrasing.

III) Grammatical vs. interpretational constraints on long- and medium-distance
reflexives such as grammatical function of antecedents and logophoricity.

IV) Clause combining and the status of markers such as (dependent) V2 and verbal

V) 'Stylistic fronting' and the interplay of central and peripheral components
of the grammar.

VI) Hitherto lesser studied items such as absence of Icelandic VP-topicalization
and lack of indefinite articles, the structure and interpretation of DP, as well
as expression of tense and aspect.


Maling, J. & A. Zaenen (eds.). 1990. Modern Icelandic Syntax. New York: Academic

Thráinsson, H. 1994. 'Icelandic.' Pp. 142-189 in The Germanic Languages, ed. by
E. König & J. van der Auwera. London: Routledge.

Thráinsson, H. 2007. The Syntax of Icelandic. Cambridge: CUP.

Abstract Submissions:

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (20 minute presentations plus 10
minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be confined to one page (including
examples and references) with 1-inch margins and 12-point font.

All abstracts should be sent in pdf-format by e-mail (header: abstract; body:
title, author(s) name(s), author(s) addresse(s) to: gaertnerzas.gwz-berlin.de

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2010
Notification: September 13, 2010
DGfS Meeting: February 23-25 2011
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