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LINGUIST List 21.321

Tue Jan 19 2010

Calls: Semantics, Syntax/Italy

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        1.    Alexandra Arapinis, Adjectives and Relative Clauses: Syntax and Semantics

Message 1: Adjectives and Relative Clauses: Syntax and Semantics
Date: 19-Jan-2010
From: Alexandra Arapinis <alexandra.arapinismalix.univ-paris1.fr>
Subject: Adjectives and Relative Clauses: Syntax and Semantics
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Full Title: Adjectives and Relative Clauses: Syntax and Semantics

Date: 16-Jun-2010 - 17-Jun-2010
Location: Venice, Italy
Contact Person: Alexandra Arapinis
Meeting Email: Alexandra.Arapinismalix.univ-paris1.fr
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 21-Mar-2010

Meeting Description:

The Department of Linguistics of the University of Venice and the Chaire
d'Excellence 'Semantic Structure and Ontological Structure' (Paris) announce a
two-day workshop Adjectives and Relative Clauses: Syntax and Semantics.

Call for Papers

Adjectives and relative clauses have received a lot of attention in the recent
(and no so recent) syntactic and semantic literature, but there are many
unresolved issues and controversies concerning the two kinds of noun modifiers.

On the syntactic side, various different analyses of adjective modifiers have
been proposed, as heads of the extended projection of N, as phrasal specifiers
of dedicated functional projections, as predicates of reduced relative clauses,
or as a combination of these. Also relative clauses have been analyzed in
various ways, as clausal complements of a determiner, as clauses predicated of a
projection of N, or as clausal specifiers in the nominal extended projection.
There are also different views concerning the head of relative clauses: just one
head internal to the relative clause (as on the 'raising' analysis) or two
heads, one external and one internal to the relative clause (as on the
'matching' analysis).

On the semantic side, there is a standard analysis of adjective and relative
clause modifiers, namely as expressions whose denotation, in general, is
intersected with that of the head noun. Such a view, however, faces a range of
challenges, for example from 'relative clauses of the third kind', such as
amount relatives and internally headed relatives, and a range of semantic
differences that can be observed between adjectives that modify nouns directly
and adjectives acting as predicates, as in (reduced or unreduced) relative
clause constructions. Moreover, the standard analysis does not seem to give
justice to the syntactic structures that have more recently been proposed for
noun phrases as well as to semantic differences between nouns and adjectives,
such as the sortal-nonsortal distinction.

The aim of the conference is to promote a discussion among syntacticians
and semanticists on the different syntactic and semantic analyses of adjective
and relative clause constructions and most importantly on the connection between
syntactic structures involving adjectives or relative clauses and their semantic

Mark Baker (Rutgers University)
Guiglielmo Cinque (University of Venice)
Jim Higginbotham (University of Southern California)
Richard Kayne (New York University)
Louise McNally (University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Friederike Moltmann (IHPST (Paris1/ENS/CNRS), Paris)

We invite submissions of anonymous two-page abstracts for a small number of
slots for a 30- minute talk, followed by 15 minutes for discussion. On a
separate page please specify
(1) title of the talk
(2) your name
(3) affiliation
(4) e-mail address, and
(5) whether or not the talk has been or will be presented at another conference
Please specify 'Venice Workshop' as subject matter in the submission message.

Submission address: Alexandra.Arapinismalix.univ-paris1.fr
Submission deadline: March 21, 20010
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2010

The abstracts will be refereed by the invited speakers.

Alexandra Arapinis (IHPST (Paris1/ENS/CNRS), Paris)
Guglielmo Cinque (University of Venice)
Friederike Moltmann (IHPST (Paris1/ENS/CNRS), Paris)
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