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        1.    Kerstin Schwabe, Inner-sentential Propositional Pro-forms: Syntactic Properties and Interpretative Effects

Message 1: Inner-sentential Propositional Pro-forms: Syntactic Properties and Interpretative Effects
Date: 16-Aug-2010
From: Kerstin Schwabe <schwabezas.gwz-berlin.de>
Subject: Inner-sentential Propositional Pro-forms: Syntactic Properties and Interpretative Effects
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Full Title: Inner-sentential Propositional Pro-forms: Syntactic Properties and
Interpretative Effects

Date: 23-Feb-2011 - 25-Feb-2011
Location: Göttingen, Germany
Contact Person: Kerstin Schwabe
Meeting Email: schwabezas.gwz-berlin.de
Web Site: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/workshop_proforms.html

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2010

Meeting Description:

2nd Call, Inner-sentential Propositional Pro-forms: Syntactic Properties and
Interpretative Effects

Workshop organised as part of the Annual Conference of the German
Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held in Göttingen, Germany, February 23-
25, 2011

Important Dates:
Conference date: February 23-25, 2011
First call for papers: June 23, 2010
Second call for papers: August 16, 2010
(Extended) deadline for 2-page abstract submission: August 31, 2010
Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2010

2nd Call For Papers

Propositional proforms relate to clauses within complex sentences. They are
a topic that arises in different languages and that holds a lot of open
questions within nearly all domains of grammar. In German, there seem to
be four types of proforms: i. 'Platzhalter' (place holders), which are pho-
nologically reducible and which seem to replace their clausal correlate in the
argument position as in
(1-1'), ii. 'Bezugselemente' (relating elements), which are not reducible and
which may form a con-stituent together with their clausal correlate as in
(2-2'), iii. anaphoric proforms, which actually relate to a preceding statement
as in (3), and iv. proforms which relate to a clausal correlate wrap-ped in an
ad¬verbial clause as in (4) [cf. Breindl 1989, Pütz 1986, Sudhoff 2003,
F.-Hansen 1980 and, dia¬chronically, Axel 2009].

(1) Fred hat's /es bedauert, dass Eva gekommen ist. {Fred has'it-CL/it
regretted that Eva come has}
(1') Fred hat sich(daRÜber/DRÜber) gefreut, das Eva gekommen ist. {Fred
has REFL.ACC PROPP[about] enjoyed that Eva come has}
(2) Fred hat sich [DArüber [dass Eva gekommen ist]] gefreut. {Fred has
REFL.ACC [PROPP-about [that Eva come has]] enjoyed}
(2') Das hängt DAvon ab, wann Eva kommt. {This depends [ProPP-on
[when Eva will come]]}
(3) Fred behauptet es, dass Eva kommt. {Fred claims it that Eva comes}
(4) Fred bedauert es, wenn Eva kommt. {Fred regrets it when Eva comes}

The workshop aims to contribute to the most challenging issues arising in
this area, some of them stemming from longstanding, yet not satisfyingly
explained observations; e.g.: What are the syntactic relationships between
the proforms and their clausal correlates? Why can a proform be present in
the IP-domain if its conditional clause correlate is fronted, but not if a that-
clause correlate is there - cf. (5-6)? [cf. Sternefeld 2006]

(5) Wenn Eva kommt, wird es Fred sehr bedauern. {When Eva comes will it
Fred very regret}
(6) *Dass Eva kommt, bedauert es Fred. {That Eva is coming regrets it
Fred}

What about the behavior of correlates with respect to VP-topicalisation - cf.
(7-8)?

(7) Interessiert, ob Max gewonnen hat, hat es mich sehr. {Interested
whether Max won has, has it me very}
(7') ?Behauptet, dass Max gewonnen hat, hat es Eva oft. {Claimed that Max
won has, has it Eva often}
(8) ?Bedauern, dass Eva kommt, sollte Fred. {Regret that Eva comes
should Fred}
(8') Es bedauern, dass Eva kommt, sollte Fred.

Why do proforms usually block extraction out of the associated clause?
Which matrix predicates select which proforms, and why? What are the
contributions of the proforms to the semantics or to the information
structural properties of the constructions? Such questions and related ones
are addressed to researchers involved in this topic synchronically and
diachronically. Given the research tradition of pronoun-clause linkage for
languages other than German, we encourage prospective speakers to
contribute to the workshop with respect to the issues raised above. We
think of languages as close as Dutch (Bennis 1987) and English (cf. the
classic Postal & Pullum 1988), but also as different as Hungarian (e.g., de
Cuba & Ürögdi 2010).

Important Dates:
Conference date: February 23-25, 2011
First call for papers: June 23, 2010
Second call for papers: August 16, 2010
(Extended) deadline for 2-page abstract submission: August 31, 2010
Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2010
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