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LINGUIST List 21.338

Wed Jan 20 2010

Calls: Syntax/Belgium

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        1.    Lobke Aelbrecht, Anti-locality and Snowballing Movement

Message 1: Anti-locality and Snowballing Movement
Date: 20-Jan-2010
From: Lobke Aelbrecht <lobke.aelbrechtgmail.com>
Subject: Anti-locality and Snowballing Movement
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Full Title: Anti-locality and Snowballing Movement
Short Title: GIST1

Date: 24-Jun-2010 - 25-Jun-2010
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Contact Person: Anne Breitbarth
Meeting Email: a.breitbarthgmail.com
Web Site: http://www.gist.ugent.be/antilocalityandsnowballing

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2010

Meeting Description:

CRISSP (Brussels) and GIST (Ghent) are proud to announce the first GIST
workshop: Anti-locality and Snowballing Movement.

Call for Papers

Invited speakers:
Klaus Abels
Enoch Aboh

The past 15 years have seen a number of attempts to account for word order
variation in terms of so-called snowballing or roll-up movement. Snowballing
movement involves movement of a phrase XP to the specifier of the immediately
c-commanding head Y, followed by pied-piping movement of YP to the next
specifier (Aboh 2004, Pearson 2000, Munaro and Poletto 2003, Travis 2005).

If one starts out from an LCA-compatible universal base (Kayne 1994, Aboh 2004,
Munaro & Poletto 2003), this kind of movement seems necessary to derive
mirroring effects in head-final orders. However, in its simplest form it
violates anti-locality constraints on movement as proposed by, among others,
Grohmann (2000), Pesetsky and Torrego (2001:362-3) and Abels (2003), which
prohibit movement of a phrase from a complement position to a specifier position
within one maximal projection.

The purpose of this workshop is to explore the tension between snowballing
movement and the anti-locality constraint, as well as the various empirical and
theoretical issues that are raised by them. Specifically, we welcome papers
addressing questions such as the following:

- How does feature checking take place in snowballing movement? Are the features
or the checking mechanism different from those involved in ordinary phrasal
movement through specifiers ('rolling stone movement' in Travis' (2005)

- Travis (2005) argues that movement involving [+V]-features targets Vo in some
languages, but VP in other languages. As she acknowledges (145, footnote 22),
the question arises as to what factors determine the choice in the category.

- What is the empirical evidence that shows that snowballing movement is
unavoidable? Is snowballing required/generally available cross-linguistically or
is it restricted to specific language types? Is there any evidence for newly
created or destroyed c-command relations resulting from snowballing movement?
What, if any, are the semantic or pragmatic effects of snowballing movement? As
Abels and Neeleman (2007) note, additional effects such as scope
interpretations, intervention effects and NPI-licensing are expected to arise.

- What are the empirical data that make anti-locality unavoidable? Is it
operative in all languages or subject to cross-linguistic variation? How does it
derive from the theory as proposed in the minimalist program? What is the
definition of 'too local', etc. (Abels 2003, Grohmann 2000)

- Anti-locality violations can be avoided, if snowballing movement targets
interlacing layers of functional structure (Cinque 2005). Is there independent
motivation for such layers? Are these additional layers to be postulated in the
absence of snowballing?

- If snowballing movement by way of complement-to-local-spec violates
anti-locality, then what is the status of head-to-head movement - if admitted -
which itself implicates a form of roll up on heads and is also highly local.

Abstracts are invited for a 30-minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of
discussion. An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract.
Abstracts should be anonymous, and at most 2 pages in 12-point font with 1"
margins, including data and references. Authors are requested to submit their
abstracts using easychair (https://www.easychair.org/login.cgi?conf=gist1). You
will need to create an account first. Only submissions through this system will
be considered. Please direct all the questions related to the submission
procedure to: gist1easychair.org.

Important Dates:
Abstract deadline: 15 March 2010
Notification of acceptance: 1 May 2010
Conference: 24-25 June 2010

Organizing Committee:
Lobke Aelbrecht (GIST)
Marijke De Belder (CRISSP)
Anne Breitbarth (GIST)
Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck (CRISSP)
Karen De Clercq (GIST)
Liliane Haegeman (GIST)
Will Harwood (GIST)
Adrienn Jánosi (CRISSP)
Dany Jaspers (CRISSP)
Rachel Nye (GIST)
Amélie Rocquet (GIST)
Guido Vanden Wyngaerd (CRISSP)
Reiko Vermeulen (GIST)

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