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Wed Sep 15 2010

Confs: Syntax, Semantics, Morphology/Canada

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        1.    María Cristina Cuervo, Workshop: 'The End of Argument Structure?'

Message 1: Workshop: 'The End of Argument Structure?'
Date: 13-Sep-2010
From: María Cristina Cuervo <mc.cuervoutoronto.ca>
Subject: Workshop: 'The End of Argument Structure?'
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Workshop: 'The End of Argument Structure?'

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

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

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 submissions.

Invited Participants:

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

Invited Student Participant:

Grant Armstrong (Georgetown University)

The End of Argument Structure?

Alumni Hall, Victoria College, University of Toronto
October 1-2, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010


Welcoming Remarks

9:30 - 10:20
Lisa Travis, McGill University: External Arguments and Roots

10:20 - 10:30
Coffee break

10:30 - 11:00
Jaume Mateu, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: Strong vs. Weak Resultatives

11:00 - 11:30
E. Matthew Husband, Michigan State University: Argument Structure and State

11:30 - 12:15
Open discussion

12:15 - 2:00

2:00 - 2:50
Grant Armstrong, Georgetown University: Implicatures in Voice and Roots that
Appear Twice: Syntactic Approaches to Two Recalcitrant 'Lexical' Phenomena in

2:50 - 3:00
Coffee break

3:00 - 3:30
Tatjana Marvin, University of Ljubljana: High and Low Applicatives in Slovenian
and South Slavic

3:30 - 4:00
Mercedes Pujalte & Andrés Saab (CONICET; Universidad Nacional del Comahue/
Leiden University): Syncretism and EPP-repair: the Case of SE Insertion in Spanish

4:00 - 4:50
Open discussion

Saturday, October 2, 2010


9:30 - 10:20
Mark Baker, Rutgers University: ''Obliqueness'' as a Component of Argument
Structure in Amharic

10:20 - 10:30
Coffee break

10:30 - 11:00
David Basilico, University of Alabama at Birmingham: The Antipassive and its
Relationship to Scalar Structure

11:00 - 11:30
Jaume Mateu & Víctor Acedo-Matellán, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona:
Conflation vs. Incorporation Processes and the Manner/Result Complementarity

11:30 - 12:15
Open discussion

12:15 - 1:30

1:30 - 2:20
Heidi Harley, University of Arizona: Roots, Selection & Domains for Idiomatic

2:20 - 2:30
Coffee break

2:30 - 3:00
Terje Lohndal, University of Maryland: Specifiers, Spell-Out and Logical Forms

3:00 - 3:30
Alex Trueman, University of Arizona: Structure and Agency in Sound+Motion

3:30 - 4:15
Open discussion


Kyumin Kim (University of Toronto), External Argument-introducing Heads: Voice
and Appl

Mercedes Pujalte (CONICET), (Non)-added Datives in Spanish


We ask that people who intend to participate in the workshop register in
advance. There will be no registration fee, but registration is important so we
can better prepare. To register, please, send an e-mail to mc.cuervo at
utoronto.ca with 'Registration for workshop' as the Subject line; in the text
indicate whether you plan to attend on both days or just one, and which.
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