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Thu Oct 07 2010

Confs: Modified: Syntax/Netherlands

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        1.    Hedde Zeijlstra, Verb Movement: Its nature, triggers, and effects

Message 1: Verb Movement: Its nature, triggers, and effects
Date: 07-Oct-2010
From: Hedde Zeijlstra <zeijlstrauva.nl>
Subject: Verb Movement: Its nature, triggers, and effects
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Verb Movement: Its nature, triggers, and effects

Date: 11-Dec-2010 - 12-Dec-2010
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact: Kristine Bentzen
Contact Email: vmovehsl.uit.no
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Meeting Description:

In this workshop we want to address various issues related to verb placement and
the syntax of the left periphery. The topic 'verb movement' has of course been
discussed extensively in the linguistic literature, but many of the core
properties of verb movement still trigger intense debates and we think it is
about time to try to determine what the main issues are and take a new look at
them through 2010 goggles. For one thing, the empirical basis for traditional
verb movement analyses has mainly consisted of (standard varieties of) Germanic
and Romance languages, in particular English, German, Dutch, Scandinavian, and
French. However, more detailed knowledge about other languages and dialects has
enlarged the empirical basis. One such example is the extensive work on European
dialects conducted in the last decade or so, partly in research groups that have
been a part of the NORMS project or associated with it. These new data challenge
the traditional view of verb movement as simply V-to-C or V-to-I. On the
theoretical side, one issue concerns the 'explosion' of the CP and IP domains.
Since (among others) Pollock (1989), Rizzi (1997), and Cinque (1999) it is
commonly assumed that the structure of the CP and IP domains is much more
fine-grained than we previously thought, with several functional projections in
each domain. As a result, for example 'V-to-C' can no longer be assumed to be
one single phenomenon; rather, we need to consider e.g. V-to-Fin, V-to-Foc,
V-to-Top, V-to-Force, etc. as variants of what used to be labeled 'V-to-C'.
Likewise, 'V-to-I' could mean V-to-Asp, V-to-T, V-to-Mod, etc.

Another theoretical issue that is still under debate is the nature of the
movement operation itself. Traditionally, verb movement has of course been
analysed as head movement, but during the last decade or more, many people have
explored phrasal movement alternatives such as remnant movement to account for
verb movement. Related to this is the question of what triggers verb movement.
The long-standing view that verbal morphology is a trigger for verb movement has
been challenged in recent years, but the debate on this issue has by no means
come to an end. Finally, the potential semantic effects of verb movement is also
an issue that deserves more scrutiny. Invited speakers include: Jan-Wouter Zwart
(Groningen) Winfried Lechner (Athens) Ora Matushansky (Utrecht) Klaus Abels
(UCL) Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge).

Note: The dates of this workshop have been moved from December 10-11 to December
11-12, 2010.
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