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LINGUIST List 21.4144

Tue Oct 19 2010

Calls: Historical Ling, Morphology, Syntax, Romance Langs/Germany

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        1.     Johannes Kabatek , Workshop on Sentence-Initial Bare Noun

Message 1: Workshop on Sentence-Initial Bare Noun
Date: 18-Oct-2010
From: Johannes Kabatek <kabatekuni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: Workshop on Sentence-Initial Bare Noun
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Full Title: Workshop on Sentence-Initial Bare Noun

Date: 26-May-2011 - 27-May-2011
Location: Tübingen, Germany
Contact Person: Johannes Kabatek
Meeting Email: kabatekuni-tuebingen.de
Web Site: http://www.sfb833.uni-tuebingen.de

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2010

Meeting Description:

The possibilities and constraints of starting a sentence with a bare noun
vary strongly in the different Romance languages and varieties. In the last
years, increasing research on nominal determination (general as well as on
Romance) has offered new empirical data (elicited or from corpora), new
methodological insights and new theoretical explanations for the particular,
language-specific bare noun distribution. The range of types of sentence-
initial bare nouns in Romance languages is related to a series of
heterogeneous syntactic, semantic and pragmatic factors as well as to other
phenomena, and the aim of the workshop is to discuss, on the one hand,
particular (and partly striking) cases in the different languages as well as,
on the other hand, overall explanations allowing to classify the individual
cases.

Call For Papers

The phenomena discussed in this workshop could include among others:

-determiner omission in topicalizations:
(1)(Span. )Ø Gente hay que no sabe lo que dice.
(2)(Braz. Port.) Ø Nariz já saiu muito sangue.

-determiner omission with contrastive focus:
(3)(Ital.) Ø Pollo io voglio, non pesce.

-'heavy' bare subjects:
(4)(Ital.) Ø Cani con difetti con geniti sono molto comuni.
(5)(Eur.Port.) Ø Amigos de Coimbra partiram ontem.

-singular bare subjects (generic as well as specific):
(6)(Braz. Port) Ø Bicicleta não polui.
(7)(Braz. Port) Ø Bicicleta ia se arrebentar.
(8)(Old Span.) & Ø carçel esta muy lana
(9)(Old Span.) e Ø respuesta de Dios fue tal, que ...

The workshop aims at bringing together researchers working on this kind of
phenomena in order to bundle approaches, methods and new data into one
all-embracing and open discussion without framework restriction.
Contributions are welcome on any aspect of sentence-initial bare nouns
including synchronic as well as diachronic and/or contrastive approaches.
Since some of the data are challenged by native speakers and researchers,
contributions on methodological (e.g. psycholinguistic, prosodic, corpus-
specific) questions for the synchronic and diachronic investigation of
marginal phenomena would be appreciated as well. The workshop will be
held at the University of Tübingen on May 26th & 27th, 2011 and is hosted
by the Research Project C3 'The variation and dynamics of nominal
determination' within the Collaborative Research Center 833 'Emergence of
Meaning' (http://www.sfb833.uni-tuebingen.de). Abstracts should be
submitted by December 31st; acceptance will be communicated by January
31st, 2011.
Address:
Prof. Dr. Johannes Kabatek - Albert Wall
University of Tübingen
Romanisches Seminar
Wilhelmstr. 50
D-72074 Tübingen
kabatekuni-tuebingen.de - albert.walluni-tuebingen.de
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