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LINGUIST List 21.4335

Sat Oct 30 2010

Calls: Linguistic Theories, Syntax/Japan

Editor for this issue: Di Wdzenczny <dilinguistlist.org>

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        1.     Tomohiro Fujii , Chains in Minimalism

Message 1: Chains in Minimalism
Date: 30-Oct-2010
From: Tomohiro Fujii <fujiiynu.ac.jp>
Subject: Chains in Minimalism
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Full Title: Chains in Minimalism

Date: 12-Feb-2011 - 13-Feb-2011
Location: Yokohama, Japan
Contact Person: Tomohiro Fujii
Meeting Email: chains.ynugmail.com
Web Site: http://www.ling.ynu.ac.jp/chains/

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Syntax

Call Deadline: 10-Dec-2010

Meeting Description:

This workshop, which is part of a research project funded by a Grant-in-Aid
for Scientific Research provided by the Japan Society for the Promotion of
Science, will address a number of fundamental questions concerning the
concept of 'chain', particularly as viewed from the perspective of the
minimalist program, such as the following:

(1) Do chains exist? Is there empirical evidence for the existence of chains
as syntactic entities of some sort?
(2) To what degree, if any, does the notion of chain play a crucial role in the
analysis of particular linguistic phenomena, e.g., control, anaphora,
quantifier scope ambiguities, reconstruction, speaker preferences, locality of
movement, resumption strategies, etc.?
(3) If chains exist, what kind of objects are they? How should they be
defined? What are the computational mechanisms underlying chain
(4) What role, if any, do chains play at the interfaces? What are the
mechanisms of chain interpretation at, say, PF or LF (or their variants in
terms of multiple spell-out models)?

The 2 day workshop will feature talks by two invited keynote speakers,
research project members, as well as a number of speakers whose papers
will be selected by an anonymous abstract review.

Keynote Speakers:
Cedric Boeckx (ICREA & Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Norbert Hornstein (University of Maryland)

Research Project Members:
Roger Martin (Principle Investigator, Yokohama National University)
Yoshio Endo (Co-Investigator, Kanda University of International Studies)
Tomohiro Fujii (Co-Investigator, Yokohama National University)

Call For Papers

This international workshop, which will be held at Yokohama National
University (YNU) in Japan (about a one hour journey from Tokyo), is part of
a four year research project, now in its final year, on 'The Role of Chains
and their Mechanisms of Interpretation in Minimalism,' funded by a Grant-in-
Aid for Scientific Research from the Japan Society for the Promotion of
Science. The 2 day workshop will feature talks by some of the project
members as well as by two invited keynote speakers. In addition, a number
of slots will be made available for papers presentations solicited through this
open call for papers and selected based on anonymous review of abstracts
by two or more reviewers. The official language of the conference will be

We welcome abstracts for 30 minute talks (followed by 10 minutes for
questions) on topics dealing with any of the questions posed above, or
other issues related to the nature of chains, their empirical motivation and
their place within minimalist theorizing.

Abstracts should be no longer than two pages in length (including examples
and references), using 12-point type with single-spacing and margins of at
least 2.5 cm. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and
one joint abstract per author. The body of the abstract should not indicate
the name(s) of its author(s).

Abstracts should be submitted as a PDF file by way of the Easy Abs system
hosted by Linguist List, which can be accessed via the following link:
http://linguistlist.org/confcustom/chains2011. If you encounter any technical
difficulties when trying to submit your abstract via Easy Abs, please contact
the workshop organizers by email, preferably prior to the abstract
submission deadline.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide any sort of financial assistance
to those whose abstracts are accepted and who wish to present their
papers at the workshop (though we will do our best to assist you in making
your travel arrangements, finding your way to and from the conference site,
and so on).

If the number and quality of papers stemming from the workshop is high
enough, we would like to submit a proposal for a related volume to one of
the major academic publishing houses. In that event, full versions of your
papers, if you wish to submit them, will be subject to a separate review

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: December 10, 2010
Notification of Acceptance: January 7, 2011
Date of Workshop: February 12-13, 2011

Research Project Members:
Roger Martin (Principle Investigator, YNU)
Yoshio Endo (Co-Investigator, Kanda University of International Studies)
Tomohiro Fujii (Co-Investigator, YNU)

Workshop Organizers:
Roger Martin (YNU)
Tomohiro Fujii (YNU)

Contact information:
Email: chains.ynugmail.com
Webpage: http://www.ling.ynu.ac.jp/chains/
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