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LINGUIST List 22.2173

Mon May 23 2011

Confs: Morphology, Semantics, Syntax/Norway

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        1.     Sandhya Sundaresan , Finiteness in South Asian Languages

Message 1: Finiteness in South Asian Languages
Date: 15-May-2011
From: Sandhya Sundaresan <fisal2011hsl.uit.no>
Subject: Finiteness in South Asian Languages
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Finiteness in South Asian Languages
Short Title: FiSAL

Date: 09-Jun-2011 - 10-Jun-2011
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Contact: Sandhya Sundaresan
Contact Email: fisal2011hsl.uit.no
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Dravidian; Indo-Aryan; Munda; Tibeto-Burman
Meeting Description:

Finiteness is a topic that influences and interacts with virtually every
syntactic and interface property in linguistics. It deals directly with the core
functional properties of a clause such as its tense, aspect and mood and with
the way in which these are anchored to the outside world (anaphorically,
deictically or somewhere in-between). In addition, finiteness also affects,
directly or in more mediated fashion, nominal reference within a clause
particularly as it pertains to the syntactic subject. Thus, issues such as the
morpho-phonological (c)overtness of a subject, its case/Case and degree of
syntactic-semantic anaphoricity could be seen as a function of the finiteness of
the clause as a whole. South Asian languages offer fertile ground for
investigation in the realm of finiteness because, as is becoming increasingly
well-known, they exhibit properties that challenge much conventional wisdom on
the subject. Complex predication in Bangla (Ramchand 2008 and prior),
long-distance agreement (Bhatt 2005) and correlative constructions (Dayal 1991)
in Hindi/Urdu, topic, focus and scrambling (Mahajan 1999, Kidwai 2000) and
diachronic aspect shifts (Condoravdi and Deo 2008) in Indo-Aryan, nominative
anaphors in Dravidian (Amritavalli 1984, Woolford 1999, Lidz 2004), Dravidian
hybrid nominalizations with both tense and Case marking (Amritavalli and
Jayaseelan 2005), serial verb constuctions in Malayalam (Jayaseelan 2004), and
overt nominative, nonfinite subjects in Sinhala (Gair 2005) and Dravidian (K.P.
Mohanan 1982) are only some of the challenging phenomena discussed previously.
Yet, this only scratches the surface -- many languages of the Indo-Aryan,
Dravidian and other families in South Asia remain under-researched and
under-publicized to this day. It is the goal of this conference to bridge this
gap in empirical and theoretical coverage of these phenomena.

Keynote Talks:

There will be 4 invited talks, each followed by a prepared response by an
invited discussant.

Rajesh Bhatt, U. Mass., Amherst; Discussant: Miriam Butt, Konstanz
Veneeta Dayal, Rutgers; Discussant: Gillian Ramchand, Tromsø
Ashwini Deo, Yale; Discussant: Thomas McFadden, Tromsø
K.A. Jayaseelan, EFLU, Hyderabad; Discussant: Sandhya Sundaresan, Tromsø/Stuttgart

Finiteness in South Asian Languages, Tromsø: Program

FiSAL Program URL (with links to PDF abstracts):

Thursday, June 9, 2011

8:45-9:00 Welcome

9:00-9:50 Invited speaker:
K.A. Jayaseelan, EFLU, Hyderabad, India

9:50-10:10 Discussant:
Sandhya Sundaresan, CASTL (Tromsø)/Stuttgart

10:10-10:25 General discussion

10:25-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:25 'What Finiteness Predicts in Chintang'
Robert Schikowski, University of Leipzig, Germany

11:25-12:05 'Non-finite Complements and Modality in Hindi-Urdu 'deenaa' 'allow'.

Alice Davison, University of Iowa, USA

12:05-13:35 Lunch

13:35-14:15 'Participial Clauses in Bangla: An Alternative Account'
Priyanka Biswas, University of Southern California, USA

14:15-14:55 'Evidence for 'Finiteness' in Telugu'
Madelyn Kissock, Concordia University, Canada

14:55-15:35 'Revisiting Infinitives: The Need for Tense in Malayalam'
Mythili Menon, University of Southern California, USA

15:35-16:05 Coffee break

16:05-16:55 Invited speaker:
Veneeta Dayal, Rutgers University, USA

16:55-17:15 Discussant:
Gillian Ramchand, CASTL (Tromsø)

17:15-17:30 General discussion

Friday, June 10, 2011

9:00-9:50 Invited speaker:
Ashwini Deo, Yale University, USA

9:50-10:10 Discussant:
Thomas McFadden, Tromsø

10:10-10:25 General discussion

10:25-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:25 'Finiteness and Reduplication in Dravidian'
Rahul Balusu, EFLU, Hyderabad, India

11:25-12:05 'The Extended Verbal Projections of Malayalam'
Ophira Gamliel, Hebrew University, Israel

12:05-13:35 Lunch

13:35-14:15 'Finiteness, Negation, and the Directionality of Headedness in Bangla'
Andrew Simpson and Saurov Syed, University of Southern California, USA.

14:15-14:55 'From Poster-child to Enfant Terrible: Finite Relativization in
Dravidian and Indo-Aryan'
Hans Henrich Hock, University of Illinois, USA

14:55-15:35 'Optionality and Non-optionality in Hindi/Urdu Long-distance Agreement'
Stefan Keine, University of Leipzig, Germany

15:35-16:05 Coffee break

16:05-16:55 Invited speaker:
Rajesh Bhatt, University of Massachussetts, Amherst, USA

16:55-17:15 Discussant:
Miriam Butt, University of Konstanz

17:15-17:30 General discussion

17:40-18:00 Business Meeting

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