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        1.     Christine Meklenborg Salvesen , Challenging Clitics

Message 1: Challenging Clitics
Date: 27-May-2011
From: Christine Meklenborg Salvesen <c.m.salvesenilos.uio.no>
Subject: Challenging Clitics
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Full Title: Challenging Clitics

Date: 27-Oct-2011 - 28-Oct-2011
Location: Oslo, Norway
Contact Person: Christine Meklenborg Salvesen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.hf.uio.no/ilos/forskning/aktuelt/arrangementer/konferanser-seminarer/2011/challenging-clitics/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Aug-2011

Meeting Description:

The publication of Richard Kayne's 1975 monograph on French syntax initiated a lot of research on French but also on more general theoretical issues. The book defines five tests of clitichood: a clitic may never be modified, stressed, separated from its host, and lastly, clitic clusters always have a fixed word order. Over the years clitics have come to play a central role in linguistics. Within diachronic syntax, for example, clitics are thought to represent an intermediary stage between a full lexical item and an inflexional affix. There is however evidence that Kayne's tests of clitichood should be challenged. In African French, clitics may be stressed, and in the history of Italian, the internal position of clitics has changed. It is also necessary to modify the basically Romance conception of clitics: Clitics in the Germanic languages are not primarily pronouns, and their host is not necessarily a verb. These facts raise some questions: What kind of words may cliticise? What kind of word may clitics cliticise to? Is there cross-linguistic evidence that suggests a different way of defining clitics than the five tests provided by Kayne?

The workshop aims at looking at clitics from different angles, both with regards to the languages under study and the theoretical framework in use.

Invited Speakers:

Helge Lødrup, University of Oslo

Call for Papers:

The workshop welcomes papers addressing these questions as well as other questions related to the nature of clitics. The presentation should be no longer than 20 minutes, leaving 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Abstracts are not to exceed two pages, including examples and references. The abstract should have a clear title but should not identify the author(s). The anonymous abstract should be attached to a mail with personal information (name and affiliation) and sent to the following e mail address: cliticsilos.uio.no

Submissions are due by August 20 and notifications will be sent out by September 20.

The workshop aims at publishing selected papers.

Scientific Committee:

Jan Terje Faarlund, University of Oslo & University of Chicago
Terje Lohndal, University of Maryland
Atle Grønn, University of Oslo


Hans Petter Helland, professor, University of Oslo
Christine Meklenborg Salvesen, postdoc, University of Oslo

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