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1. Radek Šimík ,
Generative Linguistics in the Old World 35
Message 1: Generative Linguistics in the Old World 35
From: Radek Šimík <simikuni-potsdam.de>
Subject: Generative Linguistics in the Old World 35
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Full Title: Generative Linguistics in the Old World 35
Short Title: GLOW 35
Date: 28-Mar-2012 - 30-Mar-2012
Location: Potsdam, Germany
Contact Person: Gisbert Fanselow
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/~glow/
Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Phonology; Semantics; Syntax
Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2011
The 35th GLOW Colloquium will be held on March 28-30, 2012, at the University of Potsdam. It is organized jointly by the Department of Linguistics and the Collaborative Research Centre 632 (Information structure).
The Colloquium will be accompanied by four workshops, which will take place on March 27 and March 31.
The colloquium will be accompanied by four workshops.
Association with Focus (Malte Zimmermann, Mira Grubic)
Production and Perception of Prosodically-encoded Information Structure in Lesser-studied Languages (Frank Kügler, Sabine Zerbian)
Empty Categories in Syntax: Are There Any? (Gisbert Fanselow, Gereon Müller)
The Timing of Grammar: Experimental and Theoretical Considerations (Harald Clahsen, Claudia Felser)
For more information, see the conference website.
Call for Papers:
Context in Grammar
It is uncontroversial that extra-grammatical context (linguistic and non-linguistic) influences the form and meaning of sentences. The sentence 'Everybody is asleep' will have a different form (intonation, word order, etc.) depending on what question precedes it ('Who is asleep?' vs. 'What is everybody doing?') and different truth-conditions depending on who is included in the domain of quantification of everybody (e.g. people in the house vs. people in the village). What is subject to ongoing controversy is how (and if at all) contextual and more generally extra-grammatical information should be represented in the grammar. Searching for answers to this question is of great importance to our understanding of all the major grammatical modules - syntax, semantics, and phonology, their mutual interfaces, as well as their interfaces to the 'peripheral' systems, in particular pragmatics and phonetics. The question is also intimately related to the traditional but still vital issue of grammatical modularity.
The pool of theories and proposals offering partial answers to this general question is rich. Concerning the pragmatics-grammar relationship, there is a well-established hypothesis that contextual information can (or even must) be directly encoded in the syntax, giving rise to contextual syntactic categories and features, such as focus, topic, contrast (Brody 1990, Rizzi 1997, Aboh 1998, a.o.), speaker, hearer (e.g. Speas and Tenny 2003), etc. These narrow syntactic approaches have recently come under attack, esp. within the study of information structure. The competing hypothesis is that context relates to syntax much less directly, particularly via its interface representations (Fanselow 2006, Horvath 2010, Fanselow and Lenertova 2011, a.o.). The theories that have been developed within this research program rely both on a context-PF relation (Zubizarreta 1998, Szendroi 2001, Samek-Lodovici 2005) and a context-LF relation (Herburger 2000, Kucerova 2007, Neeleman & van de Koot 2008, a.o.). The other side of the spectrum is occupied by theories according to which the impact of context on the grammar of sentences is minimal (e.g. von Fintel 1994) or virtually non-existent (Recanati 2002), positions which are particularly influential in the study of quantifier domain restrictions.
An analogous controversy is present in theorizing about the phonetics-grammar relationship. There, the question is to what extent extra-grammatical (i.e. phonetic) properties affect the grammatical (i.e. phonological) system. Some strands in phonology (e.g. Bermudez-Otero 2007), but also theories of the phonology-phonetics interface (Kingston 2007 provides a survey) maintain a strict modular division along the classical generative architecture of grammar. Optimality theoretic approaches typically draw no strict border between grammar and phonetics, freely interspersing phonetic and phonological constraints in the same constraint hierarchy, or even preferring constraints that only refer to extra-grammatical information (Hayes et al. 2004).
Abstracts related to these issues but not limited to them are invited for presentation at GLOW 35. For an extended version and references see the conference website (http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/~glow/).
Abstracts (both for oral presentations and posters) must not exceed 2 pages in length (A4 or letter-sized). This includes data and references. Abstracts must have the following format: font not smaller than 12pt., single spacing, 1-inch/2,5-cm margins on all sides. Submissions must be in pdf-format. Submissions are limited to 2 papers per author, only 1 of which may be single-authored. Nothing in the abstract, the title, or the name of the document should identify the author.
Abstracts are invited for slots for oral presentations for 45 minutes + 15 minutes of discussion. In addition, GLOW 34 offers two poster sessions. When submitting the abstract, the author(s) should indicate whether they wish to be considered for oral presentation only or would also be willing to present a poster. Financial reimbursement is limited to oral presentations.
All abstracts must be submitted via
Deadline for abstract submission: November 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2012
Conference: March 27-31, 2012
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