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LINGUIST List 22.4079

Wed Oct 19 2011

Calls: Syntax, Typology/Sweden

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        1.     Olga Spevak , Noun Valency

Message 1: Noun Valency
Date: 19-Oct-2011
From: Olga Spevak <spevakuniv-tlse2.fr>
Subject: Noun Valency
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Full Title: Noun Valency

Date: 29-Aug-2012 - 01-Sep-2012
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Contact Person: Olga Spevak
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 10-Nov-2011

Meeting Description:

Noun Valency
Workshop at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (http://www.sle2012.eu), Stockholm, 29 August-1 September 2012

The valency of nouns is a topic that still remains in the shadow of the valency of verb. This workshop aims at confronting the existing approaches to the description of valency frames of nouns in modern and Classical languages and to discuss both methodological and theoretical questions related to this topic.

Issues to Address:

(i) Noun vs. Verb Valency

The valency frames of nouns are often regarded as 'copying' the valency frames of verbs. However, instances of obligatory noun complements can be found, such as Latin amor in 'the love for' that are not used with verbs (with several verbs, they can be used as satellites). Furthermore, there are exclusively adnominal complements (Latin erga 'for') functioning as arguments. The research question is what is the source of the syntactic form of the noun complement and whether this can be related to semantic fields to which nouns belong to

(ii) The Number and the Syntactic Form of Noun Complements

Languages seem to behave in a different way as for the number of the complements expressed and their syntactic form. The number and the syntactic form of complements allowed can be due to the degree of nominalization of verbal nouns and/or to the phenomenon of reduced valency frame that concerns especially verbal nouns derived from trivalent nouns.

(iii) The Typology of Valency Nouns

The question of noun valency is closely related to the typology of nouns. Several approaches can be envisaged there: a morphological approach in the sense that valency nouns are mostly derived from verbs or from adjectives, or a semantic approach, based on the concept of orders of entities established by Lyons.

(iv) Expression and Non-expression of Arguments of Nouns

Arguments of nouns can remain unexpressed more easily than arguments of verbs. Conditions under which arguments are left out as well as the ratio between the expressed and unexpressed arguments are to be investigated.

(v) Argument vs. Satellite Complements

Even if many types of complements can be described are without difficulties, the distinction between obligatory and facultative complements is far from being an exhausted subject.

Goals of the Workshop:

The aim of this workshop is to bring together linguists working on different languages in order to discuss theoretical approaches, descriptive models and data that contribute to a more systematic approach to the noun valency.

Call for Papers:

I ask those who are interested to participate in the workshop to send the provisional title of your contribution and a 300 word abstract (both in English) before November 10 2011. Please indicate your name, affiliation and email.

The abstracts (in MS Word format only) should be sent to the following address:


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