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Sat Jan 29 2011

Confs: General Ling, Ling Theories, Syntax/Spain

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        1.     Ismael Teomiro , Workshop on Formal Grammar and Syntactic Variation

Message 1: Workshop on Formal Grammar and Syntactic Variation
Date: 28-Jan-2011
From: Ismael Teomiro <ivan.teomirouam.es>
Subject: Workshop on Formal Grammar and Syntactic Variation
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Workshop on Formal Grammar and Syntactic Variation

Date: 27-Oct-2011 - 28-Oct-2011
Location: Madrid, Spain
Contact: Amaya Mendikoetxea
Contact Email: variation.uamgmail.com

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Syntax

Meeting Description:

The aim of this workshop is to explore the explanatory power of formal
approaches to syntactic variation. The workshop will bring together
scholars working on some of the issues that are being addressed within the
generativist Principles and Parameters framework, such as the extend to
which the conceptual apparatus and analytical tools of the Minimalist
Program can account for variation phenomena, the specification of the locus
for variation, and the compatibility of formal and non formal analyses of
variation. In particular, we are interested in papers that address one or
several of the following (or related) issues:

1. Do parameters (i.e. clusters of related syntactic properties) really exist?
(cf. Newmeyer 2005, Roberts & Holmberg 2005, Biberauer 2008)

2. Which is the locus of syntactic variation? Is parametric variation restricted
to the (functional) lexicon (cf. Borer 1984, Wexler & Manzini 1987, Fukui
1988, Ouhalla, 1991)? Are there, in addition, 'grammatical' parameters, with
global effects on the grammar of a language (Baker 2008)? Are 'semantic'
parameters also to be found in the mapping to the conceptual-intentional
system? (Chierchia 1998).

3. Are there macroparameters (Baker 1996, 2008)? Can they be fully
reduced to microparametric variation (Kayne 2005)?

4. Is there a parameter hierarchy (Baker 2001, Newmeyer 2005)? What
form does it take, if any?

5. Is the variation space limited by 'parameter schemata' (Longobardi
2005)?

6. Which is the status of parameters in the architecture of the language
faculty? How is parametric variation to be viewed, in particular, under the
current minimalist assumption of an underspecified UG? (i.e. are
parameters primitives of UG or rather represent emergent properties of the
language system? Kandybowicz 2009, Boeckx to appear, Berwick &
Chomsky to appear)?

7. Are formal and non-formal theories of syntactic variation compatible
(Adger & Smith 2005, Barbiers 2005)?

Organizers:
Luis Eguren (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
Olga Fernández Soriano (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
Amaya Mendikoetxea (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
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