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Tue Dec 20 2011

Confs: Romance, Morphology, Syntax, Pragmatics, General Ling/Switzerland

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        1.     Natascha Pomino , Negation and Clitics in Romance


Message 1: Negation and Clitics in Romance
Date: 20-Dec-2011
From: Natascha Pomino <npominorom.uzh.ch>
Subject: Negation and Clitics in Romance
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Negation and Clitics in Romance

Date: 24-Feb-2012 - 25-Feb-2012
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Contact: Elisabeth Stark
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.rose.uzh.ch/colloque.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Morphology; Pragmatics; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Romance

Meeting Description:

The conference Negation and Clitics in Romance is concerned with
central aspects of the description and formalization of variation in the
expression of negation in Romance, with a special focus on clitic
exponents of negation or exponents in close morpho-syntactic
interaction with clitics (distribution, cluster, morpho-phonologic
phenomena etc.). Clitics can be considered as morpho-syntactic
elements that are ' neither clearly independent words, nor clearly
affixes ' (cf. Zwicky 1977: 1), they are phonologically weak and often
show special syntactic behaviour as well as a tendency towards
affixation and disappearance and are hence often subject to linguistic
variation. This can be observed for instance in modern French (cf. Jean
(n’)aime pas les pommes), where the realisation of the clitic negation
particle ne varies according to intra- and extra-linguistic factors,
(such as the morphosyntactic and phonological environment, the
socio-demographic and geographic origin of the speakers, and the
communication situation).

From a typological and diachronic point of view, the conference will
examine the following questions: What type of morphemes appear in
multi-morpheme negations in Romance? In which way are they related
to the Jespersen cycle (cf. Jespersen 1917, 1924)? From a theoretic and
formal point of view, the conference seeks to explain and to model the
interactions between the different elements in clitic clusters: Which
models are suitable for their description? Could cycles of
grammaticalization be used as patterns in order to map synchronic
variation? In the last decades questions have been raised concerning
the status of negation as a functional phrase. Is it necessary and useful
to assume a functional negation phrase and where is it located (in the
Romance/Indo-European languages and in a general way)? Is it
convincing to assume that a clitic (like French ne) is the head of the
negation, or are we supposed to reconsider our formal models of
negation (cf. the critical discussion in Peters 1999)?


Friday 24th February 2012

10.00-10.30
Welcome and introduction (Charlotte Meisner, Harald Völker &
Elisabeth Stark)

10.30-11.15
When is preverbal negation reanalysed as a polarity marker? The case
of French ne (Pierre Larrivée)

11.15-12.00
The morpho-syntactic status of ne and its effect on the syntax of
imperative sentences (Hugues Peters)

12.00-12.45
When negative imperatives aren't negative (Paul Rowlett)
Lunch

14.15-15.00
Synchronic variation in the expression of French negation (Charlotte
Meisner & Natascha Pomino)

15.00-15.45
Old French negation, the Tobler/Mussafia law, and V2 (Richard Ingham)

Coffee break

16.15-17.00
Factors affecting the use of impersonal il in Spoken French:
implications for change in the clitic system (Jennifer Culbertson)

17.00-17.45
The interplay of multiple descriptive factors for the understanding of a
text language, illustrated by the negation in Old French. A study of
manuscript variation of ne-Ø, nemie, ne-pas, and ne-point (Lene
Schøsler & Harald Völker)

17.45-18.30
Variable ne in nineteenth-century French: corpus data and
metalinguistic commentaries (Andreas Dufter)

Saturday 25th February 2012

10.00-10.45
The emergence of subject clitic pronouns in Romance (Georg A. Kaiser)

10.45-11.30 Reference and polarity markers as clitics: contrasting
demands on form (Dieter Wanner)

11.30-12.15
Clitic subjects and negation (Michele Loporcaro)

Lunch

13.45-14.30
tba (David Heap)

14.30-15.15
On the status of the Negative Marker no in logudorese Sardinian
(Franck Floricic)

15.15-16.00
Negation and Focus: on the Syntax of emphasis (Cecilia Poletto &
Raffaella Zanuttini)

Coffee break

16.30-17.15
The distribution of preverbal en in (West) Flemish: syntactic and
pragmatic properties (Liliane Haegeman)

17.15-18.00
The Middle Dutch negative clitic: status, position and disappearance
(Jack Hoeksema)

18.00-18.15
Concluding remarks (Charlotte Meisner, Harald Völker & Elisabeth
Stark)



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