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LINGUIST List 23.4539

Wed Oct 31 2012

Confs: Romance, Semantics, Syntax, Pragmatics, Morphology, Historical Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 30-Oct-2012
From: Sofiana Chiriacescu <sofiana.chiriacescuuni-koeln.de>
Subject: Theoretical Implications of the Syntax/Semantics Interface in Romance
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Theoretical Implications of the Syntax/Semantics Interface in Romance
Short Title: NEREUS 6

Date: 08-Nov-2012 - 10-Nov-2012
Location: Cologne, Germany
Contact: Sofiana Chiriacescu
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://gerlin.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/kvh/konf/2012_nereus6/

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Romance

Meeting Description:

Language is a system of communication in which grammatical structures function to express meaning in context. While all languages can achieve the same basic communicative ends, they each use different means to achieve them, particularly in the divergent ways that syntax, semantics and pragmatics interact across languages.

The sixth NEREUS international workshop brings together experts in the fields of syntax and semantics, who explore the interaction between form, meaning, and communicative function in Romance languages from both a diachronic and a synchronic perspective. The aim of the conference is to describe the division of labour between syntax and semantics and the nature of the interface between them. The languages discussed range from Catalan and Spanish over French and Brazilian Portuguese to a multitude of different Italo-Romance varieties.

The workshop is open to any interested public. No conference fee has to be paid.

Thursday, November 8

Pre-conference reception

Friday, November 9

10:15 -11:15
Pe-marking in Romanian (Klaus von Heusinger & Sofiana Chiriacescu, University of Cologne)

Comparison between Unaccusatives and Existentials from a diachronic perspective, comparing French, Spanish and Catalan.
Susann Fischer (University of Hamburg)

14:00- 15:00
Whatever happened to the Occitan go-past? New insight from the dialects of Gascony and Guardia Piemontese.
Bart Jacobs (Universität Konstanz & Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)

15:00- 16:00
Information Structure inside the NP.
Daniel Jacob (Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg)

Contrast and the interpretation of noun phrases.
Manuel Leonetti (University of Alcala)

The history of „aliquis'' and the system of Latin specific indefinites.
Chiara Gianollo (University of Cologne)

Saturday, November 10

10:00- 11:00
The interface between proximative and avertive in Romance.
Sarah Schwellenbach (University of Cologne)

Presentational bare nominals in Brazilian Portuguese
Maria Teresa Espinal & Sonia Cyrino (University Autònoma de Barcelona, UNICAMP)

Zero article and its loss from Old to Modern French - some data.
Martin Becker (University of Cologne)

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