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Confs: General Linguistics, Syntax/Belgium

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        1.     Rachel Nye , Generative Initiatives in Syntactic Theory 5: Generalizing Relative Strategies

Message 1: Generative Initiatives in Syntactic Theory 5: Generalizing Relative Strategies
Date: 13-Feb-2012
From: Rachel Nye <rachel.nyeugent.be>
Subject: Generative Initiatives in Syntactic Theory 5: Generalizing Relative Strategies
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Generative Initiatives in Syntactic Theory 5: Generalizing Relative Strategies
Short Title: GIST5

Date: 22-Mar-2012 - 23-Mar-2012
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Contact: Rachel Nye
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.gist.ugent.be/relatives

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Relative clauses are usually thought of as a class of non-interrogative embedded clauses, the most prototypical members of which are headed relative clauses and free relatives.

In the generative tradition, these are standardly analysed as being derived through displacement of some phrasal category, be it the antecedent of the relative clause (Vergnaud 1974), an operator (Chomsky 1977) or both (Cinque 2009). Semantically, this operation enables the moved item to take scope at the propositional level.

Over the last decades, various other types of non-interrogative embedded clauses have also been analysed as relative clauses. For instance, an operator movement analysis has been proposed for adverbial clauses such as temporal clauses (most notably when-clauses, see Geis 1970; Larson 1987; Haegeman 2009) and conditionals (among others Lycan 2001; Bhatt & Pancheva 2006; Haegeman 2011).

In addition, some types of complement clauses have been argued to be derived through operator movement (see for instance Arsenijević 2009; Kayne 2008, 2010; Haegeman & Ürögdi (2010a,b). More specifically, it has been proposed that factive complements and clausal complements to nouns are amenable to an analysis in terms of (null) operator movement.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a stage for presentations by, and discussion among, researchers who have implemented a relative clause analysis for syntactic structures that are not typically considered to be relative clauses.

Thursday March 22

Coffee + registration

Welcome/opening remarks

Boban Arsenijević (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): Verb prefixation of the Slavic type in terms of concord and relativization.

Dominique Sportiche (UCLA/ENS): Adjunct/argument asymmetries and relative clause types.


Carlo Cecchetto (Università di Milano Bicocca) and Caterina Donati (Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza'): Relative structures (and other strong islands) reduced to relabeling.


Anna Roussou (University of Patras): Complements, relatives, and nominal properties.

Rita Manzini (Università degli Studi di Firenze): Complement clauses as (free) relatives, complementizers as wh-pronouns: refining the picture.


Iliyana Krapova (Università di Venezia Ca' Foscari) and Guglielmo Cinque (Università di Venezia Ca' Foscari): "Clausal Complements" of Nouns as reduced relative clauses.

Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam): Factive constructions and predicate fronting in Gungbe.

Friday March 23


Hilda Koopman (UCLA): Noun phrases as relatives: the view from below.

Jason Zentz (Yale University): Movement in adverbial clauses: Evidence from Akɔɔse wh-agreement.


Hamida Demirdache (Université de Nantes) and Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria (University of the Basque Country): tba


Rajesh Bhatt (UMass) and Roumyana Pancheva (USC): tba

Barbara Tomaszewicz (USC): tba

Closing remarks

Publication meeting

All who are interested in this topic are warmly invited to attend. The deadline for registration is 1st March. For details of registration and practical information, as well as a full description of the workshop and a short bibliography please visit our website:


Please direct any email queries to rachel.nyeugent.be or lieven.danckaertugent.be.


Liliane Haegeman (UGent), Boban Arsenijević (UPF), Lieven Danckaert (UGent), Rachel Nye (UGent) and the GIST team.

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