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LINGUIST List 24.1038

Thu Feb 28 2013

Calls: Syntax, General Linguistics/Norway

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 28-Feb-2013
From: Peter Svenonius <peter.svenoniusuit.no>
Subject: CASTL Spring Conference on Differential Object Marking
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Full Title: CASTL Spring Conference on Differential Object Marking
Short Title: CASTL2013s

Date: 23-May-2013 - 24-May-2013
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Contact Person: Peter Svenonius
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://castl.uit.no/index.php/conferences/differential-object-marking

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 22-Mar-2013

Meeting Description:

Invited speaker: Mark Baker, Rutgers University

In Differential Object Marking (DOM), animacy or definiteness (or some related aspect of the interpretation of the direct object) affects the formal marking of objecthood – e.g., definite objects are overtly case marked in Hebrew, and optionally case marked in Hindi/Urdu, but not indefinite objects; as another example, specific objects are overtly case marked in Turkish, but not nonspecific objects; definite animate objects are overtly case marked in Spanish, but generally not inanimate or indefinite ones. The overt marking in such cases is sometimes identified as accusative, sometimes as dative. Such phenomena have been discussed together at least since the early 1980’s (cf. the conference web page for references).

Depending on the analysis, the phenomenon of DOM may be extended beyond case-marking alternations of the Turkish type to include object agreement. Theories of DOM sometimes also extend to verb splits (in which different verb classes take differently marked objects, a significant factor in Spanish). Bossong finds that over 300 languages exhibit some kind of DOM, broadly construed. Another potentially related set of issues involves arguments other than the object: Do the factors that cause differential marking of the object cause parallel differential marking of other arguments as well, and why or why not?

Call for Papers:

We are interested in theoretical analyses of DOM (either in a narrower or a broader sense) which take detailed empirical data and/or larger typological patterns into consideration. Analyses which draw on novel data patterns or data from underreported languages are highly welcome. However, we stress the theoretical interpretations of these patterns and hence purely descriptive reports are unlikely to be selected for presentation.

We invite anonymous abstracts (maximum two pages in length, including examples but not counting a possible additional page for references) for presentations of approximately 35 minutes plus a 15 minute discussion period (or as agreed upon). We have some funds to partially or wholly cover travel and accommodation expenses for selected speakers. The exact amount of support offered will not be known before the time of abstract selection.

Abstracts should be submitted online via EasyAbs: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/CASTL2013s.

Scientific Committee to Evaluate Abstracts:

Tarald Taraldsen, CASTL, University of Tromsø
Peter Svenonius, CASTL, University of Tromsø
Gillian Ramchand, CASTL, University of Tromsø
Thomas McFadden, CASTL, University of Tromsø
Antonio Fábregas, CASTL, University of Tromsø
Pavel Caha, CASTL, University of Tromsø

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