LINGUIST List 24.3009|
Wed Jul 24 2013
Calls: Semantics, Syntax, Typology/Portugal
Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk
From: Fernanda Pratas <fcpratasgmail.com>
Subject: Coordination / Subordination in Lisbon
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Full Title: Coordination / Subordination in Lisbon
Short Title: CSI Lisbon
Date: 07-May-2014 - 09-May-2014
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Contact Person: Fernanda Pratas
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax; Typology
Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2013
Coordination / Subordination in Lisbon
The conference will be hosted by Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa (CLUL):
Complex sentences have been at the core of cross-linguistic studies over the past decades. As a way to account for the linkage between clauses within these intricate structures, the traditional coordination vs. subordination divide has certainly proved crucial, offering a convenient basis for the development of numerous ground-breaking formal tools, both in syntactic and in semantic domains.
More recent studies, however, have met several challenges to this traditional boundary, either because they have gone further into the theoretical implications of prior analyses or because they are focused on novel data: from still scarcely studied languages, from dialectal and diachronic variation or from language acquisition (cf. Gast & Diessel 2012, Haspelmath 2004, Heycock & Petersen 2012, Ledgeway 2007, Sekali 2011, Verstraete 2007, among many others).
One type of challenge concerns the constructions that resist both some of the syntactic tests for coordination and some of the tests for subordination. To name just one example, are comparative constructions in some languages an instance of subordination? If so, do they involve adverbial clauses? Or, considering some word order restrictions, do they involve relative clauses? Furthermore, how to accommodate the fact that they also show typical features of coordination, such as their behaviour regarding ellipsis or the properties of their connectives? Another type of challenge has been brought about by specific mismatches between the superficial structure of some sentences and their actual use or meaning: (i) some sentences exhibit properties of subordinate clauses and yet are used independently, a phenomenon known as insubordination (Evans 2007); this occurs, for instance, with sequences like: ‘If you could visit grandmother today’; (ii) certain syntactically coordinate sentences are cases of subordination at the level of conceptual structure (Culicover & Jackendoff 1997); this occurs, for instance, with sequences like: ‘The treasury minister announces one more austerity measure and my friend emigrates with his family.’
Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh)
Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge)
Ana Maria Martins
Call for Papers:
CSI Lisbon welcomes submissions that discuss all types of challenges to the traditional boundaries between coordination and subordination. Both typological studies and formal grammatical analyses within a generative framework are encouraged, especially if they bring into the debate the innovative insights that novel linguistic data allow for.
Abstract submissions are welcome for thirty-minute oral presentations, to be followed by ten minutes for questions and discussion.
Abstracts should be no longer than two pages, including references and examples, with margins of at least 1 inch, in 12-point Times New Roman, single-spaced.
Submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author, or 2 joint abstracts per author.
Anonymous abstracts in the form of PDF files are to be submitted via the EasyAbs system, at:
December 15, 2013: Deadline for submission of abstracts
February 15, 2014: Notification of acceptance
Kai von Fintel
Isabel Pérez Jiménez
Eduardo Paiva Raposo
Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson
Olga Fernández Soriano
Mark de Vries
Niina Ning Zhang
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