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LINGUIST List 24.3089

Tue Jul 30 2013

Confs: Little v

Editor for this issue: Caylen Cole-Hazel <caylenlinguistlist.org>

Date: 28-Jul-2013
From: Roberta D'Alessandro <r.dalessandrohum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Little v
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Little v
Short Title: v

Date: 25-Oct-2013 - 26-Oct-2013
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Contact: Roberta D'Alessandro
Contact Email: dialettihum.leidenuniv.nl

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Meeting Description:

Little v
LUCL, Leiden, 25-26 October 2013

Keynote Speakers:

Heidi Harley
Angelika Kratzer
Gillian Ramchand
Florian Schäfer
Lisa Travis

Conference Organizers:

Lisa Cheng, Roberta D’Alessandro, Irene Franco, Laura Migliori and Giuseppe Torcolacci

Little v (or simply v) is one of the most discussed heads in the history of syntax. Since Larson’s (1988) analysis of ditransitive verbs involving a layered V, the idea of an extra head in the V domain, in addition to V, has taken many different forms. The v head was first proposed by Chomsky (1995), following an idea by Kratzer (1996) on (v-)Voice as the head whose specifier hosts the external argument of a verb. For transitive verbs, v was taken to be the locus of Burzio’s generalization. From this definition, it follows that v needs not be present in unaccusatives and it can be in unergatives, if they are analyzed following Hale & Keyser (1993) et seq.

Soon after, within Distributed Morphology, v was assumed to be a ‘verbalizer’, i.e. the head that transforms a root into a verb. Both Harley (1995) and Marantz (1997) maintain that, given this formulation, v must be present in unaccusatives and unergatives as well as in transitives.

As for passives, while the Baker, Johnson & Roberts’s (1989) GB analysis of passives was pretty much accepted by everyone, the introduction of a Numeration and of a derivational syntax made the relation between passive and active transitives blur. Passives were either assumed not to feature a v, or to feature a defective one (Chomsky 1995 ff.), or to be derived through the presence of a (dedicated) Voice head (Kratzer 1996, Marantz 2001, Arad 2003) by virtue of merging an argument in this head alone or by accompanying merge with some sort of operation (e.g. Collins 2005’s smuggling).

Along another line, v has been thought of as encoding all sorts of inner aspectual/Aktionsart information (Folli & Harley 2004 et seq., Ramchand 2008). Lastly, v has been analysed as the locus of anticausative constructions, middles, and impersonals (Alexiadou & Anagnostopoulou 2004 et seq., Schäfer 2007 et seq., Alexiadou, Anagnostopoulou & Schäfer 2006 et seq., D’Alessandro 2004), and as being involved in the creation of ergativity patterns (Bittner & Hale 1986, Paul & Travis 2003, Aldridge 2004).

A lot of debate has followed since these first formulations, and many different roles have been attributed to v. This workshop aims at surveying all uses of v, and at finding a common denominator between them.

Little v Program

25 October

9:00- 9:30

Keynote speaker: Heidi Harley (University of Arizona)
'The 'bundling' hypothesis and the disparate functions of little v'

Artemis Alexiadou & Terje Lohndal (University of Stuttgart & Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
On the division of labor between roots and functional structure

10:50- 11:10
coffee break

Shin Fukuda (University of Hawaii at Moanoa)
Flavors of voice and selection of vPs in Japanese

Phoevos Panagiotidis, Anthi Revithiadou & Vassilios Spyropoulos (University of Cyprus, University of Thessaloniki & University of Athens)
Little v as a categorizing verbal head: Evidence from Greek

Sandhya Sundaresan (University of Leipzig)
In support of an articulated v layer: Insights from Tamil

12:40- 14:45

Elena Anagnostopoulou (University of Crete)
Little v, voice and phases in participles

15:15- 15:45
Balkiz Ozturk & Eser Erguvanli Taylan (Bogazici University)
Omnipresent little vP in Pazar Laz

Poster session 1 + coffee break

17:00 - 17:50
Keynote speaker: Gillian Ramchand (University of Tromsø)
Eventualities and predication

Poster session 1
- Ane Berro (University of the Basque Country) - alternate
An event decomposition analysis of intransitive verbs of Basque and Ergativity

- Negin Ilkhanipour (University of Tehran)
On the semantics of little v

- Dimitris Michelioudakis (University of York)
Splitting v(*) and its conditions: towards a constrained analysis of applicatives

- Laura Migliori (Leiden University)
v as a field: Evidence from the Latin verbal system

- Fumikazu Niinuma & Hideya Takahashi (Morioka University & Iwate Prefectural University)
The morphosyntax of intransitivization and the configurationality of vP in Japanese dialects

- Tomokazu Takehisa (NUPALS)
Causatives, inchoatives and idioms in Japanese

Social dinner

26 October

Keynote speaker: Lisa Travis (McGill University)
The articulation of little v: A view from phases

10:20- 10:50
Maria Polinsky & Nina Radkevich (Harvard University & Harvard/York)
Agreement between XPs: The invisible v

Coffee break

Rebecca Tollan (University of Toronto)
Case marking and sensitivity of little v: Evidence from dialectal variation in Basque (and beyond)

Tillmann Pross (University of Stuttgart)
Voice in the absence of v: The case of German unergative nominalizations

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
The features of voice

12:40- 14:40

14:40 - 15:30
Keynote speaker: Florian Schäfer (University of Stuttgart)
On reflexively marked expletive voice and reflexively interpreted middle voice

Poster session 2 + coffee break

Keynote speaker: Angelika Kratzer (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Creating a family: Constructing transfer of possession verbs

Poster session 2

- Hyunjung Ahn (University of Washington)
Little v and inner focus position: Evidence from Korean case-stacking construction

- Wonsuk Jung (University of the Basque Country)
Alternate little v and case alternation in Korean complex predicates

- Gholamhosein Karimi-Doostan (University of Tehran)
Alternate Voice and v

- Thomas McFadden (University of Tromsø)
On the phasal status of vP

- Giorgos Spathas (University of Stuttgart)
The content of voice: Evidence from corrective contexts

- Nadia Varley (University of Wuppertal)
Towards split Voice-vP: Evidence from the Slavic languages

- Miyoko Yasui (Dokkyo University)
Feature compositions of little v's in passives


1. Wonsuk Jung (University of the Basque Country)
Little v and case alternation in Korean complex predicates

2. Ane Berro (University of the Basque Country)
An event decomposition analysis of intransitive verbs of Basque and Ergativity

3. Gholamhosein Karimi-Doostan (University of Tehran)
Voice and v
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