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LINGUIST List 24.3157

Mon Aug 05 2013

Calls: Psycholinguistics, Typology, General Linguistics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 05-Aug-2013
From: Esther Ruigendijk <esther.ruigendijkuni-oldenburg.de>
Subject: DGfS 2014 Workshop: Experimental and Theoretical Approaches to Relative Clauses Reconciled
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Full Title: DGfS 2014 Workshop: Experimental and Theoretical Approaches to Relative Clauses Reconciled

Date: 05-Mar-2014 - 07-Mar-2014
Location: Marburg, Germany
Contact Person: Petra Schulz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.online.uni-marburg.de/dgfs2014/index.php

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2013

Meeting Description:

The workshop is organized as part of the 36th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Linguistics (DGfS), to be held at the University of Marburg, Germany, March 5-7, 2014.

Invited Speaker:

Adriana Belletti (University of Siena)

Relative clauses have been at the center of research in linguistic theory, psycho- /neurolinguistics and language acquisition as well as cognitive psychology. However, these disciplines have so far generally focused on their own research agenda. One exception is the so-called object-subject asymmetry in relative clauses, which has been found in acquisition and processing studies across languages and which has recently been approached with the syntactic account of relativized minimality (cf. Friedmann/Belletti/Rizzi 2009). However, most facets of relative clauses have only received attention in parts of the field. For example, differences between restrictive and non-restrictive RCs have been investigated mostly from a semantic perspective. Likewise, research on different relative clause types, i.a. free relatives and continuative wh-relatives, and on the analysis of relative clauses (raising, modification, or matching, cf. Donati & Ceccetto 2011) has almost exclusively been undertaken in theoretical syntax. At the same time, aspects such as differences between center-embedding and right-branching, the effect of animacy and plausibility constraints have been mainly addressed in acquisition and/or processing research (e.g., Kidd et al. 2007, Mac Donald et al. 1994).

The primary goal of our workshop is to discuss current questions concerning the forms and functions of relative clauses both from a theoretical and experimental perspective in order to advance current linguistic research.

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite contributions investigating relative clauses in processing and in monolingual, bilingual, and impaired language acquisition as well as theoretical contributions focusing on syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, phonological, typological, or historical aspects of relative clauses. We explicitly welcome research addressing comparisons across different types of relative clauses and/or languages and/or populations. As the workshop aims at bringing together researchers from experimental and theoretical linguistics, we particularly welcome contributions that may build a bridge between empirical findings and linguistic theory and open up more closely intertwined research agendas for both fields.

We invite abstracts for 20 minute presentations. The presentations should clearly address the questions outlined in the description of the workshop. Please note that the language of the workshop is English, both for abstracts and presentations.


Abstracts should be at most 500 words; additional material, such as examples, figures, and references may be added on a second page. Any personal information (author’s names, affiliation, email address) should be included in the body of the email. Please send the abstracts as pdf attachments by August 15 to P.Schulz em.uni-frankfurt.de, subject: DGfS 2014 - relative clause workshop.

Program Committee:

Anke Holler
Cecilia Poletto
Esther Ruigendijk
Petra Schulz
Ede Zimmermann

Workshop Organizers:

Petra Schulz
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
FB 10, Postfach 22, 60629 Frankfurt
Phone: 069/798-32561, Fax: - 32564
P.Schulz em.uni-frankfurt.de

Esther Ruigendijk
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
26111 Oldenburg
Phone: 0441-7984695, Fax: 0441-4596
esther.ruigendijk uni-oldenburg.de

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: August 15, 2013
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2013
Submission of final abstract: November 1, 2013
DGfS 2014 conference: March 5-7, 2014

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