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LINGUIST List 24.3401

Thu Aug 29 2013

Confs: Phonology, Syntax, Morphology, Linguistic Theories/Germany

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

Date: 22-Aug-2013
From: Anke Assmann <anke.assmannuni-leipzig.de>
Subject: Workshop on Opacity in Grammar
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Workshop on Opacity in Grammar
Short Title: WOPiG

Date: 03-Oct-2013 - 03-Oct-2013
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact: Gereon Müller
Contact Email: cgsw28uni-leipzig.de
Meeting URL: http://conference.uni-leipzig.de/cgsw28

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax

Meeting Description:

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Leipzig is pleased to announce the workshop ‘Opacity in Grammar’ (WOPiG). The aim of WOPiG is to bring together researchers from phonology, morphology, and syntax in order to address the puzzles posed by opaque interactions of grammatical operations.

Some linguistic expressions are opaque in the sense that the reason why a certain grammatical process has applied (or why it has not applied) cannot be read off of their surfaces. Traditionally, this kind of opacity was captured by concepts such as overapplication or underapplication; counter-bleeding or counter-feeding; or blocking.

Opaque interaction arises in all linguistic frameworks where the analysis of linguistic expressions is the result of the interaction of elementary operations and/or constraints. While opaque interactions would seem to be easily resolvable in derivational or stratal frameworks, opacity presents a challenge for representational frameworks. Indeed, recent developments in all grammatical components tend to make use of timing: in phonology, Harmonic Serialism (McCarthy (2010)) or Candidate Chains (McCarthy (2007)) are used; in morphology, the Distributed Morphology approach of, e.g., Arregi and Nevins (2012) allows ordering of postsyntactic morphological rules; in syntax, the timing of elementary operations like Merge, Move, and Agree becomes more and more important (e.g., Rezac (2004)). In light of these trends, the aim of WOPiG is to bring together proponents of derivational and representational frameworks in order to discuss how opaque interactions can be resolved with derivational and representational means.


Arregi, Karlos and Andrew Nevins (2012), Morphotactics: Basque Auxiliaries and the Structure of Spellout, Springer, Dordrecht.
McCarthy, John (2007), Hidden Generalizations. Phonological Opacity in Optimality Theory, Equinox, London.
McCarthy, John (2010), ‘An Introduction to Harmonic Serialism’, Language and Linguistics Compass 4(10), 1001-1018.
Rezac, Milan (2004), Elements of Cyclic Syntax: Agree and Merge, PhD thesis, University of Toronto.

Invited Speakers:

Eric Baković (University of California, San Diego)
Paul Kiparsky (Stanford University)
Howard Lasnik (University of Maryland)

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