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LINGUIST List 24.3860

Tue Oct 01 2013

Calls: Romance, Syntax, Semantics/Canada

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

Date: 01-Oct-2013
From: Ileana Paul <ileanauwo.ca>
Subject: The Nature of Nominal Categories
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Full Title: The Nature of Nominal Categories

Date: 02-May-2014 - 04-May-2014
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Contact Person: Ileana Paul
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 09-Dec-2013

Meeting Description:

The Nature of Nominal Categories: Mass vs. Count Nouns in Romance
Organized by Anna Moro and Ivona Kucerova

There is a growing body of evidence relating the emergence of gender to the nature of nominal categories, such as animacy or number. Romance dialects present an exciting ground for such an investigation because of the rise of a “third” gender category associated with mass nouns and other number-less phrase such as infinitival nouns, be it in traditional dialects or in a contact environment. Yet, the connection is not a straightforward one because the overall gender-number system plays out rather differently in Italo-Romance versus Ibero-Romance dialects. The underlying intuition present in the current literature is that certain semantic and structural properties must be in place for the rise of the “third” gender category to take place, but as far as we can tell its exact nature is not well understood.

The questions that arise include but are not limited to:

- Is there a universal hierarchy of nominal features that determine under what conditions a new category can emerge?
- Or does the surface variation reflects a genuine language-specific featural set up, restricted only by more general structural and semantic properties such as phasehood or semantic types?
- Is the same or similar type of feature variation attested in other languages, or is it specific to Romance?

Call for Papers:

Call deadline: December 9, 2013
Special session: The nature of nominal categories, particularly Mass vs. Count Nouns in Romance

Presentations for the special session should focus on the nature of nominal categories, preferably with a cross-linguistic focus on Romance languages.

Abstracts should not exceed two pages in length (including data, references, etc.), in 12-point type. All margins should be at least one inch wide (2.5 cm). Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author.

Abstracts should be submitted in PDF form via EasyAbs at the address below (please specify in your abstract document whether your submission is for a presentation in the main session, a poster, or the special session):



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