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LINGUIST List 25.1677

Thu Apr 10 2014

Calls: Syntax, Psycholinguistics, General Linguistics/Germany

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

Date: 10-Apr-2014
From: Anne Temme <anne.temmeposteo.de>
Subject: Syntax and Semantics of Experiencers: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives
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Full Title: Syntax and Semantics of Experiencers: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

Date: 20-Jun-2014 - 20-Jun-2014
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Anne Temme
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

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

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2014

Meeting Description:

A large array of phenomena around verbal syntax is argued to be sensitive to thematic role distinctions. In particular, experiencer-objects have been shown to display non-canonical object properties (or even subject properties) concerning word order, binding and scopal relations, clitic doubling, etc. A straightforward account of these phenomena is to trace them back to the special status of experiencers in the hierarchical clause structure. At the same time, experiencers are very likely discourse topics and a subset of their particular properties (e.g., the experiencer-first generalization in linearization) may be accounted for through a purely pragmatic account.

Call for Papers:

This workshop invites theoretical and empirical contributions dealing with the following questions:

- Which assumptions about syntactic structure account for the properties of psych verbs?
- What are the particular properties of the event structure of psych verbs and to what extent do they account for the syntactic properties of experiencer constructions?
- Which subset of the experiencer-related phenomena can be understood by discourse preferences alone?
- How can we test hypotheses about the particular status of experiencers by using precise methods (e.g., corpus studies, experiments, etc.)?
- How can we model the idiosyncratic lexical-semantic variation associated with individual predicates?

We invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words or one page single-spaced, optionally with an additional page for data and references. Submit abstracts to anne.temmeposteo.de by the deadline April 30, 2014.



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