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Calls: Specifiers, Morphology workshop

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  1. D Adger, 2nd Call for Papers: SPECIFIERS
  2. ursula.doleschal, Morphology workshop

Message 1: 2nd Call for Papers: SPECIFIERS

Date: Mon, 02 Oct 1995 18:11:06 2nd Call for Papers: SPECIFIERS
From: D Adger <>
Subject: 2nd Call for Papers: SPECIFIERS

 Second Call For Papers


 To be held at
The University of York
 the King's Manor, York, UK
 21st-23rd March 1996

Abstract DEADLINE: 10th November 1995

Invited Speakers

Jane Grimshaw Rita Manzini
Teun Hoekstra Ian Roberts
Peggy Speas

"Specifier" has had a range of meanings in generative syntax, with the
recent consensus that a specifier is a position structurally defined by
X-bar theory. If current proposals by Chomsky are correct, then it is no
longer possible to define specifier in precisely this way and the
question of what a specifier is is thrown into sharp relief. There are at
least four broad areas of concern:

What are specifiers structurally ?
Are they always present in a derivation? How do they differ from
adjuncts? Differences between specifiers of lexical and functional heads;
multiple specifier constructions etc.
hat is the Specifier-head relationship?
How do the Wh-criterion and related criteria for focus, voice, negation
etc. work? How does the spec-head relationship motivate movement? The
directionality of checking theory; how does one capture
cross-linguistic/diachronic variation in this area? "doubly-filled"
effects etc.
How are Specifiers relevant to fields of enquiry
adjacent to syntax?
Do Specifiers have a special status in L1/L2 acquisition? How are
specifier positions mapped onto semantic representations? Do specifiers
have a morphological status? etc.
How are Specifier-specific phenomena captured in other frameworks?
HPSG; Optimality theoretic syntax; LFG; categorial frameworks etc.

Contributors should send 5 anonymous copies of an abstract not exceeding
1 page (a separate page containing references may be included), plus one
camera ready original containing author's name, address, affiliation and
e-mail address. Abstracts may not be submitted by email or fax.
Presentations will be for 30 minutes + 10 minutes questions. The deadline
for abstract submission is November 10th 1995.

We intend to publish a volume based on the conference and with this in
mind we welcome papers on a broad range of topics from psycholinguistic,
acquisitional, semantic and morphological perspectives, as well as purely

For further information contact the organising committee: David Adger;
Susan Pintzuk; Bernadette Plunkett and Georges Tsoulas.
Tel: 44 (0)1904 432650 Fax: 44 (0)1904 432652
Dept. of Language and Linguistic Science, Universty of York, Heslington,
York, YO1 5DD
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Message 2: Morphology workshop

Date: Mon, 02 Oct 1995 09:55:15 Morphology workshop
From: ursula.doleschal <ursula.doleschalWU-WIEN.AC.AT>
Subject: Morphology workshop

Announcement of a workshop on

going to be organized during the 7th International Morphology Meeting,
Vienna, Feb. 16-18, 1996 by Ursula Doleschal and Anna M. Thornton.

Topics are:

	pseudoaffixes, semiaffixes, quasimorphemes
	blending, acronyms, subtraction, clipping
	expressive (and affective) morphology
	and borderline phenomena, such as:
	suppletion, toponymy, semi- and indeclinability etc.

Persons interested are requested to send an abstract to both organizers
(addresses below, e-mail or fax preferred) by Oct. 15, 1995. Information
about acceptance of abstracts will be sent by the end of October.

Any questions concerning organizational matters should be directed to
Ursula Doleschal (ursula.doleschalWU-WIEN.AC.AT).

Anna M. Thornton (
Via F. Fiorentini 106, Pal 5 A 16, 00159 Roma, Italia
Fax: ++39 - 6 - 82 47 37

Ursula Doleschal (
Institut f. Slawische Sprachen, Wirtschaftsuniv. Wien
Augasse 9, 1090 Wien, Austria
Tel.: ++43-1-31336 4115, Fax: ++43-1-31336 744
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