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  1. D Adger, SPECIFIERS: Final Call for Papers
  2. Gert Webelhuth, Fall 1995 Issue of Generative Germanic Syntax Newsletter: Call

Message 1: SPECIFIERS: Final Call for Papers

Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 17:25:01 SPECIFIERS: Final Call for Papers
From: D Adger <>
Subject: SPECIFIERS: Final Call for Papers

 Final Call For Papers


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

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. What 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 syntactic.

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: Fall 1995 Issue of Generative Germanic Syntax Newsletter: Call

Date: Thu, 26 Oct 1995 13:03:38 Fall 1995 Issue of Generative Germanic Syntax Newsletter: Call
From: Gert Webelhuth <>
Subject: Fall 1995 Issue of Generative Germanic Syntax Newsletter: Call

The editors of the Germanic Generative Syntax Newsletter are getting
ready to compile the Fall edition of 1995. This newsletter is
published twice a year and contains information of relevance to
linguists working on the syntax of the Germanic languages (old and
new, EXCEPT Modern English). The newsletter includes:

Bibliographical references to unpublished manuscripts; Half-page
abstracts of unpublished manuscripts or papers published within the
last six months; 1-page abstracts of book manuscripts, dissertations,
and books published within the last six months; Conference
announcements; Conference descriptions; Half-page abstracts of
conference talks; Special bibliographies on a topic of general

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