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Message 1: MIT Optimality in Syntax Workshop:REQUEST and pre-final schedule

Date: Thu, 11 May 95 14:16:12
From: David Pesetsky <pesetskMIT.EDU>
Subject: MIT Optimality in Syntax Workshop:REQUEST and pre-final schedule

 Is the Best Good Enough?
 Workshop on Optimality in Syntactic Theory
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 May 19-21, 1995

 ******* A REQUEST - PLEASE READ! *******

Our initial posting produced more than 70 pre-registrations. A
substantial number of other people have indicated their intention to
attend this workshop. In order to ensure that we have adequately
planned for the number of people who will attend, PLREASE SEND US
E-MAIL at good-enoughmit.edu if you are planning to attend (or know
of others who are) and have not already indicated your intentions to
us. This will be a big help. Thank you.


 - The Organizing Committee

 PRE-FINAL SCHEDULE

 Friday, May 19
 Room 6-120

Directions: From the main entrance ("lobby 7") on Mass. Ave. proceed down
the "infinite corridor" to its end. Turn right. From all other locations at
MIT: ask directions to the infinite corridor. Face away from Mass. Ave. Then
proceed as above.

09:00 - 09:15 Opening Remarks
09:20 - 10:40 Invited talk: Paul Smolensky and Geraldine Legendre
 (Johns Hopkins)
10:40 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:40 Geoffrey Poole (Harvard) "Constraints on Local Economy"
11:40 - 12:20 Eric Bakovic (Rutgers) "A Markedness Subhierarchy in Syntax"
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 15:20 Invited talk: David Pesetsky (MIT)
 "Optimality Effects in Sentence Pronunciation"
15:20 - 15:40 Break
15:40 - 16:20 Danny Fox (MIT) "Locality of Pronoun Binding"
16:20 - 16:40 Break
16:40 - 18:00 Invited talk: Stanley Peters (Stanford)
 "What do Reciprocals Mean"

 Saturday, May 20
 Room 10-250

Directions: Building 10 is midway down the "infinite corridor", off Killian
Court.

09:00 - 10:20 Invited talk: Jane Grimshaw (Rutgers)
 "Optionality and Optimality"
10:20 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 12:00 Invited talk: Ed Stabler (UCLA)
 "Structural Comparison in Performance"
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 14:00 Invited discussant: Ted Gibson (MIT)
14:00 - 14:30 Focused open discussion: The nature and role of the
 reference set/ derivations vs. representations
14:30 - 14:50 Break
14:50 - 15:30 Masanori Nakamura (McGill) "Reference Set, the Minimal Link
 Condition, and Parameterization"
15:30 - 16:10 Luigi Burzio (Johns Hopkins) "Anaphora and Soft Constraints"
16:10 - 16:20 Short Break
16:20 - 17:00 Peter Ackema & Ad Neeleman (Utrecht) "Optimal Questions"
17:00 - 17:10 Short Break
17:10 - 18:30 Invited talk: Noam Chomsky (MIT) "Formal Features"

 Dinner/Reception for workshop attendees:
 Location: Hulsizer Room, Ashdown House

 Sunday, May 21
 Room 6-120

10:00 - 11:20 Invited talk: Joan Bresnan (Stanford) "Morphology Competes with
 Syntax: Explaining Typological Variation
 in Weak Crossover Effects"
11:20 - 12:00 Mark Newson (Eotvos Lorand U., Budapest) "On the Nature of
 Inputs and Outputs: a Case Study of Negation"
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 14:10 Douglas Pulleyblank & Bill Turkel (U. of British Columbia)
 "The Logical Problem of Language Acquisition in Optimality
 Theory"
14:10 - 14:50 Bruce Tesar (U. of Colorado) "Error - Driven Learning in
 Optimality Theory via the Efficient Computation of Optimal
 Forms"
15:50 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 15:30 Invited commentator on the acquisition papers: Ken Wexler (MIT)
15:30 - 16:00 Final discussion

For hotel information, see our earlier Linguist posting or e-mail to
good-enoughmit.edu

This workshop is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
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