LINGUIST List 7.652

Fri May 3 1996

Calls: LINGUIST Binding Theory Conference

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Message 1: Electronic conference call

Date: Fri, 03 May 1996 12:09:58 EDT
From: Daniel Seely <dseelyemunix.emich.edu>
Subject: Electronic conference call


 SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

	 GEOMETRIC AND THEMATIC STRUCTURE IN BINDING


INTRODUCTION

LINGUIST is pleased to announce its first electronic linguistics
conference, "Geometric and Thematic Structure in Binding," to be held
Oct 14 - Nov 4, 1996. We are looking forward to this meeting and we
hope that electronic conferencing will become a regular feature of
LINGUIST. If this conference is successful, we will solicit proposals
from subscribers and support the organization of electronic conferences
on other linguistic topics.

Conference Organizer: Daniel Seely
Technical Support: Anthony Aristar
	 Helen Dry

BACKGROUND --
With this conference, we hope to further develop the impressive
potential of the internet to encourage interchange among
geographically-distant scholars.

Advantages of an electronic conference include:

	Linguists can be actively involved just by turning
	on the computer; this minimizes temporal, locational,
	and financial constraints on conference participation.

	Immediate archiving allows easy and permanent
	access to conference procedings.

	There are unique opportunites to foster public discussion
	by specialists within and across subdisciplines.

The goals of this first conference are serious linguistically but
modest technically. It is intended as a pilot study which will give
us valuable experience in determining how things can and should work
in the future. Details of the technical organization of the
conference can be found at the end of this Call for Papers.

CONFERENCE THEME--
 Within the generative tradition, two major approaches to binding theory
can be identified: theta-based accounts and structure-based accounts.
The former defines the binding domain of some target element in
terms of co-argumenthood and often employs a theta hierarchy.
The latter exploits the geometry of a phrase marker
appealing to such purely structural notions as c-command, government,
or spec-head agreement. Many mixed approaches exist but there are pure
forms on both sides.

 The working goal of this conference is to explore the empirical and
theoretical advantages and disadvantages of theta-based vs structure-based
binding theories with the ultimate task of assessing where the
preponderance of current evidence falls. Below we present a sampling
of the issues that might be further addressed:


			 THETA-BASED BINDING

 Theta-based accounts define the binding domain of anaphoric
elements using some notion of coargumenthood; the strong version
attempts to eliminate all structural relations such as c-command,
m-command, government, etc in favor of relations such as x is or is
not a coargument of y, and x is or is not asymmetrically related
to y relative to a theta hierarchy. These analyses are claimed to

(i) allow for a strong version of the autonomy thesis.
As Wilkins (1988) points out [in "Thematic Structure and Reflexivization"
in Syntax & Semantics, vol 21, p.192]: "... reflexivization
necessarily involves semantic interpretation (often discussed as
"coreference"), [and thus] an explanation in terms of semantic
notions would be more parsimonious, and thus more highly valued,
than one that relies on the syntactic order or hierarchical
arrangement of constituents." (See also Reinhart & Reuland (1993)
"Reflexivity" LI, 24.4 pp 657-720, among others.)

(ii) account for certain data better than structural accounts,
specifically cases where there is a thematic asymmetry between
elements x and y but not a structural asymmetry between them.
Thus, "Mary talked to Bill about himself" is troublesome for
structural binding since "himself" is not c-commanded by its antecedent
"Bill" and yet the sentence is fine; but this is straightforward for
theta accounts since "Bill" is higher on the theta hierarchy than
"himself" and hence can bind it.

(iii) And finally, as pointed out by many linguists, they allow binding
theory to be sensitive to semantic properties of theta roles that are
inaccessible to purely structural accounts.


		 STRUCTURE BASED BINDING

 On the other hand, analyses for which structural relations are
paramount, including the classic BT of Chomsky (1981) and most recent
versions of the movement analysis of anaphors, do a fine job in handling

(i) long distance anaphors and

(ii) in capturing the relation between the morphological form of
reflexives and their binding potential, viz, long distance reflexives
are monomorphemic while short distance reflexives are polymorphemic.

(iii) They also give a satisfying account of such phenomena as
subject orientation and the blocking effect.


ABSTRACTS:
We invite a one page, electronically submitted abstract, dealing
with these and any other aspect of the theta vs structure
binding debate.

	Deadline for abstracts: May 15, 1996

	Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the Review Board:
		
		REVIEW BOARD

	Robert Fiengo			Pierre Pica
	Arild Hestvik			Eric Reuland
	James Higginbotham		Daniel Seely
	Howard Lasnik			Wendy Wilkins
	Robert May			Andrew Barss

	Submit the abstract electronically to

		abstracttamvm1.tamu.edu

	The first 3 lines of the message should consist of
	
		Your name
		Your email address
		The title of the abstract

	Then leave at least 3 blank lines before beginning the abstract.
	The abstract itself should also begin with the title. But no
	other identifying information should be included.

	The final program will be announced: June 21, 1996

	Final versions of papers must be submitted to the
	conference organizer by:

		Sept 21, 1996
	
	Presentation of papers will be visual so
	"speakers" MUST have papers complete and
	ready for public distribution by Sept. 30.
	For practical reasons, papers should be
	relatively short: approx. 10 pages.

	The conference will take place:

		Oct 14 to Nov 4, 1996

	Since abstracts and papers will be distributed via
	email, and many participants will not have MIME
	or unicode-compliant mailers,
	
		All text must be in ASCII.


CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION

	LINGUIST subscribers sign up for the conference
	and can participate actively or passively. There
	will be an email list, separate from LINGUIST,
	for conference participants.

 	Papers will be mounted on a Web site and also
	sent via email to conference participants.
	
	Discussion of papers will take place on the
	special conference email list.

	Because the electronic medium requires extra reading
	and discussion time, and because the participants
	will be in different times zones, this conference
	will last 3 weeks.


SESSION ORGANIZATION:

	We plan to have 3 sessions each with 3 - 4 papers,
	and all sessions will have a moderator drawn from
	the Review Board listed above.

	At the beginning of each week the session papers will
	be sent to participants and mounted on the Web site.
	Then we will have (in order):

		a 2 day reading period
	
		a 3 day discussion period, facilitated
			by the moderator

		a final statement by the moderator

	At the end of the conference, there will be general discussion
	of all papers and comments, and a

		Keynote Address by Howard Lasnik

	Conference URL: http://www.emich.edu/~linguist/linconf.html

	______________________________________________________________

Questions about the conference should be addressed to the conference
organizer: Daniel Seely
 dseelyemunix.emich.edu

FURTHER INFORMATION--

TIME FRAME:
	Call for papers: April 1
	Deadline for abstracts: May 15, 1996
	Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the Review Board
	Final program announced: June 21, 1996
	Final versions of papers submitted to the conference organizer by:
		Sept 21, 1996
	Conference: Oct 14 to Nov 4, 1996


TO "ATTEND" THE CONFERENCE:
Send an email message to:

	listservtamvm1.tamu.edu

The message should consist of the single line:

	subscribe linconf firstname lastname

Ex: subscribe linconf Jane Doe

The conference signup period will extend from April 1 to the end of the
conference.

At the end of the conference, participants will be automatically
unsubscribed from the linconf list.


TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT:
Check the formal Call for Papers info above for a full description
of the conference theme. Deadline for abstracts is May 15, 1996

Submit a 1-page abstract electronically to

	abstracttamvm1.tamu.edu

The first 3 lines of the message should consist of
	
	Your name
	Your email address
	The title of the abstract

Then leave at least 3 blank lines before beginning the abstract.
The abstract itself should also begin with the title. But no other
identifying information should be included.

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. So the conference organizers
will strip off the 3-line identifying information as well as the mail
header before submitting the abstract to the Review Board.

Since abstracts and papers will be distributed via email, and
many participants will not have MIME or unicode-compliant mailers,
	
	All text must be in ASCII.


	Conference URL: http://www.emich.edu/~linguist/linconf.html

Questions about the conference should be addressed to the conference
organizer: Daniel Seely
 dseelyemunix.emich.edu
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