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Confs: Workshop on Comparative Slavic Morphosyntax

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  1. George Fowler, Program & Info: Workshop on Comparative Slavic Morphosyntax

Message 1: Program & Info: Workshop on Comparative Slavic Morphosyntax

Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 10:13:42 -0600
From: George Fowler <>
Subject: Program & Info: Workshop on Comparative Slavic Morphosyntax



McCormick's Creek State Park
Spenser, Indiana
5-7 June 1998

Indiana University and the U.S. Dept. of Education are pleased to sponsor
this workshop. Earlier this winter and spring five "position papers" were
published at our www site


The position papers aimed to summarize the state of knowledge on five
crucial topics within the general rubric of Comparative Slavic
Morphosyntax, and responses were solicited addressing these papers. The
Workshop brings together the authors of the position papers and the
respondants in an intimate, retreat-like setting. Non-respondants are
welcome to attend; see below for details. The position papers and responses
will be published by Slavica Publishers.


SESSION 1: Wh-Phrases and Wh-Movement in Slavic

1:00 pm Zeljko Boskovic, U. of Connecticut (Position Paper)
1:30 Discussion


1:45 Norvin Richards, U. of Massachusetts
 Focusing on Serbo-Croatian and Not on Bulgarian
2:10 Jeong-Seok Kim, University of Connecticut
 Superiority Effects in Multiple WH-fronting
2:35 Michael Yadroff, Indiana University
 Wh-movement and Superiority in Russian
2:50 Sandra Stjepanovic, University of Connecticut
 Movement of Wh-Phrases in Serbo-Croatian Matrix Clauses
3:15 General Discussion
3:45 Arthur Stepanov, University of Connecticut
 Scope-Marking Interrogatives in Slavic
4:10 Sue Brown, Harvard University
 Attract-All and Its Relevance for Negative Concord
4:35 Piotr Banski, Indiana University and Warsaw University
 Wh-Movement in Polish
5:00 Loren Billings, Carnegie-Mellon University
 Catherine Rudin, Wayne State College
 Animacy and Focus in Bulgarian Wh-Questions
5:25 General Discussion

6:15 PICNIC DINNER (see below)


SESSION 2: Agreement in Slavic

8:30 am Greville G. Corbett, U. of Sussex (Position Paper)
9:00 Discussion

9:15 Wayles Browne, Cornell University
 Agreement with Infinitive Subjects in Slavic
9:40 Jens Norgard-Sorensen, University of Copenhagen
 Animacy as an Agreement Category
10:05 Stephen Wechsler, University of Texas
 Larisa Zlatic, University of Texas
 Sentential and Discourse Agreement in Serbo-Croatian
10:30 Natasha Borovikova, DePauw University and Indiana University
 First-Conjunct Agreement with Unaccusative Verbs in Russian
10:55 Kim Gareiss, University of Chicago
 Linguistic Ideology and the Loss of Slavic Agreement: The Case
 of the Macedonian Relativizer
11:20 Discussion

12:00 LUNCH

SESSION 3: Voice and Diathesis in Slavic

1:15 Leonard H. Babby, Princeton University
1:45 Discussion


2:00 James Lavine, Princeton University
 Stephanie Harves, Princeton University
 Loren Billings, Carnegie Mellon University
 Syntax and Diathesis: A Response to L.H. Babby's "Voice and
 Diathesis in Slavic"
2:25 George Fowler, Indiana University
 -Sja, -En, and the Vagaries of Diathesis: Why Should ASPECT
 Have Anything to Do with it Anyway?
2:40 Marina Yu. Chertkova, Lomonosov Moscow University
 The Passive Voice, and By-Aspectual Verbs
3:05 Milena Slavcheva, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
 Some Reflections on Voice and Diathesis
3:20 General Discussion

SESSION 4: The Slavic Noun Phrase

4:00 Gilbert C. Rappaport, University of Texas, Austin
4:30 Discussion


4:45 Larisa Zlatic, University of Texas
 Slavic Noun Phrases Are NPs, not DPs
5:10 Michael Yadroff, Indiana University
 The Structure of NP in Slavic and UG
5:25 Miriam Engelhardt, Jerusalem
 Helen Trugman, CTEH, Holon
 Double Genitive Constructions in Russian
5:50 George Fowler, Indiana University
 What's at the Top of NP: KP, PP, and the Nature of
 Transitional Categories
6:05 Sandra Stjepanovic, University of Connecticut
 Extraction of Adjuncts out of NPs
6:20 General Discussion


SESSION 5: Clitics in Slavic

8:30 Steven Franks, Indiana University
9:00 Discussion


9:15 Ljiljana Progovac, Wayne State University
 Clitic-Second and Verb-Second
9:40 Olga Tomic, University of Novi Sad
 Against Clitic Lowering
10:05 Peter Kosta, Universitaet Potsdam
 On the Syntax of Negation and Clitics in Slavic
10:30 Iva Schick, Universitaet Potsdam
 Clitic Doubling Constructions in Balkan-Slavic Languages
11:05 Geraldine Legendre, Johns Hopkins University
 Generalized Optimality-Theoretic Alignment: The Case of
 Macedonian Clitics
11:30 General Discussion
12:00 Karel Oliva, University of Saarland
 Just Czech Clitics Data, or a Closer Look at the "Position
 Paper: Clitics in Slavic" (10)
12:15 Matthew Richardson, Yale University
 Czech Clitics as Phrasal Inflection
12:40 Piotr Banski, Indiana University and Warsaw University
 Verbal Clitics in Polish
1:05 General Discussion


The Workshop will be held at McCormick's Creek State Park, near Spenser,
Indiana, about 15 miles west of Bloomington, Indiana (home of Indiana
University) along highway 46.


There is NO registration fee for the Workshop, but we ask that you inform
us in advance if you plan to attend, so that we can make appropriate
arrangements for the included meals (see below).

We will have a single large room, with classroom-style seating (tables
facing the front). We will have an overhead projector, so speakers may
prepare transparencies if they like, as well as an easel with poster-sized
paper to write on if you prefer. We recommend that you bring 40 handouts
with you if possible. Limited Xeroxing facilities are available for 10
cents/copy at the site, but it is better not to count on this.

AIR: You should fly in and out of Indianapolis. We will provide free
airport transportation if you communicate your arrival and departure
information in advance. As an emergency backup (in case of serious flight
delays or if your ride's car should break down and strand you at the
airport), there is reasonably priced shuttle service to Bloomington from
the Ground Transportation Center at the airport. We don't expect this to be
an issue, but just in case, the shuttle schedule is given below. If you are
not met as expected call the Slavica Publishers office at 1-812-856-4186 to
communicate your problem.

DRIVING: If you arrive by car from the north or east, exit I-465 (the
circle road around Indianapolis) onto highway 67 at the SW corner of the
city, and head south about 45 miles; turn south (left) only highway 231
about 10 miles north of Spenser, and at the first stoplight in Spenser (one
of only three!) turn left (east) onto highway 46. Go two miles, then turn
left into the park at a well-marked entrance. At the gate, state that your
are arriving for the Slavic Workshop, and they will admit you without the
$2 admission charge). The Canyon Inn is about 1 km into the park along the
main road, and it is well marked.

If you arrive from the south, take I-65 to highway 46 at Columbus, Indiana.
Exit west (left) and travel 50-60 miles through Bloomington to the park,
which will be on the right just before Spenser.

>From the west, take I-70 towards Indianapolis, and exit onto highway 231.
Travel about 30 miles south to Spenser, then follow the directions above.

>From Bloomington, Spenser is 15 miles to the west along highway 46 (drive
west on 17th St, which becomes 46 as it leaves Bloomington).

Email me if you require additional transportation information!


The workshop will be held at the Canyon Inn on the territory of McCormick's
Creek State Park. Two types of rooms are available:

1 double bed ($60/night)
2 single beds ($60/night as single, $30/person/night as double)

The rooms are small but quite nice, all with air conditioning, private
bath, color TV, and the usual furnishings.

We have contracted to pay the Inn directly for our block of rooms (thus
saving all taxes, since we are a tax-exempt organization!), and therefore
you should make reservations with us via email, fax, etc., and plan to pay
us for your room upon arrival at the Workshop. We prefer checks, if
possible, but will take cash happily and can take credit cards if there is
no other alternative (we will have to handle this through Slavica, as if
you were purchasing books instead of paying for the room).

The Canyon Inn has a swimming pool, and various outdoor recreation
facilities are available (hiking through the woods, horseback riding for a
fee, etc.), so pack accordingly if you plan to take advantage of these
opportunities during the Workshop! Expect hot and humid weather, with daily
temperatures reaching or exceeding 30 degrees Celsius.

Overflow rooms are available at the Patriot Inn, about 1 km from the park
entrance. These rooms cost about $44 single plus $4-5 per additional person
in room. They are not as nice as the Canyon Inn rooms, and staying away
from the workshop diminishes the coziness of the Workshop experience, so we
will not use them unless we run out of space at the Canyon Inn (and this
does not appear to be a problem at the moment). If you have to stay there,
we will provide transportation to and from the conference site.

If you want to stay in Bloomington for a few days before or after the
workshop, we have blocked some rooms in Eigenmann Hall, a graduate
dormitory with single rooms, on-premises cafeteria, and within walking
distance of our library. Rooms cost about $28/day (food is not included),
and may be paid for by credit card, cash, or checks. You should request
these rooms through me in advance of the Workshop, specifying arrival and
departure dates.


The conference will provide the following meals at no charge to
participants (if you are accompanied by a spouse or children, they are
welcome to join us but you must pay for their food; email me for details).
It is VERY important that I have an exact count BEFORE the conference, as I
must provide this information to the Canyon Inn, so please keep me informed
of your plans

Friday evening: outdoor picnic dinner (barbecue chicken
 and ribs, various other dishes; vegetarians
 can feast on salads etc.; indoors if it rains)

Saturday morning: coffee/juice/pastries/fruit at the conference

Saturday lunch: buffet with sandwiches, salads, beverages, etc.

Sunday morning: same as Saturday morning.

Saturday evening and Sunday lunch are NOT provided for. I figure many
people might want to go to a restaurant in Bloomington, but there is a
decent restaurant in the Canyon Inn as well, and one pleasant-looking
hilltop restaurant in Spenser as well.

George Fowler [Email]
Dept. of Slavic Languages [dept. tel.] 1-812-855-9906/-2608/-2624
Ballantine 502 [dept. fax] 1-812-855-2107
Indiana University [home phone/fax] 1-317-726-1482/-1642
Bloomington, IN 47405-6616 USA [Slavica phone/fax] 1-812-856-4186/-4187
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