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Full Title: Workshop on Opacity in Grammar

Short Title: WOPiG
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Start Date: 03-Oct-2013 - 03-Oct-2013
Contact: Gereon Müller
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Meeting Description: The Department of Linguistics at the University of Leipzig is pleased to
announce the workshop ‘Opacity in Grammar’ (WOPiG). The aim of WOPiG is to
bring together researchers from phonology, morphology, and syntax in order
to address the puzzles posed by opaque interactions of grammatical operations.

Some linguistic expressions are opaque in the sense that the reason why a
certain grammatical process has applied (or why it has not applied) cannot
be read off of their surfaces. Traditionally, this kind of opacity was
captured by concepts such as overapplication or underapplication;
counter-bleeding or counter-feeding; or blocking.

Opaque interaction arises in all linguistic frameworks where the analysis
of linguistic expressions is the result of the interaction of elementary
operations and/or constraints. While opaque interactions would seem to be
easily resolvable in derivational or stratal frameworks, opacity presents a
challenge for representational frameworks. Indeed, recent developments in
all grammatical components tend to make use of timing: in phonology,
Harmonic Serialism (McCarthy (2010)) or Candidate Chains (McCarthy (2007))
are used; in morphology, the Distributed Morphology approach of, e.g.,
Arregi and Nevins (2012) allows ordering of postsyntactic morphological
rules; in syntax, the timing of elementary operations like Merge, Move, and
Agree becomes more and more important (e.g., Rezac (2004)). In light of
these trends, the aim of WOPiG is to bring together proponents of
derivational and representational frameworks in order to discuss how opaque
interactions can be resolved with derivational and representational means.


Arregi, Karlos and Andrew Nevins (2012), Morphotactics: Basque Auxiliaries
and the Structure of Spellout, Springer, Dordrecht.
McCarthy, John (2007), Hidden Generalizations. Phonological Opacity in
Optimality Theory, Equinox, London.
McCarthy, John (2010), ‘An Introduction to Harmonic Serialism’, Language
and Linguistics Compass 4(10), 1001-1018.
Rezac, Milan (2004), Elements of Cyclic Syntax: Agree and Merge, PhD
thesis, University of Toronto.

Invited Speakers:

Eric Baković (University of California, San Diego)
Paul Kiparsky (Stanford University)
Howard Lasnik (University of Maryland)
Geoffrey Pullum (Edinburgh)
Linguistic Subfield: Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax
LL Issue: 24.1908

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