LINGUIST List 18.831

Mon Mar 19 2007

Calls: Gen Ling/South Korea; Phonetics,Phonology/Poland

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <>

Directory         1.    Myung-Kwan Park, 9 Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar
        2.    Geoff Schwartz, Dynamic Phonology

Message 1: 9 Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar
Date: 16-Mar-2007
From: Myung-Kwan Park <>
Subject: 9 Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar

Full Title: 9 Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar Short Title: SICOGG 9

Date: 08-Aug-2007 - 11-Aug-2007 Location: Seoul, Korea, South Contact Person: Myung-Kwan Park Meeting Email: .

Workshop 1: Syntax-Phonology Interface

Recent developments in minimalism have stimulated vigorous debates on the division of labor between syntax and phonology. The focus of research has been put on a number of issues (although it is not limited to): (i) how much and what types of syntactic information are accessible to the phonology, (ii) what principles govern the linear organization of syntactic constituents, (iii) isomorphism (or non-isomorphism) between syntactic and prosodic boundaries/islands, (iv) constraints on chain pronunciation and ellipsis, (v) possibilities of PF-movement and the relevant conditions, and (vi) relations between focus and phrasal stress/information structure, etc. In many areas related to such issues, however, it is still quite controversial whether a particular linguistic phenomenon is an effect of narrow-syntactic computation or an effect of PF mechanisms or a consequence of the interaction of manifold syntactic and phonological peculiarities. Also, even among the accounts of a phenomenon in terms of PF properties, controversies remain to be resolved over the workings of the PF interface system itself. Given that properties of interface systems have far-reaching consequences for our view of UG, a broad array of issues and problems that have been raised in recent years from an interdisciplinary point of view bear some scrutiny and assessment at the current course of theoretical developments.

Among the overall interface issues, this workshop aims to discuss issues on the interaction between syntax and phonology, particularly the issues connected to the ones mentioned above; but we also hope to extend the range of possible topics to experimental findings on the syntax-phonology interface issues in the applied linguistics field.

Workshop 2: Light Verbs and Verbal Nouns

We invite papers on theoretical and cross-linguistic approaches to the nature of light verbs and/or verbal nouns. Light verb refers to a thematically incomplete category which usually forms a complex predicate with theta-assigning categories: in Korean and Japanese (and many other languages), verbal nouns usually co-occur with the light verbs.

The workshop may raise some of the following questions: (A) On the status of light verbs: (i) Is light vs. heavy distinction necessary across languages? (ii) Is a light verb lexical or functional? (iii) What is the role of light verb in connection to verbal nouns?

(B) On the nature of verbal nouns: (i) What is the categorial status of VNs: V, N, or un(der)specified X? (ii) Are VNs or internal structures of VNs derived from V or N roots? (iii) In what ways do VNs differ from regular Ns?

We also welcome diverse perspectives on these issues in relation to recent developments in minimalist program: for example, the role of V and VP-shell, copula, relators/linkers, gerunds, derived nominals, to list a few.
Message 2: Dynamic Phonology
Date: 16-Mar-2007
From: Geoff Schwartz <>
Subject: Dynamic Phonology

Full Title: Dynamic Phonology

Date: 13-Sep-2007 - 16-Sep-2007 Location: Gniezno, Poland Contact Person: Geoff Schwartz Meeting Email: in accordance with the submission instructions.

Session organiser: Geoff Schwartz (email: geoff at