LINGUIST List 18.845

Tue Mar 20 2007

Confs: General Ling/USA

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Directory         1.    Johannes Jurka, MayFest 2007

Message 1: MayFest 2007
Date: 18-Mar-2007
From: Johannes Jurka <>
Subject: MayFest 2007

MayFest 2007

Date: 11-May-2007 - 12-May-2007 Location: University of Maryland, College Park, USA Contact: Johannes Jurka Contact Email: Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Every year the graduate students of the Linguistics Department of the University of Maryland organize a linguistics workshop focusing on a different aspect of language. The goal of this year's MayFest is to bring together researchers from various disciplines to discuss the use of hierarchy and flat structures in language.

It is perhaps the most central contention in generative theorizing that linguistic expressions are structured hierarchically. Yet there seem to be aspects in all areas which do not immediately call for hierarchy. In syntax, for example, phenomena such as coordination, iterative constructions and adjuncts have been analyzed in terms of flat structures. For semantics, one might ask whether all semantic composition is achieved by function application or whether some composition is achieved by conjunction? Computational linguistics has explored the computational properties of both classes of structure and has shown that while manipulation of hierarchical structure is computationally tractable, linear models offer surprisingly effective approximations of hierarchical phenomena. MayFest 2007 will revisit the question as to what extent hierarchy is needed in language. For more information, list of speakers, event details etc. visit the MayFest 2007 webpage!