LINGUIST List 22.4742

Tue Nov 29 2011

Confs: Syntax/Belgium

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        1.     Adrienn Janosi , Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics 6

Message 1: Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics 6
Date: 28-Nov-2011
From: Adrienn Janosi <>
Subject: Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics 6
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Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics 6 Short Title: BCGL6

Date: 19-Dec-2011 - 20-Dec-2011 Location: Brussels, Belgium Contact: Adrienn Janosi Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Meeting Description:

GIST (Ghent) and CRISSP (Brussels) are proud to present the sixth installment of the Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL6). The theme of this year's conference is ‘Configurations of Agreement’. BCGL6 will take place in Brussels (Belgium) from December 19 to December 20, 2011.

Empirically, agreement is the phenomenon whereby a word displays grammatical features (like gender, number, person, and case features) under the influence of another word. Agreement is universally asymmetrical: in subject-verb agreement, the verb displays the person and number features that are inherently present on the subject, and not the other way round. Agreement may take many guises, such as the agreement of a verb or a complementizer with its subject in person and number, the agreement of determiners with the noun in gender and number, the agreement of adjective with the noun in gender and number. Adjectival agreement is sometimes considered to be a separate phenomenon, and accordingly given a different name: concord (e.g. Chomsky 2001:34n; see also Baker 2008:65; see Schoorlemmer 2009 for an approach in terms of Agree). Theoretically, agreement is of interest in that it seems superfluous, and in this respect represents a departure from optimal design meeting the interface conditions. Chomsky (1995) has suggested linking the agreement property with the displacement property, which itself represents another departure from optimal design. In contrast, Chomsky (2001) has argued that displacement (EPP) and agreement are clearly to be distinguished. Various theories on agreement have been proposed in the literature.

Invited Speakers:

Omer Preminger (MIT)Milan Řezáč (Paris 8/CNRS)Marjo van Koppen (Utrecht University)

For more information, please check our conference website:

Please check the conference program on our website:

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