LINGUIST List 24.1285

Fri Mar 15 2013

Calls: Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Phonology, Historical Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 14-Mar-2013
From: Ed Cormany <>
Subject: Workshop on Interfaces at the Left Periphery
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Full Title: Workshop on Interfaces at the Left Periphery
Date: 13-Jul-2013 - 14-Jul-2013 Location: Ann Arbor, MI, USA Contact Person: Ed Cormany
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Phonology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2013

Meeting Description:

Since Rizzi’s (1997) original syntactic exploration of the sentential left periphery, the complexity of the domain at a clause’s edge has received attention from linguists studying syntax, semantics and prosody. However, study of the cross-linguistic variety in clause boundaries, clause typing, and the information-structural use of peripheral positions has only scratched the surface.

Topics that the workshop will cover include but are not limited to: clause typing, complementation, discourse constraints on argument structure, information structure, and word order change as they pertain to the left periphery, sentence-initial positions, and the CP domain.

The workshop organizers are accepting two types of submissions: for individual participants or full panels.

Call for Participation:

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together linguists working on the ‘left edge’ of the sentence from a variety of theoretical backgrounds. We hope to facilitate dialogue between discourse theorists, semanticists, syntacticians, phonologists, and phoneticians to come to a better understanding of what is going on just above (syntactically) or just before (phonologically) the traditional IP domain.

We invite applications for individual participants in three scheduled panels:

Clause types and the syntax/semantics/pragmatics interface
Discourse properties of the left periphery
Clause boundaries and peripheries from a diachronic perspective

Applications should consist of a brief (200 word) description of what you would contribute to discussion on the panel’s topic, and your relevant research.

Submission deadline: April 1 (extended from March 15)

Submissions should be sent as PDF attachments to Please include ‘Interfaces Workshop’ in the subject of your message.

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