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Mon Jul 21 2014

Calls: Syntax, Linguistic Theories, Typology/Germany

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Date: 18-Jul-2014
From: Gisbert Fanselow <>
Subject: VO-OV: Correlations of Head-Complement Order (DGfS Annual Meeting 2015)
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Full Title: VO-OV: Correlations of Head-Complement Order (DGfS Annual Meeting 2015)
Short Title: VO-OV

Date: 04-Mar-2015 - 06-Mar-2015
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact Person: Gisbert Fanselow
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2014

Meeting Description:

Walter Bisang (Mainz) & Balthasar Bickel (Z├╝rich) & Gisbert Fanselow (Potsdam) & Hubert Haider (Salzburg)

VO-OV: Correlations of head-complement order in grammar and lexicon

The distinction between OV and VO order in a clause is usually taken to be a good predictor of fur-ther serialization facts, and one can find several proposal for an explanation of the corresponding implicative universals in the literature. Possible further correlates of the VO-OV distinction in do-mains other than word order such as the following have been investigated to a much lesser extent. The data represented in WALS shows that the percentage of languages without a morphological system of case is lower among the OV languages. Likewise, there are more OV than OV systems among the languages with an ergative case pattern, while VO languages are overrepresented among the languages which position question words at the clause's left periphery.

Other correlations have been proposed on the basis of much smaller, non-representative language samples. Thus, it has been claimed that free constituent order (scrambling) and the absence of typical subject-object asymmetries are concomitant of OV order, and it has been argued that OV languages have a higher N:V ratio in the lexicon. There are interesting proposal as to how such correlations can be modeled in a theory of language.

Invited speakers are Mathew Dryer and Ad Neeleman.

Call for Papers:

The workshop invites contributions that investigate in a cross-linguistically well-founded style grammatical or lexical properties correlating with head-complement order. Relevant topics are, e.g.: Are there correlates of head complement/modifier order in domains different from basic serialization? This prominently includes the SOV syndrome, that is, the particular grouping of syntactic properties characteristic of SOV languages Are there effects outside grammar, e.g., in frequency patterns in corpora or the lexicon? Which areal, diachronic, psycholinguistic or theoretical properties allow us to understand the correlates of head complement/modifier order? How can we account for deviations from the general pattern in individual languages or language groups?

We welcome bottom-up (descriptive & analytic) as well as top-down (theoretical & predictive) approaches, with a strong preference for a solid empirical basis in terms of cross-linguistic empirical coverage as well as a theoretically-informed analysis in each case. Ideally, the final workshop schedule will list contributions focusing on tightly connected properties from different languages families as well as from different families of linguistic thought whose joint aim is providing well-analyzed empirical input and empirically well-founded generalizations on cross-linguistically assessed dispositions of head-final vs. head initial phrases and in particular sentence structures.

In addition, we solicit abstracts for further 60 minute (45+15) presentations. Abstract length must not exceed 400 words, excluding references that must follow the Unified Style Sheet for Linguistic Journals. Glossings should adhere to Leipzig Glossing Rules.

Please submit your abstracts (pdf) to no later than Aug 31st, 23.59 (MEST).

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