LINGUIST List 26.2550

Tue May 19 2015

Confs: Historical Ling, Ling Theories, Morphology, Psycholing, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 19-May-2015
From: Christian Forche <>
Subject: Categories in Grammar – Criteria and Limitations
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Categories in Grammar – Criteria and Limitations

Date: 02-Jul-2015 - 04-Jul-2015
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact: Horst Simon
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Organizers: Horst Simon & Christian Forche (Freie Universität Berlin)

Invited Speakers:

Peter Auer (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
Hans C. Boas (University of Texas at Austin)
Greville G. Corbett (University of Surrey)
Gisbert Fanselow (Universität Potsdam)
Olga Fischer (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Manfred Krifka (Humboldt-Universität Berlin & ZAS, Berlin)

Workshop Description:

One of the basic operations in every scientific endeavour is to analyze and then categorize the data under study. In this workshop we wish to take the opportunity to reflect on this particular activity and its products in linguistic research.

A major task of the grammarian is to devise well-defined criteria for classification and to come to grips with pieces of data that cannot be easily assigned to any category. It may even turn out that a neat (binary) classification is unattainable on principle – researchers emphasizing this point will resort to grammatical models involving prototypes, blurry boundaries or some other device.

Issues of categorization arise in the analysis of all kinds of grammatical elements (albeit not always to the same degree): e.g. phonological segments, morphological features, inflection classes, word classes, clauses, semantic classes, etc.

With this workshop, we wish to instigate conversations about some fundamentals of grammatical research, involving grammarians working in a variety of research traditions and in different grammatical models.


The full programme is available at:

Thursday, 2 July 2015

9.15 – 10.15
Greville G. Corbett (Surrey)
Canonicity and Categorization

10.15 – 11.00
Diana Forker (Bamberg & JCU)
Categorization in Typology

11.30 – 12.15
Antje Dammel (Mainz)
On the Relativity of Classifying Inflection – The Case of German Conjugations and Declensions

12.15 – 13.00
Monika Budde (TU Dortmund)
Functional Definition and Formal Identification of Grammatical Categories: Two Directions of Axiomatisation in Linguistic Theory Nets and Some Consequences on Linguistic Methodology

14.30 – 15.15
Christian Forche (FU Berlin)
Wir schätzen das oft fehlein. Remarks on German Verbs That Cannot Occur in V2 Position

15.15 – 16.00
Malte Battefeld (Gent)
Affixoids in a Constructional Perspective. Empirically-Based Reflections on a Controversial Notion

16.00 – 16.45
Tabea Reiner (München)
An Old Case Reopened: German [werden+ infinitive] as a Category of Tense, Aspect or Mood; with Special Reference to a Putative Infinitive of [werden+ infinitive]

17.15 – 18.00
Joanna Bɫaszczak, Piotr Gulgowski, Dorota Klimek-Jankowska (Wrocław) & Anna Czypionka (Konstanz)
Negotiating the Noun-Verb Borders – Psycholinguistic Research on the Processing of Nominalizations

18. 00 – 19.00
Gisbert Fanselow & Jana Häussler (Potsdam)
A Single Counterexample Suffices: Item Construction in the Systematic Collection of Acceptability Judgments

Friday, 3 July 2015

9.00 – 10.00
Manfred Krifka (ZAS & HU Berlin)
Dealing with Fuzzy Categories by Coercion

10.00 – 10.45
Federica Cominetti & Raffaele Simone (Rome)
“Nouns of Once” in Modern Standard Chinese

11.15 – 12.00
Teodora Radeva-Bork (Potsdam)
Cues to Grammatical Categories Learning

12.00 – 12.45
Kerstin Hoge (Oxford)
From wh-routines to wh-categories

14.15 – 15.15
Peter Auer (Freiburg)
Language a Priori: Utterance Tying and the Emergence of Grammar

15.15 – 16.00
Alexander Haselow (Rostock)
Würd ich so machen dann, ja - Categorizing ‘Final Elements’ in Spoken Syntax

16.30 – 17.15
Ariel Cohen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) & Irit Meir (University of Haifa)
Figurative Interpretation of Different Syntactic Categories: The View from Sign Language

17.15 – 18.00
Rea Peltola (Caen)
The Human-Animal Interface in Finnish

Saturday, 4 July 2015

9.00 – 10.00
Hans C. Boas (Austin)
Deep Cases and Frame Elements at the Syntax-Semantics Interface

10.00 – 10.45
Torsten Leuschner (Gent)
V1-Conditionals in German and English: A Constructional(ization) Approach to Issues of Category Status and Category Change

11.15 – 12.00
Caroline Döhmer (Luxembourg)
The Particular Features of Luxembourgish Pronouns

12.00 – 12.45
Kirsten Middeke (FU Berlin)
Does Old English Have Subjects? A Critical Evaluation of the Usefulness of Syntactic Categories in a Constructionist Approach to an Inflecting Germanic Language

14.15 – 15.00
Julia Bacskai-Atkari (Potsdam)
Categories in the CP-Domain

15.00 – 15.45
Lauren Fonteyn (Leuven) & Stefan Hartmann (Mainz)
Categories under Construction: Functional Motivations for Category Shifts in Morphology

16.15 – 17.00
Susanne Chrambach (FU Berlin)
Manner – Place – Time – A “rather crude aggregation”: Defense from a Diachronic Perspective

17.00 – 18.00
Olga Fischer (Amsterdam)
Analogy: Synchrony, Diachrony, and Explanation


Zuzana Nadova (Košice & Utrecht)
Reduplication in Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Sebastian Günnel (Wien)
On the Relation between Acoustic Landmarks and Linguistic Borders: Investigating an Auditory Illusion within Acoustic Boundaries

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