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Wed Jun 10 2015

Calls: General Linguistics, Linguistic Theories, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 09-Jun-2015
From: Nico Lehmann <>
Subject: The Syntax of Argument Structure: Empirical Advancements and Theoretical Relevance
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Full Title: The Syntax of Argument Structure: Empirical Advancements and Theoretical Relevance
Short Title: DGfS THEMP

Date: 24-Feb-2016 - 26-Feb-2016
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Contact Person: Elisabeth Verhoeven
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Syntax

Call Deadline: 30-Aug-2015

Meeting Description:

Annual DGfS-Meeting Konstanz

Workshop “The syntax of argument structure: empirical advancements and theoretical relevance”, organized by Artemis Alexiadou (University of Stuttgart) & Elisabeth Verhoeven (Humboldt-University Berlin)

The syntax of argument structure has been the focus of a number of empirical studies investigating phenomena such as the causative alternation (Fadlon 2014), unaccusativity (Keller & Sorace 2003, Hirsch & Wagner 2011, Irwin 2013, Verhoeven & Kügler 2014), ergativity (Longenbaugh & Polinsky 2013), argument hierarchies and argument realization (Bornkessel et al. 2005, Lamers & de Swart (eds.) 2012), the dative alternation (Bresnan et al. 2007), inherent vs. structural case (Jacobsen 2000, Bayer et al. 2001), psych predicates (Lamers & de Hoop 2014, Verhoeven 2014, 2015), etc.

Such studies provide interesting but potentially controversial contributions to linguistic theory: some discover gradience in the verbal lexicon that can only be precisely measured with quantitative methods (see e.g., Keller & Sorace 2003); others claim that properties attributed to verbal syntax are an epiphenomenon of other layers of grammar (see e.g., Hirsch & Wagner 2011); yet other studies show reflexes of core properties of verbal syntax in processing (see e.g. Polinsky et al. 2012 on ergativity).

Linguistic Fields: General Linguistics, Syntax, Experimental Linguistics

Call for Papers:

The workshop invites contributions that address the following issues:

- Does the progress in empirical methods promise theoretical advancements in the syntax of argument structure? In particular, do empirical data obtained through corpus or experimental methods confirm/reject/validate evidence previously gained through linguistic intuitions?

- A major shortcoming of experimental and corpus data is that they contain artefacts associated with sources of variation that are external to the grammar. How can we distinguish between grammatically relevant information and grammar-external variation that is involved in experimental or corpus data?

- Theoretical accounts make a distinction between core grammatical properties and linguistic properties attributed to processing. How can this distinction be established by experimental data?

We welcome contributions by theoretical linguists, corpus linguists, and psycholinguists that are interested in the syntax of argument structure and employ precise empirical methods in building theories thereof.

We solicit abstracts for 60 minute (45+15) presentations. Abstract length must not exceed one DIN-A4 page, font size 12pt, line spacing 1.5pt.

Please submit your abstract to:

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