LINGUIST List 26.2899
Mon Jun 15 2015
Calls: General Ling, Pragmatics, Semantics, Text/Corpus Ling, Syntax/Germany
Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <earnoldlinguistlist.org>
Eva Wittenberg <ewittenberg
Adjective Order: Theory and Experiment E-mail this message to a friend
Adjective Order: Theory and Experiment
Date: 25-Feb-2016 - 26-Feb-2016
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Contact: Eva Wittenberg
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://dgfs2016.uni-konstanz.de/
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics
In linguistics, the issue of adjective order has a long history. Bloomfield (1933) already made some remarks on the robust restriction that size adjectives usually precede color adjectives (a small black dog vs. a black small dog). Following these early notes, many researchers in linguistic typology investigated adjective order in the form of semantic hierarchies (Dixon 1982, Bache and Davidsen-Nielsen 1997). Our workshop aims at bringing together recent work from both theoretical and experimental linguistics to reframe this classical topic.
In particular, we are interested in the tension between proposals of fine-grained syntactic hierarchies (Scott 2002; Laenzlinger 2005) and large-scale semantic distinctions as being relevant for ordering (Stavrou 2001; Truswell 2009). Furthermore, do non-canonical orders involve a specialized focus position (cf. the BLACK small dog (and not the BROWN small dog); e.g. Alexiadou et al. 2007; Svenonius 2008), or do other semantic factors explain such patterns (Cinque 2010, 2014)? Experimental evidence has shown that the abstract principles governing adjective order seem to constitute a separate domain of representation that can be selectively impaired (Kemmerer et al. 2009). Experimental work can have important impact on theory in many respects. For example, to what extent is the phenomenon syntactic at all, given that (some) non-canonical orders do not result in syntactic processing difficulties (Huang & Federmeier 2012)? Can the role of abstract semantic categories in linear precedence be reduced to mere online abstraction (Vandekerckhove et al. 2015)? What is the linking hypothesis between adjective order and perceptual features that adjectives denote (Belke 2006)? We invite submissions that present language-specific, cross-linguistic/comparative, and experimental work on adjective order. We especially encourage submissions of relevant pragmatics and corpus work.
Confirmed Invited Speakers:
Guglielmo Cinque (Ca’Foscari University of Venice)
Call for Papers:
We invite submissions of anonymous abstracts for 30 minute talks including discussion (20+10). Submissions should be in PDF or Word format on maximally two pages (12pt, single-spaced), including examples, figures, tables, and references as needed. Please upload your abstracts at http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/adjectives2016
by the deadline listed below.
August 20, 2015: Submission Deadline
September 10, 2015: Notification of Acceptance
February 23-26, 2016: DGfS Conference
February 25-26, 2016: Workshop Dates
Eva Wittenberg, University of California, San Diego
Andreas Trotzke, University of Konstanz
Please direct all further inquiries to the workshop organizers to adjectives2016
gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in Konstanz!
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