LINGUIST List 26.2899

Mon Jun 15 2015

Calls: General Ling, Pragmatics, Semantics, Text/Corpus Ling, Syntax/Germany

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 12-Jun-2015
From: Eva Wittenberg <>
Subject: Adjective Order: Theory and Experiment
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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:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

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:

Abstract Submissions:

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 by the deadline listed below.

Important Dates:

August 20, 2015: Submission Deadline
September 10, 2015: Notification of Acceptance
February 23-26, 2016: DGfS Conference
February 25-26, 2016: Workshop Dates

Workshop Organizers:

Eva Wittenberg, University of California, San Diego
Andreas Trotzke, University of Konstanz

Please direct all further inquiries to the workshop organizers to We look forward to seeing you in Konstanz!

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