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Wed Jul 22 2015

Confs: Morphology, Semantics, Syntax/Canada

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Date: 21-Jul-2015
From: Eric Mathieu <>
Subject: Gender, Class, and Determination: A Conference on the Nominal Spine
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Gender, Class, and Determination: A Conference on the Nominal Spine

Date: 18-Sep-2015 - 20-Sep-2015
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Contact: Eric Mathieu
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

This conference, the ninth in a series dedicated to issues in the syntax and semantics of the noun phrase, brings together a working group of Canadian and international linguists who specialize on the noun phrase. We are interested in the many ways in which natural languages categorize nouns into genders or classes. A noun may belong to a given class because of its logical or symbolic similarities with other nouns, because it shares a similar morphological form with other nouns, or simply through an arbitrary convention. We try to determine what is responsible for this type of classification, paying special attention to the functional and lexical categories that make up the syntactic spine. This topic is a natural continuation in the Canadian series on nouns, which has considered various other aspects of structure internal to noun phrases (e.g. relative clauses, modifiers, determiners). This conference focuses specifically on how gender can sometimes function as a classifying device and how, in the absence of gender as a classifying device, determiners and other functional elements in the nominal spine come to fill that gap. The papers in this conference could focus on empirical questions such as these but many other questions will arise:

I. What is the relationship between gender, number and classification?
II. What is the role of the plural (some languages have many plurals, e.g. Arabic)?
III. What is the role of the determiner in the noun phrase? Is it obligatory, is it related to phasehood, and if so, how?

Registration details can be found here:

Organizing Committee:

Myriam Dali
Eric Mathieu
Gita Zareikar


September 18-20, 2015, at the University of Ottawa

Friday September 18, 2015


Invited speaker: Hagit Borer (QMUL)

Zorica Puskar (University of Leipzig)
Interactions of gender, number and class features on nouns: Evidence from Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian

10h30 Break

Christopher Hammerly (Umass)
Limiting Gender

Invited Speaker: Paolo Acquaviva (University College Dublin)
Noun-defining categories as parameters for linguistic ontology

12h15 Lunch

Invited speaker: Ruth Kramer (Georgetown University)

Eric Mathieu & Myriam Dali (University of Ottawa)
The role of gender in Arabic

Gita Zareikar (University of Ottawa)
Classification in Azeri

15h30 Break

Invited speaker: Marijke De Belder (KU Leuven)
Noun class markers in Dutch compounds

Maria Kounelli (NYU)
Plural marking on mass nouns : Evidence from Greek

17h15 Break

Invited speaker: Daniel Harbour (QMUL)

End of Day 1

Saturday September 19, 2015

08h30 Breakfast

Invited speakers: Martina Wiltschko (UBC) & Elizabeth Ritter (Ben Gurion University & University of Calgary)

Bethany Lochbihler (Univ. of Edinburgh), Will Oxford (Univ. of Manitoba), Nicholas Welch (University of Toronto)
The person-animacy connection: Evidence from Algonquian and Dene

10h30 Break

Conor Quinn (University of Maine)
Productivity vs. predictability: evidence for the syntax and semantics of Animate gender in four Northeastern-area Algonquian languages

Invited speaker: Rose-Marie Déchaine (UBC)

Lunch + poster session

Invited Speaker: Carrie Gillon (Arizona State University)

Solveiga Armoskaite (University of Rochester)
How to phraseologize nominal number: An instruction for nominalizations with Lithuanian -yb-

15h45 Break

Ivona Kučerová (McMaster University)
What you pluralize is not how you pluralize: On the individuation properties of Italian -a nouns, and their morpho-syntactic consequences

Urtzi Etxeberria (CNRS-IKER UMR 5478)
Bare nouns in Basque?

17h00 Break

Invited speaker: Alan Bale (Concordia) & Jessica Coon (McGill)
Counting banana trees: Crosslinguistic consequences for the syntax and semantics of classifiers

End of Day 2


Sunday September 20, 2015

08h30 Breakfast

Invited speaker: Željko Bošković (University of Connecticut)

Phoevos Panagiotidis (University of Cyprus) (Grammatical)
Gender troubles and the gender of pronouns

10h30 Break

Karim Achab (University of Ottawa)
A Unified Morphosyntactic Approach of Gender and Class Across Languages

Invited speakers: Jila Ghomeshi (University of Manitoba) & Diane Massam (University of Toronto)
Types of # across DPs

12h15 Lunch

Student invited speaker: Clarissa Forbes (University of Toronto)

Invited speaker: Abdelkader Fassi Fehri (Mohamed V University-Agdal, Rabat)

End of Day 3

Poster Presentations:

Kyumin Kim (Cheongju University) & Paul Melchin (University of Ottawa) Plural, Classifier, and the role of division in a Classifier language
Ayman Yasin (PSUT) Agentive Nominals: Indefinite Articles and Case Assignment
Kathleen Strader (University of Ottawa) Gender in Michif
Danniel da Silva Carvalho (UFBA/CAPES) On gender and number in bare noun agreement in Brazilian Portuguese
Jitka Bartosova & Ivona Kučerová (MacMaster University) On PERSON, animacy and φ-Agree in copular agreement in Czech
Jumanah Abusulaiman (University of Ottawa) Hag-possessum agreement in Free State construction in Makkan Arabic

Registration details can be found here:

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