LINGUIST List 26.4845

Mon Nov 02 2015

Calls: General Ling, Ling Theories, Syntax, Typology/UK

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 02-Nov-2015
From: Sandy Ritchie <>
Subject: Workshop on Prominent Internal Possessors
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Full Title: Workshop on Prominent Internal Possessors
Short Title: PIPs

Date: 22-Sep-2016 - 23-Sep-2016
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Sandy Ritchie
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

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

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2016

Meeting Description:

In some languages the possessor which remains internal to the possessive construction has a greater deal of syntactic ‘prominence’ than typically encountered. Contrary to what is usually expected, the grammatical properties of the possessor (and not the possessed item) are relevant for syntactic processes such as agreement with the verb, even though both possessor and possessed are part of the same syntactic phrase. A similar effect can be found with switch-reference, a special type of marking indicating that the subjects of the two clauses refer to the same entity. Switch-reference typically targets the head of the possessive phrase, but in some languages switch-reference marking indicates that the possessor within the subject phrase of one clause is interpreted as referring to the same entity as the subject of the second clause.

This type of data presents linguistic theorists with a challenge because, despite attested variability across languages in this respect, models of syntax have little to say about it. They have hitherto assumed that agreement and switch-reference are mechanisms that target the head of the possessive phrase, but not a dependent element.

The workshop will bring together researchers who are interested in the syntactic effects of internal possessor prominence.

Invited speakers:

Aslı Göksel, Boğaziçi University
Felicity Meakins, University of Queensland
Karin Michelson, University of Buffalo
Rachel Nordlinger, University of Melbourne
Sergey Say, Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (TBC)

Call for Papers:

We invite proposals for the Workshop on Prominent Internal Possessors, which will be held at SOAS, University of London on 22-23 September 2016.
We welcome proposals which address the phenomenon of internal possessor prominence from any theoretical perspective.

Each paper will last 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions. A small registration fee is required to cover the costs of the workshop.

Abstracts should be no longer than two pages (including references and examples, minimum 11pt font) and should be sent in PDF format to: Sandy Ritchie Please submit the abstract anonymously and include your name and affiliation in the email.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2016. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 15 May 2016.

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