LINGUIST List 27.2751

Mon Jun 27 2016

Confs: Morphology, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 27-Jun-2016
From: Peter Smith <>
Subject: Syntactic Agreement
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Syntactic Agreement

Date: 14-Jul-2016 - 14-Jul-2016
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Contact: Peter Smith
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Syntax

Meeting Description:

The Institut für Linguistik at Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main is pleased to announce that on 14 July 2016, we will be hosting a one day workshop of the topic of Syntactic Agreement. There will be a total of seven invited presentations from prominent researchers in the field.

The phenomenon of agreement is of interest to those working across the spectrum of syntax and its interfaces. Whilst agreement in its most basic form refers to the sharing of morphosyntactic information across lexical items, the mechanism that underlies agreement has been implicated in various other processes, such as movement and case assignment. Despite the operation of Agree playing a key role in modern generative syntax, there are still various open questions about how the operation should be formulated: should the controller or target of agreement be more structurally prominent and are linear relations ever utilised in agreement? Furthermore, there are further questions about what processes should fall under the mechanism of Agree, however it is formulated. phi-agreement is (relatively) uncontroversial, however, other phenomena that are at least superficially similar, such as negative concord, suggest a wider domain of application. Looking beyond the formulation of Agree, should Agree be viewed as a syntactic operation, a morphological operation or an operation distributed over both these domains? Finally, how does agreement interact with other processes: do we find feeding or bleeding effects of agreement?

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers on diverse phenomena in agreement to gain a better understanding of how agreement should be modelled. Among other issues, the central questions that are of concern will be (i) how to formulate the mechanism of Agree; (ii) how widely do we need to define 'agreement', in terms of which phenomena should be identified with agreement and Agree; and (iii) how does agreement interact with other phenomena? This workshop will investigate these questions from a range of perspectives.


09.00 - 09.15
Welcome and Opening Remarks

09.15 - 10.15
David Adger (Queen Mary University of London)
Searching for Agree

10.15 - 11.15
Hedde Zeijlstra (Universität Göttingen)
Principles of Projection

11.15 - 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30
Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
Agreement in nominal ellipsis and fake indexicals: Consequences for the Agreement Hierarchy and the direction of Agree

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.00
Daniel Harbour (Queen Mary University of London)
The Kiowa-Tanoan continuum and the dual role of Agreement

15.00 - 16.00
Roberta D'Alessandro (Leiden University)
Floating Φ: Agreement in Italian languages

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30
Franc Marušič (University of Nova Gorica)
On sandwiched agreement cases

17.30 - 18.30
Marjo van Koppen (Utrecht University)
Agreement in ANN compounds

20.00 - onwards
Conference Dinner

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