LINGUIST List 27.471

Mon Jan 25 2016

Confs: Gen Ling, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

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Date: 24-Jan-2016
From: Andreas Trotzke <>
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
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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)


25 February 2016

9:00 - 9:30
Gregory Scontras, Judith Degen, Noah Goodman (Stanford):
Property subjectivity predicts adjective ordering preferences

9:30 - 10:00
Sven Kotowski, Holden Härtl (U Kassel):
Adjective order restrictions and layered modification: The influence of temporariness on prenominal word order

10:00 - 11:00
Guglielmo Cinque (U Venice):
Issues in adjective ordering

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:00
Tine Breban (U Manchester), Kristin Davidse (U Leuven):
A functional-cognitive analysis of the order of adjectival modifiers in the English NP

12:00 - 12:30
Elnora ten Wolde (U Vienna):
Linear vs hierarchical: Two accounts of premodification in the of-binominal noun phrase

12:30 - 13:00
Giuliana Giusti (U Venice), Rossella Iovino (U RomaTre):
Free not-so-free adjectival word order in Latin

26 February 2016

11:30 - 12:00
Myrthe Wildeboer (U Leiden):
An electro-encephalography study on Dutch-Papiamento code-switching production

12:00 - 12:30
Claudia Turolla (U Trento), Andrea Padovan (U Verona), Ermenegildo Bidese (U Trento):
Adjective orders in Cimbrian DP

12:30 - 13:00
Fryni Panayidou (Queen Mary U London):
Adjective ordering is not just semantics: A language contact perspective

13:00 - 13:30
Melita Stavrou (U Thessaloniki):
Greek noun-adjective ordering revisited

13:30 - 14:00
Eva Wittenberg (UC San Diego), Andreas Trotzke (U Konstanz), Emily Morgan (Tufts), Roger Levy (UC San Diego):
Preferences in adjective order: How semantics and frequency interact

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