LINGUIST List 27.683

Thu Feb 04 2016

Calls: Linguistic Theories, Syntax, Typology/Belgium

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Date: 03-Feb-2016
From: Cynthia Johnson <cynthiaamy.johnsonugent.be>
Subject: Forty Years after Keenan 1976
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Full Title: Forty Years after Keenan 1976

Date: 07-Sep-2016 - 09-Sep-2016
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Contact Person: Cynthia Johnson
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.evalisa.ugent.be/subjecthood-workshop/

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

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2016

Meeting Description:

The year 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Edward L. Keenan's seminal article on subjecthood, ''Towards a Universal Definition of Subject'', which came to have an enormous influence on all work on subjecthood for decades after its publication. To celebrate that event, and to review the progress in the field, a workshop on the the subject concept, the subject properties and the nature and functionality of the subject tests is being held at Ghent University from 7-9 September 2016. We invite submissions that contribute to the development of a(n independent) definition of ''subject'', including how it is meaningfully distinguished from objects

Plenary Speakers:

Spike Gildea (University of Oregon)
Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson (University of Iceland)
Jóhanna Barðdal (Ghent University)

Organizers:

Cynthia A. Johnson, Esther Le Mair, Leonid Kulikov, Sigríður Sæunn Sigurðardóttir
EVALISA/Ghent University
http://www.evalisa.ugent.be/subjecthood-workshop/

Call for Papers:

For full description of the call, see http://www.evalisa.ugent.be/subjecthood-workshop/

The year 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Edward L. Keenan's seminal article on subjecthood, ''Towards a Universal Definition of Subject'', which came to have an enormous influence on all work on subjecthood for decades after its publication. To celebrate that event, and to review the progress in the field, we launch a call for papers on the the subject concept, the subject properties and the nature and functionality of the subject tests. We invite submissions (max. 1 page, excluding references) that contribute to the development of a(n independent) definition of ''subject'', including how it is meaningfully distinguished from objects. Topics of interest include, but are not excluded to, the following:

- Behavioral properties of subjects
- Potential behavioral properties of object
- The waste-paper basket nature of the object category, into which everything is thrown that does not show ''enough'' behavioral properties of subjects
- Language-specificity vs. construction-specificity of the subject, i.e. whether different subject tests target different types of subject-predicate constructions within a language
- Whether the tests are real subject tests and not simply morphological case tests
- Linking between syntactic relations and case assignment
- How different definitions of subject are formalized in different frameworks, including pros and cons of each


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