LINGUIST List 28.1050

Tue Feb 28 2017

Calls: Gen Ling, Lang Acquisition, Morphology, Semantics, Syntax/UK

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Date: 28-Feb-2017
From: Marios Mavrogiorgos <>
Subject: Cambridge Workshop on Voice
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Full Title: Cambridge Workshop on Voice
Short Title: CamVoice

Date: 22-May-2017 - 24-May-2017
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Marios Mavrogiorgos
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 05-Mar-2017

Meeting Description:

The Cambridge Workshop on Voice will take place on 22-24 May in Cambridge, UK. It will be hosted by the Italian Department, University of Cambridge, and funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie project Aromanian Syntax (AROSYN), awarded to Dr. Marios Mavrogiorgos (researcher) in collaboration with Professor Adam Ledgeway (PI) (European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 657663). The theme of the workshop is voice and voice-related phenomena, and how these inform current theoretical, typological and/or experimental work. The workshop will consist of a main session, as well as of a special session (to take place on the last day) dedicated to voice phenomena and variation (including language-contact induced variation) across Eastern Romance varieties (including Romanian, Aromanian, Megleno-Romanian and Istro-Romanian). We invite the submission of abstracts for oral presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes of discussion) and/or posters.

Venue: Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge

Invited Speakers:

Delia Bentley (University of Manchester)
Alexandra Cornilescu (University of Bucharest)
Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7)
Heidi Harley (University of Arizona)
Martin Maiden |(University of Oxford)
Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge)
Florian Schäfer (Humboldt University Berlin)
Arhonto Terzi (Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, Patras)
Ianthi-Maria Tsimpli (University of Cambridge)

Final Call for Papers:

Semantic participants of verbal predicates may undergo various operations. Voice alternation and valence alternation are two examples of such operations most commonly attested cross-linguistically. Voice alternation refers to the phenomenon where the grammatical function of a semantic argument changes (cf. e.g. passives and antipassives). Valence alternation, on the other hand, refers to the phenomenon where a semantic argument is reduced or added (cf. e.g. causatives/anti-causatives, reflexives/reciprocals, dispositional middles, impersonal middles, as well as verbal forms underspecified for the middle-passive distinction (known as medio-passives)). Languages vary considerably in whether they exhibit some or all of these phenomena, as well as in the various properties these phenomena may involve. Within the generative literature, it has been argued that at least some of these phenomena are interrelated, in that they all involve - in one way or another - the external argument, which is introduced by a specialised predicate (typically, a little v-head) [Doron 2013].

Further related issues raised in the literature include: (a) the potential derivational relationships among various voice-related forms, such as e.g. actives and passives, causatives and anti-causatives, or transitives and reflexives/reciprocals) [see e.g. Levin & Rappaport-Hovav 2005; Alexiadou, Anagnostopoulou & Schäfer 2006, 2015]; (b) the structural position of the single argument of intransitive predicates and, consequently, any structural correlations between distinct intransitive predicates (e.g. are reflexives/reciprocals unergatives or unaccusatives?; do middles involve the projection of an implicit external argument?; do medio-passive forms have an external argument like passives? [see e.g. Marantz 1984; Tsimpli 1989; Pesetsky 1995; Reinhart & Siloni 2004; Lekakou 2005; Bentley 2006; D'Alessandro 2007; Alexiadou, Anagnostopoulou & Schäfer 2015]; (c) the content of voice and how it affects external argument realisation and suppression [see e.g. Baker, Johnson & Roberts 1989; Kratzer 1996; Alexiadou, Anagnostopoulou & Schäfer 2015; Alexiadou & Doron 2012; Legate 2014; Wood 2015]; (d) the issue of phases/phasehood and how this relates to voice [see e.g. Legate 2003; Marantz 2007]; (e) the syntactic and/or semantic nature of the morphological marking found with, and often shared across voice constructions [see e.g. Folli & Harley 2005; Dobrovie-Sorin 2005; Medová 2009].

Besides these theoretical issues, which are specific to voice, voice-related phenomena raise more general questions, including the following [for an overview see Ramchand 2013]: (i) are semantic participants of a verbal predicate, as well as any operations applied to them, constructed in the syntax, or are they projected from a derivational Lexicon?; (ii) what is the relationship between case and voice (cf. e.g. Burzio's Generalisation); (iii) what is the relationship between grammatical functions and voice (e.g. what is the common semantic and/or syntactic property shared by semantic participants that may assume the subject grammatical function?); (iv) what is the relationship between voice and aspect/telicity?; (v) if external arguments are introduced by a voice head, how can we model the variation documented cross-linguistically (e.g. voice typology and dimensions thereof); (vi) are there any idiosyncratic restrictions imposed on voice formation, and if yes what is their nature?; (vii) how can we account for diachronic changes in voice-related phenomena, and what is the role of language contact in this?; (viii) how is voice and other voice related phenomena acquired and/or used by typical and impaired populations, and in what way does this knowledge inform syntactic theory?

Abstract Submission:

Abstracts should not exceed two A4 pages, with standard margins (1 inch on all sides), 11 font, single spacing, including data and bibliography. Examples, tables, graphs, etc. should be integrated within the main text (and not put at the end). Abstracts must be anonymous, and they should only include the title of the paper. At most two abstracts per author are permitted, with one abstract being co-authored. Abstracts should be submitted in a pdf file. Authors should specify whether they would like their abstract to be considered for the main session or the special session on Eastern Romance. In addition, authors should specify if they wish to submit their paper for an oral presentation or a poster. Please send your abstracts by email to, along with your name and university affiliation.

For the full call for papers and additional information please go to the CamVoice Workshop webpage .

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 5 March 2017
Notification of acceptance: 20 March 2017
Workshop: 22-24 May 2017

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