LINGUIST List 28.1174

Wed Mar 08 2017

Calls: Morphology, Syntax/Poland

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 07-Mar-2017
From: Paulina Łęska <>
Subject: Variation as the New Norm in Syntactic Research
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Full Title: Variation as the New Norm in Syntactic Research

Date: 18-Sep-2017 - 20-Sep-2017
Location: Poznań, Poland
Contact Person: Jacek Witkoś
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Syntax

Call Deadline: 10-Apr-2017

Meeting Description:

This thematic session is devoted to the issue of expected and unexpected variation in the data and how current syntactic theories account for it. Typically, streamlined and elegant theories aimed at capturing key observations in a variety of data are brutally confronted with a rich array of linguistic facts that force principled accounts of expected and unexpected variation. For instance, despite long-standing theoretical claims that the licensing of nominative on DP and valuation of ɸ-features on T operate in tandem, one can easily come across picture-perfect dative or accusative subjects in different languages. Or multiple scope opportunities predicted for QPs in a given type of constructions disappear and QPs freeze rigid for no apparent reason.

In such cases the requirement of empirical adequacy forces novel theoretical solutions, usually based on extensions of the general and (now less) elegant theories. Yet, in the process of testing the theories new solutions and generalizations emerge, leading to novel, richer and more valuable theoretical accounts.

Confirmed speakers:

Joanna Błaszczak (University of Wrocław/Potsdam)
Anna Bondaruk (Catholic University of Lublin)
Grete Dalmi (University of Kielce/Budapest)
Ewelina Mokrosz (Catholic University of Lublin)
Bożena Rozwadowska (University of Wrocław)
Volker Struckmeier (University of Cologne)
Ewa Willim (Jagiellonian University)

Call for Papers:

For this session we invite papers on syntax and morpho-syntax which address the issue of unexpected variation, if not deficiency, not provided for by general programmatic theories. The thematic scope ‘construction-wise’ is not limited, so contributions dealing with the structure of left periphery and overall sentence cartography are welcome to appear next to presentations on case theory, projection labelling and quantifier scope reconstruction. Nor do we limit the type of linguistic data we are interested in, though contributions on Slavic languages are particularly welcome. As far as the general methodology of the session is concerned, we expect contributions aligned with broad outlines and principles of generative grammar in its minimalist orientation.

Session Call deadline: 10 April 2017
Notification of acceptance: 24 April 2017

Please visit PLM website for detailed abstract submission guidelines.

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