LINGUIST List 29.3590

Tue Sep 18 2018

Calls: General Linguistics, Linguistic Theories, Morphology, Phonology, Syntax/Italy

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Date: 17-Sep-2018
From: Laura Bafile <>
Subject: Ferrara Workshop for PhD Students
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Full Title: Ferrara Workshop for PhD Students

Date: 29-Nov-2018 - 30-Nov-2018
Location: Ferrara, Italy
Contact Person: Laura Bafile
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax

Call Deadline: 21-Oct-2018

Meeting Description:

Workshop for PhD students on Features.
In the workshop, Laura Bafile (University of Ferrara), M. Rita Manzini (University of Firenze) and Diego Pescarini (CNRS & Université Côte d'Azur) will present some issues in the phonology, morphology and syntax of features. PhD students will make short presentations of their paper (10 minutes) which will be followed by questions and discussion (20 minutes).
The authors of the selected papers will be invited to the workshop dinner on November 29 and receive (partial) reimbursement for travel and/or accommodation costs.

Call for Papers:

Features are a key concept of linguistics analysis, since they are indispensable for capturing the regularities that emerge from linguistic description and for allowing generalisations concerning the different components of the grammar. Given their crucial role, features are a common notion shared by all the different theoretical frameworks. As a consequence, features are often taken for granted and their precise nature and properties often remain somewhat confused.

From a different perspective, not limited to the descriptive purposes, features may be conceived of as the primitives of grammar, i.e. categories that specify a content potentially relevant in different modules. From this point of view, defining the exact nature of features is a crucial step in the construction of a model of grammar. In phonology, the main, and controversial, issues are the choice between monovalent or binary features and the one between phonetically interpretable or substance-free features arbitrarily associated to phonetic content. Similar issues potentially arise in morphosyntax opposing bivalent features in the Hallean/Distributed Morphology tradition to the monovalent categories of traditional and formal syntax (N, V, …). Other open issues concern the existence of meta-features (interpretability) and the exact nature of operations on features (Agree).

PhD students concerned with the subject are invited to submit a one-page abstract by e-mail to

Scientific board:

Laura Bafile (University of Ferrara)
M. Rita Manzini (University of Firenze)
Diego Pescarini (CNRS & Université Côte d'Azur)

Notification to authors: 31 October 2018

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