LINGUIST List 32.3777

Fri Dec 03 2021

Confs: Syntax/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 01-Dec-2021
From: Thomas McFadden <>
Subject: LASER Kickoff Workshop
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LASER Kickoff Workshop

Date: 04-Dec-2021 - 06-Dec-2021
Location: Virtual/online, Germany
Contact: LASER Project Team
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Meeting Description:

The LASER project will feature a two-day kickoff workshop to introduce the project and to encourage discussion of different syntactic treatments of selective opacity effects in the Minimalist framework. The workshop will involve presentations by project team-members and invited speakers specialising in issues of locality and selective opacity. It will be fully virtual, and participation is open to all, following a (free) registration.

***Note that the workshop will take place on two non-consecutive days, Saturday, December 4th and Monday, December 6th.***

Invited speakers:

Jessica Coon (McGill) & Stefan Keine (UCLA)
Claire Halpert (Minnesota)
David Pesetsky (MIT)
Michelle Sheehan (Newcastle)
Coppe van Urk (Quenn Mary, University of London)

LASER (Locality and the argument/adjunct distinction: Structure-building vs. structure-enrichment, jointly funded by AHRC and DFG) seeks to investigate and derive cases of selective opacity, i.e. systematic variation in locality constraints on different types of syntactic dependencies, such as movement, control, and agreement. We are especially interested in how various A- and A'-dependencies interact with the argument/adjunct distinction. Among other things, we are exploring a novel path-based approach to locality which makes a crucial distinction between structure-building and structure-enrichment. The LASER project team consists of Elise Newman & Rob Truswell (Edinburgh), Sandhya Sundaresan & Hedde Zeijlstra (Göttingen), and Kenyon Branan & Thomas McFadden (ZAS, Berlin).

Workshop registration:
Workshop website:


All times given are CET (i.e. Berlin/Göttingen time, UTC+1)

Saturday, December 4th

3.30 - 4.15pm Thomas McFadden (ZAS, Berlin), Sandhya Sundaresan (Göttingen), Robert Truswell (Edinburgh) & Hedde Zeijlstra (Göttingen); Introduction to LASER
4.15 - 5.00pm Coppe van Urk (QMUL); Moving beyond A/A'-positions
5.00 - 5.15pm COFFEE BREAK
5.15 - 6.00pm Michelle Sheehan (Newcastle); On the difference(s) between A- & A-bar movement
6.00 - 7.00pm Discussant: David Pesetsky (MIT); Roundtable discussion

Monday, December 6th

3.30 - 4.15pm Elise Newman (Edinburgh); The order of operations and A/A-bar interactions
4.15 - 5.00pm Kenyon Branan (ZAS, Berlin); Paths, projections, and patterns of partial participation
5.00 - 5.15pm COFFEE BREAK
5.15 - 6.00pm Claire Halpert (Minnesota); Raising Questions
6.00 - 6.45pm Jessica Coon (McGill) & Stefan Keine (UCLA); Intervention through Gluttony

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