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Fri Mar 27 1998

Confs: Diachronic Generative Syntax

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    Message 1: Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference

    Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 16:44:24 +0000
    From: Susan Pintzuk <sp20york.ac.uk>
    Subject: Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference


    The Fifth Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference (DIGS 5) York, UK 30 May - 1 June 1998

    We are pleased to announce that the Fifth Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference will be held in York (UK), 30 May - 1 June 1998. York is a historic town of interest with excellent facilities and communications.

    Invited speakers: Monique Dufresne and Fernande Dupuis (Universite du Quebec a Montreal) Ans van Kemenade (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) Anthony Kroch (University of Pennsylvania) David Lightfoot (University of Maryland) Ian Roberts (University of Stuttgart) Nigel Vincent (University of Manchester)

    We have scheduled a half-day session (Monday morning, 1 June) on syntactic change and learnability. Plans are in progress to publish an edited volume of papers from the conference.

    Note that all of the information below, with links to additional information, can be found on the DIGS 5 web site: http://www.york.ac.uk/~lang13/.

    If you wish to be added to the DIGS 5 mailing list, please send a message to digsyork.ac.uk; the message should contain a request to be added to the list, and it should include your name, affiliation, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, and fax number.

    Conference Programme

    Session 1 (Saturday morning, 30 May) Nigel Vincent, University of Manchester (Invited Speaker) 'Syntactic change and optimality theory: null arguments in Latin and Romance' Eric Haeberli, University of Geneva 'On the syntax of non-pronominal subjects in Old and Middle English' Alexander Williams, University of Pennsylvania 'There's no there there: the diachrony of dummies in Middle English' Jaklin Kornfilt, Syracuse University 'Moving relative agreement in Turkic over time'

    Session 2 (Saturday afternoon, 30 May) Tony Kroch, University of Pennsylvania (Invited Speaker) 'Statistical fingerprints of grammatical parameter settings' Chung-hye Han, University of Pennsylvania 'The evolution of do-support in English imperatives' Eir\237kur Rognvaldsson, University of Iceland 'The syntax of the imperative in Old Scandinavian' Thorbjorg Hroarsdottir, University of Tromso 'Interacting movements in the history of Icelandic' Lars-Olof Delsing, Lund University 'OV/VO-variation in Old Swedish'

    Session 3 (Sunday morning, 31 May) Ian Roberts, University of Stuttgart (Invited Speaker) 'The theoretical implications of syntactic infixation' Anna Roussou, University of Wales, Bangor 'Wh-interrogatives: from Classical Greek to Modern Greek' Miriam Butt and Aditi Lahiri, Universitat Konstanz 'The status of light verbs in historical change' Ana Maria Martins, University of Lisbon 'Polarity items in Romance: underspecification and lexical change'

    Session 4 (Sunday afternoon, 31 May) Ans van Kemenade, HIL/Vrije Universiteit (Invited Speaker) 'Negation and verb position in Gothic and Early West-Germanic' Frank Beths, Vrije Universiteit 'Reconsidering the loss of V-to-I movement' Jacob Hoeksema, University of Groningen 'Verb positions in Dutch present participle clauses' Bettelou Los, Vrije Universiteit 'The categorial status of Old English infinitives' Business Meeting

    Session 5 (Monday morning, 1 June) Learnability Session David Lightfoot, University of Maryland (Invited Speaker) 'Cues, contingency, and change' Mark D. Arnold, University of Maryland 'Wherefore lost English V-raising? (new evidence for syntactic triggers in acquisition)' John S. Lumsden, Universite du Quebec a Montreal 'Analogical change and the acquisition of inflectional paradigms' Ted Briscoe, University of Cambridge 'Evolutionary perspectives on diachronic syntax'

    Session 6 (Monday afternoon, 1 June) Monique Dufresne and Fernande Dupuis, Universite du Quebec a Montreal (Invited Speakers) 'The role of verbal prefixes and the status of grammatical change' Thorhallur Eythorsson, University of Manchester 'The development of syntactic affixation in Baltic' David Willis, University of Oxford 'Reanalysis in Old Russian periphrastic verbal constructions' John Whitman, Cornell University 'Relabelling'

    Alternates: 1. Montse Battlori Dillet and Francesc Roca Urgell, Universitat de Girona 'The value of Ds from Old Spanish to Modern Spanish' 2. Gertjan Postma, Leiden University 'The negative polarity of the syntactic ghe- particle in Middle-Dutch' 3. Nancy Mae Antrim, University of Texas at El Paso 'On becoming a clitic: the prenominal possessive in Romance' 4. Redouane Djamouri and Waltraud Paul, EHESS-CNRS 'Fundamental changes in the VP structure of Chinese as reflected in the distribution of adverbial PPs'

    Conference location: All activities except the conference banquet will be held at King's Manor, a mediaeval building in the centre of York, very close to the Minster. King's Manor is part of the University, but it is not located on the main campus. No conference activities are being

    held on the main campus of the University. Most campus buildings are closed on Saturday and Sunday; do not come to the main campus to attend the conference.

    On-site conference registration: Friday 29 May, 6.00 - 9.00 pm, King's Manor, Huntingdon Room (same time and place as the wine party reception) Saturday 30 May, 9.00 am -6.00 pm, King's Manor, Huntingdon Room

    Conference social activities: Wine party reception and registration: Friday 29 May, 6.00 - 9.00 pm, King's Manor, Huntingdon Room. Saturday evening dinner: King's Manor. Menu: smoked salmon terrine, chicken cacciatore, chocolate mousse; a vegetarian option is available. Cost: GBP 12.00, with drinks purchased separately. This dinner must be

    booked before 8 May; use the registration form attached below. Sunday evening banquet: Grand Assembly Rooms, a beautiful Georgian building in the centre of York. Menu: vegetable terrine, breast of duck, fruit jelly/coulis with brandy snaps; a vegetarian option is available. Cost: GBP 20.00, including wine. This banquet must be booked before 8 May; use the registration form attached below.

    Accommodation. You will need to book your own accommodation in a hotel or guest house in York, preferably in the area around King's Manor. York is a popular tourist destination, so we strongly recommend that you make reservations early. Unless you use budget accommodation (see below), bed and breakfast will cost GBP 16.00 and up. A list of hotels and guest houses convenient to King's Manor can be found on the DIGS web site at http://www.york.ac.uk/~lang13/Accommodation.html. If you would like us to send you by post a more complete list of over 150 hotels and guest houses in York, please send a message to digsyork.ac.uk; the message should request the list of hotels, and it should include your name and postal address. If you need additional help in finding and booking accommodation, contact the Tourist Information Centre, De Grey Rooms, Exhibition Square, York YO1 2HB, +44 (0)1904 621756.

    Budget accommodation. 1) York International Youth Hostel, tel. +44 (0)1904 653147. You must be

    a member of the Youth Hostel Association to use this facility. The hostel has a good reputation. It is located on the north side of the city, about a mile from the railway station. 2) Bishophill House Youth Hotel, tel. +44 (0)1904 625904. Dorm accommodation, with some single and twin rooms. It is located in Bishophill Senior, in the City Centre.

    Funding aid: The British Council may have funds available for travel to conferences in Great Britain. We suggest that participants apply directly to their local British Council.

    Travel to York.

    Travel by train: York is a major railway junction, with good connections

    from most cities in Britain. You can buy a railway ticket at the station immediately before you start your train journey, or by telephone +44 (0)345 225225. A seat reservation often comes with the ticket if you request it. Trains take two hours from London (King's Cross Station; trains leave every half hour during the working day); two hours from Manchester Airport (trains leave every hour at 20 past during the working day, every two hours during the night); an hour and ten minutes from Hull. York railway station is a short walk or taxi ride from King's Manor and the surrounding area.

    Travel by bus. Long distance buses stop at Rougier Street close to the railway station and/or at Exhibition Square, right beside King's Manor.

    Travel by air: the easiest route is to fly to Manchester, which has direct connections to many European and North American cities. In Manchester, the airport and the train station are in the same place, so you can easily walk from the plane to the train. A train ticket with return between Manchester and York costs about GBP 21.00. See information above for travel time and train frequency.

    You can fly to the Leeds/Bradford Airport, which is about 30 miles from York. Although there is train service between Leeds and York, you must take a taxi from the airport to the train station. An easier option is a prebooked taxi from Leeds/Bradford to York, which costs about GBP 40.00 with return. We will prebook taxis if you request it; send a message to digsyork.ac.uk; the message should request a taxi booking, and it should include your name, e-mail address, flight numbers, and date and time for arrival and departure.

    You can fly to Heathrow Airport, but it is a bit more difficult to get from Heathrow to York. From Heathrow, take the Underground (Piccadilly Line) to King's Cross Station, and then take the train from King's Cross to York. The Underground trip takes about an hour, and the train trip takes about two hours; overall travel time is therefore about three

    hours, plus time for connections. Tickets from London (King's Cross) to York are priced according to a bewildering system. If you are traveling on Friday (which is more expensive than other working days), you will pay about GBP 61.00 for a ticket with return, which may have some restrictions. You will pay more than GBP 100.00 for a ticket that is valid on any train. See information above for travel time and train frequency.

    For maps and additional travel information, visit the web site http://www.york.gov.uk/outabout/getting/index.html

    DIGS Registration. The registration fee includes the conference pack and

    coffee and tea during the conference, but does not include lunch or dinner. The registration fee for students and for unwaged participants is GBP 10.00, whether or not you register in advance. For waged participants, the registration fee is GBP 35.00 if received before Friday 8 May, GBP 45.00 after that date or on site. You may preregister by post, using the form attached below, or you may register in person at the conference. You must preregister by Friday 8 May in order to attend the King's Manor dinner on Saturday evening and/or the conference

    banquet on Sunday evening. Payment must be made in Pounds Sterling by cheque drawn on a British bank or by Eurocheque, made payable to University of York, DIGS 5, Ref. 041C10137 01. Payment may also be made by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Access), but note that the University levies a 5% surcharge on credit card payments.

    Summary of Costs (excluding transportation): Registration fee: GBP 10/35/45, depending on status and preregistration Optional conference dinner (Saturday): GBP 12 Optional conference banquet (Sunday): GBP 23 Accommodation (per day): GBP 16 and up Meals (lunch + dinner, per day): GBP 15 and up. Note that this amount is

    for non-conference dinners.



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    DIGS 5 PREREGISTRATION FORM

    Please print out this form, complete it and return it to the address below.

    Name:.............................................................................

    Affiliation:...............................................................

    Mailing address:...........................................................

    ...........................................................................

    ...........................................................................

    ...........................................................................

    Telephone:..............................Fax:...............................

    E-mail: ...................................................................

    _ Student/unwaged |_| Waged |_|

    Payment details =============== _ |_| I enclose a cheque payable to the University of York (DIGS 5, Ref. 041C10137 01) for the total shown below. _ |_| Please debit my Visa/Mastercard/Access with the total shown below.

    Credit card details ===================

    Name on Card:.............................................................

    Card Number:....................................... Expiry date:.........

    Billing Address: .........................................................

    ..........................................................................

    ..........................................................................

    ..........................................................................

    Signature: ...............................................................

    Fill in the appropriate boxes and the total amount.

    Registration fee: ________________ Student/unwaged GBP10 |________________| Waged, before 8 May GBP35 |________________| Waged, after 8 May GBP45 |________________|

    Dinner, Saturday 30 May (respond before 8 May) ________________ GBP12 |________________|

    Conference Banquet, Sunday 31 May (respond before 8 May) ________________ GBP23 |________________|

    ________________ Total |________________|

    ________________ 5% surcharge for payment by credit card |________________|

    ________________ TOTAL |________________|

    Dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian) ....................................

    ...........................................................................



    Please return the completed form as soon as possible to:

    DIGS 5 Department of Language and Linguistic Science University of York Heslington, York YO1 5DD United Kingdom