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  1. Marjolein Groefsema, LAGB Spring Meeting - Modified Version

Message 1: LAGB Spring Meeting - Modified Version

Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 14:42:19 +0000
From: Marjolein Groefsema <>
Subject: LAGB Spring Meeting - Modified Version

Quite substantial changes had to be made to the programme for the Leeds 
Meeting. Please discard the previously received Circular.

LAGB Spring Meeting 2001: University of Leeds

 Second Circular

The Spring Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain will be 
held at Devonshire Hall, University of Leeds, from April 5 - 7. The local 
organisers are Diane Nelson (email and Ghada 
Khattab (

The conference venue is Devonshire Hall, a self-contained and cloistered 
traditional college complex located in a quiet, leafy part of Headingley 
about 3 miles from Leeds city centre and a 20 minute walk from the main 
university campus. Close by, the Meanwood Valley Trail offers pleasant 
walks as it passes through the forest of Batty's Wood on its way to the 
Yorkshire Dales. Headingley is a lively area of Leeds with a large student 
population; shops, pubs, cafes and the world-famous cricket ground lie 
within a short walking distance. Leeds itself is one of Britain's 
fastest-growing and dynamic cities, a thriving commercial and cultural 
centre, with excellent shopping and an exuberant nightlife that attracts 
visitors from all over Britain. For those drawn to the countryside, the 
spectacular Dales and their picturesque ancient villages begin only half an 
hour away.

Accommodation: Devonshire Hall, where the talks are held, offers 
comfortable single rooms with washbasins and shared shower and toilet 

Registration: will take place from Thursday 11:00am onwards at Devonshire 
Hall. During the conference a table will be staffed continuously for 
on-site registration. Please notify the organisers if you will be arriving 
after 10pm.

Bar: The Devonshire Hall bar will be open from 6-10pm during the 
conference. The organisers will also provide a list of nearby pubs and 
restaurants with the registration materials.

Food: please indicate vegetarian and any other dietary requirements on the 
booking form below.

Childcare: If you require childcare during the conference, please contact 
the Local Organiser for further details.

Travel: Devonshire Hall is located on Cumberland Road (a useful landmark 
is the large church on the corner), which is just off the A660 (Otley Road) 
in Headingley, about one mile north of the University. There are maps 
available on the WWW for the university campus at , but the conference venue 
is outside the area covered by the map.

By train: Leeds is centrally located on main rail lines from London (2.5 
hours) and Manchester (1 hour), and connects with the main East Coast line 
to York (1/2 hour) and Edinburgh. (3 hours). From the railway station, 
cross City Square to the bus terminal on Infirmary Street; buses 1, 63 and 
95 all run frequently and go past the University, stopping at Cumberland 
Road. The bus journey from the station to the conference venue takes 15-30 
minutes, depending on traffic; a taxi from the station costs about �4.

By car: The M1 leads to the city from the south. From the city centre, 
follow signs to Headingley Stadium or the A660 (Skipton). Pass the 
University on the A660 (which is now called Woodhouse Lane) and continue 
for about another mile (on the A660, now Headingley Lane/Otley Road); turn 
right at the church, soon after the Hyde Park pub. From the north, take the 
A65 through Skipton to the A660 and head south toward the city centre; 
Cumberland Road is on the left about 1/2 mile past the Original Oak pub.

On foot: the conference venue is a 45 minute walk from the city centre 
along busy roads. There is also a pleasant walk behind the venue along the 
Meanwood Valley Trail, but this does not lead to the city centre.

The nearest airport is Leeds-Bradford, 7 miles away from the conference 
venue and most easily reached by taxi.

Parking: If you wish to park at Devonshire Hall, then a permit is required. 
This is free, but there are only a finite number of permits, which will be 
distributed by the organisers on a first come first served basis. 
Additional on-street parking is available.

Events: The Linguistics Association 2001 Lecture on Thursday evening will 
be delivered by Professor Peter Culicover (Ohio State) and is entitled: 
Concrete Minimalism, Branching Structure and Linear Order.

There will be a Workshop on Construction Grammar, organised by Robert 
Borsley (Essex University). Contributors are Farrell Ackerman (UC San 
Diego), Robert Borsley (Essex), Peter Culicover (Ohio State), Jasper Holmes 
(Groningen) and Andrew Spencer (Essex).

There will be a Language Tutorial on Vietnamese, by Victoria Rosen (Bergen 

A session of Linguistics at School will be held, organised by the LAGB 
Education Committee (Ewa Jaworska, Sue Barry, Anthea Fraser Gupta and Dick 
Hudson). The topic is "Phonics and accents of English". Speakers will be 
John Wells (UCL), Rhona Stainthorp (Institute of Education) and Chris Jolly 
(Educational publisher).

Professor Keith Brown (Chair of the Linguistics Benchmarking Panel) will 
hold a special session discussing the Linguistics Benchmarking proposals.

There will be a Wine Party on Thursday night, hosted by the Linguistics 

Bookings: At this stage availability of accommodation is not guaranteed (a 
booking form went out with the first circular).

Guests: members may invite any number of guests to meetings of the 
association, upon payment of a guest invitation fee of 5 pounds in addition 
to the standard fees. Members wishing to invite guests should photocopy the 
enclosed booking form.

Abstracts: are available to members who are unable to attend the meeting. 
Please order using the booking form below.

Annual General Meeting: This is to be held on the afternoon of 6 April. 
Items for the agenda should be sent to the Honorary Secretary.

Nominations for speakers: Nominations are requested for future guest 
speakers; all suggestions should be sent to the Honorary Secretary.

Changes of address: Members are reminded to notify the Membership Secretary 
(address below) of changes of address. An institutional address is 
preferred; bulk mailing saves postage.

Committee members:

President Professor Andrew Spencer
 Department of Language and Linguistics, University of 
Essex, Wivenhoe Park, COLCHESTER CO4 3SQ.

Honorary Secretary Professor Anna Siewierska
 Department of Linguistics, University of Lancaster, 

Membership Secretary Dr. David Willis
 Dept. of Linguistics, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick 
Avenue, Cambridge,
 CB3 9DA.

Meetings Secretary Dr. Marjolein Groefsema
 Dept. of Linguistics, University of Hertfordshire, Watford 
Campus, ALDENHAM, Herts. WD2 8AT.

Treasurer Dr Wiebke Brockhaus
 Dept. of German, University of Manchester, MANCHESTER M13 

Assistant Secretary Dr. Gillian Ramchand
Centre for Linguistics and Philology, Oxford University, Walton Street, 

Nominations for the Committee

Anna Siewierska's term as Honorary Secretary is reaching its end, and she 
has indicated that she does not want to stand again. Therefore, the LAGB 
would like to receive nominations for a new Honorary Secretary.

The term of office of the Meetings Secretary also expires at the Spring 
Meeting; Marjolein Groefsema has indicated a willingness to stand for a 
second term and is the nomination of the LAGB Committee, however, further 
nominations are welcome.

Andrew Spencer is standing down at the Leeds Meeting. Therefore the LAGB 
would like to receive nominations for a new President.

All enquiries and nominations should reach the Assistant Secretary, Gillian 
Ramchard, by 30 March at 
< >.

Internet home page: The LAGB internet home page is now active at the 
following address: .

Electronic network: Please join the LAGB electronic network which is used 
for disseminating LAGB information and for consulting members quickly. It 
can be subscribed to by sending the message "add lagb" to:

Future Meetings:
4-6 September 2001 University of Reading
9-11 April 2002 	Edge Hill College of Higher Education
17-19 September 2002 UMIST
Spring 2003 (provisional) University of Sheffield

The Meetings Secretary would very much like to receive offers of future 
venues, particularly from institutions which the LAGB has not previously 
visited or from places with newly established linguistics programmes.

Members of the LAGB organising conferences on linguistics in the UK are 
invited to apply for grants of up to 300 pounds; conference publicity will 
in return have to state that the event is sponsored by the LAGB, and 
membership application forms should be enclosed in conference packs. 
Applications should be made to the President, ideally by e-mail to allow a 
quick response

LAGB representative on UCML Executive Committee needed

As you know, the LAGB has representatives on a number of national bodies to 
ensure that the views of linguists (at least as defined by the LAGB 
membership) are taken into account. One of
these bodies is UCML, the University Council of Modern Languages, which 
represents the interests of modern languages in higher education. The LAGB 
has had two reps on the UCML Executive Committee so far, first Roz Temple 
(York) and then Paul Rowlett (Salford). Paul, who was LAGB Treasurer until 
April 2000, has now been asked to become the UCML Treasurer, which means 
that he is no longer the linguistics rep on the Executive Committee, and 
the vacancy needs to be filled.

The LAGB Committee is now appealing for volunteers to take on this task. It 
really is important to have an LAGB rep, especially as the UCML can raise 
quite substantial funds to support a range of teaching-related (in a VERY 
broad sense) projects, including essentially linguistic ones, provided that 
they have a Modern Languages slant. The rep would be expected to attend 
UCML exec meetings in London four times a year (expenses paid by UCML) and 
should also be at the plenary meetings (twice a year, also in 
London; travel expenses to be met by the rep's home institution).

Ideally, we are looking for a linguist based in a modern languages 
department. Do, please, give this some serious thought and contact Wiebke 
Brockhaus at if you are interested, who can 
provide further details and/or put you in touch with Paul Rowlett if you 
want to ask him specific questions before deciding whether to take it on.


Thursday 5 April


2.00 Workshop on Construction Grammar
 Organised by Robert Borsley (Essex)

The programme for the Workshop consists of the following papers, not 
necessarily in this order.
There will be a break for tea at 4.00 pm.

Farrell Ackerman (UC San Diego) Prenominal Relatives as a Subtype in a 
Network of Various Construction Types.

Robert Borsley (Essex) Constructions - mainly from an HPSG perspective.

Peter Culicover (Ohio State) Learnability, markedness and complexity of 

Jasper Holmes (Groningen) Words are constructions.

Andrew Spencer (Essex) Constructions in Slavic morphosyntax.


Linguistics Association 2001 Lecture

Professor Peter Culicover (Ohio State):

Concrete Minimalism, Branching Structure and Linear Order.

hosted by the Department of Linguistics

Friday 6 April

Session A
9.00 Hoa Pham (Toronto) What is tone in a tone language?
9.40 Wouter Jansen (Groningen) Regressive voice assimilation as cue 
preservation through lenition.

10.20 Martin Kr�mer (D�sseldorf) When Finnish vowels resist harmony.

Session B
9.00 Dimitra Papangeli (UCL) Clitic Doubling in Syntax (Evidence from 
9.40 Dora Alexopoulou and Caroline Heycock (Edinburgh) A Matching 
Analysis for Relative Clauses.
10.20 Cecile De Cat (York) Left and right peripheral topics in spoken 

Session C
9.00 Guy Politzer (CNRS) Quantifer, negation scope, implicature & a 
9.40 Corinne Iten (UCL) Even: An inferential scalar account.
10.20 Thorstein Fretheim (Trondheim) Concessive adverbs as anaphora.

11.00 COFFEE
11.30 Language Tutorial on Vietnamese
 Victoria Rosen (Bergen)

1.00 LUNCH

Session A Linguistics at school: 'Phonics and accents of English'
 Chair: Sue Barry (Manchester)

2.00 John Wells (UCL): A view from phonetics.
 Rhona Stainthorp (Institute of Education): A view from psychology.
 Chris Jolly (Educational publisher): A view from phonics.

Session B
2.00 Sam Featherston (T�bingen) Universals and the counter-example 
model: Evidence from
 wh-constraints in German.
2.40 Robert Borsley (Essex) Perfective & progress. constructions in 
Welsh & English.
3.20 Jose Alvarez (Venezuela and UCL) Split intransitivity in Kari'�a 
and other Cariban

Session C
2.00 Alastair Butler (York) Intervention effects in questions with 
multipair readings.
2.40 Richard Breheny (Cambridge) Hob-Nob Discourses & Static Accessibility.

3.20 Dora Alexopoulou (Edinburgh) and George Tsoulas (York) Greek 
Existential Sentences.

4.00 TEA

4.30 LAGB Annual General Meeting


Saturday 7 April

Session A
9.00 Norio Nasu (Essex) Reconstruction effects & the role of Spec-TP in 
infinitival clauses.
9.40 Kook-Hee Gill (York) Floating Quantifiers in Korean.

10.20 Nicholas Sobin (Bangor) Echo questions and CP structure.

Session B
9.00 David Nicolas (UCLA) Do mass nouns constitute a semantically 
uniform class?
9.40 Richard Horsey (UCL) If Josef kills Leon is Leon dead?
10.20 Asya Pereltsvaig (McGill) Stative predicates & the syntax-lexical 
semantics interface.

Session C
9.0 Patrick McConvell (ALATIS) and Mary Laughren (Queensland) 
Equilibrium punctured.

9.40 Matthew Baerman (Surrey) The typology of syncretism in two argument 
10.20 Anna Siewierska (Lancaster) and Dik Bakker (Amsterdam) On the 
form-function relationship: the case of person agreement.

11.00 COFFEE

11.30 Language Tutorial continues

1.00 LUNCH

Session A
2.00 Discussion session on Linguistics Benchmarking led by Keith 
One of the speakers will be Fiona Crozier (Assistant Director, Development, 
Her presentation is entitled 'Academic review: the new method'.
If you plan to attend this meeting, you will probably find it convenient to 
print out a copy of the draft benchmarking document and bring it with you. 
(The speakers do not intend to bring copies of their own to make available 
on the day):
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Session B

2.00 Ra�l Aranovich (Texas) The semantics of auxiliary selection in the 
history of Spanish.
2.40 Debra Ziegler (Manchester) Reanalysis in the history of 'do'.
3.20 J�hanna Bar�dal and Thorhallur Eyth�rsson (Manchester) The 
evolution of oblique subjects.

Session C
2.00 Elisabeth Lees and Wiebke Brockhaus (Manchester) Attitudes to 
regional vs. standard varieties in Austria & England.

2.40 Jim Hurford (Edinburgh) The neural basis of predicate argument 
structure. (40 min).


Please return this form, with your remittance, to: Diane Nelson, Dept. of 
Linguistics & Phonetics, University of Leeds, LEEDS LS6 9JT, Great Britain. 
Cheques should be made payable to "University of Leeds" (they can't be 
processed otherwise). Booking forms should be received by 5 March if you 
are booking accommodation. 




I enclose remittance as indicated (select appropriate package):
1. Complete conference package: �135.00 ..........
Surcharge for non-members, �5.00 ..........

 TOTAL: ..........

2. Selected items:
(a) conference fee (OBLIGATORY) to cover cost of abstracts, tea and coffee, 
room bookings, speakers' expenses etc. �35.00 �35.00
(b) Thursday lunch �9.50 ..........
(c) Thursday dinner �14.00 ..........
(d) B&B Thursday/Friday �26.50 ..........
(e) Friday lunch �9.50 ..........
(f) Friday dinner �14.00 ..........
(g) B&B Friday/Saturday �26.50 ..........
(h) Saturday lunch �9.50 ..........

 SUB-TOTAL: ..........
(i) Surcharge for non-members, �5.00 ..........
 TOTAL: ..........
4. Abstracts only, for those not attending: �5.00 UK......... �6.00 
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