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LINGUIST List 20.1065

Wed Mar 25 2009

Calls: Syntax/Poland

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Joanna Blaszczak, Clausal Architecture

Message 1: Clausal Architecture
Date: 24-Mar-2009
From: Joanna Blaszczak <joanna.blaszczakgooglemail.com>
Subject: Clausal Architecture
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Full Title: Clausal Architecture
Short Title: PLM2009-CA

Date: 02-Sep-2009 - 05-Sep-2009
Location: Gniezno, Poland
Contact Person: Joanna Blaszczak
Meeting Email: joanna.blaszczakgooglemail.com
Web Site: http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/plm/

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Call Deadline: 01-May-2009

Meeting Description:

Clausal Architecture: How Universal/Variable Is It?

In accordance with the leitmotif of the 40th PLM 'Variants, Variability,
Variation', this workshop focuses on variability and variation with regard to
clausal architecture.

Call for Papers

With Chomsky (1998 et seq.), it is suggested that C, T and little v are core
functional categories. Assuming this to be true, at least three questions arise.

First, are C, T, and v universal categories, obligatory present in all languages
or are there languages missing one (or more) of these categories (or having some
other functional categories instead)?

Second, how much variation is there in clausal structure? What functional
categories, apart from the suggested three core functional categories, are
syntactically relevant? How much variability is required/allowed here? Do we
need VoiceP, AspP, or TransitivityPhrase in addition to vP (cf. Alexiadou,
Anagnastopolou, and Everaert 2004, MacDonald 2008, Bowers 2002)? Do we need a
special 'EPP'-projection in addition to TP (cf. Branigan 1992, Babyonyshev
1996)? How much evidence do we have for splitting the VP, TP or CP into several
separate projections?

Third, how much variation and variability is required with regard to the core
functional categories themselves? Chomsky (1999) differentiates between
phi-complete T (i.e., having a complete set of phi-features and thus entering
into the case-agreement system) and defective T, which is not selected by C and
which does not enter into case-agreement system. By analogy, complete and
defective vP's have been distinguished (cf. Harves 2002, Lavine and Freidin
2002). What does it mean that v is defective? How many different v's are there
(cf. Alexiadou, Anagnastopoulou, and Everaert 2004, Kratzer 1994, 2000, and
Harley and Noyer 1998)? How much variation is allowed in this system? For
example, can a complete v be selected by a defective T or can both T and v be
defective (cf. Lavine and Freidin 2002, Harves 2005)? Can C be defective as well
(cf. Gallego 2007)?

More recently (cf. Chomsky 2005), it is assumed that T and, by analogy also V,
do not have phi-features on their own, but inherit them from the phase heads, C
and v, respectively. How much variation is allowed in the system? Does C (and by
analogy v) always have to pass its phi-feature on to T (and V, respectively), or
is it possible that C (or v) retains its phi-features? Are the features that are
relevant for checking placed on one head (probe) or is something like
split-probes (pairs of heads that complement each other and jointly have
features relevant for checking) allowed (cf. WitkoĊ› 2003)?

We invite abstracts related to any of the issues mentioned above.

Each paper in the oral sessions will be given 30 minutes, including 10 minutes
for discussion. The language of the conference is English.

Please send an one-page abstract (12 point font, reasonable margins, preferably
PDF) to joanna.blaszczakgooglemail.com.

Submission deadline: May 1 2009
Notification of acceptance: June 1 2009.

The Venue
Our venue, Collegium Europaeum Gnesnense, is located in the city of Gniezno. The
main CEG building has lecture halls, computer labs, and offices. Lodging for PLM
participants will be provided in two high standard halls of residence with
single and double rooms, each with a private bathroom. The campus is located
within walking distance (20 minutes) from the city centre.

Looking forward to seeing you in Gniezno!

Session organizers:
Joanna Blaszczak
Gisbert Fanselow
Jacek Witkos
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