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LINGUIST List 20.186

Wed Jan 21 2009

Calls: General Ling/USA; Morphology,Syntax/Norway

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

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        1.    Kyung-Ah Kim, 3rd Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium
        2.    Oystein Vangsnes, NORMS Workshop on Determination

Message 1: 3rd Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium
Date: 21-Jan-2009
From: Kyung-Ah Kim <kk339cornell.edu>
Subject: 3rd Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium
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Full Title: 3rd Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium
Short Title: CULC 3

Date: 04-Apr-2009 - 05-Apr-2009
Location: Ithaca, NY, USA
Contact Person: Kyung-Ah Kim
Meeting Email: kk339cornell.edu
Web Site: http://conf.ling.cornell.edu/culc2009

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 06-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

UnderLings, the Cornell University undergraduate linguistics association,
presents its third annual undergraduate research colloquium. The goal of the
conference is to promote undergraduate research at all levels by facilitating
communication and discussion between researchers.

Call for Papers

UnderLings, the Cornell University undergraduate linguistics association,
requests abstract submissions for the third annual Cornell Undergraduate
Linguistics Colloquium. Student submissions at all levels are encouraged in a
variety of subfields of linguistics, including but not limited to phonetics,
phonology, syntax, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics,
and language acquisition. Applicants pursuing a B.A., B.S., or equivalent degree
are invited to submit a one-page abstract for a talk of no more than twenty
minutes in length or for a poster presentation at our poster session.

Abstracts should be submitted to culc2009gmail.com by Friday March 6th, 2009.
Please indicate whether you would like to be considered for a talk or for the
poster session or both. There is a high probability that the conference
proceedings will be published afterward, most likely in an online,
widely-accessible format.

More information about the colloquium and online pre-registration will be
available soon at http://conf.ling.cornell.edu/culc2009.

Please direct any questions to culc2009gmail.com.
Message 2: NORMS Workshop on Determination
Date: 21-Jan-2009
From: Oystein Vangsnes <oystein.vangsneshum.uit.no>
Subject: NORMS Workshop on Determination
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Full Title: NORMS Workshop on Determination

Date: 18-Mar-2009 - 19-Mar-2009
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Contact Person: Øystein Vangsnes
Meeting Email: oystein.vangsneshum.uit.no
Web Site: http://norms.uit.no/

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2009

Meeting Description:

NORMS Workshop on Determination, University of Tromsø, 18-19 March, 2009.
Invited speakers: Tom Leu and Tarald Taraldsen.

Call for Papers

Invited Speakers:
Tom Leu, Yale University
Tarald Taraldsen, University of Tromsø

Hosted by CASTL and organized by the NORMS thematic group on The Syntax of Noun


The Scandinavian noun phrase displays a wide range of variation, both across the
standard varieties and even more so across dialects. Microcomparative
considerations have therefore been an important and natural integral part of
theoretical studies of the Scandinavian noun phrase for quite some time (see for
instance Holmberg 1992, Delsing 1993, Vangsnes 1999, Vangsnes et. al. 2003,
Julien 2005). The variation pertains to several issues in nominal syntax such as
(in)definiteness marking and syntax, placement and types of possessors, the
interaction between possessors and definiteness marking, adjectival syntax etc.
See http://norms.uit.no/index.php?page=1 for some examples.

The field of study is by no means exhaustively studied, neither theoretically
nor empirically. At this workshop we will seek to push the investigations of
nominal syntax further with a focus on determination, i.e. issues concerning
(in)definiteness. One area which until recently has not been researched much,
concerns wh-nominals: preliminary investigations show that there is extensive
microcomparative variation across the Scandinavian dialect continuum also in
this subfield of nominal syntax, variation which interact with issues concerning

Tom Leu defended his doctoral dissertation The Internal Syntax of Determiners in
2008 at New York University. His thesis discusses various aspects of
determination and related issues in Germanic, with an emphasis on Swiss German.
Tarald Taraldsen is one of the (fore)fathers of comparative Scandinavian syntax,
with a publication record dating back to the seventies. His 1990-paper on
'D-projections in Norwegian' is widely quoted, and nominal syntax has since been
one of his many research interests.

In addition to presentations by Leu and Taraldsen, there will be contributions
by the members of the NORMS network at the workshop, and there are also slots
open for paper presentations by scholars outside of the NORMS network. Priority
will be given to papers that address the issue of determination on the basis of
Scandinavian (North Germanic) in either a macro- or microcomparative
perspective. Microcomparative papers on other languages are also welcome, in
particular papers on other languages of the Nordic countries (the Saami
languages, Finnish, Greenlandic). Interested parties are invited to submit a one
page abstract as soon as possible and no later than February 15 to Øystein A.
Vangsnes (oystein.vangsneshum.uit.no). A program will be announced shortly
after. Questions concerning the workshop may be sent to the same address.

Øystein A. Vangsnes
University of Tromsø

- Delsing, Lars-Olof. 1993. The Internal Structure of Noun Phrases in the
Scandinavian Languages: A Comparative Study. Doctoral dissertation, Lund University.
- Holmberg, Anders (ed.). 1990. Papers from the Workshop on the Scandinavian
Noun Phrase. Report 32, Department of General Linguistics, University of Umeå.
- Julien, Marit. 2005. Nominal Phrases from a Scandinavian Perspective. John
Benjamins, Amsterdam.
- Leu, Thomas. 2008. The Internal Syntax of Determiners. Doctoral dissertation, NYU.
- Taraldsen, Knut Tarald. 'D-projections in Norwegian', Joan Mascaró & Marina
Nespor (eds.) Grammar in progress: GLOW essays for Henk van Riemsdijk. Foris,
Dordrecht, 419-431.
- Vangsnes, Øystein A. 1999. The Identification of Functional Architecture.
Doctoral dissertation, University of Bergen.
- Vangsnes, Øystein A., Anders Holmberg and Lars-Olof Delsing. 2003.
Dialektsyntaktiska studier av den nordiska nominalfrasen. Novus forlag, Oslo.

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