From: Volker Gast <volker.gastuni-jena.de>
Subject: Peculiar Binding Configurations
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Full Title: Peculiar Binding Configurations
Short Title: PBC
Date: 24-Sep-2010 - 25-Sep-2010
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Contact Person: Volker Gast
Meeting Email: volker.gastuni-jena.de
Web Site: http://www.uni-jena.de/~mu65qev/pbc
Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Semantics; Syntax
Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2010
- Eric Reuland (Utrecht)
- Patricia Cabredo-Hofherr (Paris/Surrey)
- Uli Sauerland (Berlin)
Over the past few decades, research into syntactic and semantic binding has
established itself as an important tradition that has contributed elegant
solutions to various problems of interpretation at the syntax-semantics
interface. Few theoretical notions have a range of application as broad as that
of binding. Domains of investigation that have benefited greatly from insights
into variable binding include reflexivity and reciprocity and, quite generally,
the interpretation of (empty or overt) pronominals; argument structure and
voice; matters of tense, aspect and modality as explored in event semantics or
possible-worlds semantics; quantification relating to arguments as well as
adverbials; and the interpretation of information-structural categories such as
focus and contrast. In all of these areas, a reasonable association of syntactic
structures with semantic representations is hardly conceivable without the
binding concept. It seems fair to say that binding is one of the most important
theoretical concepts in linguistic analysis, and thus, by hypothesis, also a
central principle in the architecture of human language.
Call for Papers
Our workshop aims at bringing together linguists working on binding phenomena
that are in some way 'peculiar'. This concerns, first, domains of investigation
which have not so far been dealt with in terms of binding. For example, the
interpretation of morphological cases and of matters relating to
perspectivization and empathy, while not being prima facie candidates for a
binding analysis, have been shown to be amenable to such analyses (e.g. Hole
2009 on the dative in German). Second, the workshop is intended to provide an
opportunity to discuss problems in the modeling of binding that are not easily
accommodated within standard syntactic or semantic frameworks. Pertinent areas
include reciprocal binding (cf. Reuland 2008); tree-geometrical asymmetries
indicating that certain binding construals are privileged over others ('knight
move binding'); 'binding out of DP' (Büring 2004); problems of compatibility
between different theoretical frameworks (e.g. reflexivization as analyzed by
Reinhart & Reuland 1993, which is not easily reconciled with more recent views
of argument structure and the status of external arguments as conceived, for
instance, by Kratzer 1996, 2009).
References: BÜRING, D. (2004). 'Crossover situations'. Natural Language
Semantics 12(1), 23-62. - HOLE, D. (2009). 'German free datives and Knight
Move Binding'. To appear in: Artemis Alexiadou, T. Kiss and G. Müller (eds.).
Local Modelling of Non-Local Dependencies. Tübingen: Niemeyer. - KRATZER, A.
(1996). 'Severing the external argument from its verb'. In: J. Rooryck and L.
Zaring (Hrsg.). Phrase Structure and the Lexicon. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 109-137.
- KRATZER, A. (2009). 'Making a pronoun: fake indexicals as windows into the
properties of pronouns'. Linguistic Inquiry 40(2), 187-237. - REINHART, T. and
E. REULAND (1993). 'Reflexivity'. Linguistic Inquiry 24, 657-720. - REULAND,
E. (2008). 'Anaphoric dependencies: How are they encoded? Towards a derivation-
based typology'. In E. König and V. Gast (eds.). Reciprocals and Reflexives:
Theoretical and Typological Explorations, 499-555. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
We invite anonymous abstracts for presentations (30 minutes plus 10 minutes
discussion) pertaining to the topics mentioned in the workshop description, or
to topics that relate to the workshop motto of 'Peculiar Binding Configurations'
in other meaningful ways.
Abstracts should not exceed two pages including examples and references
(A4/letter size, 12pt, single-spaced). Only one single-authored and one
co-authored submission per person will be considered. Submission of abstracts is
by e-mail only. The body of your message should contain (i) author's or authors'
name(s), (ii) affiliation(s), (iii) (a single) e-mail address for correspondence
and (iv) the title of the paper.
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