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Wed Dec 22 2010

Calls: Phonology, Syntax/USA

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        1.     Katy McKinney-Bock , Parallel Domains: A Workshop in Honor of the Work of Jean-Roger Vergnaud

Message 1: Parallel Domains: A Workshop in Honor of the Work of Jean-Roger Vergnaud
Date: 20-Dec-2010
From: Katy McKinney-Bock <ksmckinnusc.edu>
Subject: Parallel Domains: A Workshop in Honor of the Work of Jean-Roger Vergnaud
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Full Title: Parallel Domains: A Workshop in Honor of the Work of Jean-Roger Vergnaud

Date: 06-May-2011 - 07-May-2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Contact Person: Katy McKinney-Bock
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://sites.google.com/site/paralleldomains2011

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology; Syntax

Call Deadline: 06-Feb-2011

Meeting Description:

'Parallel Domains: Locality in Syntax & Phonology and the Representation of Constituency' is a workshop in honor of the work of Jean-Roger Vergnaud. Its theoretical goal is to explore fundamental questions across both syntax and phonology, which broadly include issues of locality, movement, reconstruction, multidominance, (anti-)symmetry, agreement, and cyclic applications in both domains.

Invited Speakers:

Noam Chomsky, Louis Goldstein, Morris Halle, Joost Kremers, Dominique Sportiche

Call for Papers:

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute presentations with 15 minutes for questions on various perspectives within both syntax and phonology.

Submission Deadline: February 6, 2011, 11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time, GMT -8)


Much work in syntax focuses on the locality of grammatical relationships and displacement of constituents. Traditionally, grammatical relationships have been represented by a singly-rooted tree structure using relations like c-command and AGREE, and theories of displacement utilize a movement leaving a trace, or a copy-and-delete strategy. This workshop raises the question about whether common ways of thinking about grammatical relationships represented within tree structures is the correct one, or whether we should consider other representations for grammatical relationships; specifically, testing whether a more abstract representation of constituent structure can represent all grammatical relationships locally. Can we generalize the concept of locality to all grammatical relationships (e.g. agreement relationships, checking relationships, EPP, among many others)? How far does this extend? This workshop focuses on this question and how we might derive constituent structure in both syntax and phonology from a more abstract constituent structure.

These questions deal with the central notion of occurrence across (local or non-local) domains, and what it means to create a chain in syntax. Some have proposed multidominance/grafting approaches to syntax (McCawley 1982, Goodall 1987, Wilder 2008, de Vries 2009, Citko 2005, Gracanin-Yuksek 2007, van Riemsdijk 2001, 2006, among others) while others have taken approaches to copies like sideward movement (Nunes 2004) or Trace Conversion (Fox 2000).

The notion of 'occurrence' in a linguistic context makes up the fabric of both syntax and phonology. In Vergnaud (2001), it is hypothesized that the metrical grids of language can be viewed as recursion and organizations of mental oscillators. The idea also recalls the recent development of Articulatory Phonology (Browman & Goldstein 1986, 1992, 2000; Saltzman & Byrd 2000; Saltzman, Nam, Krivokapic, & Goldstein 2008). These rhythmic organizations reflect the underlying constituent structures in various linguistic domains (Halle & Vergnaud 1987; Vergnaud 2001): from syllables to metrical grids of stress in phonology, and from morphology, phrase markers to phases in syntax. This analysis seeks a unified explanation for cyclic applications in both phonology and syntax (stress, successive cyclic movement, chain-formation, and reconstruction), and the workshop continues to explore what is unified across phonology and syntax.

For more information, please visit: http://sites.google.com/site/paralleldomains2011

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