15.3532, Confs: Ling Theories/Afroasiatic/Leiden, Netherlands

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Subject: 15.3532, Confs: Ling Theories/Afroasiatic/Leiden, Netherlands

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Date: 12-Dec-2004
From: Noureddine Elouazizi < n.elouazizi at let.leidenuniv.nl >
Subject: The Structure of the Verb Phrase in Afroasiatic: Morpho-phonological and Syntactic Approaches 

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Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 18:21:31
From: Noureddine Elouazizi < n.elouazizi at let.leidenuniv.nl >
Subject:  The Structure of the Verb Phrase in Afroasiatic: Morpho-phonological and Syntactic Approaches 

The Structure of the Verb Phrase in Afroasiatic: Morpho-phonological and
Syntactic Approaches 

Date: 14-Jan-2005 - 16-Jan-2005 
Location: Leiden, Netherlands 
Contact: Noureddine Elouazizi 
Contact Email: n.elouazizi at let.leidenuniv.nl 
Meeting URL: http://www.ulcl.leidenuniv.nl/index.php3?m=1&c=112

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories 

Language Family(ies): Afroasiatic 

Meeting Description: 

The Afroasiatic languages of Africa and the Middle East have a rich morphology
for verbal derivation and inflection. Unlike the basically affixal morphological
systems of Indo-European languages, Afroasiatic morphology is pervaded by a wide
variety of purely morphological alternations that are internal to the stem. In
Classical Arabic, for instance, there is a clear sense in which verbs and nouns
like kataba 'he wrote', kaataba 'he corresponded', and kitaabun 'book' are
morphologically related to one another by means of the consonantal structure of
the root, although they do not share discrete strings of segments in
concatenated morphemes. In comprising three discontinuous morphological
components (the root, the stem template, and the vowel melody) the verb phrase
structure in Afroasiatic is radically different from the one in Indo-European

The study of the root and pattern dichotomy goes back as early as the
traditional treatments of medieval Arab and Hebrew grammarians. Within the
generative research tradition, research on these morpho-phonological aspects
started with McCarthy's (1979) seminal work. Recent advances within the
framework of government phonology have shown that the stem template itself has
internal structure. Furthermore, verbal derivation follows a systematic and
hence predictable apophonic path (Guerssel and Lowenstam 1986; Ségéral 1986,
2000; Bendjaballah 1999, 2001). For the purely syntactic aspect,
root-and-pattern morphology poses a challenge, since the basic morphological
units do not correspond in any way to distinct syntactic positions. 

The purpose of this interdisciplinary symposium is to provide a meeting ground
for experts to exchange views and findings on a central topic of comparative and
theoretical Afroasiatic linguistics. Within the general theme of verbal
configurational structure in Afroasiatic languages, the following questions are
of particular interest to the meeting: 

- What is the internal structure of the VP/vP? Given the inflectional role of
the vowels, how does the structure of the verb relate to the tense/aspect domain?
- How much internal structure is present in templatic morphology and what is its
relation to the derivation of VPs? In which respect does apophony reflect
syntactic derivation?
- What is the status of stem pattern/binyanim that encode grammatical voice
alternations (causative, middle, reciprocal) and situation aspect (stative,
inchoative)? Are they listed in the lexicon together with a root entry (Borer
2004) or are they associated with distinct voice heads (Doron 2003).
- What is the position of the subject? Can subjects be licensed within the vP or
is subject raising obligatory? 
- What are the mirco- and macroparameters of crosslinguistic variation in the
verbal domain?


Edit Doron (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Jean Lowenstamm  (CNRS - Université 7, Paris)
Ur Shlonsky   (Université de Genève) 
Jacqueline Lecarme (CNRS - Université 7, Paris)
Jamal Ouhalla  (University College Dublin)
Sabrina Bendjaballah (CNRS, Université Lille III) 

            Reception & Registration

09:00-09:15 Prof. V.J. (Vincent) van Heuven (ULCL director)
            Opening Speech

09:15-10:00 Invited speaker: 
            Jean Lowenstamm (CNRS - Université  de Paris VII )
            Aspects of Word-Formation in Semitic: the Classical Arabic Verb

10:00-10:30 Ora R. Schwarzwald (Bar Ilan University)
            The Effect of Morphophonemic Projection on Tenses in Modern Hebrew

10:30-11:00  break

11:00-11:30 Pierre Rucart (Université Paris VII)
            The syntactic structure of morphological templates

11:30-12:15 Invited Speaker: 
            Sabrina Bendjaballah (CNRS, Université de Lille III )
            Constraints on markers in templates

12:15-14:00  Lunch 

14:00-14:45 Invited speaker: 
            Jacqueline Lecarme (CNRS - Université de Paris VII) 
            Somali multiple applicatives and the 'possessor' argument.

14:45-15:15 Leszek Barczak  (University of British Columbia)
            The nature of clitisization - evidence from Bole and Hausa (Chadic)

15:15-15:45  break

15:45-16:15 Hamid Ouali (University of Michigan)
            AGREE: Subject extraction and negative concord

16:15-16:45 Nora Boneh & Nisrine Al-Zahre (CNRS research)
            What do reflexive datives reflect?

16:45-17:30 Invited Speaker:
            Edit Doron The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

17:30- Onward  Drinks and dinner

09:15-10:00 Invited Speaker: 
            Ur Shlonsky (Université de Genève) 
            Subject Extraction

10:00-10:30 Noureddine Elouazizi (ULCL, Leiden University)
            On (the absence of) T projection in Berber:  
            Implications for verb movement

10:30-11:00  break

11:00-11:30 Elabbas Benmamoun (University of Illinois)
            Verbless Sentences and the Status of the VP

11:30-12:15 Invited Speaker: 
            Jamal Ouhalla (University College Dublin)
            vP in Berber  

12:15-14:15  Lunch

14:15-14:45 Tal Siloni (Tel-Aviv University)
            No Escape from an Active Lexicon

14:45-15:15 Usama Soltan (University of Maryland)
            Morphological fusion as AGREE: Inflecting negatives  
            in Standard Arabic revisited

15:15-15:45  break

15:45-16:15 Acrisio Pires & Hamid Ouali (University of Michigan)
            Verb Morphology and the Representation of Tense and 
            Aspect: Division of Labor in Berber

16:15-17:00 Invited Speaker: 
            Chris Reintges (ULCL, Leiden University)
            Syntactic variation with and without morphological 
            variation: Older Egyptian VSO structure revisited
17:00-17:15 Reintges and Elouazizi
            Concluding remarks

The program also appears on the organizing institute, ULCL at Leiden

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