21.3298, Calls: Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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Subject: 21.3298, Calls: Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 16-Aug-2010
From: Kerstin Schwabe < schwabe at zas.gwz-berlin.de >
Subject: Inner-sentential Propositional Pro-forms: Syntactic Properties and Interpretative Effects
 

	
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Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 11:11:41
From: Kerstin Schwabe [schwabe at zas.gwz-berlin.de]
Subject: Inner-sentential Propositional Pro-forms: Syntactic Properties and Interpretative Effects

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Full Title: Inner-sentential Propositional Pro-forms: Syntactic Properties and 
Interpretative Effects 

Date: 23-Feb-2011 - 25-Feb-2011
Location: Göttingen, Germany 
Contact Person: Kerstin Schwabe
Meeting Email: schwabe at zas.gwz-berlin.de
Web Site: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/workshop_proforms.html 

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax 

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2010 

Meeting Description:

2nd Call, Inner-sentential Propositional Pro-forms: Syntactic Properties and
Interpretative Effects 

Workshop organised as part of the Annual Conference of the German
Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held in Göttingen, Germany, February 23-
25, 2011

Important Dates:
Conference date: February 23-25, 2011
First call for papers: June 23, 2010
Second call for papers: August 16, 2010
(Extended) deadline for 2-page abstract submission: August 31, 2010
Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2010 

2nd Call For Papers

Propositional proforms relate to clauses within complex sentences. They are 
a topic that arises in different languages and that holds a lot of open 
questions within nearly all domains of grammar. In German, there seem to 
be four types of proforms: i. 'Platzhalter' (place holders), which are pho-
nologically reducible and which seem to replace their clausal correlate in the 
argument position as in
(1-1'), ii. 'Bezugselemente' (relating elements), which are not reducible and
which may form a con-stituent together with their clausal correlate as in
(2-2'), iii. anaphoric proforms, which actually relate to a preceding statement
as in (3), and iv. proforms which relate to a clausal correlate wrap-ped in an
ad¬verbial clause as in (4)  [cf. Breindl 1989, Pütz 1986, Sudhoff 2003,
F.-Hansen 1980 and, dia¬chronically, Axel 2009].

(1) Fred hat's /es bedauert, dass Eva gekommen ist.  {Fred has'it-CL/it
regretted that  Eva come has}
(1') Fred hat sich(daRÜber/DRÜber) gefreut, das Eva gekommen ist. {Fred 
has REFL.ACC PROPP[about]  enjoyed that Eva come has}
(2) Fred hat sich [DArüber [dass Eva gekommen ist]] gefreut. {Fred has 
REFL.ACC [PROPP-about [that Eva come has]] enjoyed}
(2') Das hängt DAvon ab, wann Eva kommt. {This depends [ProPP-on 
[when Eva will come]]}
(3) Fred behauptet es, dass Eva kommt. {Fred claims it that Eva comes}
(4) Fred bedauert es, wenn Eva kommt. {Fred regrets it when Eva comes}

The workshop aims to contribute to the most challenging issues arising in 
this area, some of them stemming from longstanding, yet not satisfyingly 
explained observations; e.g.: What are the syntactic relationships between 
the proforms and their clausal correlates? Why can a proform be present in 
the IP-domain if its conditional clause correlate is fronted, but not if a that-
clause correlate is there - cf. (5-6)? [cf. Sternefeld 2006] 

(5) Wenn Eva kommt, wird es Fred sehr bedauern. {When Eva comes will it 
Fred very regret}  
(6) *Dass Eva kommt, bedauert es Fred. {That Eva is coming regrets it 
Fred}

What about the behavior of correlates with respect to VP-topicalisation - cf. 
(7-8)?

(7) Interessiert, ob Max gewonnen hat, hat es mich sehr. {Interested 
whether Max won has,  has it  me very} 
(7') ?Behauptet, dass Max gewonnen hat, hat es Eva oft. {Claimed that Max 
won has, has it Eva often} 
(8) ?Bedauern, dass Eva kommt, sollte Fred. {Regret that Eva comes 
should Fred}
(8') Es bedauern, dass Eva kommt, sollte Fred.

Why do proforms usually block extraction out of the associated clause? 
Which matrix predicates select which proforms, and why? What are the 
contributions of the proforms to the semantics or to the information 
structural properties of the constructions? Such questions and related ones 
are addressed to researchers involved in this topic synchronically and 
diachronically. Given the research tradition of pronoun-clause linkage for 
languages other than German, we encourage prospective speakers to 
contribute to the workshop with respect to the issues raised above. We 
think of languages as close as Dutch (Bennis 1987) and English (cf. the 
classic Postal & Pullum 1988), but also as different as Hungarian (e.g., de 
Cuba & Ürögdi 2010).

Important Dates:
Conference date: February 23-25, 2011
First call for papers: June 23, 2010
Second call for papers: August 16, 2010
(Extended) deadline for 2-page abstract submission: August 31, 2010
Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2010





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