21.3450, Calls: Syntax/Netherlands

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Subject: 21.3450, Calls: Syntax/Netherlands

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Date: 29-Aug-2010
From: Hedde Zeijlstra < zeijlstra at uva.nl >
Subject: Verb Movement: Its nature, triggers, and effects

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Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2010 11:44:51
From: Hedde Zeijlstra [zeijlstra at uva.nl]
Subject: Verb Movement: Its nature, triggers, and effects

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Full Title: Verb Movement: Its nature, triggers, and effects 

Date: 10-Dec-2010 - 11-Dec-2010
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Contact Person: Kristine Bentzen
Meeting Email: vmove at hsl.uit.no
Web Site: http://castl.uit.no/index.php?

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax 

Call Deadline: 13-Oct-2010 

Meeting Description:

In this workshop we want to address various issues related to verb 
placement and the syntax of the left periphery. The topic 'verb movement' 
has of course been discussed extensively in the linguistic literature, but 
many of the core properties of verb movement still trigger intense debates 
and we think it is about time to try to determine what the main issues are 
and take a new look at them through 2010 goggles. For one thing, the 
empirical basis for traditional verb movement analyses has mainly consisted 
of (standard varieties of) Germanic and Romance languages, in particular 
English, German, Dutch, Scandinavian, and French. However, more 
detailed knowledge about other languages and dialects has enlarged the 
empirical basis. One such example is the extensive work on European 
dialects conducted in the last decade or so, partly in research groups that 
have been a part of the NORMS project or associated with it. These new 
data challenge the traditional view of verb movement as simply V-to-C or V-
to-I. On the theoretical side, one issue concerns the 'explosion' of the CP 
and IP domains. Since (among others) Pollock (1989), Rizzi (1997), and 
Cinque (1999) it is commonly assumed that the structure of the CP and IP 
domains is much more fine-grained than we previously thought, with several 
functional projections in each domain. As a result, for example 'V-to-C' can 
no longer be assumed to be one single phenomenon; rather, we need to 
consider e.g. V-to-Fin, V-to-Foc, V-to-Top, V-to-Force, etc. as variants of 
what used to be labeled 'V-to-C'. Likewise, 'V-to-I' could mean V-to-Asp, V-
to-T, V-to-Mod, etc. Another theoretical issue that is still under debate is the 
nature of the movement operation itself. Traditionally, verb movement has of 
course been analysed as head movement, but during the last decade or 
more, many people have explored phrasal movement alternatives such as 
remnant movement to account for verb movement. Related to this is the 
question of what triggers verb movement. The long-standing view that 
verbal morphology is a trigger for verb movement has been challenged in 
recent years, but the debate on this issue has by no means come to an end. 
Finally, the potential semantic effects of verb movement is also an issue that 
deserves more scrutiny. Invited speakers include: Jan-Wouter Zwart 
(Groningen) Winfried Lechner (Athens) Ora Matushansky (Utrecht) Klaus 
Abels (UCL) Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge). 

Call For Papers

We invite abstracts of papers related to all questions listed in the workshop 

One person can submit at most one abstract as a sole author and one as 
co-author. Abstracts should be anonymous, in form of a PDF file, at most 2 
pages in length, including examples and references, using a 12 pt. font with 
2.5 cm (or 1 inch) margins on all sides.

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