21.4370, Calls: Syntax, Typology/Spain

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Subject: 21.4370, Calls: Syntax, Typology/Spain

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Date: 30-Oct-2010
From: Søren Wichmann [wichmann at eva.mpg.de]
Subject: The Argument/Adjunct Distinction Cross-Linguistically

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Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2010 12:09:28
From: Søren Wichmann [wichmann at eva.mpg.de]
Subject: The Argument/Adjunct Distinction Cross-Linguistically

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Full Title: The Argument/Adjunct Distinction Cross-Linguistically 

Date: 08-Sep-2011 - 11-Sep-2011
Location: Logroño (La Rioja), Spain 
Contact Person: Søren Wichmann
Meeting Email: wichmann at eva.mpg.de

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax; Typology 

Call Deadline: 11-Nov-2011 

Meeting Description:

During this workshop, which is organized by the Leipzig Valency Classes 
Project (Andrej Malchukov, Iren Hartmann, Martin Haspelmath, Bernard 
Comrie, and Søren Wichmann, cf. 
http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/valency/index.php), we wish to shed
new light on the distinction between arguments and adjuncts. This 
distinction has been hotly debated since the 1970s (e.g., contributions to 
Vater (ed.) 1977), yet the issue remains largely unresolved. One of the 
challenges is that some of the most reliable tests (such as verb-anaphoric 
tests, especially popular in generative approaches), are not applicable to all 
languages. Another challenge is that the notion of valency is understood 
both at the levels of semantics and syntax (see, e.g., contributions to Herbst 
(ed.) 2007 for some complexities involved discussed primarily from 
lexicographic perspective), with some theories introducing still more 
intermediate levels (e.g., in the work by Apresjan and Mel'cuk; e.g., Mel'cuk 
1988). Yet, this topic is of obvious typological relevance, as it has been 
suggested that the distinction might correlate with other typologically 
significant parameters (such as pro-arg hypothesis by Jelinik 1984, Baker 
1996 and others predicting that NPs show an adjunct-like behavior in 
radically head-marking ('polysynthetic') languages). 

For the envisaged workshop we invite contributions dealing with the 
following topics:

- the distinctions between arguments and adjuncts in individual languages;
- diagnostics for the argument/adjunct distinction in individual languages 
and across languages;
- cross-linguistic applicability/universality of diagnostics for argumenthood;
- the question of whether the distinction between arguments and adjuncts is
dichotomous or rather gradient (as argued by Croft 2001 ch. 7, following
Langacker 1987);
- mismatches between semantic and syntactic valency.

Contributions discussing less studied (non-Indo-European) languages are
particularly welcome, as the present workshop is intended to explore the 
degree of convergence and variation in this domain.

Baker, Mark. 1996. The Polysynthesis Parameter. Oxford: Oxford University 
Croft, William. 2001. Radical Construction Grammar. Oxford: Oxford 
University Press.
Herbst, Thomas & Katrin Götz-Votteler (eds.). 2007. Valency: theoretical,
descriptive and cognitive issues. Berlin: Mouton. 
Jelinek, Eloise. 1984. Empty categories, case, and configurationality. 
Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 2:39-76.
Langacker, Ronald. 1987. Foundations of Cognitive Grammar, Vol. 1: 
Theoretical Prerequisites. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Mel'cuk, Igor. A. 1988. Dependency Syntax: Theory and practice. Albany, 
Vater, Heinz (ed.). 1977. Valence, Semantic Case and Grammatical 
Relations. Amsterdam, John Benjamins. 

Call For Papers

Towards the organization of the workshop we need preliminary titles and
mini-abstracts (3-5 sentences) from potentially interested participants. The
deadline for these is Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. That will allow us a little time
for preparing the finalized version of the workshop proposal before the Nov. 
15 deadline for session proposals. Please note that expressing an interest 
in participation by sending us a title and mini-abstract is not binding. Later 
on (Jan. 15, 2011) there is a deadline for regular abstracts, to be submitted 
via the conference site. We will send interested participants a reminder 
about this, and we will of course also let them know, by mid-December, 
whether the  workshop was accepted. Other dates: notification of 
acceptance of regular abstracts: March 31, 2011; registration open from 
April 1, 2011.

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