25.3354, Calls: Syntax, General Linguistics/Germany

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Subject: 25.3354, Calls: Syntax, General Linguistics/Germany

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Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:57:05
From: Hubert Haider [hubert.haider at sbg.ac.at]
Subject: DGfs 2015 - AG 4: VO-OV: Correlations of Head-Complement Order in Structure or Lexicon

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Full Title: DGfs 2015 - AG 4: VO-OV: Correlations of Head-Complement Order in Structure or Lexicon 

Date: 04-Mar-2015 - 06-Mar-2015
Location: Leipzig, Germany 
Contact Person: Hubert Haider
Meeting Email: hubert.haider at sbg.ac.at

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Syntax 

Call Deadline: 29-Aug-2014 

Meeting Description:

Annual DGfS Meeting Leipzig, March 4-6, 2015
Workshop (AG 4: ''VO-OV: Correlations of head-complement order in structure or lexicon''
Organized by Walter Bisang (Mainz) & Balthasar Bickel (Z├╝rich) & Gisbert Fanselow (Potsdam) & Hubert Haider (Salzburg)

Description of the Workshop:

The distinction between OV and VO order in a clause is usually taken to be a good predictor of further serialization facts, and one can find several proposals for an explanation of the corresponding implicative correlations in the literature. Possible further correlates of the VO-OV distinction in domains other than word order such as the following have been investigated to a much lesser extent. The data represented in WALS shows that the percentage of languages without a morphological system of case is lower among the OV languages. Likewise, there are more OV than OV systems among the languages with an ergative case pattern, while VO languages are overrepresented among the languages which position question words at the clause's left periphery. 

Other correlations have been proposed on the basis of much smaller language samples. Thus, it has been claimed that free constituent order (scrambling) and the absence of typical subject-object asymmetries are concomitant of OV order, and it has been argued that OV languages have a higher N:V ratio in the lexicon. There are interesting proposal as to how such correlations can be modeled in a theory of language. 

Invited speakers are Mathew Dryer and Ad Neeleman.

Call for Papers:

The workshop invites contributions that investigate in a cross-linguistically well-founded style grammatical or lexical properties correlating with head-complement order. Relevant topics are, e.g.: Are there correlates of head complement/modifier order in domains different from basic serialization? This prominently includes the SOV syndrome, that is, the particular grouping of syntactic properties characteristic of SOV languages Are there effects outside grammar, e.g., in frequency patterns in corpora or the lexicon? Which areal, diachronic, psycholinguistic or theoretical properties allow us to understand the correlates of head complement/modifier order? How can we account for deviations from the general pattern in individual languages or language groups?   

We welcome bottom-up (descriptive & analytic) as well as top-down (theoretical & predictive) approaches, with a strong preference for a solid empirical basis in terms of cross-linguistic empirical coverage as well as a theoretically-informed analysis in each case. Ideally, the final workshop schedule will list contributions focusing on tightly connected properties from different languages families as well as from different families of linguistic thought whose joint aim is providing well-analyzed empirical input and empirically well-founded generalizations on cross-linguistically assessed dispositions of head-final vs. head initial phrases and in particular sentence structures. 

We solicit abstracts for 60 minute (45+15) presentations. Abstract length must not exceed 400 words, references that follow the Unified Style Sheet for Linguistic Journals not included. Glossings should adhere to Leipzig Glossing Rules. 

Please submit your abstract (pdf) to: fanselow at uni-potsdam.de
Deadline: August 29, 2014, 23.59 (MEST).

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