25.2903, Calls: Semantics; Syntax; Typology/ Canadian Journal of Linguistics (Jrnl)

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Subject: 25.2903, Calls: Semantics; Syntax; Typology/ Canadian Journal of Linguistics (Jrnl)

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Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:57:26
From: Carrie Gillon [Carrie.Gillon at asu.edu]
Subject: Semantics; Syntax; Typology/ Canadian Journal of Linguistics (Jrnl)

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Full Title: Canadian Journal of Linguistics 


Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax; Typology 

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2014 

As guest editors for a special edition of the Canadian Journal of Linguistics, we are soliciting papers on the topic of D, especially whether D is universal or not, and how we can tell. We are particularly interested in the following questions: What are the consequences of lack/presence of a covert D? How, if at all, does D relate to other functors in a language? How, if at all, does the semantic content of D bear on the interpretations of bare nouns? What predictions does the lack/presence of a covert D make? If a D is indeed lacking, how to account for the definiteness effects? What is the difference between a null definiteness operator and a covert D? Why do the data interpretations from articleless languages pattern differently? 

In particular, we are interested in the universality of D. Is D always necessary (e.g. for argumenthood; Higginbotham 1985; Longobardi 1994, 2000)? Or can a language lack D altogether (Bošković 2010, 2009, 2008; Chierchia 1998; Bošković & Gajewski 2011; Despic 2011)? Or is an intermediate position possible? What features of D are universal (if any; Matthewson 1998; Gillon 2013)? Is definiteness required for the presence of D? Are there different kinds of definiteness (e.g. Frisian determiners)? Can D be a marker of specificity instead of definiteness (as in Samoan; Mosel & Hovdhaugen 1992)?

This will be competitive: only the top 6-8 papers will be selected. Expressions of interest should be sent to solveiga.armoskaite at rochester.edu  or carrie.gillon at asu.edu by August 1, 2014, and the final paper should be sent by September 1, 2014.






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