29.3022, Calls: Gen Ling, Psycholing, Semantics, Syntax, Typology/Germany

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Subject: 29.3022, Calls: Gen Ling, Psycholing, Semantics, Syntax, Typology/Germany

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Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 16:48:14
From: Anne Mucha [AG_Control_DGfS41 at ids-mannheim.de]
Subject: Cross-Linguistic Variation in Control Phenomena

Full Title: Cross-Linguistic Variation in Control Phenomena 

Date: 06-Mar-2019 - 08-Mar-2019
Location: Bremen, Germany 
Contact Person: Anne Mucha
Meeting Email: AG_Control_DGfS41 at ids-mannheim.de

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology 

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2018 

Meeting Description:

Across the worldˈs languages, we find a wide variety of phenomena that can be
regarded as instances of control in that they involve a referentially
dependent unpronounced subject in an embedded (typically non-finite) clause.
Investigation of these control structures has proven fruitful both from a
typological and from a theoretical point of view. For instance, differences in
the control properties of infinitive-selecting predicates have been shown to
correlate with the syntactic structure as well as with the temporal and modal
interpretation of the embedded control constituent in interesting ways (see
e.g. Landau, 2000; Wurmbrand  2001, 2002; Pearson 2016; Brandt, Trawiński &
Wöllstein 2016). While the theoretical literature on control phenomena is
extensive and controversial (for an overview see Landau 2013), controversy
partly originates from disagreement over the nature of control as a lexical,
syntactic or pragmatic phenomenon (Köpcke & Panther 1993; Stiebels 2007) and
over what the exact empirical generalizations are (for discussion, see e.g. 
Polinsky & Potsdam 2006 for the case of backward control, and White & Grano
2014 for partial control).

Invited speakers: 
- Idan Landau (Ben-Gurion University)
- Barbara Stiebels (Universität Leipzig)

Workshop organizers: 
- Jutta M. Hartmann
- Anne Mucha
- Beata Trawinski
- Angelika Wöllstein (IDS Mannheim)

This workshop is part of the 41st Annual Conference of the German Linguistic
Society (DGfS-Jahrestagung). Workshop participants must register for the
conference and are not supposed to present in other DGfS workshops.


Brandt, P., B. Trawiński, & A. Wöllstein (2016). (Anti-)Control in German:
evidence from comparative, corpus- and psycholinguistic studies. In: Reich, I.
& A. Speyer (eds.). Co- and subordination in German and other languages.
Sonderheft 21 Linguistische Berichte, 77-98. 
Landau, I. (1999). Elements of control. Ph.D. dissertation, MIT. 
Landau, I. (2013). Control in generative grammar: a research companion.
Cambridge University Press.
Pearson, H. (2016). The semantics of partial control. Natural Language &
Linguistic Theory 34, 691-738.
Polinsky, M. & E. Potsdam (2006). Expanding the scope of control and raising.
Syntax 9, 171-192.
Stiebels, B. (2007). Towards a typology of complement control. ZAS Papers in
Linguistics 47, 1- 59. 
White, A. S. & T. Grano (2014). An experimental investigation of partial
control. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 18, 469-486.

2nd Call for Papers:

This workshop aims to address pertinent issues concerning the grammar of
control based on novel empirical evidence (from experiments, fieldwork or
corpus studies) from a contrastive and cross-linguistic perspective, with a
focus on non-canonical control phenomena. Non-canonical control phenomena by
our definition include, but are not restricted to, anti(-subject)-control,
backward control, split-control, and control shift, as well as cases of
non-obligatory and/or non-exhaustive control such as partial control and
implicit control (see Stiebels 2007 for a survey of relevant phenomena). For
this we invite submissions from various linguistic subfields or their
interfaces, including syntax, semantics, pragmatics, linguistic typology,
psycholinguistics, and language acquisition.

Abstract guidelines:

Abstracts should be anonymous and should not exceed 2 pages in length
(including references and examples).

Please submit your abstracts in PDF format to
AG_Control_DGfS41 at ids-mannheim.de by August 15, 2018.


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