25.3849, Calls: Syntax, General Linguistics/Germany

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Subject: 25.3849, Calls: Syntax, General Linguistics/Germany

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Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:24:15
From: Barbara Sonnenhauser [barbara.sonnenhauser at univie.ac.at]
Subject: Secondary Syntax: Parentheticals, Vocatives, Quotations

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Full Title: Secondary Syntax: Parentheticals, Vocatives, Quotations 

Date: 05-Dec-2014 - 06-Dec-2014
Location: Bamberg, Germany 
Contact Person: Barbara Sonnenhauser
Meeting Email: secondary.syntax at gmx.de
Web Site: http://www.uni-bamberg.de/germ-ling1/workshop-secondary-syntax-parentheticals-vocatives-quotations/ 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Syntax 

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2014 

Meeting Description:

Structures such as parentheticals, vocatives, and quotations seem to stand outside of syntactic regularities. Despite their high frequency, they are usually treated as marginal phenomena. Cross-linguistically, they exhibit both common and divergent properties.

Without contextual disambiguation, the signalling of referential vs. vocative usage of a proper name is obligatory in German, (1): 

(1) a.Hast du Anna eine Praline weggenommen? 
'Have you taken a praline from Anna?'
b.Hast du, Anna, eine Praline weggenommen?
'Have you, Anna, taken a praline?' 

The prosodic signalling of non-integration prevents ambiguity. In Russian, such ambiguities would not arise automatically, since (some) vocatives are morphologically marked. The functional relevance of its syntactic position is evident in Russian as well: the double employment in (2) signifies a functional difference: 

(2) Dima, potorpis', Dima! (www.superputin.ru/21.html)
Dima, beeil dich Dima!
'Dima, hurry up, Dima!'

Performance structures like vocatives, parentheticals, and quotations are located on a 'secondary' level. They not only interact with 'primary' syntax, but may also be interrelated on this secondary level, cf. (3). Concerning the interaction of secondary and primary syntax, the Russian structure would be ungrammatical without explicit signalisation, since the participles delajuščij (masc.nom.sg) do not agree with their apparent head noun ėkzameny (masc.nom.pl). Due to their non-inflecting present participles, non-integration in German and English is signalled only graphically. Translating the exact interaction of primary and secondary syntax encountered for Russian is thus difficult. In all three cases, the parentheticals interact on the secondary level in that the second continues the first one: 

(3) Esli že ėkzameny po literature (delajuščij iz rebënka čeloveka) i istorii (delajuščij iz čeloveka graždanina) stanut objazatel'nymi, kartina izmenitsja. (Literaturnaja Gazeta)
Wenn aber die Prüfungen in Literatur (aus einem Kind einen Menschen machend) und Geschichte(aus einem Menschen einen Bürger machend) verpflichtend werden, wird sich das Bild ändern. 

If, however, the exams in literature (turning a child into a human being) and in history (turning a human being into a citizen) become obligatory, the picture will change.

The same can be observed for the quotations in (4): They relate to Medwedjew and Putin respectively, and are both part of some kind of dialogue located at the secondary level:  

(4) Während Medwedjew Akkordeon spielte und Putin sich das Tamburin auf das  Hinterteil schlug, drehte sich die Doppelspitze beschwingt um sich selbst: „Hopp!'' - „Bravo!''. (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
'While Medwedjew was playing the accordion and Putin was hitting the tambourine onto his backside, the double spearhead was swinging around exhilaratedly: ''Hopp!'' - ''Bravo!''.  

Performance structures still await a comprehensive description in their entirety. This workshop aims to investigate their shared properties as an essential part of 'secondary syntax'. 

Invited Speakers:

Martina Lampert 
Jörg Meibauer

Location: University of Bamberg

Organising committee: Patrizia Noel, Barbara Sonnenhauser, Hanna Christ, Daniel Klenovšak

2nd Call for Papers:

Extended deadline: October 15, 2014

Possible topics are:

- Syntactically non-integrated structures
- Prosody of non-integration
- Interactions between syntax and prosody
- Semantics and pragmatics of non-integration
- Signalisation of secondary syntax in written texts
- Secondary syntax from a cross-linguistic perspective
- Secondary syntax as a challenge for the annotation of corpora


Abstracts are invited for a 20 minute presentation followed by a 10 minute question period. One-page (including references and examples) anonymous abstracts in both .doc and .pdf format (times new roman, 12p) should be sent to secondary.syntax at gmx.de

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 15 October 2014
Notification of acceptance: 25 October 2014
Registration deadline: 25 November 2014
Workshop: 5-6 December 2014


Conference email: secondary.syntax at gmx.de

Practical Information:

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