Experimental and Corpus-based Approaches to Ellipsis 3 – ONLINE

Short Title: ECBAE3
Date: 15-Jul-2020 – 17-Jul-2020
Location: Online, Italy
Contact: Gabriela Bîlbîie
Contact Email: ecbae3@gmail.com
Meeting URL: http://drehu.linguist.univ-paris-diderot.fr/ecbae-2020/
Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Description:
Ellipsis is a central phenomenon at the interface between syntax, semantics, phonology and discourse. It has been, and continues to be, the focus of numerous publications (van Craenenbroeck & Temmerman 2018). Despite a huge amount of theoretical work (from, e.g., Hankamer & Sag 1976 to current work by van Craenenbroek 2010, Ginzburg 2012) and a long tradition in psycholinguistic experimentation (from Murphy 1985 and Tannnenhaus & Carlson 1990 to current work by Kim & Runner 2017, Poppels & Kehler 2019), major questions remain open, most centrally the question of whether it is necessary to hypothesize the existence of unpronounced syntactic structure at the ellipsis site.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers who have been working on elliptical phenomena with special emphasis on methodologies aiming to improve the empirical foundations of the discussion, specifically psycholinguistic experimentation (acceptability and eye-tracking experiments, in particular) and corpus investigations.

Contributions will be welcome concerning (i) the specific experimental methodologies being used in psycholinguistics, and how they can be improved to give more reliable and interpretable results; (ii) the way corpus data can be brought to bear on theoretical questions; and (iii) how corpus data can be used to improve the results of psycholinguistic experiments, specifically by increasing the naturalness of the materials by providing new hypotheses.

This two-day conference will lead to publication and continues the theme initiated by preceding ECBAE conferences during the 2017 and 2019 LSA Linguistic Institutes.

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Program Information:

ONLINE Conference!!! Details about this virtual conference will be given on the website: http://drehu.linguist.univ-paris-diderot.fr/ecbae-2020/

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DAY 1 (Wednesday, July 15, 2020)

15.45 – 16.00 Welcome

16.00 – 16.40 Invited talk: Susanne Winkler (U Tübingen)
”Reduced Subordinate Clauses in German”

16.40 – 17.10 Lisa Schäfer (Saarland U), Robin Lemke (Saarland U), Ingo Reich (Saarland U) & Heiner Drenhaus (Saarland U)
”UID constrains the usage of topic drop in German: experimental and corpus linguistic findings”

17.10 – 17.40 David Potter (Morehead State U) & Katy Carlson (Morehead State U)
”Long-distance reflexive binding in English Stripping”

17.40 – 18.10 Katy Carlson (Morehead State U)
”Parallelism and ellipsis in comparatives”18:10 – 19.00 Break19:00 – 19:30 Max Bonke (U Cologne) & Sophie Repp (U Cologne)
”Complementizer Deletion in Embedded Gapping in Spanish”

19:30 – 20:00 Anne Abeillé (U Paris), Alain Kihm (CNRS & U Paris), Yair Haendler (U Paris) & Cheikh Ndiaye (Ziguinchor U)
”Non-uniform coordination and gapping : the case of Wolof”

20:00 – 20:30 Joanna Nykiel (Kyung Hee U) & Jong-Bok Kim (Kyung Hee U)
”Case-matching effects and fragments”

20:30 – 21.10 Invited talk: Jeff Runner (U Rochester)
”Discourse support for anaphora and ellipsis”DAY 2 (Thursday, July 16, 2020)15.45 – 16.00 Welcome16.00 – 16.40 Invited talk: Philip Miller (U Paris)
”Discourse conditions on Verb Phrase Ellipsis”

16.40 – 17.10 Anne Dagnac (U Toulouse Jean Jaurès) & Juliette Thuilier (U Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
”On the interplay of factors licensing French Modal Ellipsis in extraction contexts”

17.10 – 17.40 Barbara Hemforth (U Paris), Antoine Hédier (U Paris), Theodor Cucu (MIT), Lisa Hemforth (U Paris),
Hugo Techer (Grenoble INP, PHELMA), Yair Handler (U Paris), Joanna Dos Reis (U Paris 13) & Doriane Gras (U Paris)
”Verbal mismatch in French Right-Node Raising: Speeded grammaticality judgments and EEGs”

17.40 – 18.10 Anne Abeillé (U Paris), Anastasiia Smirnova (U Paris) & Jong-Bok Kim (Kyung Hee U)
”French wh-words + ça: a corpus study”18:10 – 19.00 Break19:00 – 19:30 Robin Lemke (Saarland U), Lisa Schäfer (Saarland U) & Ingo Reich (Saarland U)
”Predicting (mis)matches in sluicing: Evidence from cloze, rating and reading time data”

19:30 – 20:00 Daniel Hardt (Copenhagen Business School), Pranav Anand (UC Santa Cruz) & James McCloskey (UC Santa Cruz)
”Sluicing: Antecedence and the Landscape of Mismatch”

20:00 – 20:30 Till Poppels (UC San Diego) & Andrew Kehler (UC San Diego)
”Anything can be elided if you know how: sluicing, voice mismatch, and tough movement”

20:30 – 21.00 Eszter Ronai (U Chicago) & Laura Stigliano (U Chicago)
”Interpretation cannot determine the source of multiple sluicing in Hungarian”Alternate papers:Nicolas Guilliot (U Bordeaux Montaigne): ”Do sharing constructions underlie ellipsis? Typological and experimen- tal issues”
Alvaro Cortes Rodriguez (U Tübingen): ”Multiple Sluicing in English: Theoretical and Experimental Approaches”
David Potter (Morehead State U) & Katy Carlson (Morehead State U): ”Ambiguity resolution in Stripping with focus sensitive operators”

 

DAY 2 (Thursday, July 16, 2020)

15.45 – 16.00 Welcome

16.00 – 16.40 Invited talk: Philip Miller (U Paris)
”Discourse conditions on Verb Phrase Ellipsis”

16.40 – 17.10 Anne Dagnac (U Toulouse Jean Jaurès) & Juliette Thuilier (U Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
”On the interplay of factors licensing French Modal Ellipsis in extraction contexts”

17.10 – 17.40 Barbara Hemforth (U Paris), Antoine Hédier (U Paris), Theodor Cucu (MIT), Lisa Hemforth (U Paris),
Hugo Techer (Grenoble INP, PHELMA), Yair Handler (U Paris), Joanna Dos Reis (U Paris 13) & Doriane Gras (U Paris)
”Verbal mismatch in French Right-Node Raising: Speeded grammaticality judgments and EEGs”

17.40 – 18.10 Anne Abeillé (U Paris), Anastasiia Smirnova (U Paris) & Jong-Bok Kim (Kyung Hee U)
”French wh-words + ça: a corpus study”18:10 – 19.00 Break19:00 – 19:30 Robin Lemke (Saarland U), Lisa Schäfer (Saarland U) & Ingo Reich (Saarland U)
”Predicting (mis)matches in sluicing: Evidence from cloze, rating and reading time data”

19:30 – 20:00 Daniel Hardt (Copenhagen Business School), Pranav Anand (UC Santa Cruz) & James McCloskey (UC Santa Cruz)
”Sluicing: Antecedence and the Landscape of Mismatch”

20:00 – 20:30 Till Poppels (UC San Diego) & Andrew Kehler (UC San Diego)
”Anything can be elided if you know how: sluicing, voice mismatch, and tough movement”

20:30 – 21.00 Eszter Ronai (U Chicago) & Laura Stigliano (U Chicago)
”Interpretation cannot determine the source of multiple sluicing in Hungarian”

Alternate papers:
Nicolas Guilliot (U Bordeaux Montaigne): ”Do sharing constructions underlie ellipsis? Typological and experimen- tal issues”
Alvaro Cortes Rodriguez (U Tübingen): ”Multiple Sluicing in English: Theoretical and Experimental Approaches”
David Potter (Morehead State U) & Katy Carlson (Morehead State U): ”Ambiguity resolution in Stripping with focus sensitive operators”

Phd – University of Liège

Department: Department of Modern Languages
Duties: Research
Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Required Language(s): Dutch (nld), English (eng), French (fra)

Description:

The Department of Modern Languages of the University of Liège (Belgium) and the Institute for Language and Communication at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) are looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in contrastive corpus linguistics (French/Dutch/English).

The PhD project is part of the FNRS-funded project “How do grammar and discourse interact? Answers from subordination, coordination and insubordination”. The candidate’s supervisors will be An Van linden (University of Liège) and Liesbeth Degand (Université catholique de Louvain) in a joint degree programme.

The goal of this research project is to investigate the grammar-discourse interface and more specifically the question of how speakers bend the language system’s affordances (i.e. grammar) to new uses in discourse. In particular, it will concentrate on patterns of adverbial insubordination (e.g. As if I had nothing else to do!) and aims to move beyond constructional analyses provided for the phenomenon so far by investigating which discourse-interactional conditions facilitate it, and which prosodic features co-signal it. It will be based on spoken corpus samples of at least two of the following three languages: French, Dutch and English.

Profile:

– Master in Linguistics, Linguistics and Literature, or Philology (or equivalent), with excellent study results;
– an excellent command of French and/or Dutch (native or near-native) and a good command of (spoken and written) academic English;
– familiarity with corpus linguistic methods and tools as well as strong analytical skills and creativity;
– an interest in authentic corpus data of French, Dutch and English;
– a passion for linguistics and an international orientation (i.a. for research stays abroad during the doctoral period);
– the capacity to work independently and as part of a team;
– the ability to present research results at international conferences, and to publish in English in peer-reviewed journals;
– previous experience with statistical analysis of corpus data and/or analysis of discourse features and/or prosodic analysis is an asset

Offer:

– The candidate will have the opportunity to do doctoral research in the context of the above-mentioned project, during 4 years.
– The candidate will have 90% of his/her time available for his/her doctoral research activities; 10% will be dedicated to other (administrative) services.
– The candidate will receive a grant of approximately 1800 EUR/month (including social security). In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences abroad.
– The candidate will take part in the doctoral training programme, as stipulated by the joint degree conventions.
– starting date: not later than 1 July 2020

If you are interested, please e-mail your application file to Prof. An Van linden and Prof. Liesbeth Degand (liesbeth.deganduclouvain.be), including:

(i) a cover letter describing your motivation, stating why you want to do this research (in English)
(ii) a detailed CV (in English or French)
(iii) a list of grades obtained for your Bachelor and Master programmes
(iv) the names and contact details of two academic referees we may contact prior to appointment
(v) a sample piece of academic writing (in English, French or Dutch, e.g. a BA- or an MA-paper).

Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates in Liège on 13 March 2020 (if needed via Skype for international applicants).
A decision will be made by 30 March 2020.

Applications Deadline: 29-Feb-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Prof. An Van linden
Place Cockerill 3-5
Liège 4000
Belgium

Contact Information:
Prof. An Van linden
an.vanlinden@uliege.be