Experimental approaches to Romance morphosyntax

Full Title: Experimental approaches to Romance morphosyntax
Date: 31-Aug-2021 – 03-Sep-2021
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact Person: Senta Zeugin
Web Site
Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2020

Meeting Description:

Convenors: Senta Zeugin1, Albert Wall2, Philipp Obrist1, Johannes Kabatek1, Patrick Santos Rebelo1 (1Universität Zürich, 2Universität Wien)

Workshop description:
In the last decades, addressing linguistic issues by experiments has become an established practice in linguistic research. Nonetheless, experiments are significantly more common in certain areas of linguistics and in the study of certain languages. In this workshop, we propose to focus on linguistic fields and languages that only more recently have seen a surge in experimental studies, namely morpho-syntactic features in Romance.

While researchers have been prolific in applying and adapting experimental approaches to some languages, others lag behind. Germanic languages, English and German in particular, feature a wide range of different experimental studies, whereas significantly less work has been done on Romance. However, especially in more recent years, Romance languages are making up ground, and several topics have been addressed from an experimental point of view, e.g. different aspects of pronoun resolution (Demestre et al. 1999, de la Fuente & Hemforth 2013), Differential Object Marking (Nieuwland et al. 2013, Wall 2015 and Wall et al. 2020a on Spanish; Zeugin on Catalan; Montrul 2019 on Spanish and Romanian), or Bare Nouns (Wall 2014, Beviláqua et al. 2016). Other examples of morpho- syntactic features analysed in recent studies include clitic doubling (von Heusinger & Tigau 2019 on Romanian), subject omission (Soares et al. 2020 on Portuguese), leísmo (Rodríguez-Ordóñez on Spanish and Basque), as well as morphological processing (Crepaldi et al. 2014 for Italian) and issues at the syntax-information structure interface (Abeillé & Winckel 2019). This is but a small selection of morpho-syntactic features that can be studied via experimental methods and is by no means intended as a limitation for possible workshop papers. We also strongly encourage papers analysing several languages or dialects via parallel or comparable experiments (e.g. Ionin et al. 2011, Wall et al. 2020a & 2020b), thus providing a more robust basis for cross-linguistic comparison.

The aim of this workshop is to give visibility to these recent developments and to bring together the corresponding lines of research, deriving the greatest possible benefit of such a platform for researchers working on similar topics. Concentrating on Romance languages ensures a high degree of cross-linguistic comparability and transfer of insights, while at the same time offering a wide range of cross-linguistic variation of morpho-syntactic features to explore.

Check here for the full call for papers including references.

Call for papers:

We invite papers addressing one or several of the following questions:
– How can experimental methods inform linguistic theory?
– What are the advantages and best practices in the application of null hypothesis testing vs. exploratory data analysis?
– Are some methods more/less suited to the study of specific Romance morpho-syntactic features?
– What are the advantages of a combination of different experimental methods or of experimental and non-experimental methods?
– What is the potential of comparative/parallel studies applying experimental methods to several languages?

Possible topics include:
– Papers addressing one or several specific morpho-syntactic features
– Papers with a focus on one or several Romance languages (or Romance languages in contact with other languages)
– Papers combining different experimental methods or experimental and non- experimental methods in studying Romance morpho-syntactic features
– Experimental approaches with a comparative/variational focus
– Discussions of specific methodological aspects of experiments, e.g. experimental setup, Likert scales vs. magnitude estimation, statistical analysis of experimental data etc.

We invite you to submit preliminary abstracts (max. 300 words) for a 20-minutes presentation in PDF or word format to senta.zeuginuzh.ch by 15-Nov-2020. If the workshop proposal is accepted, all selected participants will be invited to submit their full abstracts (max 500 words) to the general call for papers of SLE 21 before January 15 2021.

45th annual Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC 45)

Workshop Announcement: Syntactic Approaches to Morphology

Workshop Announcement: Syntactic Approaches to Morphology
Venue: online (synchronous talks via Zoom)
Registration: There is no registration fee, but attendees need to register.
For schedule and registration, click here.
Date: December 4-5, 2020
Organizers: Chris Collins (NYU) and Richard Kayne (NYU)

The purpose of this conference is to investigate the relationship between morphology and syntax, and in particular to investigate the extent to which morphological generalizations can be accounted for in terms of purely syntactic operations and conditions. Specific questions that could be addressed include the following:

Is there a need for a morphological component?
Is there a need for post-syntactic morphological operations?
How are morphemes combined with stems? By head movement, phrasal movement, affix hopping, morphological merger?
What is the status of competition and blocking?
How can suppletion and allomorphy be accounted for in syntactic terms?
How can syncretism be accounted for in syntactic terms?
To what extent can derived nominals be accounted for in syntactic terms?
What is the status of traditional terms such as affixinfixwordboundcompound in syntactic approaches to morphology?
How are features like gender, noun class and declension class represented syntactically?

Judy Bernstein (Willian Paterson University)
Chris Collins (New York University)
Eva Dekany (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Richard Kayne (New York University)
Hilda Koopman (University of California, Los Angeles)
Thomas Leu (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Erik Zyman (University of Chicago).

Adriana Belletti (University of Siena)
Gary Thoms (New York University)
Neil Myler (Boston University)

The conference will last two days (Friday December 4 and Saturday December 5). It will run from 12:00 noon EST to 3:30pm EST each day. Each talk will last 30 minutes, with 15 minutes for discussion. There will also be a panel of commentators at the end of the second day discussing the issues that come up in the talks.

Chamada para Publicação (Cadernos de Estudos Linguísticos)

Em colaboração com o periódico Cadernos de Estudos Linguísticos (Qualis A1), convidamos potenciais autores para submeter contribuições originais para um número especial dedicado à sintaxe, morfologia e fenômenos de interface (e.g., sintaxe-semântica, sintaxe-prosódia, morfossintaxe e morfo-fonologia). Esse número especial foi inspirado nas discussões feitas no Workshop on Subject, Topic and Clausal Architecture, realizado na Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), em novembro de 2019. Os participantes do Workshop, bem como demais autores que estejam desenvolvendo pesquisa em sintaxe e morfologia, cujo trabalho não tenha sido apresentado durante sua realização, estão convidados para contribuir com esse número especial. Todas as submissões estão sujeitas a uma dupla avaliação por pares. Serão aceitas contribuições em inglês e em português. Solicitamos aos autores que preparem seus manuscritos seguindo as diretrizes do periódico, disponíveis no link https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/cel/about/submissions, e que enviem seus manuscritos até o dia 10 de julho de 2020, por meio do sistema de submissão on-line (https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/cel/login).

Editores convidados
Sandra Quarezemin
Vitor Nóbrega

Datas importantes:
Data limite para submissão do manuscrito: 10 de julho de 2020
Notificação de aceite: 1 de outubro de 2020
Data limite para envio da versão final: 5 de dezembro de 2020
Data de publicação do volume especial: Janeiro de 2021 
Call for Papers
In collaboration with the journal Cadernos de Estudos Linguísticos (Qualis A1), we invite potential authors to submit original, previously unpublished contributions for a special issue dedicated to syntax, morphology, and interface phenomena (e.g., syntax-semantics, syntax-prosody, morpho-syntax, and morpho-phonology).This special issue is inspired by discussions at the Workshop on Subject, Topic and Clausal Architecture, held at the Federal U. of Santa Catarina (UFSC), November 2019. Conference participants, as well as other authors carrying out research on topics related to syntax and morphology, whose work was not presented at the conference, are invited to submit a contribution to this special issue. All submissions will be subjected to double-blind peer review. Contributions in English and Portuguese are accepted. Authors are asked to prepare their manuscripts according to the journal’s standard guidelines available at https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/cel/about/submissions, and to upload their manuscripts by July 10, 2020 on the journal online manuscript submission system (https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/cel/login).

Guest Editors
Sandra Quarezemin
Vitor Nóbrega

Important dates
Submission deadline for contributions: July 10, 2020
Notification of acceptance: October 1, 2020
Full paper due: December 5, 2020
Targeted publication date of special issue: January 2021–

Sandra Quarezemin
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Pesquisadora PQ-CNPq
Núcleo de Estudos Gramaticais (NEG)

PhD Student, Goethe University Frankfurt

Department: Modern Languages
Web Address: https://nominal-modification.de
Level: PhD
Duties: Research
Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology; Semantics; Syntax, Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Typology

Doctoral Researcher (E13 TV-GU, 65%-part-time) funded for 3 years. The salary grade based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement applicable to Goethe-University (TV-G-U).
These positions are part of the Research Training School (RTG) ”Nominal Modification”, funded by the German Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The starting date is October 1, 2020. Each position will be funded for 3 years including social benefits.

Expectations and tasks:
The students are expected to write a dissertation based on independent research and to actively participate in the courses, workshops, and events offered by the RTG. They will be encouraged and financially supported to participate in international conferences and summer schools, and to conduct empirical research or field work. The students will also be supported in short term stays at an international university. Internationally renowned scholars will be invited for talks and seminars relevant to the research topics of the graduate students.

Detailed information about the aims of the research program, a list of potential dissertation topics, and a list of the faculty involved in the program can be found at https://nominal-modification.de

The dissertation should address the overarching topic of nominal modification; the focus can be on any of the linguistic sub-disciplines represented by the participating researchers at Goethe University.

The Research Training Group cooperates closely with the Grade Center ”Language“ of the Goethe Graduate Academy of Goethe-University (GRADE), which allows students to profit from their well-structured doctoral program, which offers a variety of further events and workshops regarding support and networking https://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/54287285/Home

Application Requirements:
Applicants should hold an M.A. in linguistics, or equivalent, with the degree completed by October 1, 2020.

Please add the following documents to your application:
– proposal (1-3 pages) in English describing the research topic the candidate plans to work on in his/her doctoral thesis and the candidate’s research interests. The research topic has to be related to nominal modification.
– representative sample of research work (e.g., the M.A. thesis or an advanced seminar paper);
– two names of referees who may be contacted by the search committee by mail;
– Curriculum Vitae (CV);
– transcripts of BA and MA courses (English or German version)
– BA degree
– MA degree (if not already available by the date of application to be handed in the latest by October 1, 2020).

All required documents for the application should be emailed as a pdf file (preferably as one pdf document) to the spokesperson of the graduate school Prof. Dr. Esther Rinke (Esther.Rinkeem.uni-frankfurt.de). Please add as the subject line: nominal modification. Application deadline is March 31 2020. Further inquiries should be directed to the coordinator of the graduate school Dr. Derya Nuhbalaoglu (Nuhbalaogluem.uni-frankfurt.de).

Applications Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Prof. Dr. Esther Rinke
Goethe Universität
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
Frankfurt am Main Hessen 60629

Web Address for Applications: https://nominal-modification.de

Contact Information:
Dr. Derya Nuhbalaoglu

Prof. Dr. Esther Rinke

CHAMADA PARA PUBLICAÇÃO – Caderno de Squibs: Temas em estudos formais da linguagem

O Laboratório de Estudos Formais da Gramática da Universidade de Brasília convida todos a submeterem trabalhos para o Caderno de Squibs: Temas em estudos formais da linguagem, volume 4número 2 — edição referente ao ano de 2018. Nessa edição, publicaremos squibs originais sob uma perspectiva formal em sintaxe, morfologia, semântica, aquisição de língua e áreas afins.

As submissões devem ser realizadas até o dia 31 de março de 2020.

As normas de publicação podem ser consultadas na página http://periodicos.unb.br/index.php/cs.

Um squib é um texto curto que, geralmente, traz questões pontuais. Pode trazer uma reflexão crítica sobre aspectos internos de uma teoria ou, ainda, apresentar um conjunto de dados que servem para confirmar as previsões de uma teoria ou que se configuram como problemas para essa teoria. Os problemas apontados no squib podem ou não ser resolvidos. Além dessas questões teóricas e empíricas, um squib também pode servir para trazer à luz para a comunidade científica uma literatura pouco conhecida ou esquecida, em que questões importantes ou dados relevantes são discutidos (Nota inicial – sobre o termo squib em linguística, CS, v. 1, n. 1, 2015).

Caderno de Squibs (v. 4, n. 2)

Organizadores: Paulo Medeiros Junior (UnB), Marcus Vinícius da Silva Lunguinho (UnB), Helena Guerra Vicente (UnB), Elisabete Ferreira (UnB) e Arion de Souza Cruz (UnB).

Prazo para submissão: 31/03/2020.

Provável período de publicação: 05/05/2020.

3rd International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC 2020)