LAGB Autumn Meeting 2003: University of Oxford (Somerville College)


Second Circular



The 2003 Autumn Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain will be held at the University of Oxford, Somerville College, from September 4 to 6. The local organiser is Gillian Ramchand <>. The conference website will appear at


Oxford is a unique and historic institution. As the oldest English-speaking university in the world, it lays claim to eight centuries of continuous existence. There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.


Somerville College was founded in 1879 as a women's college (boasting such alumni as Indira Gandhi , Margaret Thatcher, Dorothy Hodgkin and Iris Murdoch),  but has been admitting men since 1994.  Somerville is located very centrally, within a 5-10 min walking distance of the town centre with its bars and cafes, and is also a short 10min walk from the bus and rail stations.



Accommodation will be provided on site at Somerville College, in single rooms with shared bathroom facilities. The conference venues, the bar and the dining facilities will all be located at Somerville College.

Registration: From noon on the Thursday, at Somerville College.

Bar:  The college bar will be open every night until late.

Food: please indicate vegetarian and any other dietary requirements on the booking form below.

Childcare: if you require childcare during the conference, please contact the local organisers for further details.


London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are linked to Oxford by The Airline coach service, which operate a direct frequent service twenty-four hours a day.

A frequent direct rail service operates between Oxford and London Paddington (approximately every 30 minutes), and between Oxford and Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry. Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the South via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading.

In addition, frequent 24-hour direct services connect Oxford with London (peak times every 10-20 minutes). The Oxford Express X90 service includes Victoria Coach Station, Grosvenor Gardens, Marble Arch, Baker Street/Gloucester Place and Hillingdon.(tel: 01865 785410). The Oxford Tube service includes Grosvenor Gardens, Marble Arch, Notting Hill Gate, Shepherd's Bush, and Hillingdon (tel: 01865 772250).


Many Oxford streets are now closed to traffic and parking is severely limited. Delegates are advised to arrive by public transport, but for those planning to arrive by car the routes are as follows: London-Oxford A40/M40/A40; Birmingham-Oxford M40/A34; Bristol-Oxford: M32/M4/A34.




Parking:  there is no parking on site. The local website will give advice to those travelling in by car. There are car parks in the city which tend to be a bit expensive for longer stays, but which are at walking distance away from the college. There are also Park and Ride facilities which are cheaper, and then buses take you in to the city centre.



The Henry Sweet Lecture 2003 will be delivered by Professor Tanya Reinhart (University of Utrecht and University of Tel Aviv).


Prof. Reinhart will also be participating in a Workshop on Tense and Aspect (with special reference to Slavic Languages) organised by Gillian Ramchand, with invited speakers including Dr Olga Borik (Utrecht), Prof. Hana Filip (Stanford) and Prof. Peter Svenonius (Tromsø).


A Language Tutorial on Ma’di will be given by Dr Nigel Fabb (University of Strathclyde).

There will be a Linguistics at School session on A-Level English language, speakers:  Tim Shortis (Chief Examiner, AQA English Language Board and University of Bristol School of Education) and Andrew Moore (School Improvement Service of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council).   For more information, check

There will be a wine party on the evening of the first day, hosted by Oxford University Press.


Bookings: Bookings should be sent to Kate Dobson, Centre for Linguistics and Philology, Oxford University, Walton Street OX1 2HG. Bookings for accommodation have to be in by 15th August.

After this date accommodation cannot be guaranteed.


Guests: members may invite any number of guests to meetings of the association, upon payment of a guest invitation fee of 5 pounds in addition to the standard fees. Members wishing to invite guests should photocopy the enclosed booking form.


Abstracts: are available to members who are unable to attend the meeting. Please order using the booking form below.


Business Meeting: This is to be held on the afternoon of Friday, 5 September. Items for the agenda should be sent to the Honorary Secretary.




The Committee would like to recommend minor changes to the constitution.  The president will send the proposed revisions to the LAGB email list, to be voted on at the Business Meeting.




Communications with the membership

Internet home page: The LAGB internet home page is now active at the following address:


Electronic network: Please join the LAGB electronic network which is used for disseminating LAGB information and for consulting members quickly. It can be subscribed to by sending the message "add lagb" to:  Non-members are welcome to subscribe to the email list.


Nominations for speakers: Nominations are requested for future guest speakers; all suggestions should be sent to the Honorary Secretary.


Changes of address: Members are reminded to notify the Membership Secretary of changes of address. An institutional address is preferred; bulk mailing saves postage.


Future Meetings

Autumn 2004   University of  Surrey Roehampton

Autumn 2005   University of Cambridge


The Meetings Secretary would very much like to receive offers of future venues, particularly from institutions which the LAGB has not previously visited.


The LAGB committee



Professor April McMahon

Department of English Language and Linguistics, University of

Sheffield,  5 Shearwood Road, Sheffield S10 2TD                        


Honorary Secretary

Dr Ad Neeleman

Dept. of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London, Gower

Street, London WC1E 6BT                                                        


Membership Secretary 

Dr Diane Nelson

Dept. of Linguistics & Phonetics, University of Leeds, LEEDS LS6 9JT      


Meetings Secretary  

Dr Marjolein Groefsema

Dept. of Linguistics, University of Hertfordshire, Watford Campus,

Aldenham, Herts. WD2 8AT                                           



Dr Dunstan Brown

Department of Linguistic, Cultural & International Studies, University of Surrey, Guildford,

GU2 7XH                                                                                  


Assistant Secretary  

Dr Eric Haeberli

School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AA




Marjolein Groefsema’s term as Meetings Secretary is reaching its end, and she has indicated that she does not want to stand again. Therefore, a new Meetings Secretary needs to be elected at the Autumn Meeting.   Patrick Honeybone (Edge Hill College; University of Edinburgh from Sept 2003) is the nomination of the LAGB Committee, however, further nominations are welcome.


Due to moving abroad, Eric Haeberli has to step down as Assistant Secretary. Therefore, a new Assistant Secretary needs to be elected at the Autumn Meeting. Kasia Jaszczolt (University of Cambridge) is the nomination of the LAGB Committee, however, further nominations are welcome.


The term of office of the President is also coming to an end at the Autumn Meeting; April McMahon has indicated a willingness to stand for a further two years and is the nomination of the LAGB Committee, however, further nominations are welcome.


All enquiries and nominations should reach the Assistant Secretary, Eric Haeberli, by 30 August at  < >.




Thursday, 4 September 2003


1.00            LUNCH


2.00                                  Workshop on Tense and Aspect


  Speakers:    Tanya Reinhart (Tel Aviv/Utrecht)

Olga Borik (Utrecht)

Hana Filip (Stanford)

         Peter Svenonius (Tromsø)



4.15 TEA


4.45            Workshop continues.


                                                            6.30            DINNER




7.45                                           Henry Sweet Lecture 2003


Professor Tanya Reinhart (Tel Aviv/Utrecht)



Wine Party

Hosted by Oxford University Press




Friday, 5 September 2003


Session A

9.00     Marc Richards (Cambridge) ‘Parametrizing the LCA:  How PF keeps Syntax in Shape.’ 

9.40     Asya Pereltsvaig (Indiana) ‘Syntax of denominal and ditransitive verbs reconsidered.’ 

10.20   Ian Roberts (Cambridge) ‘Bare head movement.’ 



Session B

9.00     Patrick Honeybone (Edge Hill / Edinburgh) ‘Markedness and directionality in change:  Old English fricatives and Inner-German stops.’ 

9.40             Laurence White and Alice Turk (Edinburgh) ‘Polysyllabic shortening revisited:  word length and the attenuation of accentual lengthening.’ 

10.20            Rachael-Anne Knight (Cambridge) ‘Perceived prominence and nuclear accent shape.’ 



Session C

9.00            Wilhelm Geuder (Konstanz) ‘Depictives and transparent adverbs.’ 

9.40     Kasia Jaszczolt (Cambridge) ‘The modality of will:  A default-semantics account.’ 

10.20      Virve-Anneli Vihman (Edinburgh) ‘Whodunnit?  The case of the implicit agent.’ 

Session D

9.00     Marina Chumakina, Andrew Hippisley and Greville Corbett (Surrey) ‘Alternating suppletion’ 

9.40            Dunstan Brown, Greville Corbett and Carole Tiberius (Surrey) ‘The asymmetry of syncretism:  how theory plays out in a corpus.’ 

10.20   Bill Palmer (Leeds) ‘Owners into actors:  how possessive morphology became subject agreement in the languages of Bougainville.’ 



11.00            COFFEE



Session A

11.30      Liliane Haegeman (Lille) ‘Issues on the left periphery:  from adjuncts to topics and back again.’                                     

12.10.1Benjamin Shaer and Werner Frey (Berlin) ‘Towards an account of English and German left-peripheral adverbials.’ 



Session B

11.30   Kersti Börjars (Manchester) ‘The Swedish possessive:  not a case of degrammaticalisation.’

12.10   April McMahon and Robert McMahon (Sheffield) ‘Climbing down from the trees:  Network representations for language families.’ 



Session C

11.30   Irina Nikolaeva (Konstanz) ‘Modifier-head person agreement.’ 

12.10   John Payne and Katrin Hiietam (Manchester) ‘The headedness of the numeral plus noun construction in Baltic-Finnic.’ 



Session D

11.30   Hans-Martin Gärtner (Berlin) ‘Naming and economy.’ 

12.10   Alastair Butler (Amsterdam) ‘Binding variation.’ 



1.00            LUNCH



2.00            Language Tutorial on Ma’di – Nigel Fabb (Strathclyde)


2.00     Special session on Linguistics in Schools: A-Level English language Speakers:  Tim Shortis (Chief Examiner, AQA English Language Board and University of Bristol School of Education) and Andrew Moore (School Improvement Service of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council).  

4.00     TEA



Session A

4.30     Maggie Tallerman (Durham) ‘The syntax of Welsh “direct object mutation” revisited.’ 



Session B

4.30     Helen East (Cambridge) ‘The parser – a word-level thief?’



Session C

4.30     Dick Hudson (UCL) ‘Wanna revisited.’ 



5.15                                                  LAGB Business Meeting



6.30            DINNER



8.00                                              Language Tutorial continued







Saturday, 6 September 2003


Session A

9.00     Zeljka Paunovic (Essex) ‘Perfectives and objects.’ 

9.40     Peter Svenonius (Tromsø) ‘On the placement of Russian prefixes.’ 

10.20   Anders Holmberg (Durham) and David Odden (Ohio) ‘The Ezafe in Hawrami.’



Session B

9.00     Xosé Rosales Sequeiros (Greenwich) ‘Pragmatic maxims and anaphoric interpretation in Galician.’ 

9.40            Nicholas Allott (UCL) ‘Can game theory do pragmatics?’ 

10.20            Thorstein Fretheim (Trondheim) ‘Predicating a difference:  How much is semantics, how much pragmatics?’ 



Session C

9.00     Alan Yu (Chicago) ‘On the influence of syllable weight in Washo infixing reduplication.’ 

9.40     S.J. Hannahs (Durham) ‘Malagasy reduplication:  bisyllabic copying and infixation.’ 

10.20            Konstantina Haidou (SOAS) ‘The syntax-prosody mapping of focus in Greek word order variation.



Session D

9.00     Anette Rosenbach (Düsseldorf) ‘Comparing animacy vs. weight as determinants of grammatical variation in English.’ 

9.40     Joanne Close (York) ‘Double modals in American Southern English.’ 

10.20   Tanja Schmid (Konstanz) and Carola Trips (Stuttgart) ‘New insights into Verb Projection Raising.’ 


11.00            COFFEE



Session A

11.30   Theresa Biberauer and Marc Richards (Cambridge) ‘A parametric approach to EPP-satisfaction in Germanic.’ 

12.10   Jonny Butler (York) ‘On having arguments and agreeing:  Semantic EPP.’ 



Session B

11.30   Richard Ingham (Reading) ‘Negative concord in Middle English:  a canonical agreement relation?’ 

12.10   Carola Trips (Stuttgart) and Eric Fuss (Frankfurt) ‘þa, þonne, and V2 in Old English.



Session C

11.30   Laura Rupp (Amsterdam) ‘Concord variation in negative there sentences:  a generative-sociolinguistic perspective.’ 

12.10   Patrick McConvell (AIATSIS) and Nicholas Thieberger (Melbourne) ‘Three windows on language endangerment:  Aboriginal languages of Australia in the national census, a regional survey, and a language acquisition study.’ 



Session D

11.30   Mehran Taghvaipour (Essex) ‘Persian relative clauses in HPSG.’ 

12.10   Maria Flouraki (Essex) ‘Aspect shifts in Modern Greek.’ 



1.00            LUNCH



Session A

2.00     Daniel Wedgwood (Edinburgh) ‘Hungarian word order:  shifting the focus away from the syntax.’ 

2.40     Jieun Kiaer (King’s College London) ‘Dynamics of focus interpretation:  focus as update of context.’ 

3.20     Elena Gregoromichelaki (King’s College London) ‘A DS analysis of the interaction of anaphora and quantification in conditional sentences.’ 



Session B

2.00     Victoria Janke (UCL) ‘Control without PRO.’

2.40     Sophie Heyd (Nancy / Strasbourg) and Eric Mathieu (UCL) ‘On the role of “de” in French.’ 

3.20     Norio Nasu (Kobe) ‘Correlations between reconstruction and clause structure.’ 



Session C

2.00            Stavroula-Thaleia Kousta (Cambridge) ‘Structural parallelism effects on the inter-pretation of weak object pronouns in Greek.’ 

2.40     Hyun Kyung (Cambridge) ‘Learnability of uninterpretable features in complementizers.’

3.20     Hye-Kyung Kang (Seoul) ‘Children’s interpretation of stress-shift constructions.’ 



4.00     TEA and CLOSE