Workshop GIST5: Generalizing Relative Strategies

  • 14 Feb 2012 08:55
    Message # 824957
    Dear colleague,

    The research group GIST (Ghent University) are pleased to announce their workshop, 'GIST5: Generalizing Relative Strategies', organised in collaboration with Boban Arsenijević (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), to take place in Ghent, Belgium  on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd March 2012.

    A description of the workshop theme and the programme for the event can be found below. Further details and practical information, including information on registration (deadline: 1st March) can be found on the workshop website:

    We hope you can join us for the event,

    Best wishes,

    Boban Arsenijević

    Liliane Haegeman
    Lieven Danckaert
    Rachel Nye

    On behalf of GIST

    Workshop description

    Relative clauses are usually thought of as a class of non-interrogative embedded clauses, the most prototypical members of which are headed relative clauses and free relatives.

    In the generative tradition, these are standardly analysed as being derived through displacement of some phrasal category, be it the antecedent of the relative clause (Vergnaud 1974), an operator (Chomsky 1977) or both (Cinque 2009). Semantically, this operation enables the moved item to take scope at the propositional level.

    Over the last decades, various other types of non-interrogative embedded clauses have also been analysed as relative clauses. For instance, an operator movement analysis has been proposed for adverbial clauses such as temporal clauses (most notably when-clauses, see Geis 1970; Larson 1987; Haegeman 2009) and conditionals (among others Lycan 2001; Bhatt & Pancheva 2006; Haegeman 2011).

    In addition, some types of complement clauses have been argued to be derived through operator movement  (see for instance Arsenijević 2009; Kayne 2008, 2010; Haegeman & Ürögdi (2010a,b). More specifically, it has been proposed that factive complements and clausal complements to nouns are amenable to an analysis in terms of (null) operator movement:

    The goal of this workshop is to provide a stage for presentations by, and discussion among, researchers who have implemented a relative clause analysis for syntactic structures that are not typically considered to be relative clauses.


    Thursday March 22

    08.45-09.15    coffee + registration
    09.15-09.30    welcome/opening remarks
    09.30-10.15    Boban Arsenijević (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): Verb prefixation of the Slavic type in terms of concord and relativization.

    10.15-11.00    Dominique Sportiche (UCLA/ENS): Adjunct/argument asymmetries and relative clause types.
    11.00-11.30    coffee
    11.30-12.15    Carlo Cecchetto (Università di Milano Bicocca) and Caterina Donati (Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza'): Relative structures (and other strong islands) reduced to relabeling.
    12.15-14.00    lunch
    14.00-14.45    Anna Roussou (University of Patras): Complements, relatives, and nominal properties.
    14.45-15.30    Rita Manzini (Università degli Studi di Firenze): Complement clauses as (free) relatives, complementizers as wh-pronouns: refining the picture.
    15.30-16.00    coffee
    16.00-16.45    Iliyana Krapova (Università di Venezia Ca' Foscari) and Guglielmo Cinque (Università di Venezia Ca' Foscari): “Clausal Complements” of Nouns as reduced relative clauses.
    16.45-17.30    Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam): Factive constructions and predicate fronting in Gungbe.
    Friday March 23

    09.00-09.30    coffee
    09.30-10.15    Hilda Koopman (UCLA): Noun phrases as relatives: the view from below.
    10.15-11.00    Jason Zentz (Yale University): Movement in adverbial clauses: Evidence from Akɔɔse wh-agreement.
    11.00-11.30    coffee
    11.30-12.15    Hamida Demirdache (Université de Nantes) and Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria (University of the Basque Country): tba
    12.15-14.00    lunch
    14.00-14.45    Rajesh Bhatt (UMass) and Roumyana Pancheva (USC): tba
    14.45-15.30    Barbara Tomaszewicz (USC): tba
    15.30-15.40    closing remarks
    15.40-16.20    publication meeting
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