LAGB Spring Meeting 2000: University College London

Second Circular

The 2000 Spring Meeting will be held from 6 to 8 April at University College London, where the Association will be the guests of the Department of Linguistics and Phonetics. The Local Organiser is Karen Froud ( )

Enquiries about the meeting should be addressed to: Karen Froud, Dept of Lingusitics and Phonetics, University College London, Gower Street, LONDON WC1E 6BT.


The accommodation for conference participants is in two locations, both within five minutes' walk from the conference location.

+ Accommodation in Ramsay Hall (Maple Street, W1) , one of UCL's halls of residence, consists of single bedrooms, with hand wash basins and shared bathroom facilities, offered on a half-board basis (i.e. breakfast and dinner provided) at the bargain price of £28.00 per person per night. This can be booked through the local organiser.

+ Accommodation in the Tavistock Hotel (Tavistock Square, WC1) consists of either single or twin bedrooms with ensuite facilities, television and radio, and the price includes full breakfast. The Tavistock also has a wine-bar and restaurant, and a pay garage is available for guests. Prices are £65.00 per night for a single room and £83.60 for a twin room. If you choose to book hotel accommodation, please contact the Tavistock Hotel directly on 0171 636 8383 (you have to ask for reservations), saying that you are attending the LAGB conference as they have reserved a certain number of rooms for us (our contact there is Shauna, who is the reservations manager).

Please note that accommodation in Central London in the spring is at a premium, and the rooms reserved for our conference delegates will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis: please complete and return the attached booking form as quickly as possible to be sure of a place. UCL accommodation must be requested and paid for by February 22nd 2000 at the latest; accommodation can be requested later than this but without any guarantee of success.

Conference presentations will take place in the main building of the College on Gower Street.


Registration will take place in the South Cloister from 12.30 on Thursday 6 April.


The Old Refectory Bar (just off the South Cloister) is open 12-2 weekdays, but closed at weekends. Lunch is in the UCL Union Coffee Bar, which also has a bar. There also is a bar in Ramsay Hall which is open every evening for residents and anyone else they would like to invite.


Public transport links to UCL are excellent. It is five to ten minutes' walk from the British Rail and Underground stations at Euston and King's Cross. It is also very close to several other stations for the London Underground: Warren Street (Victoria and Northern lines), Euston Square (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines), Goodge Street (Northern line)

and Russell Square (Picadilly line - a direct link from Heathrow airport) are all within ten minutes' walk. Buses, including the A2 direct service to and from Heathrow airport, run to and from nearby Russell Square, King's Cross and Euston Station. Gatwick and Luton airports are readily accessible via British Rail links from King's Cross Thameslink, and trains to and from Stansted airport run from Liverpool Street Station (a short tube journey from Euston Square). Black cabs are also readily available, though these can prove expensive. Driving in London is not recommended because of the high density of traffic and the difficulty and expense of parking. UCL cannot offer parking facilities to conference delegates, though parking if required is available (for a fee) at nearby hotels.

Further travel details, including a map of the London Underground, London Bus Services map, and a London Connections map, will be sent out with the booking packs.


There is no parking for delegates. In fact, it is very hard to find a space to park near UCL, and in addition parking is extremely expensive. Delegates are recommended to come by public transport.


The Linguistics Association 2000 Lecture on Thursday evening will be delivered by Professor Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh). The title will be "The Syntactic Process".

There will be a Language Tutorial on Bengali, given by Gillian Ramchand (Oxford).

There will be a workshop (Thursday afternoon) on grammar and intonation, organised jointly by Jill House and John Maidment (both UCL). The speakers will include Carlos Gussenhoven (Nijmegen).

On Friday there will be a special session entitled "Linguistics at School: The National Literacy Strategy" with talks by Paul Higgins (Regional Director of the National Literacy Strategy) and Mollie Sayer.

There will be a Wine Party on the Thursday evening, sponsored by the Department of Linguistics and Phonetics.

On Friday evening, there will be a Wine reception hosted by Cambridge University Press.


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.

Annual General Meeting: This is to be held on the afternoon of Friday 7th April. Items for the agenda should be sent to the Honorary Secretary.

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 (address below) of changes of address. An institutional address is preferred; bulk mailing saves postage.


Committee members:


Professor Richard Hudson, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London, Gower Street, LONDON WC1E 6BT. E-mail:

Honorary Secretary

Professor Anna Siewierska, Department of Linguistics, University of Lancaster, Bailrigg, LANCASTER LA1 4YW, E-mail:

Membership Secretary

Dr. David Willis, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Manchester, MANCHESTER M13 9PL. E-mail:

Meetings Secretary

Dr. Marjolein Groefsema, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Hertfordshire, Watford Campus, ALDENHAM, Herts. WD2 8AT. E-mail:


Dr. Paul Rowlett, School of Languages, University of Salford, SALFORD M5 4WT. E-mail:

Assistant Secretary

Dr Gillian Ramchand, Linacre College, Oxford University, OXFORD OX1 3JA. Email:


N.B. Dick Hudson’s term as President and Paul Rowlett's term as Treasurer are reaching their end, and both have indicated that they do not want to stand again. By an oversight nominations were not invited (as they should have been) in the first circular, for which the committee apologises; however nominations have already been received for Andrew Spencer (for President) and Wiebke Brockhaus (for Treasurer). If you wish to propose anybody else for these posts, please contact Dick Hudson at the above address.


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:



Future Meetings:

7-9 September 2000 University of Durham.

5-7 April 2001 University of Leeds.

4-6 September 2001 University of Reading.

Spring 2002 (provisional) Edge Hill College.


The Meetings Secretary would very much like to receive offers of future venues, particularly from institutions which the LAGB has not previously visited or from places with newly established linguistics programmes.


Members of the LAGB organising conferences on linguistics in the UK are invited to apply for grants of up to 300 pounds; conference publicity will in return have to state that the event is sponsored by the LAGB, and membership application forms should be enclosed in conference packs. Applications should be made to the President, ideally by e-mail to allow a quick response.



In addition to the LAGB Spring Meeting, the Department of Phonetics and Linguistcs at UCL is organising a CONFERENCE ON THE INTERACTION BETWEEN SYNTAX AND PRAGMATICS. The conference addresses theoretical questions posed by movement phenomena that seem to be motivated by pragmatic considerations. Invited speakers are Luigi Rizzi and Ruth Kempson.

The conference is partly supported by the LAGB and UCL. It will be held at UCL before the LAGB meeting, on 5-6 April.

For more information contact:

Syntax/Pragmatics Conference Committee, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, OR (Dirk Bury).


Thursday 6 April 2000

1.00 LUNCH

2.00 Workshop on Grammar and Intonation:

Organisers: Jill House (UCL) and John Maidment (UCL).


4.00 TEA


4.30 Workshop continues


7.45 Linguistics Association 2000 Lecture

Professor Mark Steedman

(University of Edinburgh)

"The Syntactic Process"



by the Department of Linguistics

and Phonetics


Friday 7 April 2000

Session A

9.00 Patrick Honeybone (Edge Hill) "German dorsal fricatives

revisited - problematic constraintsand part-time assimilation"

9.40 Martin Krämer (Heinrich-Heine, Düsseldorf) "Local conjunction and

alignment: alternatives to output-output correspondence"

10.20 Elinor Reynolds (Oxford) "Word-initial gemination in Tamil"

Session B

9.00 Nana Aba Appiah Amfo (Trondheim) "A relevance theoretical analysis

of a modal particle in Akan"

9.40 Anna Feldman (Ohio State and Jerusalem) "ze: codification of ‘hearer-old’ information"

10.20 Richard Breheny (Cambridge) "Justifying the strongest meaning"

Session C

9.00 Ioanna Sitaridou (Manchester) "Lexical subjects in Portuguese and

Spanish infinitival clauses"

9.40 Thórhallur Eythórsson and Delia Bentley (Manchester) "Perfective auxiliary selection and the semantics of unaccusatives"

10.20 Toby Ayer (Oxford) "Denominal verbs and lexical semantics: English and Italian"

11.00 COFFEE

11.30 Language Tutorial: Bengali

Gillian Ramchand (Oxford)

1.00 LUNCH

Session A

2.00 Matthew Baerman (Surrey) "Contrary syncretic structure"

2.40 Andrew Spencer (Essex) "Gender as an inflectional category"

3.20 Elena Filimonova (Konstanz) "On noun phrase hierarchy and

relational marking: some counter-facts"

Session B

2.00 Robyn Carston (UCL) "The source of unarticulated constituents"

2.40 Didier Maillat (Oxford) "Interpreting directional prepositions: empirical evidence for behind"

3.20 Josef Taglicht (Jerusalem) "Actually, there’s more to it than meets the eye"

Session C

2.00 Asya Pereltsvaig (McGill) "Are all small clauses created equal?

Evidence from Russian and Italian"

2.40 Seiki Ayano (Mie and Durham) "Not all stranded Ps are "Stranded""

3.20 Joachim Wermter (Indiana) "Subject scrambling and the

interpretation of weak Dps in German and Dutch"

4.00 TEA

Session A

4.30 Kriszta Szendroi (UCL) "A stress driven approach to the syntax of focus"

Session B

4.30 Susan Pintzuk and Leendert Plug (York) "The effect of poetic constraints on

word order in Old English verse"

Session C

4.30 Alastair Butler (York) "A comparability constraint"


5.10 LAGB Annual General Meeting


6.10 Wine reception hosted by Cambridge University Press.


Saturday 8 April 2000

Session A

9.40 Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam (Allameh Tabataba’i) "A case for "double- dissociation", "modularity" and "innateness": the linguistic disabilities of highly isolated and mentally retarded twins"

10.20 Gary Morgan (UCL) Neil Smith (UCL), Ianthi Tsimpli (Cambridge) and Bencie Woll (City) "Language against the odds: the learning of BSL by a polyglot savant"

Session B

9.00 Robert D Borsley (Essex) "Agreement and missing NP’s in Welsh"

9.40 Jasper Holmes (Groningen) and Richard Hudson (UCL) "Just because X

doesn’t mean Y"

10.20 David Tugwell (Brighton) "Equal treatment for unequal coordination"

Session C

9.00 Martin Everaert (Utrecht) "Is there an anaphor agreement effect? A reply to Woolford (1999)"

9.40 Julia Barron (Surrey) "The indirect relation of case and agreement in Basque verbal morphology"

10.20 Valia Kordoni (Tübingen) "Psych verb constructions in Modern Greek: at the Morphology-syntax interface"


11.00 COFFEE

Session A

11.30 Francine Swets (Meertens) "Tilburg Dutch in elements"

12.10 Evan Mellander (McGill) "Rhythmic shortening and inherent prominence in Slovak"

Session B

11.30 Melinda Whong-Barr and Bonnie Schwartz (Durham) "Distinct developmental paths: a child L2 study of the English dative alternation"

12.10 Denise Leigh (Oxford) "Bilinguals and anaphora"

Session C

11.30 M.D. Cole (Manchester) "Null thematic subjects and accessibility"

12.10 Claudia Felser (Essex) "Do object expletives exist? Evidence from the Germanwas...w construction"


13.00 LUNCH

Session A

2.00 Danijela Trenkic (Cambridge) "Is there a DP in Serbo-Croation (SC) - evidence from the effect of adjectival premodification on the use of English articles by SC learners of English"

Session B

2.00 Heather Goad (McGill and UCL) "Are children’s grammars ‘possible’ grammars?"

Session C

2.00 Phoevos Panagiotidis (Essex) "The categorial features of functional heads"

2.40 Language Tutorial: Bengali

Gillian Ramchand (Oxford)





UCL accommodation cannot be guaranteed unless booked before February 22nd 2000, so it is important to book accommodation NOW. Accommodation in UCL (at the prices quoted) may still be available after this date, but it cannot be guaranteed. Payment cannot be refunded after 22nd February.


Please send this form and your payment to the local organiser, Karen Froud. You may pay by credit card, so you can use either paper (Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT) or email (

A. Accommodation

This form should be used only for booking UCL accommodation (in Ramsay Hall). For hotel booking, see above.

Room plus breakfast and dinner, @ £28 per night - fully refundable up to 22nd February.

Night of Weds 5th April £.........

Night of Thurs 6th April £..........

Night of Friday 7th April £..........

(For other nights, please contact the local organiser.)

B. Meals - must be booked by Friday March 3rd.

Lunch Thurs 6th April, @ £6 £..........

Lunch Friday 7th April, @ £6 £..........

Lunch Saturday 8th April, @ £6 £..........

C. Conference fee - may be paid at any time before the conference, but MUST be paid by all participants, regardless of whether they use conference accommodation and meals.

@ £20 (LAGB member), £25 (non-member) £..........

D. Total enclosed £.........

E. Your details


Email address:

Mailing address (if you want conference details on paper):


F. Payment method:

F1. Sterling cheque payable to "University College London" ........

F2. Credit card: Visa/Mastercard ........

Card number: ........

Expiry date: ........

Name on card: ........

Billing address: ........

Signature (if by post)

(Please note that we do not have an email secure link for credit-card details.)

Special requirements

Please contact the local organiser directly for special dietary requirements or for baby-sitting.

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