LAGB Spring Meeting 2001: University of Leeds

Second Circular

The Spring Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain will be held at Devonshire Hall, University of Leeds, from April 5 - 7. The local organisers are Diane Nelson (email and Ghada Khattab (

The conference venue is Devonshire Hall, a self-contained and cloistered traditional college complex located in a quiet, leafy part of Headingley about 3 miles from Leeds city centre and a 20 minute walk from the main university campus. Close by, the Meanwood Valley Trail offers pleasant walks as it passes through the forest of Batty's Wood on its way to the Yorkshire Dales. Headingley is a lively area of Leeds with a large student population; shops, pubs, cafes and the world-famous cricket ground lie within a short walking distance. Leeds itself is one of Britain's fastest-growing and dynamic cities, a thriving commercial and cultural centre, with excellent shopping and an exuberant nightlife that attracts visitors from all over Britain. For those drawn to the countryside, the spectacular Dales and their picturesque ancient villages begin only half an hour away.

Accommodation: Devonshire Hall, where the talks are held, offers comfortable single rooms with washbasins and shared shower and toilet facilities.

Registration: will take place from Thursday 11:00am onwards at Devonshire Hall. During the conference a table will be staffed continuously for on-site registration. Please notify the organisers if you will be arriving after 10pm.

Bar: The Devonshire Hall bar will be open from 6-10pm during the conference. The organisers will also provide a list of nearby pubs and restaurants with the registration materials.

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 Organiser for further details.

Travel: Devonshire Hall is located on Cumberland Road (a useful landmark is the large church on the corner), which is just off the A660 (Otley Road) in Headingley, about one mile north of the University.

There are maps available on the WWW for the university campus at, but the conference venue is outside the area covered by the map.

By train: Leeds is centrally located on main rail lines from London (2.5 hours) and Manchester (1 hour), and connects with the main East Coast line to York (1/2 hour) and Edinburgh. (3 hours). From the railway station, cross City Square to the bus terminal on Infirmary Street; buses 1, 63 and 95 all run frequently and go past the University, stopping at Cumberland Road. The bus journey from the station to the conference venue takes 15-30 minutes, depending on traffic; a taxi from the station costs about £4.

By car: The M1 leads to the city from the south. From the city centre, follow signs to Headingley Stadium or the A660 (Skipton). Pass the University on the A660 (which is now called Woodhouse Lane) and continue for about another mile (on the A660, now Headingley Lane/Otley Road); turn right at the church, soon after the Hyde Park pub. From the north, take the A65 through Skipton to the A660 and head south toward the city centre; Cumberland Road is on the left about 1/2 mile past the Original Oak pub. On foot: the conference venue is a 45 minute walk from the city centre along busy roads. There is also a pleasant walk behind the venue along the Meanwood Valley Trail, but this does not lead to the city centre.

The nearest airport is Leeds-Bradford, 7 miles away from the conference venue and most easily reached by taxi.

Parking: If you wish to park at Devonshire Hall, then a permit is required. This is free, but there are only a finite number of permits, which will be distributed by the organisers on a first come first served basis. Additional on-street parking is available.

Events: The Linguistics Association 2001 Lecture on Thursday evening will be delivered by Professor Peter Culicover (Ohio State) and is entitled: Concrete Minimalism, Branching Structure and Linear Order.

There will be a Workshop on Construction Grammar, organised by Robert Borsley (Essex University). Contributors are Farrell Ackerman (UC San Diego), Robert Borsley (Essex), Peter Culicover (Ohio State), Jasper Holmes (Groningen) and Andrew Spencer (Essex). There will be a Language Tutorial on Vietnamese, by Victoria Rosen (Bergen University).

A session of Linguistics at School will be held, organised by the LAGB Education Committee (Ewa Jaworska, Sue Barry, Anthea Fraser Gupta and Dick Hudson). The topic is "Phonics and accents of English". Speakers will be John Wells (UCL), Rhona Stainthorp (Institute of Education) and Chris Jolly (Educational publisher).

Professor Keith Brown (Chair of the Linguistics Benchmarking Panel) will hold a special session discussing the Linguistics Benchmarking proposals. There will be a Wine Party on Thursday night, hosted by the Linguistics Department.

Bookings: Accommodation needs to be booked by 5 March 2001.

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 6 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 Andrew Spencer Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, COLCHESTER CO4 3SQ.

Honorary Secretary

Professor Anna Siewierska Department of Linguistics, University of Lancaster, LANCASTER LA1 4YT

Membership Secretary

Dr. David Willis Dept. of Linguistics, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA.

Meetings Secretary

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


Dr Wiebke Brockhaus Dept. of German, University of Manchester, MANCHESTER M13 9PL.

Assistant Secretary

Dr. Gillian Ramchand Centre for Linguistics and Philology, Oxford University, Walton Street, OXFORD OX1 2HG.

Nominations for the Committee

Anna Siewierska's term as Honorary Secretary is reaching its end, and she has indicated that she does not want to stand again. Therefore, the LAGB would like to receive nominations for a new Honorary Secretary.

The term of office of the Meetings Secretary also expires at the Spring Meeting; Marjolein Groefsema has indicated a willingness to stand for a second term and is the nomination of the LAGB Committee, however, further nominations are welcome.

Andrew Spencer is standing down at the Leeds Meeting. Therefore the LAGB would like to receive nominations for a new President.

All enquiries and nominations should reach the Assistant Secretary, Gillian Ramchard, by 30 March at < >.

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:

4-6 September 2001 University of Reading

9-11 April 2002 Edge Hill College of Higher Education

17-19 September 2002 UMIST

Spring 2003 (provisional) University of Sheffield

Autumn 2003 (provisional) University of Sussex

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

LAGB representative on UCML Executive Committee needed

As you know, the LAGB has representatives on a number of national bodies to ensure that the views of linguists (at least as defined by the LAGB membership) are taken into account. One of these bodies is UCML, the University Council of Modern Languages, which represents the interests of modern languages in higher education.

The LAGB has had two reps on the UCML Executive Committee so far, first Roz Temple (York) and then Paul Rowlett (Salford). Paul, who was LAGB Treasurer until April 2000, has now been asked to become the UCML Treasurer, which means that he is no longer the linguistics rep on the Executive Committee, and the vacancy needs to be filled.

The LAGB Committee is now appealing for volunteers to take on this task. It really is important to have an LAGB rep, especially as the UCML can raise quite substantial funds to support a range of teaching-related (in a VERY broad sense) projects, including essentially linguistic ones, provided that they have a Modern Languages slant. The rep would be expected to attend UCML exec meetings in London four times a year (expenses paid by UCML) and should also be at the plenary meetings (twice a year, also in London; travel expenses to be met by the rep's home institution). Ideally, we are looking for a linguist based in a modern languages department.

Do, please, give this some serious thought and contact Wiebke Brockhaus at if you are interested, who can provide further details and/or put you in touch with Paul Rowlett if you want to ask him specific questions before deciding whether to take it on.


Thursday 5 April


2.00 Workshop on Construction Grammar

Organised by Robert Borsley (Essex)

The programme for the Workshop consists of the following papers, not necessarily in this order. There will be a break for tea at 4.00 pm.

Farrell Ackerman (UC San Diego) Prenominal Relatives as a Subtype in a Network of Various Construction Types.

Robert Borsley (Essex) Constructions - mainly from an HPSG perspective.

Peter Culicover (Ohio State) Learnability, markedness and complexity of constructions. Jasper Holmes (Groningen) Words are constructions.

Andrew Spencer (Essex) Constructions in Slavic morphosyntax.


8.00 Linguistics Association 2001 Lecture

Professor Peter Culicover (Ohio State): Concrete Minimalism, Branching Structure and Linear Order.

9.15 WINE PARTY hosted by the Department of Linguistics

Friday 6 April

Session A

9.00 Hoa Pham (Toronto) What is tone in a tone language?
9.40 Wouter Jansen (Groningen) Regressive voice assimilation as cue preservation through lenition. 10.20 Martin Krämer (Düsseldorf) When Finnish vowels resist harmony.

Session B

9.00 Dimitra Papangeli (UCL) Clitic Doubling in Syntax (Evidence from Greek).
9.40 Dora Alexopoulou and Caroline Heycock (Edinburgh) A Matching Analysis for Relative Clauses. 10.20 Cecile De Cat (York) Left and right peripheral topics in spoken French.

Session C

9.00 Guy Politzer (CNRS) Quantifer, negation scope, implicature & a riddle.
9.40 Corinne Iten (UCL) Even: An inferential scalar account.
10.20 Thorstein Fretheim (Trondheim) Concessive adverbs as anaphora.

11.00 COFFEE

11.30 Language Tutorial on Vietnamese
Victoria Rosen (Bergen University)

1.00 LUNCH

Session A

Linguistics at school: 'Phonics and accents of English' Chair: Sue Barry (Manchester)

2.00 John Wells (UCL): A view from phonetics.
Rhona Stainthorp (Institute of Education): A view from psychology.
Chris Jolly (Educational publisher): A view from phonics.

Session B

2.00 Sam Featherston (Tübingen) Universals and the counter-example model: Evidence from wh-constraints in German.
2.40 Robert Borsley (Essex) Perfective & progress. constructions in Welsh & English.
3.20 Jose Alvarez (Venezuela and UCL) Split intransitivity in Kari'ña and other Cariban languages.

Session C

2.00 Alastair Butler (York) Intervention effects in questions with multipair readings.
2.40 Richard Breheny (Cambridge) Hob-Nob Discourses & Static Accessibility.
3.20 Dora Alexopoulou (Edinburgh) and George Tsoulas (York) Greek Existential Sentences.

4.00 TEA

4.30 LAGB Annual General Meeting


Saturday 7 April

Session A

9.00 Norio Nasu (Essex) Reconstruction effects & the role of Spec-TP in infinitival clauses.
9.40 Kook-Hee Gill (York) Floating Quantifiers in Korean.
10.20 Nicholas Sobin (Bangor) Echo questions and CP structure.

Session B

9.00 David Nicolas (UCLA) Do mass nouns constitute a semantically uniform class?
9.40 Richard Horsey (UCL) If Josef kills Leon is Leon dead?
10.20 Asya Pereltsvaig (McGill) Stative predicates & the syntax-lexical semantics interface.

Session C

9.00 Patrick McConvell (ALATIS) and Mary Laughren (Queensland) Equilibrium punctured.
9.40 Matthew Baerman (Surrey) The typology of syncretism in two argument verbs.
10.20 Anna Siewierska (Lancaster) and Dik Bakker (Amsterdam) On the form-function relationship: the case of person agreement.

11.00 COFFEE

11.30 Language Tutorial continues

1.00 LUNCH

Session A

2.00 Discussion session on Linguistics Benchmarking led by Keith Brown. One of the speakers will be Fiona Crozier (Assistant Director, Development, QAA) Her presentation is entitled 'Academic review: the new method'.

If you plan to attend this meeting, you will probably find it convenient to print out a copy of the draft benchmarking document and bring it with you. (The speakers do not intend to bring copies of their own to make available on the day):

Session B

2.00 Raúl Aranovich (Texas) The semantics of auxiliary selection in the history of Spanish.
2.40 Debra Ziegler (Manchester) Reanalysis in the history of 'do'.
3.20 Jóhanna Barðdal and Thorhallur Eythórsson (Manchester) The evolution of oblique subjects.

Session C

2.00 Elisabeth Lees and Wiebke Brockhaus (Manchester) Attitudes to regional vs. standard varieties in Austria & England.
2.40 Jim Hurford (Edinburgh) The neural basis of predicate argument structure. (40 min).