LAGB Autumn Meeting 2001: University of Reading

Second Circular

The 2001 Autumn Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain will be held at the University of Reading, from 4 to 6 September 2001. The local organisers are Eric Haeberli ( and Spyridoula Varlokosta (

Lying in the heart of the Thames valley, just 40 miles west of London, Reading offers the best of town life with the peace of some of England's finest countryside. Whilst it boasts the remains of one of England's largest and richest abbeys, the burial place of Henry I, and a heritage dating back to Roman times, it accommodates its modernity with ease. Set in the middle of England's 'Silicon Valley', Reading has become one of the fastest growing centres for business, shopping, transport and leisure. There is also beautiful scenery nearby in the Chiltern Hills and the Berkshire Downs, and both Oxford and London are less than 30 minutes away by train.

The conference venue is the Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences Building on the Whiteknights campus. Whiteknights is a 300-acre country park campus with beautifully maintained grounds and a lake.

Accommodation: Whiteknights Hall, located near the Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences Building (5 minutes' walk away), offers comfortable single rooms with en suite facilities (shower and toilet), as well as single rooms with washbasins and shared bathroom facilities.

Registration: Registration will take place from Tuesday 4 September 11.00 am onwards in the first-floor Foyer of the Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences Building. During the conference a table will be staffed for on-site registration.

Bar: There is a common room at Whiteknights Hall, and the bar will be open in the evening until 11.00 pm, possibly even until midnight.

Food: Please indicate vegetarian and/or 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.

Travel: Whiteknights Hall and the Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences Building are on the Whiteknights Campus of the University of Reading, a large country park situated on the south side of Reading. There are maps available on the WWW at

By train: There is a frequent service from London Paddington to Reading. The journey time is 25 minutes. In addition, there are stopping trains to Clapham and Waterloo, and direct rail links to all of the major cities on the West Coast. Reading Station is about half an hour's walk from the Whiteknights campus but there is a taxi rank at the station and many buses go from the station to the University (buses 7, 8, 12, 20 and 112; to return to the station: buses 5, 6, 12, 20 and 112).

By car: From the west, east and south, travel to Junction 11 of the M4 motorway. From the motorway roundabout take the B3270 (signposted to Earley and the University). Continue to the end of the road and turn left at the mini-roundabout onto the A327 (Shinfield Road). Then follow signs to the University. From the north, travel towards the town centre, joining the inner distribution road (IDR) and following signs for the University. Just after a major junction (with a right hand turn to the A33), leave the IDR by the exit on the left, signposted to the University. Travel along London Street and Silver Street. At the top of the hill, immediately past a parade of shops, turn left at the roundabout onto the A327 (Christchurch Road). Then follow the signs to the University.

By air: There is a frequent Railair coach service from London Heathrow airport. The service picks up from all four terminals and drops off at Reading station. The journey time is about 40 minutes. There is also a direct rail connection with London Gatwick airport with an hourly service and a journey time of 90 minutes. To get from Reading Station to Whiteknights campus, see above ("By train").

Parking: There is a car park at Whiteknights Hall, which can be used on a first-come-first- served basis.

Events: The Henry Sweet Lecture 2001 will be delivered by Professor Larry Horn (Yale) and is entitled 'Assertion versus Entailment: Scalar Particles and Assertoric Inertia'.

There will also be a Workshop on Pragmatics and Anaphora, organised by Yan Huang (University of Reading). Contributors are Larry Horn (Yale), Yan Huang (Reading) and Anne Zribi-Hertz (Paris VIII).

The Language Tutorial will be on Chamorro and is to be given by Thomas Klein (Manchester).

As now customary, a Linguistics at School session will be held, organised by the LAGB Education Committee (Sue Barry, Anthea Fraser Gupta, Dick Hudson and Ewa Jaworska). The topic is 'Why Are the British Such Poor Language Learners?'. Speakers will be Mike Reynolds (Sheffield), Rosamond Mitchell (Southampton) and Peter Downes (Nuffield Languages Inquiry).

Because this LAGB Meeting overlaps with the 34th Annual BAAL meeting ('Unity and Diversity in Language Use', 6-8 September 2001), which is also being held on the Whiteknights campus, there will be two special overlap events on Thursday 6 September, designed for members of both the LAGB and BAAL. One of these events is a CLIE session on the relations between linguistics and education over the past 20 years, and the other a joint LAGB/BAAL Forum, exploring 'Some Issues Linguists Can Agree On'.

There will be a Wine Party on Wednesday night, hosted by the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies.

Bookings: Completed booking forms should be sent to Dr Eric Haeberli (LAGB), School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 218, Reading RG6 6AA, United Kingdom.

Cheques should be made payable to 'University of Reading' (they can't be processed otherwise). Please note that Eurocheque payments below GBP250 are no longer accepted by British banks, so if you do not have a UK bank account, you can pay by credit card (which will incur a surcharge of GBP3).

Guests: Members may invite any number of guests to LAGB meetings, on payment of a guest invitation fee of GBP5 in addition to the standard fees. Members wishing to invite guests should photocopy the booking form below.

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

Business Meeting: This is to be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 5 September. 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. If at all possible, please provide an institutional address, because bulk mailing can save the LAGB a great deal of money.

Communication with the membership: Home page: The LAGB home page on the Web can be found 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:
9-11 April 2002 Edge Hill College of Higher Education 17-19 September 2002 UMIST
Spring 2003 (provisional) University of Sheffield

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

Members of the LAGB organising conferences on linguistics in the UK are invited to apply for grants of up to GBP300; 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.

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 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 cs/MGroefsema.htm

Treasurer Dr Wiebke Brockhaus
Dept. of German, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

Assistant Secretary
Dr Gillian Ramchand
Centre for Linguistics and Philology, Walton Street, Oxford OX1 2HG


Tuesday 4 September 2001

1.00 LUNCH

Session A
2.00 Kleanthes Grohmann (Frankfurt/Berlin), 'Anti-Locality' 2.40 Mary Fender, Heather Marsden, Lieve van Espen & Melinda Whong-Barr (Durham), 'The Alternative Realization of Agreement' 3.20 Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge), 'Rethinking the EPP and SpecTP in Germanic'

Session B

2.00 Katarzyna Jaszczolt (Cambridge), 'Presupposition, Anaphora, and Focus: A Case for

Semantic Defaults'
2.40 Corinne Iten (UCL), 'Is the Connective but Ambiguous?' 3.20 Wilhelm Geuder & Shin-Sook Kim (Konstanz),'On the Expression of Resultant

States: The Case of Korean'

Session C

2.00 Asya Pereltsvaig (McGill), 'What Does American Russian Morphology Tell Us About

2.40 Daniel Harbour (MIT), 'The Kiowa Case for Feature Insertion' 3.20 Diane Nelson (Leeds), 'On the Status of the Implicit Argument in Impersonal Passives'

4.00 TEA

Session A

4.30 Peter Sells (Stanford), 'Expressing Negation in Swedish' 5.10 Liliane Haegeman (CNRS/Lille), 'Auxiliaries, Negation and Functional Structure in

the Clause in West Flemish'
5.50 Eric Mathieu (UCL), 'On the Nature of French N-Words'

Session B

4.30 Kevin Watson & Patrick Honeybone (Edge Hill), 'The Phonological Potential of

Domain-final /t/ in Liverpool English' 5.10 Michael Johnstone (Cambridge), 'Optimality Theory and the Illusion of Small ReRankings'

5.50 April McMahon (Sheffield), 'Innateness, Optimality and the Two Phonologies'

Session C

4.30 Chet Creider (Western Ontario) & Dick Hudson (UCL), 'Case Agreement in Ancient

Greek: Implications for A Theory of Covert Elements' 5.10 George Tsoulas (York), 'Choice Functions, Arbitrary Objects, Phases, and the

Interpretation of Non-Finite Tense'
5.50 Alexandra Galani (York), 'The Formation of the Past Tenses in Modern Greek'


8.00-9.00 Language Tutorial on Chamorro Thomas Klein (Manchester)

Wednesday 5 September 2001

Session A

9.00 Norio Nasu (Essex), 'Subject-oriented Floating Quantifiers and Infinitival

Constructions in English'
9.40 Anna Roussou (Cyprus) & Ian Roberts (Cambridge), 'The Infinitival Marker To: A

View From the Left Periphery'
10.20 Ad Neeleman & Hans van de Koot (UCL), 'Bare Resultatives'

Session B

9.00 Dick Hudson (UCL), 'Clitics in Word Grammar' 9.40 Ana Luis (Essex), 'An Inflectional Derivation of Clitic Clusters' 10.20 Pius ten Hacken & Evanthia Petropoulou (Basel), 'In Defence of Neo-Classical Word Formation'

Session C

9.00 Erik Jan van der Torre (Leiden), 'The Phonology of the Dutch Labio-Dental "Glide"'

9.40 Zoe Toft (SOAS), 'Explaining Asymmetries in the Behaviour of Syllabic l and n in

Southern British English'
10.20 Mark Jones (Cambridge), 'Auditory Influences on Sound Patterns: Post- and PreNasalisation

in the Languages of the World'

11.00 COFFEE

Session A

11.30 Ann Taylor & Susan Pintzuk (York), 'The Effect of Quantification on Verb-Object

Order in Old and Middle English'
12.10 Richard Ingham (Reading), 'Movement to NegP in Pre-modern English'

Session B

11.30 Maria Papastathi (Thessaloniki), 'The Syntax and Interpretation of the Greek Middle'

12.10 Evi Sifaki (York), 'The Syntax of "Subject" Extraposition in Modern Greek'

Session C

11.30 Yuet-Wah Lam (Durham), 'Subject-Auxiliary Inversion in Early Child Wh-Question

Acquisition: What Children Do Know'
12.10 Geoffrey Sampson (Sussex), 'Children's Acquisition of Adult Written Norms'

1.00 LUNCH

Session A

2.00-4.00 Language Tutorial (continued) Thomas Klein (Manchester)

Session B Linguistics at School Session: 'Why Are the British Such Poor Language

2.00-2.05 Introduction
2.05-2.35 Mike Reynolds (Sheffield), 'Sociolinguistic Reasons' 2.35-3.05 Rosamond Mitchell (Southampton), 'Pedagogical Reasons' 3.05-3.35 Peter Downes (Nuffield Languages Inquiry), 'Institutional Reasons'

3.35-4.00 General discussion

4.00 TEA

Session A

4.30 William Croft, Johanna BarDdal, Willem Hollmann, Maike Nielsen, Violeta Sotirova

& Chiaki Taoka (Manchester), 'Discriminating Verb Meanings: the Case of Transfer


Session B

4.30 Nigel Fabb (Strathclyde), 'A Generative Account of the Classical Sanskrit samacatuspadi Metres'

Session C

4.30 Seiki Ayano (Mie/Durham), 'Null Applicative and Syntactic Pto -V Incorporation in




8.00 Henry Sweet Lecture 2001
Professor Larry Horn (Yale)
'Assertion versus Entailment: Scalar Particles and Assertoric Inertia'

c. 9.30 WINE PARTY
hosted by the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

Thursday 6 September 2001

9.00-12.50 Workshop on Pragmatics and Anaphora Organised by Yan Huang (Reading)

9.00-9.05 Yan Huang (Reading), Introduction 9.05-10.00 Larry Horn (Yale), 'I Just Dropped in to See What Condition Our Conditions Are in: Direct Reference, Personhood and the Asymmetries of Binding'

10.00-10.55 Yan Huang (Reading), 'Anaphora, Syntax, and NeoGricean Pragmatics'

10.55-11.25 COFFEE
11.25-12.20 Anne Zribi-Hertz (Paris VIII), 'Reflexivity and Disjoint Reference: Where

Does Syntax Begin?'
12.20-12.50 General discussion

1.00 LUNCH (in the Agriculture Building)

2.00-3.30 LAGB/BAAL overlap sessions (taking place in the Agriculture Building)

Session A
CLIE session on the relations between linguistics and education over the past 20 years, organised by Roz Ivanic (Lancaster), Chair of CLIE

Session B
LAGB/BAAL Forum exploring 'Some Issues Linguists Can Agree On' (building on Dick Hudson's paper with a similar title, published in the Journal of Linguistics exactly 20 years ago); chaired by Mike Baynham (Leeds), Chair of BAAL. There will be contributions from Mike Stubbs (Trier), Jenny Cheshire (QMW) and April McMahon (Sheffield).



Please return this form, with your remittance, to: Dr Eric Haeberli (LAGB), School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 218, Reading RG6 6AA, United Kingdom. Cheques should be made payable to 'University of Reading' (they can't be processed otherwise).

Please note that Eurocheque payments below GBP250 are no longer accepted by British banks, so if you do not have a UK bank account, you can pay by credit card (which will incur a surcharge of GBP3). We are sorry that the option of paying by credit card is not open to members banking in the UK.

Booking forms must be received by Monday 20 August 2001 if you are booking accommodation or meals.





I enclose remittance as indicated (select appropriate package):

  1. Complete conference package:

(a) including Tuesday lunch

GBP147.70 (en suite room)
GBP120.70 (standard room)


(b) excluding Tuesday lunch

GBP140.10 (en suite room)
GBP113.10 (standard room)


(c) Surcharge for non-members
GBP5.00 ..........

(d) Credit card surcharge
GBP3.00 ..........

TOTAL: ..........

2. Selected items:

(a) conference fee (OBLIGATORY) to cover cost of room bookings, abstracts, tea and coffee, speakers' expenses etc. GBP35.00


(b) Tuesday lunch
GBP7.60 ..........

(c) Tuesday dinner
GBP8.95 ..........

(d) B&B Tuesday/Wednesday
GBP36.00 (en suite room)
GBP22.50 (standard room) .......... (e) Wednesday lunch
GBP7.60 ..........

(f) Wednesday dinner
GBP8.95 ..........

(g) B&B Wednesday/Thursday

GBP36.00 (en suite room)
GBP22.50 (standard room


(h) Thursday lunch
GBP7.60 ..........

(i) Surcharge for non-members
GBP5.00 ..........

(j) Credit card surcharge
GBP3.00 ..........

TOTAL: ..........

3. Abstracts only, for those not attending: GBP5.00 UK......... GBP6.00 overseas...........


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