LAGB Spring Meeting 2002: Edge Hill College of Higher Education

Second Circular

The 2002 Spring Meeting will be held from 9th to 11th April at Edge Hill College of Higher Education, where the Association will be the guests of the Department of English Language and Literature. The local organisers are Patrick Honeybone ( and Kevin Watson ( Postal enquiries about the meeting should be addressed to: Patrick Honeybone, Department of English, Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP.

Please check the Meeting’s website for updates and further details:

Edge Hill College is situated just north of Liverpool, a vibrant city with a world-class reputation for its contributions to popular and classical culture. The Liverpool Tate gallery, the stunning architecture, famous football clubs and the several shrines to the Beatles are just a few of the reasons why visitors are drawn to the city from around the world. Edge Hill is in Ormskirk, an ancient Lancashire market town, which, though it now feels the urban draw of Liverpool, has a history and identity of its own and is within a short distance of the rural beauty of both the Lake District and the Peak District. Ormskirk is also close to the seaside towns of Blackpool and Southport and the vast urban centre of Greater Manchester.

Accommodation: Edge Hill has a compact and easily accessible campus. Accommodation, talks, the book display and food will all be within easy walking distance of each other. All bedrooms are single, and there is a choice between rooms with en suite facilities and rooms with shared bathrooms/showers.

Registration: will begin at 12 noon on Tuesday 9th of April in the Main Entrance Foyer at Edge Hill. This is the obvious entrance to the college’s main building and will be clearly sign-posted.

Bar: a bar will be available during the two evenings of the conference.

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: Edge Hill College is situated in Ormskirk, just north of Liverpool. Liverpool Lime Street station is served by regular Intercity and cross-country trains and connections from everywhere in Britain, and there is a frequent connection to Ormskirk from Liverpool Central station, on the Northern Line of Liverpool's suburban railway network (the 'Merseyrail'). Liverpool Central station can easily be reached by public transport from Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport. Ormskirk station also has a less frequent train service to Preston. Edge Hill can be reached by car off the A59 or A570; the A570 can be reached from the M6 by taking the M58 (towards Liverpool) at junction 26.

Further details on how to reach Edge Hill will be posted on the website address given above. Please contact the Local Organiser with any queries.

Parking: Free parking will be available on campus during the conference, as it is taking place during the Easter vacation.


The following events will form part of the meeting:

A session of Linguistics at School will be held, organised by the LAGB Education
Committee, entitled: "Linguistics in teacher education".

There will be a Wine Party on Tuesday night, hosted by Edge Hill's Research Office.

Bookings: should be sent to the Local Organisers, on the booking form at the end of this mailing. There is a 10% discount on bookings received by Friday 15th March and accommodation can only be guaranteed if it is booked before this date. Cheques should be made payable to "Edge Hill Enterprises Ltd".

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 10 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 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


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

Nominations for the Committee

David Willis’s term as Membership Secretary is reaching its end, and he has indicated that he does not want to stand again. Therefore, the LAGB would like to receive nominations for a new Membership Secretary.

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:

17-19 September 2002 UMIST

14-16 April 2003 University of Sheffield

4-6 September 2003 University of Sussex

Spring 2004 (provisional) University of Surrey Roehampton


Tuesday 9 April


2.00 Workshop on Sign Language Linguistics

Organised by Dr Bencie Woll (City University)

2.00 - 2.30 Introduction:

Judy Kegl, University of Southern Maine; Gary Morgan, City University

Researching signed languages: coding and transcription issues

2.30 - 3.15 First talk

Gary Morgan, City University London

Current issues in sign language acquisition

3.15 – 3.45 Second Talk

Bencie Woll, City University London

Sign Language and the Brain: a review of current research on functional imaging studies and implications for understanding the relationship of modality and linguistic structure

3.45 TEA

4.15 – 4.45 Research in progress: brief reports by research students

4.45 - 5.30 Third talk

Diane Brentari, Purdue University; Wendy Sandler, University of Haifa; Adam Schembri, University of Bristol; Bencie Woll, City University; Gary Morgan, City University; Judy Kegl, University of Southern Maine

Discussion panel: Cross-linguistic research on sign languages: issues and problems

5.30 - 6.00 General discussion



8.00 Linguistics Association 2002 Lecture

Professor Judy Kegl (University of Southern Maine)

"Serial Verbs in an Emergent Language"




hosted by Edge Hill’s Research Office

Wednesday 10 April

Session A

9.00 Joanne Close (York) ‘Double aspectuals in English dialects: a multiple spell-out

9.40 Amela Camdzič and Dick Hudson (UCL) ‘Serbo-Croat clitics in Word Grammar’

10.20 Delia Bentley (Manchester) ‘On ne-cliticisation’


Session B

9.00 Christian Rathmann (University of Texas at Austin) ‘Re-visiting topic constructions
in signed languages’

9.40 Gaurav Mathur (University of Connecticut) ‘On number and agreement in signed

10.20 Inge Zwitserlood and Ingeborg van Gijn (UiL OTS / Utrecht University and City
University / University of Amsterdam) ‘On the relation between agreement and pro-
drop in signed languages’


Session C

9.00 Shih-Ping Wang (Ming Chuan University / Nottingham) ‘Corpus-based approaches
to ablaut reduplication and frozen word order’

9.40 Ana Luís (Essex) ‘The morphophonology of pronominal affixes in European

10.20 Jacques Durand (Toulouse) ‘The PFC project: overview and first results’


11.00 COFFEE


    1. Language Tutorial on British Sign Language
      Bencie Woll (City University)


1.00 LUNCH

Session A
2.00 Linguistics at school: "Linguistics in teacher education". Chair: Sue Barry (Manchester)

Kate Ruttle (Ditton Lodge First School, Newmarket) Linguistics and assessment in primary

Keith Brown (Centre for Research in English and Applied Linguistics, Cambridge) What,
why and how?

John Keen (University of Manchester School of Education) Language and assessment for
writing development.

For more information, see:


Session B

2.00 Corinne Iten (UCL) ‘Even if: a pragmatic perspective on the ‘consequent-
entailment’ problem’

2.40 Rosa Vega-Moreno (UCL) ‘Ad hoc concepts as constituents of the proposition
expressed: evidence from idioms’

Session C

2.00 Melinda Whong-Barr (Durham) ‘Valency-changing functional morphology and L2

2.40 Cécile van der Weert (Reading) ‘Nature or nurture: structured information

3.30 TEA


Session A

4.00 M. Ward (Dublin City University) ‘Linguistics, CALL and endangered languages: a
Nawat perspective’

Session B

4.00 Yukiko Morimoto (Düsseldorf) ‘Grammatical coding of non-prototypical objects in

Session C

4.00 Emma Thomas (Essex) ‘On the status of ‘in’ and ‘on’ in directional expressions’



4.45 LAGB Annual General Meeting





Thursday 11 April

Session A

9.00 Matthew Baerman (Sussex) ‘Against ordered morphological rules’

9.40 Laurie Bauer (Victoria University of Wellington) ‘Where did you get those As?’

10.20 Yuki-Shige Tamura (Osaka) ‘Relative viewing arrangement and English tenses in
complement clauses’

Session B

9.00 Willem Hollmann (Manchester) ‘The rise of causative get with an infinitive: a usage-
based account’

9.40 Richard Ingham (Reading) ‘Diachronic change in Middle English negated arguments’

10.20 David Willis (Cambridge) ‘Headedness in Welsh numeral phrases and its implications
for theories of language change’

Session C

9.00 Roland Pfau (Amsterdam) and Markus Steinbach (Mainz) ‘Optimal reciprocals in
German Sign Language’

9.40 Wendy Sandler (Haifa / Nijmegen) ‘From phonetics to discourse: the nondominant
hand and the grammar of sign language’

10.20 Onno Crasborn (Nijmegen) ‘Phonetic variation in the handshape parameter of Sign
Language of the Netherlands’

11.00 COFFEE


11.30 Language Tutorial continues


1.00 LUNCH


Session A

2.00 Thórhallur Eythórsson (Manchester) ‘Changes in case marking in Faroese: a cue-
based account’

2.40 Maria Lekakou (UCL) ‘Why there is no middle construction’

Session B

2.00 Gaëtanelle Gilquin (Louvain) ‘Syntactic structure and corpus linguistics: the case of
English causative constructions’

2.40 Sun-Ho Hong (Essex) ‘A paradigm in A-movement and A’-Movement’


Session C

2.00 Jose Maria Garcia Nunez (Cadiz) ‘Focusability, quantification and distribution in
English higher adverbs’

2.40 Jonny Butler (York) ‘What ‘mustn’t’ and ‘can’t’ mustn’t and can’t mean:
propositions, propositional operators, and vP’





Please return this form to: Patrick Honeybone, Department of English, Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP.

Payment can be made by a cheque drawn on a Sterling bank account or by credit card. The easiest way is by cheque - these should simply be sent with the booking form (please make cheques payable to " Edge Hill Enterprises Ltd"). If you wish to pay by credit card, send your filled-in booking form to Patrick Honeybone at the above address. You will then be contacted and asked to telephone Edge Hill with your credit card details several weeks before the event. If you have any queries about this, please contact Patrick Honeybone (

All prices are in pounds sterling. Please indicate if you require a receipt to be sent to you before your arrival at Edge Hill.







I would like to book the following (select appropriate package):

1. Complete conference package in en suite bedroom:

(a) including Tuesday lunch preceding workshop

(i) if sent to arrive before 15 March £105.75 ..........

(ii) if sent to arrive after 15 March £117.50 ..........

(b) excluding Tuesday lunch

(i) if sent to arrive before 15 March £98.10 ..........

(ii) if sent to arrive after 15 March £109.00 ..........

(c) Surcharge for non-members £5.00 ..........

TOTAL ..........

2. Complete conference package in standard bedroom:

(a) including Tuesday lunch preceding workshop

(i) if sent to arrive before 15 March £101.25 ..........

(ii) if sent to arrive after 15 March £112.50 ..........

(b) excluding Tuesday lunch

(i) if sent to arrive before 15 March £93.60 ..........

(ii) if sent to arrive after 15 March £104.00 ..........

(c) Surcharge for non-members £5.00 ..........

TOTAL ..........

3. Selected items:

(a) Registration fee (OBLIGATORY) to cover cost of abstracts, tea and coffee, room bookings, speakers' expenses etc
£35.00 £35.00

(b) Tuesday lunch £8.50 ..........

(c) Tuesday dinner £9.50 ..........

(d) B&B Tuesday/Wednesday (en suite) £19.00 ..........

(e) B&B Tuesday/Wednesday (standard) £16.50 ..........

(f) Wednesday lunch £8.50 ..........

(g) Wednesday dinner £9.50 ..........

(h) B&B Wednesday/Thursday (en suite) £19.00 ..........

(i) B&B Wednesday/Thursday (standard) £16.50 ..........

(j) Thursday lunch £8.50 ..........

SUB-TOTAL: ..........

Deduct 10% if sent to arrive before 15 March ..........

(j) Surcharge for non-members £5.00 ..........

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

4. Abstracts booklet only: £5.00 UK......... £6.00 overseas...........


(a) By sterling cheque (enclosed with this form) ..........

(b) By credit card (to be paid later) ..........