Autumn Meeting 2002: University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)

Second Circular

The 2001 Autumn Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain will be held at UMIST, from September 17 to 19. The Local Organiser is Paul Bennett <file:///A:/>.
The Meeting will be immediately preceded by a Workshop on Agreement; for more information, see below.

The conference website is at:

Manchester, host of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, is at the heart of the largest urban area in the north of England. Cultural attractions include the recently-refurbished City Art Gallery, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Lowry in nearby Salford. The city centre includes a sizeable Chinatown and the famous Gay Village, plus the renovated canal area of Castlefield. The Peak District and Pennines are areas of natural beauty close by.

Accommodation: The accommodation for conference participants is in the Weston Building, which contains both a hotel and a hall of residence with single en-suite rooms. Sessions will be in the Staff House Conference Centre, a few minutes' walk away.

Registration: Registration will be in the reception area of the Weston Building.

Bar: The Weston Hotel includes a bar which is open to those staying in the Hall.

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 : The nearest railway station is Manchester Piccadilly, which is 5 minutes' walk from the UMIST campus. There are at least hourly services from most major British cities - the service from London Euston takes about 2hr40min. Manchester International Airport is linked to Manchester Piccadilly station by a frequent train service (usually every 15 minutes).

Manchester's Chorlton Street Coach Station is also just a few minutes' walk from UMIST, and has regular National Express services from the rest of the UK.

Manchester is at the heart of the national motorway network. From the motorways (M56, M60, M61, M62, M67) or major roads follow signs to Manchester City Centre, then for Universities.

Delegates must ensure that they do NOT go to the University of Manchester, which is a separate institution on a campus about a mile away from UMIST.

To get to the Campus from the Coach Station:

Leave the Coach Station by the main exit, onto Chorlton Street. Turn right, then take the first right (Bloom Street). Take the first left, Sackville Street, and continue down this, going straight ahead at the lights. Go under the railway bridge, and the Weston Building is 50 yards ahead on your right.

The Weston Building is on Sackville Street, and the main UMIST campus is on the other side of this road.

From the train station, cross London Road, go down Fairfield Street, bear left into Whitworth Street, past the UMIST Main Building (on your left), then turn left into Sackville Street. Then as above: go under the railway bridge, and the Weston Building is 50 yards ahead on your right.

For further information see 'getting to UMIST' on the university site.

Parking: Delegates would be required to park in the Charles Street multi-storey car park, which is across the road from the Weston Building. The cost is GBP6.00 per day or GBP8.00 for 24 hours (pay on exit).


The Henry Sweet Lecture 2002 will be delivered by Professor Anthony Kroch (University of Pennsylvania) and is entitled: 'Variation and Change in the Historical Syntax of English'.

There will also be a Workshop on Quantitative and Corpus-based Perspectives on the Morpho-Syntactic History of English, organised by Dr Susan Pintzuk (University of York) Contributors are Dr Eric Haeberli (University of Reading), Professor Tony Kroch (University of Pennsylvania), Dr Susan Pintzuk (University of York), and Dr Ann Taylor (University of York).

A Language Tutorial on Romani, will be given by Dr Yaron Matras (University of Manchester).

There will be a Session of Linguistics at School on Community languages, organised by Dr Anthea Fraser Gupta (University of Leeds).

There will be a Wine Reception on Tuesday night, hosted by the Department of Language and Linguistics.

Bookings: Bookings should be sent to Paul Bennett, Department of Language and Linguistics, UMIST, PO Box 88, Manchester, M60 1QD. Due to UMIST needing to know how many rooms will be taken by the end of August, bookings for accommodation have to be in by the 30th of August. After this date accommodation can not be guaranteed.

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.

Business Meeting: This is to be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, 18 September. Items for the agenda should be sent to the Honorary Secretary.



At the Annual General Meeting at Edge Hill the LAGB Committee initiated a discussion of whether the LAGB should move to having a single (larger) annual meeting in September in place of the current two meetings in April and September. A single annual event would involve adding an extra day to the meeting, and two rather than one plenary speaker would be invited. A majority of the members of the Committee are in favour of the change. The Committee would like the Business meeting at UMIST on 18 September to come to a firm decision either for or against this, and invites comments, discussion and votes via email in advance of the meeting. Views expressed at the AGM included:

• it has become increasingly difficult to timetable the Easter meeting to avoid clashes with other large conferences

• there is now a regular imbalance in the number of abstracts received for the two meetings, with the September meeting the more popular

• a single bigger conference might attract more delegates from outside the UK

• having two invited speakers would allow better coverage of smaller areas of linguistics

• the LAGB would be better placed to maintain support from publishers, who prefer to attend just once per year

• the informal and friendly atmosphere of the LAGB meeting might be damaged if it became a larger event

• opportunities for specialisation already exist in the form of themed sessions in the existing two-meeting arrangement

Please let us know what you think either by sending a message to the LAGB mailing list for general discussion (messages to; to join, send the message subscribe lagb to or by e-mailing the Honorary Secretary (Ad Neeleman,


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.

Internet home page: The LAGB internet home page is 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:

14-16 April 2003 University of Sheffield

4 - 6 September 2003 University of Oxford

Spring 2004 (provisional) University of Surrey Roehampton.


The Meetings Secretary would very much like to receive offers of future venues, particularly from institutions which 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 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.



Report from the LAGB Education Committee

(i) The 14-19 Green Paper: Dick Hudson has responded on behalf of the LAGB to this and to the associated paper on Language Learning.

In essence the Green Paper recommended that English (amongst other subjects) would be compulsory at 14-16 but that a second language would not: there would be a "statutory entitlement" to a modern foreign language. The paper on Language Learning includes the aspiration that "all primary school children will be entitled to study languages by 2012". The LAGB responses to these papers welcome the aspiration to promote the importance of language learning but disagree with the proposal to demote language learning to an option at 14; welcome the idea that MFL may include community languages; and propose that English Language (but not literature) should be compulsory at 14-16.

(the full responses are at:

(ii) Meeting of the Committee for Linguistics in Education, June 19th 2002:

Links have been established between CLIE member organisations (LAGB, BAAL and other professional bodies involved in linguistics and education) and those involved in the development and implementation of government policy (eg the NLS team, QCA), in order to offer linguistic expertise not only by giving feedback on policy documents already published but also by consultation at an earlier development stage of such policies. One such document, Teaching Speaking and Listening, was discussed.

The meeting also reported the generally negative responses of BAAL, the Association of Language Learning and the National Association of Teachers of English to the Green Paper above.

(A full report of this meeting will appear shortly on the above website)

(iii) Grammar for Writing: Materials for the teaching of English Grammar at Key Stage 3 (11-14 yr olds) developed by the NLS team in consultation with (amongst others) Dick Hudson have been recently (favourably) reviewed (in Syntax in the Schools 18, 2002)

Sue Barry

on behalf of LAGB EC (Dick Hudson, Keith Brown, Anthea Fraser Gupta, Sue Barry)




The message below has been received from the organisers of the workshop:

On 16-17 September 2002, immediately before the main meeting, there will be a workshop on Agreement, with papers by Dunstan Brown (University of Surrey), Bernard Comrie (MPI Leipzig), Greville Corbett (University of Surrey), Nick Evans (University of Melbourne), Marianne Mithun (UC Santa Barbara), Maria Polinsky (UC San Diego), Anna Siewierska (University of Lancaster), and Carole Tiberius (University of Surrey). The aims are to discuss central issues of agreement and to disseminate the results from an ESRC project which includes a typological database. We intend the workshop to be of interest to linguists of different persuasions and to psycholinguists.

The workshop is organised by the Surrey Morphology Group. It is sponsored by the ESRC and the LAGB. For booking information see the main booking form.

General information on our website:

Queries to:


LAGB Committee members:

President 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


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



David Willis’s term as Membership Secretary and Gillian Ramchancd's as Assistant Secretary are reaching their end, and they have indicated that they do not want to stand again. Therefore, the LAGB would like to receive nominations for a new Membership Secretary and Assistant Secretary, to be elected at the Autumn Meeting and to commence in Spring 2003.

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



Tuesday 17 September

1.00 LUNCH

2.00 Workshop on Quantitative and Corpus-based Perspectives on the Morpho-Syntactic History of English
Organised by Dr Susan Pintzuk (University of York).
Contributors are Dr Eric Haeberli (University of Reading), Professor Tony Kroch
(University of Pennsylvania), Dr Susan Pintzuk (University of York), and Dr Ann Taylor
(University of York).

3.45 TEA

4.15 Workshop continues.



7.45 Henry Sweet Lecture 2002

Prof. Tony Kroch (University of Pennsylvania)

'Variation and Change in the Historical Syntax of English'



Hosted by the Department of Language and Linguistics.


Wednesday 18 September

Session A

9.00 Kairi Igarashi (Keiwa College) ‘A pragmatic account of almost

9.40 Marjolein Groefsema (Hertfordshire) ‘Concepts as word meanings: A dynamic view’

10.20 Eva Delgado Lavín (Basque Country) ‘Concessive conditionals: Another look at the bridge example’

Session B

9.00 Ana Luís (Coimbra) & Andrew Spencer (Essex) ‘A paradigm function account of "mesoclisis" in European Portuguese’

9.40 Matthew Baerman (Surrey) ‘Indexing and directionality in inflection’

10.20 Dunstan Brown, Marina Chumakina, Greville Corbett & Andrew Hippisley (Surrey) ‘Prototypical suppletion’

Session C

9.00 Anna Anastassiadis-Symeonidis (Thessaloniki), Angeliki Efthymiou (Aegean) & Asimakis Fliatouras (Patras) ‘Conversion or ellipsis?
Evidence from Modern Greek’

9.40 Anders Holmberg (Durham) ‘A mainland Scandinavian subjectless construction’

10.20 Joanne Close (York) ‘Multiple have in English dialects’

11.00 COFFEE


Session A

11.30 Bill Palmer (New South Wales) ‘Rethinking spatial frames of reference’

12.10 Simon Musgrave (Leiden) ‘Typological databases and linguistic data: A new approach’

Session B

11.30 Alastair Butler (Amsterdam) ‘Licensing polarity sensitive items: An interface story’

12.10 Nicholas Sobin (Wales, Bangor) ‘Negative inversion as non-movement’

Session C

11.30 Deborah Anderson (Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics, Cambridge) ‘Tough-structures in early child English: Reconciling synchronic evidence with a diachronic claim’

12.10 Dimitra Kolliakou (Newcastle) & Jonathan Ginzburg (KCL) ‘Elliptical utterances in children’s conversations: A constraint-based approach’


1.00 LUNCH

Session A

2.00 Language tutorial on Romani

Dr Yaron Matras (Manchester)


Session B

2.00 Linguistics in Schools: on Community languages
Chair - Dr Anthea Fraser Gupta (University of Leeds).

3.30 TEA

Session A

4.00 Irina Nikolaeva (Konstanz) ‘A constructional approach to mixed categories (between nouns and adjectives)’

Session B

4.00 Danijela Trenkic (Heriot Watt) ‘Word order, adjectival "definite" aspect, and demonstratives in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian do not
grammaticalise definiteness’

Session C

4.00 Ryo Otoguro (Essex) ‘Japanese verb-verb compounds and grammatical information spreading’


4.45 LAGB Business Meeting




8.00-9.30 Language tutorial continues


Thursday 19 September

Session A

9.00 Timothy Jowan Curnow (La Trobe) ‘First person verbal agreement as logophoric marker’

9.40 Peter Schmidt (Trier) ‘Grammatical agreement: How much syntax, how much semantics?’

10.20 Robert D. Borsley (Essex) ‘On the nature of Welsh VSO clauses’

Session B

9.00 Miriam Butt (Konstanz) & Biljana Scott (Oxford) ‘Structuring events: The role of light verbs and directionals’

9.40 Geoffrey Horrocks (Cambridge) & Melita Stavrou (Thessaloniki) ‘Morphologically encoded aspect and resultative predication: Why some people just can’t "wipe the sink clean"’

10.20 Stéphanie Pourcel (Durham) ‘Rethinking "Thinking for speaking"’

Session C

9.00 Ho-Young Lee (Seoul National) ‘Acoustic cues of Korean nuclear tones’

9.40 Sang Jik Rhee (Leiden) ‘Nasals and segmental complexity in Korean’

10.20 Pierre Rucart (Paris VII) ‘Verbal template in Qafar’


11.00 COFFEE

Session A

11.30 Ruth Kempson & Masayuki Otsuka (KCL) ‘Generation in a parsing-based grammar formalism’

12.10 M. Lynne Murphy (Sussex) ‘Three feet tall, but not thirty pounds heavy: Licensing the measure phrase + adjective construction’

Session B

11.30 Kersti Börjars, Tolli Eythòrsson & Nigel Vincent (Manchester) ‘On defining degrammaticalisation’

12.10 Eric Haeberli & Richard Ingham (Reading) ‘The position of negation and adverbs in Early Middle English’

Session C

11.30 Svetlana Toldova & Natalia Serdobolskaia (Moscow State) ‘Information structure and direct object encoding in Mari (Cheremis)’

12.10 Elena Kalinina (Moscow State) ‘Complement clauses in Bagwalal: The implications for the typology of complement clauses’


1.00 LUNCH

Session A

2.00 Patrick Honeybone (Edge Hill) ‘Where did you get that [x]? The introduction of consonantal lenition into Liverpool English’

2.40 April McMahon & Paul Heggarty (Sheffield) ‘Measuring phonetic similarity’

3.20 Victorina González Díaz (Manchester & Vigo) ‘On the evolution of (adjectival) double periphrastic comparatives in early Modern

Session B

2.00 Virve-Anneli Vihman (Edinburgh) & Katrin Hiietam (Manchester) ‘The personal passive in Estonian’

2.40 Satu Manninen (Lund) & Diane Nelson (Leeds) ‘The Finnish passive is really a passive’

3.20 Katrin Hiietam (Manchester) ‘On definite object marking in Estonian’

Session C

2.00 Eric Mathieu (UCL) ‘Partial wh-movement and intervention effects: German versus Hungarian’

2.40 Sun-Ho Hong (Essex) ‘Anti-superiority effects and the Relative Uniformity Principle’

3.20 Kook-Hee Gill, Steve Harlow & George Tsoulas (York) ‘Disjunction, quantification and free choice’


4.00 TEA and CLOSE