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The 11th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul
Aug 11(Tue) – 14(Fri), 2009
Co-hosted by the Korean Generative Grammar Circle and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul
Norbert Hornstein (University of Maryland at College Park)
General Session on
Visions of the Minimalist Program
The Korean Generative Grammar Circle and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies are pleased to announce that 2009 Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar will be held at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea, on Aug 11 – 14.
While we especially encourage submissions touching on the theme of the general session specified above, equal consideration will be given to papers from all areas of generative grammar, which may include syntactic theory, syntax-semantics interface, syntax-morphology interface, syntax-phonology interface, syntactic acquisition, and others. The conference will consist of the general session, two additional workshops, and a series of lectures from the invited speaker. The themes of the additional workshops are as follows:
Control and Binding
This workshop solicits the abstracts on control and binding. Since the earliest framework of the generative grammar, control and binding have been the richest sources of linguistic investigation on the nature of thematic relations. With the advent of the minimalist program, earlier approaches to these two phenomena may well be reinterpreted in the minimalist setting. Regarding control, one most remarkable shift of focus would be the view taken by Hornstein (1999) and his subsequent works that obligatory control is actually movement. This claim invoked various controversies over PRO including Landau’s (2001) Agree-based analysis of control. Whichever approaches one might take, an adequate theory of control must explain the distribution and interpretation of PRO. Inseparably related to control, binding also must be reinterpreted in the minimalist program. The topics of research include the questions like whether binding is movement or construal, or if both are operative, which one comes prior over the other. All in all, it would be a major contribution to the Strong Minimalist Thesis if the theories of control and binding can be deduced from more minimal operations, whether they would be movement, agreement, or something else.
Since the inception of the Minimalist Program, much of the earlier machinery deriving island effects has been reformulated in terms of various equivalents from minimalist considerations: Shortest Move (Chomsky 1994), the Minimal Link Condition (Chomsky 1995), Multiple Spell-Out (Uriagereka 1999) and Phase Theory (Chomsky 2000, 2001). Despite the emergence of such principled notions, however, there is no general consensus on the treatment of islands in the current minimalist theory, and this is partly because islands show non-trivial differences of deviance in extraction caused by the nature of different types of islands: weak islands vs. strong islands. This workshop aims to discuss the issues related to how the distinct characteristics of the extraction from weak islands and strong islands, either as a unified or dissociated class, can be accommodated in less redundant, more clarifying fashions in the current minimalist program; but we also hope to extend the range of possible topics to the impact of islands on other domains of inquiry such as language acquisition, language processing, and functional approaches.
Abstracts should be anonymous and may not exceed 2 pages (A4), including examples and references, with 2.54 cm (1 inch) margin on all four sides and should employ the font Times New Roman 12 pt. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author. Please send a separate file containing the following information: (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the author's name, (iii) affiliation, (iv) e-mail address, (v) telephone number, and (vi) the preferred session (general, workshop on control and binding, or workshop on islands). Abstracts should be sent ELECTRONICALLY as Word or PDF attachments to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com no later than April 8, 2009.
Abstracts will be reviewed by readers, and authors will be notified by May 15, 2009. Each speaker of the general and the workshop sessions will be allotted 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of 2009 Seoul International conference on Generative Grammar, which will be distributed to the conference participants. All presenters will be asked to provide camera-ready copies of their papers in publishable form by July 20, 2009. The text should be single-spaced and the general page limit is 20 pages including appendices and references.
All the information about the conference is available on our website http://www.kggc.org. Participants are asked to check this web page to keep up to date regarding possible alterations and changes. Additional questions concerning the conference can be answered by sending a question to Chang Yong Sim at firstname.lastname@example.org.