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Workshop II: Phonological and Syntactic Representation of Speech Acts

Workshops are on Friday, April 8th

Time Event
09:00-09:45 Invited talk
Liliane Haegeman (Ghent) & Shigeru Miyagawa (MIT)
The syntax of participants
09:45-10:00 coffee break
10:00-10:30 Virginia Hill (UNB)
Allocutive agreement through mesoclisis
10:30-11:00 Faruk Akkus (Yale)
Inverse vocatives: the issue of reference and agreement mismatch
11:00-11:15 coffee break
11:15-11:45 Dennis Ott (Ottawa)
Nominal appositives as speech acts
11:45-12:15 Mohamed Jlassi (Newcastle)
Syntactizing discourse particles in Arabic: evidence from a three-tiered speech acts structure in Tunisian Arabic
12:15-14:30 lunch break
14:30-15:00 Mara Frascarelli (Rome III) & Angel Luis Jiménez-Fernández (Sevilla)
Imperatives and their left periphery
15:00-15:30 Ezra Keshet (UMich) & David Medeiros (CSU Northridge)
Imperatives above and below conjunction
15:30-15:45 coffee break
15:45-16:15 Alice Corr (Cambridge)
Structure beyond Force? Evidence for a 'speech act' projection from Ibero-Romance
16:15-16:45 Jiri Kaspar (UCL)
Czech embedded root phenomena
16:45-17:00 coffee break
17:00-17:45 Invited talk
Pilar Prieto Vives (ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Intonational encoding of epistemic operations across speech acts: Commitment and agreement operators


Rebecca Woods (York):
The embeddability of illocutionary force

Monica-Alexandrina Irimia (York):
Indirect evidentials and TAM: More arguments for the sentence domain projection

Carlos de Cuba (Queens College-CUNY):
Speech acts, root phenomena and truncation

The workshop aims to bring together linguists investigating speech acts or illocutionary acts, such as assertions, questions, and orders (for a definition of speech acts, see Bierwisch 1980; Sadock & Zwicky 1985; Recanati 1987; Krifka 2014). The workshop is particularly interested in the relations among speech acts as well as their syntactic and phonological encodings. Do different speech acts show specific phonological and/or syntactic patterns? As to the phonological side, one important topic is the intonation contour of speech acts (cf. D'Imperio et al. 2002; Gili-Fivela 2013; Vanrell et al. 2013; Truckenbrodt 2004, 2015). What speech act-specific intonation contours do different languages exhibit, and how is the variation to be understood? How do phonological features contribute to the perception and interpretation of speech acts? The workshop will address topics such as the following: syntactic encodings of speech acts (negative imperatives, clause-type features, etc.), the (non-)embeddability of speech acts (cf. Sadock & Zwicky 1985; Reis 1997; Speas & Tenny 2003; Haegeman & Hill 2010; Coniglio 2011; Miyagawa 2012; Munaro & Poletto 2003, 2009; Castroviejo 2006; Potts 2003; but see Crnic & Trinh 2009 and Krifka 2014 for some speech act-embedding predicates), and the licensing of certain movement phenomena in speech acts (e.g. topic movements; see Frascarelli & Hinterhölzl 2007). Another important question is whether speech acts have a more complex syntactic structure, which could be taken as an argument for a special syntactic projection (cf. Speas & Tenny 2003; Haegeman 2014). This workshop is of interest to a broad audience working on the syntax and/or phonology of speech acts.

Invited Speakers:
  • Haegeman, Liliane (Ghent University)
  • Miyagawa, Shigeru (MIT)
  • Prieto Vives, Pilar (ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

  • Organizers:
  • Sascha Gaglia
  • Uwe Junghanns
  • Olga Kellert
  • Guido Mensching
  • Hagen Pitsch