Workshop: Long-distance dependencies

Workshop organizers: Seminar für Romanische Philologie (Georg-August Universität Göttingen) and Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Guido Mensching, Stefan Müller, Franziska Werner, Elodie Winckel

Location: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – Dorotheenstraße 24 | 10117 Berlin, Room 1.501

Directions to the exact room will be signposted during the conference.

Date: October 4-5, 2018

Linguistic fields: Syntax, HPSG, Generative Grammar, Lexical Functional Grammar

Invited speakers:

  • Rui P. Chaves (University at Buffalo)
  • Caterina Donati (LLF Paris-Diderot)
  • Anne Abeillé (LLF Paris-Diderot)
  • Dominique Sportiche (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Bob Borsley (University of Essex)
  • Dick Hudson (University College London)

  • Meeting description: Long-distance dependencies are a well-explored field of investigation. It is concerned with constructions involving a constituent that may be moved over a clause boundary. Traditionally, they include several types of wh-movement. Focusing on interrogatives and relatives, this workshop intends to bring together syntacticians from different grammatical frameworks (HPSG, Generative Grammar and others). Transformational frameworks like Generative Grammar often explain long-distance dependencies as the result of a movement operation. In contrast, lexicalist frameworks such as Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) and Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG) do not assume movement. The goal is to explore and compare the quality and quantity of construction specific and syntactic descriptions needed to capture long-distance phenomena.
    Given this range of phenomena, we welcome submissions contributing novel data and innovative approaches to all aspects of long-distance dependencies of interrogatives and relatives and their interaction.

    Franziska Werner, Elodie Winkel

    The project Long-distance Dependencies in French: Comparative Analyses (HPSG and the Minimalist Program) is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (Research Group DFG MU 2822/9-1, ME 1252/14-1.