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Iterativity in Grammar

Important Dates:

Deadline for Abstracts: October 15, 2019

Notification of Acceptance: November 1, 2019

Workshop: December 2+3 2019

Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers: Doreen Georgi (University of Potsdam)

Gereon Müller (Leipzig University)

Andrew Nevins (UCL, London)

Milan Rezac (CNRS-IKER, to be confirmed)

Rachel Walker (University of Southern California)

Call for Papers

Iterativity characterizes central phonological phenomena such as syllabification, stress assignment and vowel harmony, but is also crucial to major syntactic processes such as wh-movement (see e.g. Georgi 2017 and references cited there), and found in many morphological constructions (as in grand-grand-grand....mother). The motivation for this workshop is the observation that iterativity is a much more pervasive property of linguistic systems than is usually appreciated. Iterativity plays an important role in highly heterogeneous current debates, for example on the mechanics of syntactic Agree (Béjar & Rezac, 2009), and the evaluation of constraints in Agreement-by Correspondence approaches to phonological assimilation and dissimilation (Rose & Walker 2004, Bennett 2015). Importantly, recent theoretical developments also suggest that the classical notion of iterative rule application in phonology, which presupposes a built-in restriction to some form of strict structural locality is an epiphenomenon of more general mechanisms, either global constraint evaluation and independent constraints on structural coherence (Walker 2014), or a more general iterative optimization mechanism where locality restricts derivations and not structures as in Harmonic Serialism (Kimper 2012). We invite abstracts on all aspects of grammatical iterativity, including, but not restricted to the following questions:

Submission guidelines

Abstracts should be maximally two pages, including data, references, and diagrams, in at least 11-point font, with one-inch (2,54 cm) margins. Submissions must be anonymous and are limited to 2 per author, at least one of which is co-authored. Only electronic submissions in pdf format will be accepted. Send your abstract via email to jtrommer [æt] by October 15, 2019, 23:59 MET.


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Jochen Trommer
Institut für Linguistik
Universität Leipzig

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