Replicative processes in language

Workshop Replicative processes in language

July 8-9, 2016, University of Leipzig

Replicative processes play a central role in linguistic theory: In minimalist syntax, the operation Agree (Chomsky 2000, 2001) is  the only basic grammatical operation besides Merge. Reduplication data have been the central motivation for the development of the correspondence-theoretic version of Optimality Theory (McCarthy & Prince 1994, 1995). Beyond grammar, linguistic replication is  a central part of many poetic systems in the form of rhyme (Kawahara 2007, Katz 2015), is a pervasive feature of  argots and secret languages (Bagemihl 1988, Vogt 2012), and speakers in natural discourse reproduce at many levels features characterizing the speech of their interlocutors such as intonation (D’Imperio et al. 2014) and syntactic construction type (Pickering & Garrod 2004). Language contact not only involves borrowing of words and sounds, but also the adaptation of complex syntactic and semantic representations in a ‘replica language’ replicating the patterns of a ‘model language’ (Ross 2007, Francois 2011).

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on replication in highly different linguistic domains, to enhance our knowledge of replicative phenomena, explore parallels, interactions and differences, and to come closer to an understanding of the central abstract mechanisms underlying replication in human language. Building and extending on our earlier  workshop on “Replication in Grammar”  in September 2015 the event will also cover many aspects of replication in performance, language contact and diachronic change. 


Thursday, July 7

19:30 Get-together (Sol y mar)

Friday, July 8 (Hörsaalgebäude, Hörsaal 12)

09:15–10:00Donca Steriade (MIT; invited speaker)
Grammars of rhyming
10:00–10:30Gereon Müller (U Leipzig)
Copies without Copy Theory
10:30–11:00Coffee break
11:00–11:45Hannah Sande (UC Berkeley; invited speaker)
Apparent weight-dependent infixing reduplication in Amharic
11:45–12:15Jochen Trommer (U Leipzig)
Featural affixation and featural spreading in Gaahmg
12:15–13:45Lunch Break
13:45–14:30Mariapaola D'Imperio (U Aix-Marseille; invited speaker)
Dialect imitation across typologically distinct prosodic systems
14:30–15:00Beat Siebenhaar (U Leipzig)
What could be replication in written interaction? First insights to the analysis of WhatsApp-data
15:00–15:30Barbara Stiebels (U Leipzig)
Multiple exponence in a lexical-incremental framework
15:30–16:00Coffee break
16:00–16:45Doug Pulleyblank (U of British Columbia; invited speaker)
Reduplication in Nuu-chah-nulth
16:45–17:30Richard Wiese (U Marburg; invited speaker)
How language can be as regular as music
20:00Conference dinner (Chinabrenner)

Saturday, July 9 (Hörsaal 2 0.10, Beethovenstraße 15; GWZ)

09:00–09:45Andrew Nevins (U College London; invited speaker)
Copying and resolution in South Slavic and South Bantu conjunct agreement
09:45–10.15Sandhya Sundaresan (U Leipzig)
Replicative processes in reference and their failures: pro vs. PRO
10:15–10:45Coffee break
10:45–11:30Evangelia Adamou (LACITO/CNRS; invited speaker)
From conceptual transfer to grammatical replication: The influence of the Spanish copulas on Romani spoken in Latin America
11:30–12:00Isabelle Buchstaller (U Leipzig)
Exploring transfer (including metatype) phenomena in Marshallese English
12:00–13:30Lunch break
13:30–14:15Hubert Haider (U Salzburg; invited speaker)
Do not copy & paste in syntactic derivations
14:15–14:45Fabian Heck (U Leipzig)
Order perservation without reference to linear order — the case of Holmberg's generalization
14:45–15:15Eva Zimmermann (U Leipzig)
Multiple reduplication as an argument against the Red-morpheme
15:15–15:45Coffee break
15:45–16:30Stephen Wechsler (U of Texas at Austin; invited speaker)
Explaining grammatical agreement
16:30–17:00Andrew Kostakis (U Leipzig)
Spreading height features in Germanic metaphony
letzte Änderung: 06.01.2017