Replicative processes in grammar

Workshop Replicative processes in grammar: Harmony, copying, doubling, and repetition

October 1-2, 2015, University of Leipzig


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

18:30; Albertina; Beethovenstr. 6; lecture hall (floor 1)

Manfred Bierwisch (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
The role of replication in different sign systems     Presentation

Thursday, October 1, 2015

9:00-9:45Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
Some differences between case and agreement   Handout  
9:45-10:30Alan Yu (University of Chicago)
Iterative infixation as rhythmic-induced compensatory reduplication   Presentation
10:30-11:00Coffee break
11:00-11:45Jason Merchant (University of Chicago)
Perfect and imperfect copies     Presentation
11:45-12:15Sampson Korsah (University of Leipzig)
From polarity to reduplication in Gã     Handout
12:15-13:30Lunch break
13:30-14:30Special Panel on the planned research unit Replicative processes
14:30-14:45Espresso Break
14:45-15:15Eva Zimmermann (University of Leipzig)
Copy affixes in Kiranti    Handout    Presentation
15:15-15:45Siri Gjersøe (University of Leipzig)
Sharing properties of pseudo-coordination in Norwegian
15:45-16:15Coffee break
16:15-17:00Jason Haugen (Oberlin College)
Reduplication of affixes    Handout
18:00Conference dinner at China-Brenner

Friday, October 1, 2015

9:00-9:45William Bennett (Rhodes University)
Identity and consonant correspondence    Presentation
9:45-10:30Jason Kandybowicz (City University of New York)
Parallel Chains at PF: Insights from Krachi predicate fronting with verb doubling
10:30-11:00Coffee break

Gabriella Caballero (UC San Diego)
Motivating multiple exponence    Presentation

11:45-12:15Johannes Hein (University of Leipzig)
Asymmetric verb doubling in Asante Twi and the order of operations at PF    Handout    Presentation
12:15-13:30Lunch break
13:30-14:15Rita Finkbeiner (Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz)
Reduplication here, reduplication there. Is German N hin, N her an instance of syntactic reduplication?
14:15-14:45Peter Smith (Goethe Universität Frankfurt)
AGREE, the agreement hierarchy and late adjunction    Presentation
14:45-15:00Espresso break
15:00-15:30Alexander Letuchiy (National Research University Moscow)
Syntactic doubling as a type of syntactic repetition
15:30-16:15Beata Moskal (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
Building bridges: Labial harmony in Altaic languages    Presentation
16:15-16:45Coffee break
16:45-17:30Greg Kobele (University of Chicago)
Making copies: insights from computation    Presentation

Call for papers

Besides the recursive and typically asymmetric concatenation of lexical material, replication (i.e., copying doubling, repetition and structure sharing) constitutes the second major mechanism of structure building in natural language. Replicative processes are pervasive in all areas of grammar ranging from phonological segment splitting  and harmony over reduplication and affix doubling to syntactic copying, but also abstract replication of function as in coalescence and elliptic constructions where a single grammatical entity serves double duty.

Whereas replicative processes have played a central role in the major theoretical developments of the last decades – cf. the importance of the operation Agree in Minimalist syntax (Chomsky 2000, 2001) and of reduplication for optimality-theoretic Correspondence Theory (McCarthy & Prince 1994, 1995) – many types of replication are still poorly understood. Thus it is still largely unclear whether affix copying processes (Inkelas and Zoll 2005, Bickel et al. 2007, Zimmermann 2012) are motivated morphologically or phonologically and how they relate to another huge but underresearched area of replication, extended exponence (Anderson 2002, Müller 2007, Caballero & Harris 2012), we are still far from a general theory of verb copying constructions  (Kandybowicz 2008, 2013), and the development of the Agreement-by-Correspondence approach to phonological harmony processes (Hansson 2001, Rose & Walker 2004, Bennett 2015) has raised as least as many new questions as it solves.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together, theoretical linguists with highly different empirical and formal backgrounds to advance our understanding of grammatical replication by theoretical crossfertilization, addressing questions such as:

  • What is the empirical range of replicative processes? For example Staroverov (2014) shows that many, perhaps all, cases of apparent consonant epenthesis can be better understood as imperfect copying from an adjacent vowel, and  the morphosyntactic status of  ellipsis constructions has been notoriously contentious.
  • What  is the modular affiliation of specific replicative processes (e.g. is reduplication phonological or morphosyntactic?
  • What are substantial parallels and differences between different replicative process, e.g. between long distance harmony in phonology and syntactic long-distance agreement (Nevins 2010), or sharing constructions in syntax and coalescence in reduplication?
  • Are replicative processes symmetric or directional (i.e., are they based on structure-sharing or do they  involve designated source and target objects)?
  • Do replicative processes have internal structure? (cf. the two-step approach to syntactic agreement in Arregi & Nevins 2012 and the juncture insertion + transcription model of reduplication in Frampton 2010)
  • How complex are replicative constructions? Cases of reduplication  and agreement (or concord) are the central phenomena that have lead to the insight that natural languages are not context-free  (cf. Culy 1985 on reduplication in Bambara and Michaelis & Kracht 1997 on case concord in Old Georgian).
  • Which locality and bounding domains do replicative processes obey? (e.g. prosodic domains, syntactic minimality)
  • What are possible triggers of replicative processes? (e.g. underspecification of targets for replication, or the imperative to make certain features grammatically more prominent)
  • What is the relation of replicative processes to grammatical mechanisms enhancing identity avoidance such as the Elsewhere Principle in morphology which effectively blocks double expression of morphosyntactic features or segmental phonological dissimilation (see Bennett 2015 for a recent proposal to systematically relate long-distance assimilation and dissimilation).

We invite abstracts for twenty-minute talks with a ten-minute discussion on any aspect of replicative processes in grammar.

Invited Speakers

Jonathan Bobaljik  (University of Connecticut)
Jason Kandybowicz (City University of New York)
Greg Kobele  (University of Chicago)
Gabriella Caballero (UC San Diego)
William Bennett (Rhodes University)
Jason Merchant (University of Chicago)
Alan Yu (University of Chicago)
Rita Finkbeiner (Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz)
Jason Haugen (Oberlin College)

Program  and Organizing Committee

Jochen Trommer
Gereon Müller
Fabian Heck
Sandhya Sundaresan
Barbara Stiebels
Peter Staroverov

Instructions for Abstract Submission

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Deadline  for Submission

The deadline for submission is August 17

 Notification of Acceptance

 We will announce acceptances  by September 1.



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letzte Änderung: 06.01.2017