What's in a word?

What's in a word?

Exploring communication between syntax and phonology

September 16-17, 2010

Registration form: here

Preliminary Program:

Thursday, 16th September, UB Auditorium

9.30-10.20 Paul Kiparsky (invited speaker) "Optimal order and scope: inside and outside the word"
10.20-11.00 Thomas McFadden "Prosody, cartography and the distribution of overt complementizers in English" 

11.00-11.20 Coffee

11.20-12.00 Patrik Bye & Peter Svenonius "Verb stem formation in Sierra Miwok redux: Syntax, morphology, and phonology" 
12.00-12.50 Tatjana Marvin (invited speaker) "A word on phases at the word level"

12.50-14.30 Lunch 

14.30-15.10 Antonio Fábregas "Are words any different from syntactic phrases?: Asymmetries in the phonology of prefixes, suffixes and some weird animals" 
15.10-15.50 Peter Svenonius "Words and syntactic cycles" 

15.50-16.10 Coffee

16.10-17.00 Matt Wolf (invited speaker) "On the distribution of look-ahead effects in phonologically-conditioned allomorph selection" 

19:30 Dinner

Friday, 17th September, Auditoriet Nedre Lysthus

10.30-11.10 Dragana Surkalovic "Deriving prosodic words without morpho-syntactic words" 
11.10-11.50 Pavel Iosad "How good is the internal evidence for multi-level phonological computation? A view from Russian" 

11.50-12.00 break

12.00-12.50 Jochen Trommer (invited speaker) "Obviating Prosodic Words: Nespor and Vogel (1986) Revisited" 

12.50-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.10 Øystein Vangsnes "Conditions for wh-split in North Germanic" 
15.10-15.50 Bjørn Lundquist "Verb stem choice in Swedish compounds and derivations" 

15.50-16.10 Coffee

16.10-17.00 Andrew Nevins (invited speaker) "Crossmodular structural parallelism: some illustrations"

Workshop description

Both syntax and phonology have undergone rather dramatic changes over the last decades. In this workshop we want to bring together phonologists and syntacticians to (i) re-visit the old connections in view of recent developments within both fields, as well as (ii) establish new potential areas of communication between the two fields.

Since the late 80s, syntacticians have been working towards an increasingly articulate view of syntactic structure. The traditional split between lexical and functional categories is being lost and many lexical elements in the syntactic tree have been reanalyzed as a sequence of functional projections. What are the consequences of such proposals for phonologists, who count on the traditional distinction? Similarly, syntactic research has been progressively drifting away from the notion of a (morpho)syntactic ‘word’; what consequences does this have for the mapping between syntax and phonology?

On the other hand, what useful insights do phonological criteria, as used to establish the levels of Lexical Phonology or Stratal OT, or the domains of Prosodic Phonology, contribute to syntactic analysis? Do phenomena such as allomorphy and mutations tell us something about the ordering and interaction of syntactic operations, lexical look-up and phonology? To what extent can phonology use syntactic features in the specification of environments for the application of phonological processes?

Organizers: Pavel Caha, Martin Krämer, Dragana Šurkalović

Contact information

CASTL, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, NO-9037 Tromsø, Norway · Phone: + 47 77 64 54 08 · E-mail: peter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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