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NORMS Workshop on Root phenomena and the Left Periphery

Tromsø, May 19-20, 2008

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Organizers: Kristine Bentzen and Gunnar Hrafn Hrafnbjargarson.

The workshop is organized as a thematic meeting of the NORMS thematic group ‘The syntax of the left periphery’. It is open to anyone interested. There is no registration fee. Participants will have to fill in a registration form available here. For any questions you may have concerning the workshop please contact Kristine Bentzen or Gunnar Hrafn Hrafnbjargarson.

Workshop description

Certain phenomena, including phenomena such as V2/subject-verb inversion, illocutionary force, epistemic modality, and pro-drop, are often associated with root contexts. Many of these phenomena may however also occur in non-root contexts. The distribution of embedded V2 has, for example, been extensively discussed for various Germanic languages (see Heycock 2006 for an overview).

With this workshop we wish to bring together people working on issues related to root phenomena. The main aims of the workshop are (i) to get a clearer picture of the cross-linguistic distribution of various root phenomena across clause types, and (ii) to explore which syntactic and/or pragmatic properties distinguish contexts allowing root phenomena from those that do not.

In connection with the workshop, we had a weekly reading group in Tromsø.

Invited speaker: Liliane Haegeman

Other speakers include: Klaus Abels (UCL), Ásgrímur Angantýsson (HÍ), Marit Julien (LU), Henrik Rosenkvist (LU), Øystein A. Vangsnes (UiT), and Naoyuki Yamato (UiT).

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Monday, May 19

10:00 - 10:15 Introduction
10:15 - 11:45 Invited speaker Liliane Haegeman (Université Charles de Gaulle/CNRS)
Speculations on the syntax of adverbial clauses
11.45 - 12.45 LUNCH
12.45 - 13.45 Naoyuki Yamato
A constraint on functional projections in the left periphery: Evidence from topicalization/focalization in Japanese
13.45 - 14.00 COFFEE BREAK
14.00 - 14.30 Hilde Sollid (University of Tromsø)
Declarative main clauses in North Norwegian
14.30 - 15.00 Kristine Bentzen, Antonio Fabregas, Gunnar Hrafn Hrafnbjargarson, and Naoyuki Yamato
A cross-linguistic survey of epistemic modality in embedded clauses
15.00 - 15.30 COFFEE BREAK
15.30 - 16.30 Henrik Rosenkvist
Subject Doubling and Clausal Contrast

Tuesday, May 20

10:00 - 11:00 Ásgrímur Angantýsson (University of Iceland)
On (multiple) fronting of topicalized and focussed elements in embedded clauses in Icelandic
11.00 - 11.15 COFFEE BREAK
11.15 - 11.45 Klaus Abels (University College London)
Templates vs. the grabbag theory of the left periphery
11.45 - 12.15 Øystein A. Vangsnes
Doubling at the root: On right peripheral doubling in Scandinavian
12.15 - 13.15 LUNCH
13.15 - 14.15 Marit Julien (Lund University)
Embedded V2 in Mainland Scandinavian
14.15 - 14.45 COFFEE BREAK
14.45 - 16.15 Discussion