Phonology Workshop: ‘Abstractness without innateness?’
Invited speaker: Bruce Hayes (UCLA)
The phonology special session is entitled ‘Abstractness without innateness?’ The invited speaker is Bruce Hayes from UCLA. Some of the founding assumptions of Generative Phonology involve abstract units such as distinctive features, timing units, syllables, and constraints. The innateness of these units has been seen as an important part of their nature. Recent work has sought to undermine the claim that innate primitives are necessary for phonological theory, often drawing more directly upon more concrete factors such phonetics and language change as sources of explanation. However, a reduction in the explanatory role of innateness does not entail a reduction in the role of abstractness in phonology. We are soliciting abstracts for talks addressing the role of abstractness in phonology at a time when innateness is under attack, e.g.: (i) Evidence for the existence of abstract units in phonology, independent of assumptions about innate abstract units, e.g. in acquisition, variation, change, production, perception, processing, etc.; (ii) Evidence for sources of abstract units other than Universal Grammar; (iii) Evidence that abstract units must be innate.
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Semantics Workshop: Pronouns and Binding Theory
Invited speaker: Irene Heim (MIT)
This workshop aims to bring together research on pronouns and binding from a semantic perspective. We hope the workshop will result in a snapshot of current research, providing an overview of where things are, as well as indications of where they might be going.
Abstracts are invited for 20 minute talks with 10 minutes for discussion (the abstract format is the same as for the main session). We have conceived the topic rather broadly. Possibilities include the interpretation of (specialized) pronouns, features, the semantics of binding, reciprocity, cross-linguistic perspectives, etc. In terms of framework, we hope to bring together papers in the tradition of formal semantics and work in its interfaces.
Papers presented in this workshop may be included in the general NELS Proceedings to be published by the GLSA. The Journal of Semantics has agreed to publish a special issue with a selection of papers, and all papers presented at the workshop will be eligible for submission (with publication depending on the outcome of standard reviewing procedures).
We would like to dedicate this workshop to the memory of Tanya Reinhart, and add it to the series of events that honor her. She was to have been our invited speaker. Irene Heim will address aspects of her work in her presentation.
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