Generative Linguistics in the Old World 34
April 28-30, 2011

Topic: How much syntax is there in grammar?
Organizers: Clemens Mayr, Friedrich Neubarth, Martin Prinzhorn, Chris Schaner-Wolles, Viola Schmitt

It is uncontroversial that language has both a sound and a meaning component. In addition to the latter two, a narrow syntactic component is postulated by linguists. But is narrow syntax a real, empirically identifiable subcomponent of the human ability to use language in the most general sense, or is it merely an analytical artifact? Are there principled grounds for separating ''Merge'' from prosody, implicature, presupposition, parsing, functional structure, the lexicon, morphology, phonology, stylistic movement, and binding theory? While there are various conceptual lines of reasoning to adopt a position on these issues, this position must always be backed up by empirical evidence. Are there mechanisms in the sound and meaning components that achieve the same results as Merge? And, if so, do they require an extra level of quasi-syntactic processes to achieve them? What do we know about how narrow syntax interfaces with these other systems? Abstracts relating to these questions but not limited to them are invited for presentation at GLOW 34. The questions should not only be addressed from the viewpoint of syntax, or current syntactic theories, but should also be addressed from within phonology, morphology, semantics and pragmatics, vis-a-vis-syntax, as well as by psycho-linguistics.

Call for papers
Abstracts (both for oral presentations and posters) must not exceed 2 pages in length (A4 or letter-sized). This includes data and references. Abstracts must have the following format: font not smaller than 12pt., single spacing, 1-inch/2,5-cm margins on all sides. Submissions must be in pdf-format. Submissions are limited to 2 papers per author (i.e., 2 papers for the entire GLOW including the workshops), only 1 of which may be single-authored. Nothing in the abstract, the title, or the name of the document should identify the author.

Abstract are invited for slots for oral presentations for 45 minutes + 15 minutes of discussion. In addition, GLOW 34 offers two poster sessions. When submitting the abstract, the author(s) should indicate whether they wish to be considered for oral presentation only or would also be willing to present a poster. Financial reimbursement is limited to oral presentations.

20 papers will be selected for oral presentation. 30 papers will be selected for poster presentation.

All abstracts must be submitted via easy chair. When submitting, it should be indicated which group the paper belongs to (i.e., syntax, phonology, etc.) by ticking the appropriate box. Also, keywords regarding the contents of the paper should be given.

deadline for submission: November 1, 2010, 23:59pm (GMT+1)
notification of acceptance: January 31, 2011
dates of colloquium: April 28-30, 2011