Syntax-Phonology Interface from a Cross-linguistic Perspective

Organizer(s) Seunghun Lee
Start of event 02.11.2012, 09.00 o'clock
End of event 03.11.2012, 18.00 o'clock
Venue ZAS

In this workshop, participants will discuss various proposals on the syntax-phonology interface, from a cross-linguistic perspective. The workshop will bring together junior and senior scholars from North America and Europe to disseminate ideas on cross-linguistic research in this rapidly developing area of research. 
Recent theories on syntax-phonology interface such as the Match Theory (Selkirk 2010) have raised questions as to how strongly different modules of the grammar strive to achieve isomorphism between phonological domains and syntactic constituents – a departure from views that have claimed that prosodic structure and syntactic structure are built completely separately. These various theories can be evaluated and compared by examining cross-linguistic data from syntactic structures that have not been closely examined in previous research.
More specifically, this workshop aims to address topics including, but not limited to, the following questions:

  • How can the interaction between phonological domains and syntactic constituents be examined in various syntactic constructions, such as DPs, embedded clauses, infinitival clauses, and conjunction?
  • What kinds of phonetic/phonological evidence can be used for diagnosing the interaction between syntactic constituents and phonological domains? 
  • How can similarities and differences observed in cross-linguistic data be used to evaluate different theories of the syntax-phonology interface? 

In the pre-workshop technology session, the following question will be addressed:

  • How can software for corpus research aid research on syntax-phonology interface?

Presenters

  • Laura Downing (University of Gothenburg)
  • Emily Elfner (McGill University)
  • Gorka Elordieta (University of the Basque Country)
  • Yelena Fainleib (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Caroline Fery (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
  • Ingo Feldhausen (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/LPP-Paris3) 
  • Shinichiro Ishihara (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
  • Frank Kügler (University of Potsdam)
  • Seunghun Lee (Central Connecticut State University/ZAS)
  • Cedric Patin (Université Lille 3)
  • Annie Rialland (LPP - Paris 3)
  • Elizabeth Selkirk (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Hubert Truckenbrodt (ZAS)

This workshop is generously funded by a fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation to Seunghun Lee.

Programme

Nov. 1 (Thu)  Technology Workshop @ Trajekte Raum (3 Fl.)

15:00-16:00  
Yelena Fainleib 
Technologies for storing and accessing information about syntactic and prosodic structures: the potential utility of Corpus Search and the like [abstract] [Handout]

16:00-16:30  
Coffee break

16:30-17:30
Emily Elfner & Seunghun Lee
Building a database for syntax-phonology interface research: using Filemaker Pro to organize data [Handout-pptSupplementary Handout]

17:45-18:45  
Reception 

Nov. 2 (Fri) @ Room 403 

10:00-11:00   
Caroline Fery
Syntax-Phonology Interface of Discontinuous Nominal Phrases [abstract]

11:00-11:15  
Coffee break

11:15-12:15  
Emily Elfner
Pitch accents in Conamara Irish: Implications for the Syntax-Phonology Interface [abstract]

12:15-13:45  
Lunch

13:45-14:45
Elizabeth Selkirk & Seunghun Lee
Further contributions of Xitsonga to the theory of the Syntax-Phonology Interface [abstract]

14:45-15:00 
Coffee Break

15:00-16:00
Ingo Feldhausen
Individual variation and the prosody of Spanish Clitic Left-Dislocations [abstract]

16:00-16:30
Coffee Break

16:30-17:30 
Cedric Patin & Kathleen M. O'Connor
The Syntax and Prosody of Apposition in Shingazidja [abstract]

19:00-21:00 
Workshop Dinner (TBA) 

Nov. 3 (Sat) @ Trajekte Raum (3 Fl.)

10:00-11:00  
Laura Downing & Annie Rialland
Levels of prosodic phrasing in Embosi and Chichewa [abstract]

11:00-11:15  
Coffee break

11:15-12:15
Frank Kügler
Segmental and prosodic cues for phrasing in Akan [abstract]

12:15-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:45
Gorka Elordieta
Intonational phrasing in Northern Bizkaian Basque revisited [abstract]

14:45-15:00
Coffee Break

15:00-16:00
Shin Ishihara
Intonational phrases and clause boundaries [abstract]

16:00-16:30
Coffee Break

16:30-17:30 
Hubert Truckenbrodt
Prosodic F-effects in interrogatives [abstract]