Parenthesis and Ellipsis
Cross-linguistic and Theoretical Perspectives
Workshop (AG4), 34th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Linguistics
This AG intends to bring together scholarship on parenthesis and incompleteness phenomena (ellipsis), and especially the interplay between the two. In addition to 'regular' types of ellipsis (sluicing, VP ellipsis) in parenthetical contexts, various types of parentheses have been argued to be inherently incomplete and/or contain an empty operator: the missing object in comment clauses (Schneider 2007), the implied subject plus copula in appositions (Heringa 2011), covert clausal structure in identificational afterthoughts (Ott & De Vries 2012), etc.
We are interested in empirical differences and similarities between (unrelated) languages in this domain, as well as theoretical approaches to incomplete parenthesis. Since incompleteness is often contingent on information-structural properties, and since parentheses appear to be in a different informational dimension than the 'at issue' content of an utterance (Potts 2005), one expects the intersection of these two domains to reveal interesting facts and generalizations (for instance, concerning the cross-linguistically variable expression of focus). Thus, we can ask questions like the following:
We welcome submissions on these and related questions from all subfields of linguistics, including syntax, semantics, discourse theory, prosody, and typology.
Program in PDF format (subject to change)
|14:00-14:30||Marlies Kluck, Dennis Ott & Mark de Vries||Introduction|
|14:30-15:00||Sandra Döring||Parentheticals are - presumably - CPs|
|15:00-15:30||Julia Bacskai-Atkari||Parenthesis and comparative operator deletion|
|15:30-16:00||Natalia Korotkova||How do you think? Apparent wh-scope marking in Russian|
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|16:30-17:00||Matthew Barros & Jeroen van Craenenbroeck||Tag questions and 'pseudo'-ellipsis|
|17:00-17:30||Bradley Larson||The inherent syntactic incompleteness of Right Node Raising|
|17:30-18:00||Tracy Conner||Overt functional heads license ellipsis: a unified account of VP-ellipsis and ellipsis in possessive DPs|
|18:00-18:30||Yiqin Qiu||The negation in VP-ellipsis in Mandarin Chinese|
|09:00-10:00||Stefan Schneider (invited speaker)||Remarks on parenthesis and incompleteness phenomena in the Romance languages|
|10:00-10:30||Werner Frey & Hubert Truckenbrodt||On the prosody and interpretation of some non-integrated constituents|
|10:30-11:00||Güliz Günes||Limits on the syntax-prosody mapping: finite and non-finite clausal parentheticals in Turkish|
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|11:30-12:00||Gunther Kaltenböck & Bernd Heine||On theticals: a 'rootless analysis' of I think|
|12:00-12:30||James Griffiths||Amalgamation in mitigator constructions|
|12:30-13:00||Frederic Gachet||Syntactic analysis of que-deletion in French|
|11:30-12:00||Nicholas LaCara||Inversion, deletion, and focus in as-parentheticals|
|12:00-12:30||Ivan Sag, James Collins, Daria Popova & Thomas Wasow||Sluicing and salience|
|12:30-13:00||Gabriela Bilbiie||Verbless relative adjuncts as incidental fragments|
|13:00-14:00||Luis Vicente (invited speaker)||A structural paradox with respect to parentheticals inside coordinate structures|
The DGfS meeting will take place March 12-15, 2013 at the University of Potsdam. An English-language website containing general information concerning the conference, accomodation, etc. is available.
Our workshop (AG 4) will take place March 12-15 at the University of Potsdam, Campus Griebnitzsee, building 6, room S16.
For information about other theme sessions, plenary talks, etc. refer to the official program.