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Workshop on the Status of Head Movement in Linguistic Theory

September 16, 2016 - 9:30am to September 17, 2016 - 5:00pm
Cordura Hall (CSLI), Room 100

The last few decades have witnessed numerous developments in the study of the nature of head movement and its status in linguistic theory. There are currently numerous competing perspectives as well as outstanding questions about how the phenomena typically modeled via head movement should be handled. The goal of this workshop is to engage with the core questions surrounding head movement in the contemporary theoretical landscape and tease apart the various existing approaches. Relevant topics in this context include the interpretive effects (if any) of head movement, its structural properties and issues of implementation (re-projection, remnant movement, the nature of triggers and landing sites), locality constraints, and the debate about which grammatical component(s) head movement belongs to. Relatedly, we are also interested in questions about the role of head movement in analyses of diverse phenomena like word formation, ellipsis, clitic climbing and clitic doubling. A major goal of the workshop is to encourage communication and discussion of these issues by bringing together researchers working on head movement as instantiated in a variety of different languages and phenomena.


Friday, September 16

9:00 - 9:30 am LIGHT BREAKFAST (provided on-site)

9:20 - 9:30 am Welcome

9:30 - 10:40 am Nicholas LaCara (University of Massachusetts, Amherst): A Germanic verb movement paradox [abstract]

10:40-11:00 am BREAK

11:00 am - 12:10 pm Anikó Lipták (Leiden University): V-stranding ellipsis and lexical identity in Hungarian [abstract]

12:10 - 2:00 pm LUNCH (not provided)

2:00 - 3:10 pm Vera Gribanova and Boris Harizanov (Stanford): Whither head movement? [abstract]

3:10 - 3:30 pm BREAK

3:30 - 4:40 pm Jim McCloskey (University of California, Santa Cruz): Interpretation and the typology of head-movement: A re-assessment [abstract]

Saturday, September 17

9:00 - 9:30 am LIGHT BREAKFAST (provided on-site)

9:30 - 10:40 am Lauren Eby Clemens (University at Albany, SUNY): The possibilities and limitations of using prosody to diagnose head movement [abstract]

10:40-11:00 am BREAK

11:00 am - 12:10 pm Heidi Harley (University of Arizona): What Hiaki stem forms are really telling us [abstract]

12:10 - 2:00 pm LUNCH (not provided)

2:00 - 3:10 pm Omer Preminger (University of Maryland): What the PCC tells us about "abstract" agreement, head movement, and locality [abstract]

3:10 - 3:30 pm BREAK

3:30 - 4:40 pm Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge): Head movement, roll up and labelling [abstract]

4:40pm Closing remarks


The workshop will be held in the Jon Barwise Conference Room at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI):

Cordura Hall, Room 100
210 Panama St
Stanford, CA 94305

For additional information about transportation to the Stanford campus and parking, please visit the Stanford Visitor Information website.

Wireless network access is available via the Stanford Visitor network and eduroam.


Vera Gribanova
Boris Harizanov

Thank yous

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Linguistics Department and the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI).