Workshop "Semantic and syntactic aspects
of specificity in Romance languages"

10.-12. Oktober 2002, University of Konstanz, Room H 304


[Organizers] [Workshop Description] [Invited Speakers] [Programme] [German Site Version]

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Organizers

Klaus von Heusinger

Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft
Universität Konstanz
Fach D 185

78457 Konstanz, Germany

tel: 07531 - 88-3028
fax: 07531 - 88 -2741
klaus.heusinger@uni-konstanz.de

Georg A. Kaiser

Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft
Universität Konstanz


78457 Konstanz, Germany

tel. 07531 - 88-2427
fax: 07531 - 88-2741
Georg.Kaiser@uni-konstanz.de

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Workshop Description

The semantic-pragmatic category specificity is a very recent category – it was introduced in the late sixties. Since then it has been used in many descriptive grammars for describing a great variety of grammatical phenomena, such as different articles, cases markings (e.g., differen-tiated object marking), the modality in relative clauses, word order and information structure, clitic doubling, to list only a few. Thus specificity seems to be a category that is realized in very different grammatical areas.

The workshop intends to investigate the semantic and syntactic aspects of this category in the Romance language family. Romance languages provide an interesting field for investigating specificity since they show some common realizations of specificity (such as the interaction of modality in the relative clause with the specificity of the head noun), but they also show language particular grammatical reflexes of specificity, such as Spanish a or Romanian pe.

The workshop brings together experts in Romance languages that will discuss different semantic and syntactic aspects of specificity. We hope that the presentations and discussions will provide us with a more detailed picture of the linguistic realization of specificity in Romance languages, but also about a more detailed linguistic model of specificity in general.

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Invited Speakers

Agnes Bende-Farkas (Stuttgart) Specific Indefinites in Romanian and the Marker PE
Susann Fischer (Potsdam) Overridden Specificity
Rodrigo Gutierrez (UC Santa Cruz, USA) Prominence Scales and Unmarked Word Order in Spanish
Daniel Jacob (Köln) "Possession", Noun Combining, and Specificity
Manuel Leonetti (Madrid, Spanien) Specificity Marking and Specificity Types in Spanish
Teresa Parodi (Cambridge, UK) Clitic doubling and clitic-left dislocation in Spanish and Greek as native and as L2 grammars
Uli Reich (Köln) Specifically Brazilian
Elisabeth Stark (München) Indefiniteness, countabilitity and specificity in Old Italian

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Programme

Thursday, October, 10th

15.00-15.30 Opening by the Rektor of the University of Konstanz
G. von Graevenitz
15.30-16.30 Uli Reich (Köln) Specifically Brazilian
16.30-17.00 coffee
17.00-18.00 Daniel Jacob (Köln) "Possession", Noun Combining, and Specificity
19.00 Evening programme

Friday, October, 11th

9.30-10.30 Susann Fischer (Potsdam): Overridden Specificity
10.30-11.00 coffee
11.00-12.00 Teresa Parodi (Cambridge, UK) Clitic doubling and clitic-left dislocation in Spanish and Greek as native and as L2 grammars
12.00-14.00 lunch
14.00-15.00 Rodrigo Gutierrez (Mexiko) Prominence Scales and Unmarked Word Order in Spanish
15.00-15.30 coffee
15.30-16.30 Manuel Leonetti (Madrid, Spanien) Specificity Marking and Specificity Types in Spanish
16.30-17.00 coffee
17.00-18.00 Klaus von Heusinger & Georg A. Kaiser Animacy, Specificity, and Definiteness in Spanish - A Research Project
19.00 evening programme

Saturday, October, 12th

9.15*-10.15 Agnes Bende-Farkas (Stuttgart) Specific Indefinites in Romanian and the Marker PE
10.15-10.45 coffee
10.45-11.45 Elisabeth Stark (München) Indefiniteness, countabilitity and specificity in Old Italian
11.45-12.30 final discussion
13.00 Lunch, downtown, and afternoon programme

Bus number 4 from "Bahnhof" at 8.38. Leave at stop "Egg" 8.53 and walk up to university.
Bus number 2 from "Bahnhof" 8.50. Change at stop "Zähringerplatz" at 8.55 o number 9 (8.58), which arrives University main entrance at 9.07.

Next trains leave at
13.41 or 14.43 from main station

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The workshop will be founded by the Forschungszentrum für den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs of the Universität Konstanz. The workshop language will be English (and Spanish)


last updated: 09.10.2002