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The Linguistic Association of Finland
Suomen kielitieteellinen yhdistys


Symposium to be held in Helsinki, November 14-15, 2003

Call for Papers

The Linguistic Association of Finland is organizing a symposium on Syntactic Functions - Focus on the Periphery to be held in Helsinki, Finland, November 14 - 15, 2003.

The symposium will bring together linguists interested in questions dealing with syntactic functions. We invite papers addressing theoretical questions as well as papers taking a specific (empirical) viewpoint of one (or more) particular language(s). We especially encourage papers that concentrate on the syntactic status and description of "peripheral" constituents - such as adnominal and adverbial modifiers, adpositional phrases, converbs, adjuncts, discourse particles, various clause-size constituents etc. Possible themes include:

  • language specific problems in determining the syntactic function of (a) specific constituent(s)
  • the critical examination of principles used to define syntactic functions
  • the borderlines between "the core" and "the periphery" or between obligatory and optional constituents
  • the status of syntactic functions - are they primitives or derived?

Furthermore, we warmly welcome scholars working on spoken language: What kind of syntactic functions are there in spoken language? Does the evidence from spoken language challenge the traditionally assumed syntactic functions? Other topics relating to syntactic functions are equally welcome.

Invited speakers:
  • Christian Lehmann (University of Erfurt)
  • Maria Vilkuna (Research Institute for the Languages of Finland)
  • lectures by invited speakers
  • presentations by other participants (20 min + 10 min for discussion)
  • posters

The deadline for submission of abstracts (in English; max 500 words) is July 31, 2003. Please submit your abstract by e-mail to the following address: synfunct-organizers@ling.helsinki.fi. The abstract should be included in the body of the message. Please indicate clearly whether your abstract is intended as a poster or a section paper. E-mail submissions are strongly recommended. If, however, you send your abstract by ordinary mail, please provide an e-mail address as a contact address. Participants will be notified about acceptance by September 1, 2003. The abstracts will be published on the web pages of the symposium.

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