Confs: Syntax, Historical Linguistics, Language Acquisition/Italy

Understanding Pro-drop: A Synchronic and Diachronic Perspective

Date: 19-Jun-2014 – 21-Jun-2014
Location: Trento, Italy
Contact: Federica Cognola
Contact Email: federica.cognola@unitn.it
Meeting URL: http://events.unitn.it/en/pro-drop2014

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Syntax

Meeting Description:

This conference aims at advancing  our understanding of null-subject languages, in particular of partial pro-drop languages, by bringing together researchers working on empirical (synchronic, diachronic and acquisitional) and theoretical aspects of pro-drop.

Since Rizzi’s (1982) work, it has been known that there exist different types of null-subject languages. Roberts & Holmberg (2010) propose that there exist four types of pro-drop languages:

– Consistent null-subject languages, such as Italian and Greek, in which a referential subject can be dropped in any syntactic environment
– Radical pro-drop languages, such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean, in which the presence of a null-subject correlates with dropping of nominals in several environments (cf. Huang 1984, Tomioka 2003, Saito 2007, Neeleman & Szendröi 2007)
– Expletive null-subject languages, such as standard German, varieties of Dutch and Afrikaans (cf. Biberauer 2010), in which expletive, but not referential subjects can be dropped under certain syntactic conditions
– Partial null-subject languages, such as Finnish, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian, in which ‘the pronominal subject may remain unexpressed under restricted conditions determined by both the morphological and the syntactic context.’ (Roberts/Holmberg 2010:6)

Invited Speakers:

Manuela Ambar, University of Lisboa
Theresa Biberauer, University of Cambridge
Mara Frascarelli, University of Roma Tre
Helmut Weiss, University of Frankfurt & Anna Volodina, Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim
Michael Zimmermann, University of Konstanz

Program:

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Room 001, Department of Humanities, Via T. Gar, 14 – Trento

9.00-9.30
Greetings: Patrizia Cordin, Professor of Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities

9.30-10.30
Mara Frascarelli, University of Roma Tre
Avoid Pronoun in consistent and partial pro-drop languages: An interface analysis

10.30-11.10
Pilar Barbosa, University of Minho
Pro as a minimal NP

11.10-11.40 Break

11.40-12.20
Maia Duguine, University of Cambridge & University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU
Pro-drop without a parameter

12.20-13.00
Verner Egerland, Lund University
On non-obligatory control and the grammar of gerunds

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00
Manuela Ambar
TBA

15.00-15.40
Marta Ruda, Jagiellonian University in Kraków
On definite null objects in English

15.40-16.20
Melani Wratil, University of Düsseldorf
Dimensional progression and the emergence of pro-drop in creole languages

16.20-16.40 Break

16.40-17.20
Pauli Brattico & Saara Huhmarniemi, University of Helsinki
Non-finite pro and its licensing conditions in a partial pro-drop language

17.20-18.00
Lena Dal Pozzo, University of Firenze
New Information Subjects in a partial pro-drop language: an experimental study on Finnish L1 and L2

18.00-18.40
Stefano Rastelli, University of Pavia & Arianna Zualazzi, University of Trento
Overt and null subjects across coordinate sentences in a text: a large-scale study on L2 learners of Italian

Friday, 20 June 2014
Room 001, Department of Humanities, Via T. Gar, 14 – Trento

9.00 -10.00
Anna Volodina, IDS Mannheim & Helmut Weiß, University of Frankfurt a.M.
Referential Null Subjects in German: Dialects and Diachronic Continuity

10.00 -10.40
Ermenegildo Bidese, University of Trento & Alessandra Tomaselli, University of Verona
Developing pro-drop. The case of Cimbrian

10.40 -11:00 Break

11.00-11.40
Federica Cognola, University of Trento
On asymmetric pro-drop, V2 and the relation between CP and TP

11.40-12.20
Peter Herbeck, University of Salzburg
Verbal complexes and the pro-drop parameter in Spanish and German

12.20-13.00
Henrik Rosenkvist, University of Gothenburg
Null Subjects and Distinct Agreement in Modern Germanic

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00
Michael Zimmermann, University of Konstanz
Null subjects, expletives and the status of Medieval French

15.00-15.40
Kari Kinn, University of Oslo
Conditions on null arguments in Old Norwegian

15:40-16.20
Nerea Madariaga, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU
Diachronic change and the nature of pro: a case-study in Russian language

16.20-16.50 Break

16.50-17.30
Kari Kinn, University of Oslo & Kristian Rusten, University of Bergen & George Walkden, University of Manchester
Null subjects in Early Icelandic

17.30-18.10
Rickard Ramhöj, University of Gothenburg
It-Extraposition and non-referential null subjects in the history of English

18.10-18.50
George Walkden, University of Manchester
Extending the typology of partial null argument languages

20:00
Social Dinner, Ristorante Orso Grigio, Via degli Orti 19

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Room 001, Department of Humanities, Via T. Gar, 14 – Trento

8.30-09.30
Theresa Biberauer, University of Cambridge and University of Stellenbosch
TBA

09.30-10.10
Trang Phan Thi Huyen, University of Ghent
Overt expletives in pro-drop languages -Evidence from Vietnamese

10.10-10.30 Break

10.30-11.10
Gréte Dalmi, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce
Generic inclusive null arguments in Hungarian

11.10-11.50
Anders Holmberg, University of Newcastle & On-Usa Phimsawat, Burapha University
Generic pronouns and phi-features: evidence from Thai

11.50-13.00
Final round table chaired by Barbara Vance, University of Indiana

13.00-13.30 Lunch offered to all participants

Alternate Speakers:

Massimo Vai, University of Milan
The evolution of the subject pronoun system in Milanese dialect

Kostantinos Sampanis, University of Salzburg
Do non-overt subjects trigger finite complementation?

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