Grammar And Context 2013


Syntax-Information Structure Interface in Finno-Ugric

Workshop on the Syntax–Information Structure Interface in Finno-Ugric

Organizers: Prof Balázs Surányi (Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences & Pázmány University), Orsolya Tánczos (Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Language: English

Despite the ever-growing volume of the work on the syntax of Finno-Ugric languages, many of even the most elementary empirical and analytic issues remain barely understood. Syntactic research on Finno-Ugric carried out in formal models of grammar is especially fragmented, with relatively few dedicated research centers reaching critical mass, having only sparse interactions with contemporary functionalist approaches, and with sporadic dedicated conferences and other events to enhance and maintain coherence and mutual awareness of latest results and new research directions.

In spite of this, the research community has been producing a wealth of outstanding results inspiring much fruitful research not only within the Finno-Ugric family, but well beyond. This workshop session is aimed as a forum to present and jointly discuss current issues in a particularly fruitful field of investigation: the interface of syntax with information structure.

In order to facilitate lively interactions at the workshop involving both invited speakers and other participants of the Grammar and Context 2013 conference, the workshop concentrates on three fundamental areas of syntax which information structure permeates: (1) sentence structure and word order, including the complex interrelations between information structure and word order as mediated through sentence prosody, (2) the morphosyntax of agreement, and (3) the syntactic expression of argument structure.

The language of the workshop (including handouts/slideshows, as well as the glosses of any linguistic examples therein) will be English.

Theme session program:

June 6
IS and word order in Finnish
11.30-12.30    Keynote speaker: Anders Holmberg (University of Newcastle) OV order in                           Finnish without movement
12.30-13.00    Maria Vilkuna (Institute for the Languages of Finland, Helsinki)                           Something verb-final in Finnish: The case of conditional clauses

13.00-14.30    Lunch

IS and transitivity
14.30-15.00    Katalin É. Kiss (Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian                           Academy of Sciences & Pázmány University) Differential object-verb                           agreement and information structure
15.00-15.30    András Bárány (University of Cambridge) Non-specific indefinites and                           Hungarian verb paradigms
15.30-16.00    Susanna Virtanen (University of Debrecen & University of Helsinki)                           Transitivity in Eastern Mansi: An information structural approach

16.00-16.30    Coffee break

IS and prosody
16.30-17.00    Erika Asztalos (Eötvös University, Budapest & Udmurt State University,                           Izhevsk) Word order versus stress as means of object focusing in Udmurt
17.00-17.30    Anja Arnhold (Goethe University Frankfurt) Syntactic flexibility and                           prosody in marking given/new in Finnish

IS and reference in discourse
17.30-18.00    Szilvia Németh (Eötvös Univesity, Budapest) The role of anaphora in                           topic coding in Northern Mansi
18.00-19.00    Keynote speaker: Elsi Kaiser (University of Southern California) On the                           interpretation of generic ‘zero subjects’ in Finnish: Syntactic and                           information-structural considerations