19th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar
- Seoul National University, 9-11 August 2017 -


1. Meeting Description

The 19th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 19) will take place at Seoul National University, Seoul Korea, from Wednesday, August 9 through Friday, August 11, 2017. The conference will be co-hosted by the Korean Generative Grammar Circle, Seoul National University, and Korea University.

SICOGG 19 will consist of a general session, two workshops, and a series of lectures by the keynote speaker. The main theme of the general session is 'The Syntax-Morphology Interface in Generative Grammar'. The confirmed invited speakers are as follows:

Keynote speaker:
  Professor Heidi Harley (University of Arizona)
Invited workshop speakers:
  Professor Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai (National Tsing Hua University)
  Professor Jeong-Ah Shin (Dongguk University)

2. General Session

Equal consideration will be given to papers from all areas of generative grammar, which may include syntactic theory, the syntax-semantics interface, the syntax-morphology interface, the syntax-phonology interface, syntactic acquisition, and any other syntax-related interests. Applicants for oral/poster presentations in the general session must submit their abstract by Mon., April 17, 2017.

The general session of SICOGG 19 features a series of invited lectures by Professor Heidi Harley (University of Arizona). The purpose of the lecture series is to provide an opportunity to rethink topics on the morphology and syntax of complex heads. Professor Harley will address current issues concerning head-movement, m-merger, prosodic words and Agree. Theme of the invited lecture series is as follows, and we especially encourage submissions touching on any of these topics.

Modeling the formation of morphologically complex words has been an important topic in syntactic theory since at least the advent of head movement (e.g. Travis 1984) and incorporation (Baker 1988). However, the relationship between morphologically complex words and the syntactic tree remains a difficult formal question, given the possibility that some apparently morphologically complex words may be formed for purely prosodic reasons, others by head-movement, others by phrasal movement followed by cliticization, still others as a reflex of the Agree relation, and yet others by m-merger. The overarching question that this plethora of operations brings to the fore is, is there in fact any necessary relationship between the theoretical constructs ‘syntactic terminal node' and 'prosodic word'? Specific topics that will be addressed include:

How do the (±interpretable) feature bundles on the two elements involved in a syntactically-conditioned Agree relation become morphological affixes?

Are morphologically complex predicates (including causatives, applicatives, desideratives, incorporation, compounds etc.) related to their periphrastic equivalents in other languages by a head movement parameter?

Does a complex syntactic terminal node create a domain for allomorphic conditioning (e.g. suppletion) that its phrasal counterpart blocks?

How does the technical mechanism of head-movement work, if it exists in the narrow syntax? Does head movement have LF effects, or only phonological effects?

3. Workshop

Workshop 1 will feature an invited talk by Professor Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai (National Tsing Hua University). This workshop will deal with the syntax of postverbal why-questions in Chinese. The invited talk will provide an in-depth discussion on the class of postverbal wh's in Chinese which give unexpected why-construal with a touch of "whining" force. The workshop will investigate exceptions to the cross-linguistic generalization about the placement of why, and also reconstruct the correct cartography of these "ill-behaved" why-questions.

Workshop 2 will feature an invited talk by Professor Jeong-Ah Shin (Dongguk University). This workshop will focus on language research using cognitive and psycholinguistic research methods such as structural priming, eye-tracking measures, and event-related brain potentials (ERPs). Also, it will discuss how to deal with quantitative data obtained in structural priming, eye-tracking, or electroencephalographic (EEG) experiments.

4. Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted using the EasyAbs service of the LINGUIST List. All you need to do is visit: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/sicogg19 and click on Abstract Submission. Then, follow the online guidelines to upload your abstract in either .pdf or .doc format. Note, however, that the .doc format is acceptable only if the abstract contains no special fonts or diagrams. Only electronic submissions through the aforementioned link will be considered. Abstracts should be anonymous and may not exceed 2 pages (A4/US letter), including examples and references (embed examples within the text), with 2.54 cm (1 inch) margin on all four sides and should employ the font Times New Roman 12 pts. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author. Abstracts should be submitted no later than Mon., April 17, 2017. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on or after Fri., May 26, 2017. Each speaker of oral presentations will be allotted 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

5. Proceedings Paper Submission

Accepted papers will be published in The Proceedings of 2017 Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar, which will be distributed to the conference participants. All presenters will be asked to provide their paper in both .pdf and .doc formats by Fri., July 14, 2017. The text should be single-spaced and the general page limit is 20 pages including appendices and references.

6. Contact Information

All information about the conference will be available at http://www.sicogg.or.kr/. Participants are asked to check this site to keep up to date regarding possible alterations and changes. Inquiries concerning abstract submission and other queries about the conference should be sent to sicogg19@gmail.com.

7. Important Dates
 Abstract submission deadline:May 1, 2017 (extended)
 Review result notification:On or after May 26, 2017
 Proceedings paper submission deadline:July 14, 2017
 Conference dates:August 9 ~ 11, 2017

SICOGG 19 Organizing Committee:       
   Rhang-hye-yun Kim (Korea University)
   Heejeong Ko (Seoul National University)
   Duk-Ho An (Konkuk University)
   Michael Barrie (Sogang University)
   Jaehoon Choi (Daegu University)
   Changguk Yim (Chung-Ang University)

Please direct all enquiries to sicogg19@gmail.com
Conference website: http://www.sicogg.or.kr/