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Person and Perspective 2019

Conference URL: http://person-perspective.weebly.com

The category of person plays a central role in a variety of grammatical phenomena, some of which seem to be purely syntactic, while others clearly involve the semantic component. Person distinctions are determined relative to the speech or thought situation (i.e. the local attitude situation): arguments are formally identified as a type of participant (author/addressee) or a non-participant. Person thus bears an inherent affinity with grammatical categories rooted in the other parameters of the attitude situation: time & spatial location. Person, temporality & spatial deixis are unified as different ways to encode perspective: an attitude holder’s view of the described event from the standpoint of the attitude event.

ML Zubizarreta’s recent work has explored the role of person-based perspective – an inherently semantic notion - in the analysis of person-sensitivity phenomena that have more traditionally been considered properly syntactic, namely person-sensitivity effects in the syntactic organization of arguments exhibited in direct-inverse systems & in grammars following the Person Case Constratint (PCC) (Zubizarreta & Pancheva 2017, Pancheva & Zubizarreta 2017). Her work has also addressed the role of person features in the representation of evidentiality & temporal reference in Paraguayan Guaraní (Pancheva & Zubizarreta 2018).

The workshop in honor of Zubizarreta’s work aims to further elucidate the grammars of person & perspective. It welcomes contributions on the themes of her work & also on the many other phenomena that involve person or perspective.

Possible topics (among others):

· What is the nature of person features on nominals & functional projections? How do they differ formally from other features on nominals & functional projections such as number & gender?
·What is the relationship between person features & case?
·What is the relation between person features & agreement?
·Is the frequently distinctive behavior of person agreement derivable from a single syntactic constraint as proposed by Baker’s SCOPA?
·What is the role of person features in finiteness?
·What is the role of person in closest conjunct agreement & other apparently linearity-based agreement effects?
·Do person features require special licensing?
·What feature geometries do person features participate in?
·Which aspects of the interaction of person & argument structure are universal? Which are language specific? How is variation in person-sensitive systems to be accounted for?
·What is the role of person & perspective in the licensing of anaphors that are exempt from binding theory?
·How are person-sensitive phenomena linked to logophoricity?
·How are the phenomena of PCC & the Clitic Logophoric Restriction related?
·What is the role of person & perspective in control?
·What do the phenomena of imposters, & imposters & agreement tell us about person?
·What is the role of person features in the analysis of evidentiality?
·How do person-sensitive systems behave diachronically? How does the history of such systems illuminate our understanding of person &/or perspective?
·How is perspective encoded in predicates of personal taste?
·How is anchoring to the speech event accomplished by person, tense & spatial deixis?

Invited speakers:

•Mark Baker, Rutgers University
•Roumyana Pancheva, University of Southern California
•Liliana Sánchez, Rutgers University
•Sandhya Sundaresan, University of Leipzig

This workshop is part of a celebration of the intellectual contributions of Maria Luisa Zubizarreta to linguistics. The workshop will launch the publication of Exploring Interfaces (M. Cabrera & J. Camacho, eds. CUP), in her honor. Financial support supplied by the J.R. Vergnaud Memorial Fund & the Dept of Linguistics, USC

Abstract deadline: 31 Jan, 2019
Length: 2 pages, including examples & references

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Meeting Location:
Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
José Camacho
[email protected]

Meeting Dates:
May 3, 2019 to May 4, 2019

Abstract Submission Information:
Abstracts can be submitted from 30-Sep-2018 until 01-Feb-2019.

Person and Perspective 2019, [email protected]