LINGUIST List 25.2903

Fri Jul 11 2014

Calls: Semantics; Syntax; Typology/ Canadian Journal of Linguistics (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 10-Jul-2014
From: Carrie Gillon <>
Subject: Semantics; Syntax; Typology/ Canadian Journal of Linguistics (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Canadian Journal of Linguistics

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2014

As guest editors for a special edition of the Canadian Journal of Linguistics, we are soliciting papers on the topic of D, especially whether D is universal or not, and how we can tell. We are particularly interested in the following questions: What are the consequences of lack/presence of a covert D? How, if at all, does D relate to other functors in a language? How, if at all, does the semantic content of D bear on the interpretations of bare nouns? What predictions does the lack/presence of a covert D make? If a D is indeed lacking, how to account for the definiteness effects? What is the difference between a null definiteness operator and a covert D? Why do the data interpretations from articleless languages pattern differently?

In particular, we are interested in the universality of D. Is D always necessary (e.g. for argumenthood; Higginbotham 1985; Longobardi 1994, 2000)? Or can a language lack D altogether (Bošković 2010, 2009, 2008; Chierchia 1998; Bošković & Gajewski 2011; Despic 2011)? Or is an intermediate position possible? What features of D are universal (if any; Matthewson 1998; Gillon 2013)? Is definiteness required for the presence of D? Are there different kinds of definiteness (e.g. Frisian determiners)? Can D be a marker of specificity instead of definiteness (as in Samoan; Mosel & Hovdhaugen 1992)?

This will be competitive: only the top 6-8 papers will be selected. Expressions of interest should be sent to or by August 1, 2014, and the final paper should be sent by September 1, 2014.

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