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The Minimalist Program: Quo Vadis? - Newborn, Reborn, or Stillborn?

Potsdam, October 3rd - 6th 2011

The Minimalist Program is a trend in recent generative syntax which subjects to critical scrutiny-and, if possible, eliminates-all constructs that are not virtually conceptually necessary. Since the minimal task of syntax is to mediate between form (what we say and hear) and meaning (what we intend or understand), the question is to what extent all aspects of our model of syntax derive from the bare output conditions imposed by these conceptually essential interfaces with form and meaning. More generally, one can ask about the overall architecture of such a grammar: What levels of representation does a viable minimalist grammar need to have?; How are syntactic representations constructed?; and How are these representations interpreted at the interfaces? The purpose of the proposed workshop is to bring together scholars concerned with these broader issues, but who are also engaged in providing detailed analysis to specific linguistic problems and who work on a variety of languages, in order to explore new ways of understanding the organization of grammar and the workings of language.

Abstracts are invited for talks on topics dealing with the above issues. All presentations will be 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author.

Abstract submissions should be sent to minimalistworkshop@uni-potsdam.de with "Abstract" in the subject line. In the body of the message, please include the names of the author(s), affiliation(s), abstract title, relevant subfield and an e-mail address.

Submission Deadline: August 10th 2011

Notification of Acceptance: by August 15th 2011

Abstracts should be submitted in both Word and PDF formats, with all non-standard fonts embedded in it. Abstracts should be typed in 11pt font, with 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins on all sides, and be limited to one page of text, with an additional page for data and references. Abstracts should be strictly anonymous.


University of Potsdam
Department of Slavic Languages
Prof. Dr. Peter Kosta
Dr. Lilia Schürcks
Am Neuen Palais 10, Haus 1
D-14469 Potsdam | Germany

Phone: +49 331 977-4153
Fax: +49 331 977-4155


Department of Slavic Languages
Universitätsgesellschaft Potsdam e. V.