Workshop: Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to Agreement

Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to Agreement @ UMass Amherst

October 29th and 30th, 2015
UMass Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

The Department of Linguistics and Psychology is hosting a workshop on agreement in natural language, aimed at bringing together researchers investigating agreement from theoretical and experimental points of view. The goal of this workshop is to promote cross-talk between researchers investigating agreement from grammatical and psycholinguistic perspectives. This workshop will particularly focus on the ways in which linear order can affect agreement processes, as well as the question of how best to model linear order effects on agreement.

The workshop takes place on October 29th and 30th, a very picturesque time to visit Massachusett’s Pioneer Valley! We invite anyone who is interested to attend. Registration is free, but if you would like to attend, please take a moment to RSVP here so that we have an accurate head count.

Contact: Brian Dillon at brian at linguist dot umass dot edu.

Program:

October 29th: Agreement and Linear Order
9:00 Opening Remarks: Agreement at the intersection of processing and grammar

Brian Dillon (UMass Amherst)
10:00 TBA

Julie Franck (Université de Genève)
11:00 Coffee Break
11:15 Where can linearity trump hierarchy in syntax?

Andrew Nevins (University College London)
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Conceptual and temporal factors influencing subject-verb agreement production

Maureen Gillespie (University of New Hampshire)
2:30 The linearization of agreement morphemes

Ellen Woolford
3:30 Coffee break
4:00 Open Discussion: Linear order and hierarchy in agreement
October 30th: Experimental and theoretical approaches to agreement
9:00 On agreement and case, redux

Jonathan Bobaljik (UConn)
10:00 TBA

Jana Willer-Gold (Univeristy Collge London)
11:00 Coffee Break
11:15 Understanding variation in conjunct agreement

Martin Walkow (MIT)
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Closest conjunct agreement in English: A comparison with number attraction

Lap-Ching Keung & Adrian Staub (UMass Amherst)
2:30 Licensing phi-features: Differential object agreement and the person case constraint

Laura Kalin (UConn)
3:30 Coffee break
4:00 Agreement processing: some steps beyond the feature hierarchy hypothesis

Franceso Vespignani (Università di Trento)
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