Conference: SICOGG 18

18th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 18)

Date: 02-Aug-2016 – 05-Aug-2016
Location: Seoul, Korea, South
Contact Person: Inkie Chung
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Call Deadline (extended): 2-May-2016

Meeting Description:

The 18th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 18) will take place at Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, from Tue., August 2 through Fri., August 5, 2016. The conference will be co-hosted by the Korean Generative Grammar Circle and Sogang University. SICOGG 18 will consist of a
general session, two workshops, and a series of lectures by the keynote speaker. The theme of the general session is ‘Beyond Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach.’ The confirmed keynote speaker is Professor Mark de Vries of the University of Groningen, and the theme of his talk is ‘Beyond Core Syntax: On Appositive and Additional Material.’

Call for Papers:

General Session:

The purpose of the general session is to provide an opportunity to rethink topics on appositive and additional material beyond core syntax in recent minimalist theorizing, which may include, but need not be limited to, the right dislocation and afterthoughts, the integration/orphanage debate concerning parentheticals, the properties of appositive clauses and phrases, the proleptic accusative, exceptional case marking, embedded hanging topics, the constructional typologies of coordination, parenthesis, ellipsis, the structure building operations, and so forth. We encourage submissions touching on any of these topics. Equal consideration will be given to papers from all areas of generative grammar, which may include syntactic theory, syntax-semantics interface, syntax-morphology interface, syntax-phonology interface, syntactic acquisition, and any other syntax-related interests. Applicants for presentation in the general session must submit their proposal by Mon., April 11, 2016.


Workshop 1 will deal with some syntactic phenomena from Korean, a well-known head-final language, and discuss a possible implication for phrase structure in this language: Korean could be underlyingly head-initial. The topics include: right dislocation, verb phrase ellipsis, clefting, sluicing, affix-decreasing verb repetition, and so on. Some consequences of the proposal will also be discussed.

In Workshop 2, a new minimalist theory in terms of non-determinism proposed in Yang (2015) is discussed. The newly proposed non-deterministic minimalist theory does not posit deterministic notions like edge features in Chomsky’s deterministic minimalist theory so that the elimination of such deterministic notion leads to null hypotheses, which would induce the explanatory value of non-determinism.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts should be submitted using the EasyAbs service of the LINGUIST List. All you need to do is visit: 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 11, 2016. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on or after Fri., May 27, 2016. Each speaker of the general session will be allotted 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

Important Dates:
Abstract submission deadline: Mon., May 2nd 2016 (extended)
Review result notification: On or after Fri., June 10, 2016
Proceedings paper submission deadline: Fri., July 15, 2016