Conference: SICOGG 22 (online)

22nd Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 22)

Date: 12-Aug-2020 – 14-Aug-2020
Location: Seoul, Korea, South (online)
Contact Person: Jong Kun Lee
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Call Deadline: 31-May-2020

The 22nd Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 22) will take place at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, from August 12 through August 14, 2020. The conference will be hosted by the Korean Generative Grammar Circle. SICOGG 22 will consist of a general session, a workshop on topic and focus,and a series of lectures by the plenary speaker. The main theme of the general session is ‘The Syntax-Pragmatics Interface in Generative Grammar’. The confirmed invited speakers are as follows:

Invited speakers:

Plenary speaker:

  • Professor Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (National University of Singapore)

Invited workshop speakers:

  • Professor Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
  • Professor Hanjung Lee (Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea)
  • Professor Jungmee Lee (Seoul National University, Korea)

Call for Papers:

Equal consideration will be given to papers from all areas of generative grammar, which may include syntactic theory, the syntax-pragmatics interface, the syntax-semantics interface, the syntax-morphology interface, the syntax-phonology interface, syntactic acquisition, and any other syntax-related interests. Applicants for oral/poster presentations in the general session must submit their abstracts by May 31, 2020.

The general session of SICOGG 22 features a series of invited lectures by Professor Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (National University of Singapore). The topic of the lectures is the theory of focus at the syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface. Professor Erlewine will introduce theoretical approaches and problems in the analysis of focus particles with an emphasis on recent results from languages of Asia. Some specific topics that the lectures will discuss, or which are related to the lectures, include:

  • The syntax and semantics of focus and discourse particles, including questions of particle placement (pied-piping, anti-pied-piping);
  • The status of information-structural features such as [TOPIC], [FOCUS], [GIVEN] in the grammar;
  • The prosodic realization of focus;
  • Variation and possible universals in the cross-linguistic semantics of focus particles;
  • The relationship of focus alternatives to the semantics of questions, disjunction, and indefinites;
  • The role of context and structure in the calculation of alternatives.

The workshop on topic and focus will feature invited talks by Professor Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan), Professor Hanjung Lee (Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea), and Professor Jungmee Lee (Seoul National University, Korea).

Workshop 1 will feature an invited talk by Professor Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai (National Tsing Hua University), which provides an in-depth discussion on the focus construals of reflexives and wh’s-in-situ in Chinese. The investigation will look into the quantificational properties shared by both types of expressions, particularly in relation to their syntactic distributions and corresponding interpretations under the cartographic approach.

Workshop 2 will feature an invited talk by Professor Hanjung Lee (Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul) whose theme is “Differential Case Marking, Information Structure and Tense Revisited: Pragmatic Bases and Processing Motivations”.

Workshop 3 will feature an invited talk by Professor Jungmee Lee (Seoul National University), which will address current issues concerning “Temporal constraints on the meaning of modalized sentences”.

Accepted papers will be published in The Proceedings of the 22nd Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar, which will be distributed to the conference participants. All presenters will be asked to provide their paper in both .pdf and .doc formats by July 31, 2020. The text should be single-spaced and the general page limit is 20 pages including appendices and references.

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 the .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 taken into consideration. Abstracts should be anonymous and may not exceed 2 pages (A4/US letter), including examples (embedded within the text) and references, 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, or two joint abstracts per author. Please indicate whether the submitted work is proposed for a poster, an oral presentation, or either. Abstracts should be submitted no later than May 31 (Friday), 2020. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on or after June 12 (Sunday), 2020. Each speaker will be allotted 20 minutes for oral presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.