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From: "Donald Z. Osborn" <dzo@xxxxxx>
Subject: The Bantu-Romance Connection
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 00:42:55 -0600

FYI (fwd from the Linguist list)... DZO

Date: 27-Nov-2005
From: Cecile De Cat <c.decat@xxxxxx>
Subject: The Bantu-Romance Connection

Full Title: The Bantu-Romance Connection

Date: 26-May-2006 - 27-May-2006
Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Cecile De Cat
Web Site: http://www.modern.lang.leeds.ac.uk/BantuRom/ 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2006

Meeting Description:

The Bantu-Romance Connection project aims to bring together specialists of Bantu and Romance languages to explore striking morpho-syntactic similarities between these two unrelated language families, in an effort to better understand the nature of linguistic structure, its diversity and constraints.

Bantu and Romance languages display a number of morpho-syntactic similarities, including null subjects, object clitics, rich gender/class agreement systems, and extraposition of arguments resulting in a variety of surface word orders. Yet most scholars of Romance have little awareness of Bantu linguistic structures, and many Bantuists are not fully aware of the syntactic diversity of Romance languages. We would like to begin remeding this situation by proposing a 2-day workshop dedicated in equal parts to each language group. The format of the workshop will encourage debate as well as informal discussion between scholars.

A number of questions arise regarding the surface similarities found in these two language groups: Are the syntactic structures underlying these surface similarities really the same? or are they actually different, and how can we tell? What is the diversity of structures permitted in each of these domains, and how are they represented across these two language groups?

To address these questions, presentations and posters will be centred around three themes:

- The structure of the Determiner Phrase
- Clitics, agreement and object drop
- Focus, topic and Information Structure

Invited speakers:

Anna Cardinaletti (Universit� di of Venezia, Italy)
Vicki Carstens (University of Mississippi, USA)
Joao Costa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
Mara Frascarelli (Universit� di Roma Tre, Italy)
Giuliana Giusti (Universit� di Venezia, Italy)
Nancy Kula (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)
Marie Labelle (Université du Québec � Montréal, Canada)
Lutz Marten (SOAS, UK)
Yukiko Morimoto (Zentrum für allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Germany)
Nhlanhla Thwala (School for Oriental and African Studies, UK)
Marianna Visser (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Roberto Zamparelli (Universit� di Bergamo, Italy)

Submissions are invited for 12 posters (4 per theme, including 2 per language family). Preference will be given to those that demonstrate an interest in exploring these issues cross-linguistically. Contributions addressing acquisition issues are welcome.

Submission format: maximum 2 pages of A4, font size 12pt. Please email an anonymous version to c.decat@xxxxxx, including your name, affiliation and contact details in the body of the message.

Deadline for submission: 15 January 2006

Acceptance will be announced by 15 February 2006

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