DGfS 2016 | 24.-26.2.2016

38. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft

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AG 13: Adjective Order: Theory and Experiment

Eva Wittenberg, University of California, San Diego, Department of Linguistics, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0108, ewittenberg@ucsd.edu 

Andreas Trotzke, Universität Konstanz, Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft, Universitätsstraße 10, 78457 Konstanz, andreas.trotzke@uni-konstanz.de


In linguistics, the issue of adjective order has a long history. Bloomfield (1933) already made some remarks on the robust restriction that size adjectives usually precede color adjectives (a small black dog vs. a black small dog). Following these early notes, many researchers in linguistic typology investigated adjective order in the form of semantic hierarchies (Dixon 1982, Bache and Davidsen-Nielsen 1997). Our workshop aims at bringing together recent work from both theoretical and experimental linguistics to reframe this classical topic.

In particular, we are interested in the tension between proposals of fine-grained syntactic hierarchies (Scott 2002; Laenzlinger 2005) and large-scale semantic distinctions as being relevant for ordering (Stavrou 2001; Truswell 2009). Furthermore, do non-canonical orders involve a specialized focus position (cf. the BLACK small dog (and not the BROWN small dog); e.g. Alexiadou et al. 2007; Svenonius 2008), or do other semantic factors explain such patterns (Cinque 2010, 2014)? Experimental evidence has shown that the abstract principles governing adjective order seem to constitute a separate domain of representation that can be selectively impaired (Kemmerer et al. 2009). Experimental work can have important impact on theory in many respects. For example, to what extent is the phenomenon syntactic at all, given that (some) non-canonical orders do not result in syntactic processing difficulties (Huang & Federmeier 2012)? Can the role of abstract semantic categories in linear precedence be reduced to mere online abstraction (Vandekerckhove et al. 2015)? What is the linking hypothesis between adjective order and perceptual features that adjectives denote (Belke 2006)? We invite submissions that present languagespecific, cross-linguistic/comparative, and experimental work on adjective order. We especially encourage submissions of relevant pragmatics and corpus work.


Donnerstag, 25. Februar 2016
9:00 -9:30

Gregory Scontras, Judith Degen, Noah Goodman:

Property subjectivity predicts adjective ordering preferences

9:30 - 10:00

Sven Kotowski, Holden Härtl:

Adjective order restrictions and layered modification: The influence of temporariness on prenominal word order

10:00 - 11:00

Guglielmo Cinque:  - entfällt krankheitsbedingt -

Issues in adjective ordering

11:00 - 11:30Kaffeepause
11:30 - 12:00

Tine Breban, Kristin Davidse:

A functional-cognitive analysis of the order of adjectival modifiers in the English NP

12:00 - 12:30

Elnora ten Wolde:

Linear vs hierarchical, two accounts ofpremodification in the of-binominal nounphrase

12:30 - 13:00

Giuliana Giusti, Rossella Iovino:

Free not-so-free adjectival word order in Latin


Freitag, 26. Februar 2016

11:30 - 12:00

Myrthe Wildeboer:

An electro-encephalography study on Dutch-Papiamento code-switching production

12:00 - 12:30

Claudia Turolla, Andrea Padovan, Ermenegildo Bidese:

Adjective orders in Cimbrian DP

12:30 - 13:00

Fryni Panayidou:

Adjective ordering is not just semantics: A language contact perspective

13:00 - 13:30

Melita Stavrou:

Greek noun-adjective ordering revisited

13:30 - 14:00

Eva Wittenberg, AndreasTrotzke, Emily Morgan, Roger Levy:

Preferences in adjective order: How semantics and frequency interact