Workshop on Structure & Constituency in Languages of the Americas 10;

March 4-6 2005

Interfaces with discourse:

Formal linguistics across the domains in Aboriginal languages of the Americas

Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto

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In the North American fieldwork tradition, a fieldworker was expected to produce a grammar, texts, and a dictionary. With the rise of generative grammar, many linguists adopted a different strategy, working on specific problems rather than on a grammar, and focusing on elicited data to examine particular structures in some depth. In recent years, linguists working in a formal paradigm have come to recognize that elicitation alone is insufficient to answer all of the questions in which they are interested, and there has been a strong acknowledgement of the necessity of textual work in formal linguistic work. The valuable contributions that texts make to the understanding of linguistic structure and constituency can be seen in all facets of grammar, be it phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, or semantics.

Invited speakers:

            Suzanne Gessner, University of Victoria

            Lynn Nichols, University of California, Berkeley

Please check out our program online or download the PDF version::
Faculty: $40
Students: $20
WSCLA Program


** The central objective of WSCLA (Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas) is to bring together linguists who are engaged in research on the formal study of the Aboriginal languages of the Americas in order to exchange ideas across theories, language families, generations of scholars, and across the academic and non-academic communities who are involved in language maintenance and revitalization.

Supported by the Connaught Committee, University of Toronto.