SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Fifth Workshop on Formal Altaic Linguistics (WAFL5)


Date: 23 May 2008Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 25 May 2008Time: 4:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Brunei Gallery & Khalili Lecture Theatres

Type of Event: Conference

Turkish StudiesDepartment of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East and the Department of Linguistics of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London takes great pleasure in welcoming you for the fifth international Workshop on Altaic in Formal Linguistics to be held at SOAS, University of London on 23-24-25 May 2008. You will find the details of the programme below. For further information about the WAFL5 please e-mail us at . You can also contact members of the WAFL5 Organizing Committee directly.

WAFL5 Organizing Committee

Monik Charette (SOAS, University of London)
Bengi Rona (SOAS, University of London)
Jaklin Kornfilt (Syracuse University)

The conference venues in SOAS are the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre on Friday, 23rd May and the Khalili Lecture Theatre on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May.

Registration for the full three days of the conference is £15 (pounds sterling) to include all refreshments (not including lunch) and the reception at 7pm on Saturday 25th May in the Brunei Gallery Suite. Registration for one day only is £8. You can pre-register for WAFL5 by e-mailing Dr Monik Charette at with your name and contact details. Please indicate Pre-registration as the subject of your mail.

You are invited to the WAFL5 Reception on Saturday 24th May at 7pm to 8.30pm in the Brunei Gallery Suite, where there will be a performance of Korean dance by Dr. Lee Chul-Jin, who specializes in traditional repertoires. There will also be a performance of Turkish music by Cahit Baylav and his friends.

Please check this site for any changes to the programme.


May 23rd, Friday
9.45-10.00Opening Remarks
10.00-10.30Reference-Set Computation and Information Structure: A Case of Ellipsis in Japanese
Satoshi Oku (Hokkaido University)
10.30-11.00On Right Node Raising
Atakan Ince (University of Maryland)
11.15-11.45Comparative Deletion in Japanese
Yasutada Sudo (MIT)
11.45-12.15Standards of Comparison in Japanese
Koji Kawahara (University of York)
12.15-12.45Identity Avoidance in Korean and Turkish
Young-ran An (SUNY Stony Brook)
12.45-2.00LUNCH BREAK
2.00-2.30Causativization and Aspectual Composition.
Sergei Tatevosov and Mikhail Ivanov (Moscow State University)
2.30-3.00Two Types of Resultatives in Japanese
Kaori Takamine (University of Tromsø / CASTL)
3.00-3.30On Accusative Wh-Adjuncts in Japanese
Chizuru Nakao (University of Maryland)
3.45-4.15Non-simultaneous Transfers, Case Domain Fusion and the Light Verb Construction
Toru Ishii (Meiji University)
4.15-4.45Object/Event-denoting Verbal Nouns in the Light Verb Construction in Japanese
Kaori Takamine, Naoyuki Yamato (University of Tromsø / CASTL)
5.00-6.00The effects of utterance level stress on bound morpheme sequences: Implications for word structure
Aslı Göksel (Boğaziçi University & SOAS), Invited Speaker
May 24th, Saturday
9.00-9.40Adnominal Clauses of the Orient
Peter Sells (SOAS)
9.40-10.20The Comparative Syntax of Double Object Constructions in Japanese, Korean, and Turkish
Andrew Simpson, Heeju Hwang, and Canan Ipek (USC)
10.20-11.00Specificity and Partitivity in some Altaic languages
Jaklin Kornfilt (Syracuse University & MPI-EVA) and Klaus v. Heusinger (University of Stuttgart)
11.00-11.40Datives in Japanese
Richard Larson (SUNY, Stony Brook) and Naomi Harada (St. Margaret's (Rikkyo Jogakuin) Junior College)
11.40-1.30LUNCH BREAK
1.30-2.00Preference For Scrambling: An On-line Study of Dependency Formation in Turkish
Zeynep Ilkin & Patrick Sturt (University of Edinburgh)
2.00-2.30Children's Comprehension of Postverbal Objects
F. Nihan Ketrez (Yale University)
2.30-3.00Psycholinguistic Evidence for the VP-internal Subject Position in Japanese
Masatoshi Koizumi (Tohoku University), Katsuo Tamaoka (Hiroshima University)
3.15-3.45To Reconstruct, or Not To Reconstruct: That is the Question
Hideaki Yamashita (Yokohama National University)
3.45-4.15Subject Raising in Japanese
Hideki Kishimoto (Kobe University)
4.15-4.45Person Restriction on C in Japanese
Yukiko Ueda (Akita University)
5.00-6.00Agreement at the CP Level: Clause Types and 'Person' Restriction on the Subject
Nobuko Hasegawa (Kanda University of International Studies), Invited Speaker
May 25th, Sunday
9.00-9.30Mood in Abstract Complementizer: Altaic vs. non-Altaic languages
Suwon Yoon (University of Chicago)
9.30-10.00Hani-Clauses in Turkish, Turkish Cypriot and Balkans
Nazmiye Çelebi (Istanbul University) and Costas Canakis (University of the Aegean, Mytilene)
10.00-10.30Pragmatic and semantic constrains on -mAlI in Turkish
Zeynep Erk Emeksiz (Anadolu University)
10.30-11.00Nai is Not a Truth Functional Negation
Yukio Furukawa (McGill University)
11.15-12.15Ellen Kaisse (University of Washington), invited speaker
Vowel Harmony in Turkish, Greek, and Spanish
12.15-1.45LUNCH BREAK
1.45-2.15Topics, Contrast and Contrastive Topics in Japanese
Reiko Vermeulen (University College London)
2.15-2.45On the Syntax of Conditional Topics in Japanese
Masaya Yoshida (University of Edinburgh)
3.00-3.30Differential Object Marking in Mongolian
Dolgor Guntsetseg (University of Stuttgart)
3.30-4.00On Definiteness and Specificity in Turkish
Emrah Görgülü (Simon Fraser University)
4.00-4.30Phases of Incorporation and A Three-way Distinction for Turkish Direct Objects
Beste Kamali (Harvard University)
  1. Zero-Derivation in Altaic: Toward the Unified Analysis
    Takashi Nakajima (Toyama Prefectural University)
  2. The Embedded Distributions of Topic, Focus and Exclamatives
    in Japanese and the Structure of the Left Periphery
    Naoyuki Yamato (University of Tromsø / CASTL)
  3. Subject Positions in Old Japanese

    Miyuki Sawada (National Kaohsiung Normal University)
  4. Two Indefinite Articles in Uzbek
    Klaus von Heusinger, Udo Klein, Dildora Niyazmetowa (University of Stuttgart)

Organiser: Turkish Studies Section, NME Department

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