The Displacement Property
of Human Language

27-28 September 2002


Venue: Polarmiljøsenteret

An open series of lectures in formal syntactic theory will be held at the University of Tromsø on September 27-28. All are welcome to attend. See registration information below the Program.


Friday, September 27
Time Speaker Talk title relevant papers
15:30-16.30 Peter Svenonius (Tromsø) "Interface-driven movement" Impersonal Passives (2000)

Edwin Williams (Princeton)

"The relativity of reconstruction" Introduction: Architecture for a New Economy (forthcoming)
Coffee break
18:00-19:00 Marit Julien (Tromsø) "Rightward TH/EX" On the syntax of ‘TH/EX’ (2002)
19:00-20:00 Dominique Sportiche (UCLA) "Movement triggers and types" Movement Types and Triggers (abstract from TiLT in Amsterdam in April 2002)
20:30 Dinner at STRØKET
Saturday, September 28
  Speaker Talk title relevant papers
10:00-11:00 Henk van Riemsdijk (Tilburg) "The perfect, the imperfect, and the ugly: Vestiges of physical perfection in the language system" Categorial Feature Magnetism (1998), Push chains and drag chains (1995)
11:00-12:00 Michal Starke (NYU) "On the displacement property of human language: There is no displacement property in human language" Move dissolves into Merge: A Theory of Locality (2001) Warning: 184 pp./785KB
13:30-14:30 Chris Collins (Cornell) "Smuggling in quotative inversion and the passive" See Chapter 3 of Collins’ (1997) Local Economy, MIT Press
14:30-15:30 Gillian Ramchand (Oxford/Tromsø) "Long-distance Celtic relatives" Phases and Interpretability (2001) (note)
Coffee break

Anders Holmberg (Durham/Tromsø) & Thorbjörg Hróarsdóttir (Tromsø/Georgetown)

"Agr, wh-movement, and raising in Icelandic" "Agreement and Movement in Icelandic raising constructions" (2002) (note)
17:00-18:00 Tarald Taraldsen (Tromsø) "Paradoxes in the theory of trigger-driven movement"  
19:00 Dinner at DRIV, party

The conference registration fee includes coffee, snacks, and a lunch buffet at the conference site (Polarmiljøsenteret) with hot and cold options on Saturday. Dinner on Friday and Saturday is extra, about kr. 200 each. The conference registration fee is scaled as follows:

(on or before September 22)
Registration (after September 22)
(+kr. 100/+50)
Full registration (includes lunch) Employed
Semi-registration (no lunch, but coffee and snacks) Employed

.We need to collect the registration fee by invoice ("faktura"), so when you register you need to supply an address to which we can send the bill. To preregister, send an e-mail to, indicating:

1. your name and postal address (for the bill)
2. status as student or employed
3. whether you want to register for the whole conference ("full registration" including lunch on Saturday) or just part of it ("semiregistration" including coffee and probably snacks).

In addition, please indicate whether you would like to participate in

4. a dinner on Friday at Strøket, probably reindeer for kr. 200, with dessert, and
5. dinner on Saturday at Driv, probably a buffet including seafood as well as more evolved life forms for kr. 200,-
6. whether you desire a vegetarian alternative.

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Address: Det humanistiske fakultet, Universitetet i Tromsø, 9037 Tromsø
Phone.: +47 77 64 42 40 FAX: +47 77 64 42 39  Updated 24.09.02