This year’s Germanic Lingustics Roundtable will take place at The Faculty Club, University of California, Berkeley.

Friday, April 7

Morning Session: Eugene Green (Boston Univ.)

  • 8:30 a.m. Alexander Onysko (Univ. of  Innsbruck/Macalester College): “Gender Assignment of Anglicisms in German”
  • 8:55 a.m. Donald Steinmetz (Augsburg College): “Nouns with the Prefix ge-: A Cross-linguistic Study in Gender Assignment”
  • 9:20 a.m. Ilona Vandergriff (San Francisco State Univ.): “Content and Speech Act Conditionality: A Closer Look at Evidence from German”
  • 9:45 a.m. Enrique Mallen (Texas A & M Univ.): “Jackendoff’s Parallel Architecture, Picasso’s Cubism and Stein’s Language Poetry”
  • 10:10 a.m. Ann-Marie Swensson & Jurgen Hering (Univ. of Gotebörg): “On the Ambiguity of Germanic burg”
  • 10:35 a.m. Elisabeth Leiss (Univ. of Munich): “Case, Aspect, and (In)definiteness Effects.The Case of the Verbal Genitive in the History of German”
  • 11:00 a.m. Werner Abraham (Univ. of Vienna): “The Cartography of Prepositions. The Event-typological Strengthening of the Traditional Concept of Valence and its Demolition under P-government”

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch

Afternoon Session: Robert G. Hoeing (SUNY Buffalo)

  • 1:00 p.m. Marc Pierce (Univ. of Texas): “Onset Well-formedness in Germanic”
  • 1:25 p.m. Kerstin Schwabe (ZAS Berlin): “On the Directive Force of German dass-clauses”
  • 1:50 p.m. John H. G. Scott (Indiana Univ.): “Formalizing Rhotacization (/z/>/r/) in NWGmc.: Norse Runic Evidence”
  • 2:15 p.m. Tonya Kim Dewey (UC Berkeley): “Case Variation in Gothic Absolute Constructions”
  • 2:40 p.m. Hans-Martin Gaertner (ZAS Berlin) and Markus Steinbach (Univ. of Mainz) “A Skeptical Note on the syntax of Speech Acts and Point of View”
  • 3:05 p.m. Ingo Reich (Univ. of Tübingen): “From Discourse to ‘Odd Constructions’: On Asymmetric Coordination and Subject Gaps in German”
  • 3:30 p.m. Eugene Green  (Boston Univ.): “Stative Verbs in Old English Poetry”
  • 3:55 p.m. Catherine Hester, Chris Little, Meredith Kolar, Joellyn Palomaki, Timothy Price, Aida Sakalauskaite, Jason Whitt (UC Berkeley): “BAG 9: Toward the Architecture of the Apology”

7:00 p.m. Dinner (Faculty Club: Howard Lounge)

Anatoly Liberman (Univ. of Minnesota): “The Operation of Verner’s Law”

Saturday, April 8 (Faculty Club: Seaborg Room)

Morning Session: John Ole Askedal (Univ. of Oslo)

  • 8:25 a.m. Jason Whitt (UC Berkeley): “The Cognitive Underpinnings of the German Modal Verbs: A Diachronic Perspective”
  • 8:50 a.m. Michel van der Hoek (Univ. of Minnesota) “The Dutch Diminutive and Palatalization in West Germanic”
  • 9:15 a.m. Kurt Goblirsch (Univ. of South Carolina): “Old High German kx and the Mechanism of Germanic Consonant Shifts”
  • 9:40 a.m. Craig Callender (Univ. of South Carolina): “Sonority, Consonant Length and West Germanic Gemination”
  • 10:05 a.m. Karen Sullivan (UC Berkeley): “MEMBER FOR MEMBER Category Metonymy in Norse Skaldic Kennings”
  • 10:30 a.m. Thomas F. Shannon (UC Berkeley): “Infinitive Doubling in Yiddish: An Enigma for the Germanist?”
  • 10:55 a.m. Ekkehard König (Freie Univ. Berlin): “Towards a Typology of Reciprocal Constructions: Focus on Germanic”

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch

Afternoon Session: Enrique Mallen (Texas A & M Univ.)

  • 1:00 p.m. Robert G. Hoeing (SUNY Buffalo): “Relativization, Predication, Tense, and Aspect in German and Selected Non-IE Languages”
  • 1:25 p.m. Bill J. Darden (Univ. of Chicago): “Gothic ogs and the PIE Pluperfect”
  • 1:50 p.m. Prisca Augustyn (Florida Atlantic Univ.): “Language Game and Language Play: Saussure’s chess metaphor, Wittengenstein’s Sprachspiegel, and the Notion of play in René Thom’s Catastrophe Theory”
  • 2:15 p.m. Murielle Etoré (Univ. of Calabria): “Why is it so Difficult for Students to Deal with German Rightheaded (anruf-) and English Leftheaded (call up) Complex Verbs?”
  • 2:40 p.m. Hans Martin Gaertner (ZAS Berlin): “From German Quirk to Universal Tendency: A Speculation on (the Absence of Wh- Infinitives”
  • 3:05 p.m. Claudia Bucheli and Guido Seiler (Univ. of Zürich): “Is Syntax Different? Evidence from Swiss German”
  • 3:30 p.m. Irmengard Rauch (UC Berkeley): “To What Extent Does Old Frisian Have Noun Gender?”
  • 3:55 p.m. John Ole Askedal (Univ. of Oslo): “The Potential subjunctive in Germanic and the Reportive subjunctive of Modern German: A Case of Structural Cyclicity?”

4:30 p.m. Cocktails

The Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable is supported by the University of California, Berkeley Center for German and European Studies and by the Max Kade Foundation, Inc.