Model Theoretic Syntax at 10
13–17 August 2007
organized as part of
In 1996 ESSLLI hosted a workshop on "The Mathematics of Syntactic Structure" that covered a range of topics in the area now known as Model-Theoretic Syntax which was then just emerging. Over the ensuing decade MTS has established itself as a subdiscipline, focusing on descriptive approaches to formalizing theories of syntax by defining classes of ordinary mathematical structures directly in terms of linguistically relevant structural properties rather than in terms of generative or automata-theoretic processes. The 2001 FG/MoL meeting, affiliated with ESSLLI'01, included a symposium on the then current state of MTS.
The purpose of this workshop at ESSLLI'07 is to survey the developments in this area over its first decade and to lay the foundations for its further development in the decades to come. The workshop will include invited talks by several participants of the previous meetings as well as current papers from the broader community.
Geoffrey K. Pullum
The Evolution of Model-Theoretic Frameworks in Linguistics
Edward Keenan and Edward Stabler
Applications of Modal Logic in Model Theoretic Syntax
Operations on Polyadic Structures
Joan Chen-Main and Aravind Joshi
Some Observations on a ‟Graphical” Model-Theoretical Approach and Generative Models
Domain Theory and MTS
Gregory Kobele, Christian Retoré, and Sylvain Salvati
An Automata-Theoretic Approach to Minimalism
Hans-Martin Gärtner and Jens Michaelis
Locality Conditions and the Complexity of Minimalist Grammars: A Preliminary Survey
Closer to the Truth: A New Model Theory for HPSG
Coalgebra, Trees, and Grammars
The workshop takes place in the second week of ESSLII. We are assigned the "afternoon 2"-slot. See the ESSLLI timetable.
Each session lasts for 90 minutes. Hence each presentation slot is 30 minutes long.
The program is preliminary only with respect to the order of talks. Speakers and topics are final.
All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a paper will correspond to the early student/workshop speaker registration fee. Moreover, a number of additional fee waiver grants will be made available by the ESSLLI Organizing Committee on a competitive basis and workshop participants are eligible to apply for those. There will be no reimbursement for travel costs and accommodation. Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding funding should contact the local organizing committee to ask for the possibilities for a grant.