Michigan Syntacticians at "Formal Approaches to Creole Studies"
By Andries W. Coetzee
Dec 01, 2012
The third Workshop Formal Approaches to Creole Studies (FACS III) was held at the Centro de Linguística, University of Lisbon, on November 15 and 16, 2012. This workshop is the premier European event focused on the formal analysis of Creole languages, and follows on the two previous very successful workshops held in Tromsø in 2008. and Berlin in 2010.
This year, FACS featured a presentation by three members of the UM Linguistics community - Professors Sam Epstein and Marlyse Baptista, and alum Miki Obata (PhD 2010, now Associate Professor at Mie University, Japan). The photo above shows two of the UM presenters (Miki Obata on the left, and Marlyse Baptista on the right), flanking Nelia Alexandre (conference organizer), Ana Josefa Cardoso, Fernanda Pratas (conference organizer).
The Obata et al. presentation, titled "On the timing of subject raising: evidence from Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Kilega and English", proposes a reconciliation between GB's operation "move alpha" and the Minimalist operations of Merge and Agree. The full abstract of their presentation is available here.