Issue 10: Summer 2010

edited by Steven Franks, Indiana University

Introduction by Steven Franks
 
Over the weekend of 5-7 June 1998, Indiana University-Bloomington, with additional financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education, hosted a workshop on the topic "Comparative Slavic Morphosyntax." This workshop was held at the Canyon Inn in McCormick's Creek State Park, near Spencer, Indiana, with the idea that this peaceful setting would foster lively intellectual exchange . The five leading scholars whose papers are contained in this issue of Glossos were asked to submit a detailed "position paper" on their particular area of expertise. These position papers were intended to summarize the variation in data across the Slavic languages, define the "state of the art" in existing analysis for each area, communicate innovations and on-going research, and identify an agenda for future investigation. As such, they were meant to serve as springboards for discussion, rebuttal, response, and debate. Well in advance of the actual workshop, these five position papers were posted on the web here. A general call was then issued for responses to the position papers. Abstracts were submitted from all over the world, and at the workshop itself responses were presented by the following individuals: to Leonard Babby on "Voice"-James Lavine, Stephanie Harves, Loren Billings, Milena Slavcheva, and Marina Chertkova; to Željko Bošković on "Wh-Movement"- Sandra Stjepanović, Norvin Richards, and Yeong-Sok Kim; to Greville Corbett on "Agreement"-Kim Gareiss, Stephen Wechsler, Larisa Zlatić, and Jens Norgard-Sorensen; to Steven Franks on "Clitics"- Matthew Richardson, Géraldine Legendre, Olga Tomić, Loren Billings, Ljiljana Progovac, Iva Schick, and Peter Kosta; and to Gilbert Rappaport on "NP Structure"- Sandra Stjepanović, Miriam Engelhardt, Helen Trugman, Larisa Zlatić, Wayles Browne, and Natasha Borovikoff. The workshop was a great success and it was my hope that a volume based on the event would soon appear. Unfortunately, efforts to publish the position papers together with some selection of the response papers repeatedly fell by the wayside. Despite this lack of paper distribution, the original website has been regularly accessed over the years and the position papers have been frequently cited in scholarly publications, used in classes, and so on. It was therefore decided to make revised versions of the original papers available in a more widely available electronic format, which is what you see in the present volume. After ten years, each of the others was given the opportunity to update his paper, with I believe very pleasant results. Finally, I thank Troy Williams and Rosemarie Connolly for their careful assistance in preparing the manuscripts. It is my hope that the papers contained in this issue of Glossos will encourage a realistic assessment of the viability of Slavic linguistics in the coming century and that they will serve to stimulate further discussion of the future of our field.