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Full Title: Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adverbs and Prepositions

Short Title: WAASAP 2
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Start Date: 12-Jun-2014 - 13-Jun-2014
Contact: Antonio Fábregas
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: In the past few years there has been an important body of literature about the relationship between the functional category of Aspect and Argument Structure (Borer 2005; Ramchand 2008; Ritter & Rosen 2000, 2005; Rothstein 2008). The vast majority of studies have concentrated on verbs and also, in a minor degree, on nouns. Two years ago we focused on the definition of these notions in adjectives and participles (WAASAP 1, On this occasion we want to ask a related set of questions, this time with respect to prepositions and adverbs, which have been claimed to incarnate semantic topological contrast of central/ non-central coincidence that underlie temporal relations (Bybee, Perkins & Pagliuca 1994; Hale 1986). These categories raise additional questions regarding the limits between arguments and adjuncts.

In this workshop we would like to contribute to a better understanding of the nature of prepositions and adverbs and the limits between arguments and adjuncts by gathering researchers working on different aspects of argument structure and aspect of adverbs and prepositions. The questions we are interested in include, but are not restricted to, the following:

- Can inner and outer aspect primitives be reduced to the same prepositional-like elements?
- The argument structure of PPs: What are the theta-roles associated to Ps, and how is it different or similar to those of verbs?
- How rich is the internal structure of PPs and what correlations can be established between levels of complexity, argument structure and aspect?
- Is the internal structure of PPs similar, in terms of argument structure, to a split VP?
- Can Ps define events by themselves?
- How do prepositions contribute to the definition of internal aspect in verbs and adjectives?
- What is the role of prepositions inside verbal periphrases?
- Choice of P and the semantic interpretation of the argument introduced by P
- Adverbs and adverbial phrases as diagnostics for aspectual properties
- The internal structure of adverbs and the definition of their internal aspectual properties
- The position of adverbs and the interpretation of arguments
- NPs behaving as adverbs (Larson 1985) and adjuncts. What are the limits between arguments and adjuncts, and between nouns and adverbs, in terms or referentiality, modificability, etc.?
- What defines an adverb? What are the relevant subclasses of adverbs for grammar?
- Adverbs as arguments of verbs: Under which circumstances can an adverb be an argument of a verb?
- Adverbs as derived categories: Do adverbs inherit nominal or adjectival properties of their morphological bases?
- Vocatives in the limit between arguments and adjuncts, nouns and adverbs

Keynote Speakers:

Peter Svenonius (CASTL, Universitetet i Tromsø)
M. Teresa Espinal (CLT, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)


Antonio Fábregas (Universitet i Tromsø)
María J. Arche (University of Greenwich)
Rafael Marín (Université Lille 3)
Linguistic Subfield: Morphology; Semantics; Syntax
LL Issue: 25.1620

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