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Full Title: Variation in C Workshop

Short Title: VarC
Location: Venice, Italy
Start Date: 21-Oct-2014 - 22-Oct-2014
Contact: Jacopo Garzonio
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Meeting Description: Variation in C
Workshop on macro- and micro-comparative approaches to complementizers and the CP phase
Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
21- 22 October 2014

The clause edge is one of the main topics in current syntactic analysis. Following Rizzi's (1997) groundbreaking work on the internal structure of a split Complementizer Phrase, a large set of phenomena involving the left periphery of the clause has drawn the attention of many theoretical linguists.

However, while our knowledge of the encoding of sentential Force or of Topic and Focus configurations or of Movement to and inside CP is becoming deeper and deeper, much has still to be discovered on the nature of complementizers as a lexical category and about the patterns of variation in their morpho-syntax, both intra- and inter-linguistically. Recent works have shown that on the one hand Complementizers have nominal features (Sportiche (2008); Kayne (2010); Manzini-Savoia (2011)), on the other their morpho-syntax can encode Aspect, Tense and Modality values, agreement, illocutive and other features (see among many others Bayer (1984), Bhatt and Yoon (1992), Haegeman (1992), Van Craenenbroeck & Van Koppen (2003), Ledgeway (2005), Aboh (2006)). All these properties have to be dealt with simultaneously in order to obtain a descriptively adequate theory.

The goal of the Variation in C Workshop is to rise to this challenge. In particular, we are interested in micro- and macro-comparative approaches that can shed light on this topic through the analytical methods of comparative linguistics, both synchronic and diachronic.

Keynote Speakers:

Richard S. Kayne
(New York University)

M. Rita Manzini & Leonardo M. Savoia
(Università di Firenze)

Luigi Rizzi
(Università di Siena/Université de Genève)

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck & Marjo van Koppen
(KU Leuven HUBrussel / Universiteit Utrecht)


Jacopo Garzonio (Università Ca'Foscari Venezia)
Silvia Rossi (Università Ca'Foscari Venezia)

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Linguistic Subfield: Morphology; Syntax
LL Issue: 25.2263

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