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LINGUIST List 24.4014

Mon Oct 14 2013

Confs: Language Documentation, General Linguistics, Historical Linguistics/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Caylen Cole-Hazel <caylenlinguistlist.org>

Date: 13-Oct-2013
From: Lieven Vandelanotte <lieven.vandelanottearts.kuleuven.be>
Subject: Complex Sentences International Workshop
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Complex Sentences International Workshop
Short Title: CSI

Date: 16-Nov-2013 - 17-Nov-2013
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Contact: Lieven Vandelanotte
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.arts.kuleuven.be/ling/fest/events/np-3-2013-CSI-2013

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation

Meeting Description:

CSI is an informal workshop with invited speakers on the analysis of complex sentences. Papers were invited on any topic in the broad domain of complex sentences, but particularly ones that deal with the following questions, from typological, comparative or historical perspectives, or using data from less well-documented languages or varieties:

The Typology of Complex Sentences:
It is obvious that traditional dichotomies like coordination versus subordination, or adverbial versus complement clauses are less than adequate in many ways. How can we develop alternatives that are both descriptively more adequate and theoretically more interesting? What data and methods should we bring to bear on this question?

The Semantics and Pragmatics of Complex Sentences:
Complex sentences play a central role for many questions at the interface between semantics and pragmatics, like presupposition, factivity, scope relations and lexical versus construction-level meaning. Many of these concepts are central in analyses of well-described languages, but they figure much less prominently in typological work and in grammars of less well documented languages. Are these concepts generally relevant? How can we develop semantically more sensitive analyses of complex sentences in typology and documentation?

The Diachrony of Complex Sentences:
There is a good deal of literature on the pathways that lead into complex sentences, especially subordinate-type structures. But we know much less about the pathways that lead out of the complex sentence domain. One prominent example is 'insubordinate' constructions, which have the same shape as subordinate constructions but are used as independent main clauses. How can we integrate these structures into the study of complex sentences, and how can we bring the literature on complex sentences to bear on the analysis of insubordination?

Information on registration:
Participation is free of charge, but registration via the online form available on the website is requested by 5 November. The conference dinner is payable in cash on site by participants who have registered for it.

NP3 Workshop:
The CSI workshop is immediately preceded by the third international workshop The Structure of the English Noun Phrase (NP3, 14-15 November). The programme and further information is available on the same website:

Saturday 16 Nov 2013


Holger Diessel, University of Jena
Crosslinguistic asymmetries in the morphosyntactc structures of externally headed and internally headed relative clauses


Sarah D’Hertefelt, Jean-Christophe Verstraete, An Van linden, University of Leuven
Independent complement and conditional clauses in Germanic languages: Functional range and influence of ‘subordinate’ semantics

William McGregor, University of Aarhus
Person-gender-number markers and subordination in Shua


Pedro Gras, University of Barcelona/University of Leuven
Insubordination and the development of pragmatic categories: Evidence from non subordinating uses of subordination markers in Spanish

Maria Sol Sansiñena Pascual, Bert Cornillie, Hendrik De Smet, University of Leuven
Between subordinate and insubordinate. Complementizer-initial responses in English, French, German and Spanish


Johannes Kabatek, University of Zürich
On the complexity of diachronic research on complex sentences: Examples from the history of Spanish

Round table

Conference dinner

Sunday 17 Nov 2013

Gunther Kaltenböck, University of Vienna
Presentational matrix clauses: Exploring the link between information packaging and grammaticalization

Caroline Gentens, Kristin Davidse, Lot Brems, Lieven Vandelanotte, University of Leuven
Factive versus reported speech complements in English


Kasper Boye & Peter Harder, University of Copenhagen
Complex sentences: Grey zones and clear criteria

Peter Bakker, University of Aarhus, and Robert A. Papen, Université du Québec à Montréal
Clause combining in Plains Cree and Michif

Closing remarks


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