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LINGUIST List 25.358

Tue Jan 21 2014

Calls: Syntax, Semantics, Morphology/Norway

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>

Date: 21-Jan-2014
From: Antonio Fábregas <antonio.fabregasuit.no>
Subject: Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adverbs and Preposition
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Full Title: Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adverbs and Prepositions
Short Title: WAASAP 2

Date: 12-Jun-2014 - 13-Jun-2014
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Contact Person: Antonio Fábregas
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2014

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, www.gre.ac.uk/waasap). 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)

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite submissions for 30 minute presentations (+10 of discussion) on any of these topics. If we get a high number of submissions, those that obtain a high score but cannot make it into the general session will be considered for a poster session. Abstracts should not be longer than two pages, including examples, tables, figures and references, and should be submitted to:


Deadline for submission: 15 February 2014
Deadline for notification of acceptance: 11 April 2014
Workshop: 12-13 June 2014, University of Tromsø

Scientific Committee:

Artemis Alexiadou (Universität Stuttgart)
María J. Arche (Universtiy of Greenwich)
Pavel Caha (Universitet i Tromsø)
Elena Castroviejo (CSIC)
Hamida Demirdache (Université de Nantes)
Marcel den Dikken (CUNY)
M. Teresa Espinal (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Ángel Gallego (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Berit Gehrke (Université Paris 7)
Wilhelm Geuder (Universität Tübingen)
Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea)
Antonio Fábregas (Universitet i Tromsø)
Sander Lestrade (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Rafael Marín (Université Lille 3)
Jaume Mateu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Marina Pantcheva (Universitet i Tromsø)
Christopher Piñón (Université Lille 3)
Kyle Rawlins (Johns Hopkins University)
Cristina Real Puigdollers (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Juan Romeu (CSIC)
Martin Schäfer (Universität Jena)
Peter Svenonius (Universitet i Tromsø)
Mai Tungseth (Universitet i Tromsø)
Joost Zwarts (Universiteit Utrecht)

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