LINGUIST List 24.5223

Mon Dec 16 2013

Calls: Syntax, Semantics, Typology/Portugal

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Date: 16-Dec-2013
From: Fernanda Pratas <>
Subject: Coordination / Subordination in Lisbon
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Full Title: Coordination / Subordination in Lisbon Short Title: CSI Lisbon
Date: 07-May-2014 - 09-May-2014 Location: Lisbon, Portugal Contact Person: Fernanda Pratas
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:
Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 29-Dec-2013

Meeting Description:

Coordination / Subordination in Lisbon

The conference will be hosted by Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa (CLUL):

Complex sentences have been at the core of cross-linguistic studies over the past decades. As a way to account for the linkage between clauses within these intricate structures, the traditional coordination vs. subordination divide has certainly proved crucial, offering a convenient basis for the development of numerous ground-breaking formal tools, both in syntactic and in semantic domains.

More recent studies, however, have met several challenges to this traditional boundary, either because they have gone further into the theoretical implications of prior analyses or because they are focused on novel data: from still scarcely studied languages, from dialectal and diachronic variation or from language acquisition (cf. Gast & Diessel 2012, Haspelmath 2004, Heycock & Petersen 2012, Ledgeway 2007, Sekali 2011, Verstraete 2007, among many others).

One type of challenge concerns the constructions that resist both some of the syntactic tests for coordination and some of the tests for subordination. To name just one example, are comparative constructions in some languages an instance of subordination? If so, do they involve adverbial clauses? Or, considering some word order restrictions, do they involve relative clauses? Furthermore, how to accommodate the fact that they also show typical features of coordination, such as their behaviour regarding ellipsis or the properties of their connectives? Another type of challenge has been brought about by specific mismatches between the superficial structure of some sentences and their actual use or meaning: (i) some sentences exhibit properties of subordinate clauses and yet are used independently, a phenomenon known as insubordination (Evans 2007); this occurs, for instance, with sequences like: ‘If you could visit grandmother today’; (ii) certain syntactically coordinate sentences are cases of subordination at the level of conceptual structure (Culicover & Jackendoff 1997); this occurs, for instance, with sequences like: ‘The treasury minister announces one more austerity measure and my friend emigrates with his family.’

Conference website:

Invited Speakers:

Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh)
Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge)


Adriana Cardoso
Rita Marquilhas
Ana Maria Martins
Sandra Pereira
Clara Pinto
Fernanda Pratas

Final Call for Papers:

Extended deadline: December 29, 2013

CSI Lisbon welcomes submissions that discuss all types of challenges to the traditional boundaries between coordination and subordination. Both typological studies and formal grammatical analyses within a generative framework are encouraged, especially if they bring into the debate the innovative insights that novel linguistic data allow for.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstract submissions are welcome for thirty-minute oral presentations, to be followed by ten minutes for questions and discussion.

Abstracts should be written in English and no longer than two pages, including references and examples, with margins of at least 1 inch, in 12-point Times New Roman, single-spaced.

Submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author, or 2 joint abstracts per author.

Anonymous abstracts in the form of PDF files are to be submitted via the EasyAbs system, at:

Important Dates:

December 29, 2013: New deadline for submission of abstracts
February 20, 2014: Notification of acceptance

Scientific Committee:

Pilar Barbosa
Adriana Belletti
Paola Benincà
Ana Brito
Hugo Cardoso
Ernestina Carrilho
Madalena Colaço
João Costa
Sonia Cristofaro
Sónia Cyrino
Michel DeGraff
Hamida Demirdache
Violeta Demonte
Inês Duarte
Kai von Fintel
Charlotte Galves
Volker Gast
Anabela Gonçalves
Liliane Haegeman
Tjerk Hagemeijer
Martin Haspelmath
Maria-Lluïsa Hernanz
Caroline Heycock
Sabine Iatridou
Adam Ledgeway
Maria Lobo
Giuseppe Longobardi
Rui Marques
Gabriela Matos
Telmo Móia
Alan Munn
Jairo Nunes
Fátima Oliveira
Francisco Ordoñez
Brigitte Pakendorf
Isabel Pérez Jiménez
Cecilia Poletto
Eduardo Paiva Raposo
Norvin Richards
Cristina Schmitt
Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson
Olga Fernández Soriano
Christina Tortora
Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria
Tonjes Veenstra
Mark de Vries
Raffaella Zanuttini
Niina Ning Zhang

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