LINGUIST List 25.2178

Sat May 17 2014

Calls: Romance, Historical Linguistics, Syntax/Portugal

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 16-May-2014
From: Alexandra Fiéis <>
Subject: Going Romance Workshop #2: Subordination in Old Romance
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Full Title: Going Romance Workshop #2: Subordination in Old Romance

Date: 06-Dec-2014 - 06-Dec-2014
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Contact Person: Alexandra Fiéis
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 21-Jul-2014

Meeting Description:

Workshop #2: Subordination in Old Romance
Organized by Alexandra Fiéis, Maria Lobo and Ana Madeira (Project

The idea that every sentence has a lexical and a functional domain is
consensual. Recent debates in syntactic theory discuss whether the
functional structure is universal or parametrized, and how to determine the
value of functional categories. The question of how these domains interact
also remains on the cutting edge of research in formal syntax, and the
study of the mechanisms of subordination may help shed light on these
questions. For example, an analysis of complementation and adverbial
subordination in diachronic data may show that in certain domains of
subordination some functional nodes might be absent depending on the
properties of the constituent introducing the subordinate clause. This will
help determine functional structure. Moreover, there are good grounds for
expecting important results in relating the findings of diachronic research
to other domains, namely, L1 and L2 language development, which is
important in order to answer the central questions of linguistic theory,
namely what is linguistic knowledge and how it is represented in the mind.

Call for Papers:

As a contribution to the workshop goal, we welcome abstract submissions for
oral presentations on any topic relating to Subordination in particular
Romance varieties, across Romance languages or in a broader comparative
perspective that includes Romance. Paper proposals should be framed within
a theoretical framework.

Submission Details:

Abstracts are invited for 25 minute presentations plus 10 minutes for

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

The anonymous abstracts should be sent as e-mail attachments both in PDF
and Word format. Join separately a Word file containing: title, author’s
name and address, affiliation and email address. Also indicate if an
abstract submitted for the main session could as well be considered for one
of the workshops or vice-versa.

Authors may submit two abstracts if one of them is for the main session and
the other for one of the workshops. Otherwise, submissions are limited to a
maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author.

Abstract submissions to the workshop #2 (Subordination in Old Romance)
should be sent to

Important Dates:

July 21, 2014: Abstract submission deadline
September 20, 2014: Notification of acceptance
December 4-6, 2014: Conference and workshops

Local Organizing Committee:

João Costa
Ana Maria Martins
Maria Lobo
Ernestina Carrilho
Alexandra Fiéis
Sandra Pereira

Page Updated: 17-May-2014