LINGUIST List 26.1833

Mon Apr 06 2015

Confs: Morphology, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 05-Apr-2015
From: Thomas McFadden <>
Subject: Workshop on Aspect in Embedded Clauses
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Workshop on Aspect in Embedded Clauses
Short Title: WAEC

Date: 11-May-2015 - 12-May-2015
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact: Thomas McFadden
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

The Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) will be hosting a two-day Workshop on Aspect in Embedded Clauses, on May 11-12 in Berlin, Germany. The aim of the workshop is to explore the special behavior of aspect (broadly construed) in embedded contexts. The presentations at the workshop will investigate how embedding affects and constrains the marking of aspectual distinctions and the interpretation of aspectual categories, both relative to the matrix clause and in general.

We are pleased to be able to announce Anita Mittwoch (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut) as invited speakers for the workshop.

A great deal of work has been done on the special properties of embedded clauses with respect to tense -- e.g. on sequence-of-tense phenomena, double-access readings and the restricted marking and interpretation of tense in various types of non-finite clauses – but relatively little has been done specifically on how aspect interacts with clausal embedding. However, it is clear that patterns of interest, in part parallel to those exhibited by tense, are found here as well. E.g., just as tense marking and interpretation are restricted in non-finite clauses, at least some such clauses disallow marking of aspectual distinctions, and others place restrictions on the Aktionsart of their main predicate. Furthermore, in languages with rich aspectual systems, aspect marking in embedded clauses plays a crucial role in determining temporal and event-structural relationships between matrix and embedded eventualities.


Monday, May 11, 2015


Neda Todorovic & Susi Wurmbrand, TBA

15:20-15:40 Coffee

Tommi Leung & Girma Halefom
''How Tense Is Encoded in Embedded Imperfective Clauses? A Case Study from Amharic Control''

Karolina Zuchewicz
''The Existence of the Local & the Global (Im)Perfective Aspect in Polish: Evidence from the Embedded Clause of the So-Called Zanim ('Before') and the Dopóki ('Until') Constructions''

19:00 Workshop Dinner

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hadil Karawani & Claire Halpert
''Aspects of Embedding in Counterfactuals''

William Harwood
''Reduced Relatives & Extended Phases: Aspectual Restrictions on Reduced Relatives''

11:30-11:50 Coffee

Anita Mittwoch, TBA

13:10-14:40 Lunch

Marika Lekakou & Josep Quer
''Neutralized Aspect as Subjunctive Marking''

Thomas Grano
''Control Theory & the Syntax of Aspect: A View from Mandarin Chinese''

16:40-17:00 Coffee

Open Discussion

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