LINGUIST List 26.2470

Wed May 13 2015

Confs: Germanic, Computational Ling, Historical Ling, Lang Acquisition, Syntax, Typology/Netherlands

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Date: 11-May-2015
From: Lotte Hendriks <>
Subject: Workshop Verb Clusters
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Workshop Verb Clusters

Date: 28-May-2015 - 29-May-2015
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact: Lotte Hendriks
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Syntax; Typology

Language Family(ies): Germanic

Meeting Description:

The University of Amsterdam and the Meertens Institute organize a Workshop on Verb Clusters in Amsterdam on 28 & 29 May 2015.

A subset of the West-Germanic languages are (in)famous for their constructions in which multiple verbs group together, also known as 'verb clusters'. Although this phenomenon has been studied extensively over the last decades, many questions are still unanswered. During the last years research in verb clusters has revived, leading us to the conclusion that it is time for a reassessment of the various approaches to this exciting topic. In order to get a good overview of the current state-of-the-art, we organise a thematic workshop on the syntax of verb clusters aimed at bringing together researchers from various frameworks, performing formal-theoretical, experimental, descriptive or computational research.

Invited Speakers:

Griet Coupé
Evie Coussé
Jack Hoeksema
Martin Salzmann
Jan-Wouter Zwart

Conference website:


On Thursday, 28 May, 2015 the workshop will take place in room 1.05 of the P.C. Hooft building at the University of Amsterdam.
On Friday, 29 May, 2015 the workshop will take place at the Symposiumzaal of the Meertens Instituut.


Please register before May 22 by sending an e-mail to The registration fee (€10) should be paid on the first day of the workshop, this includes coffee, tea, a lunch on Friday and drinks on Friday. Please indicate if you also want to join the workshop dinner on Thursday, costs not included in the registration fee.


Location: University of Amsterdam
P.C. Hooft building, Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam
Room 1.05

Thursday May 28, 2015

8:45 – 9:30
Registration & coffee

Blok 1 Verb Cluster Interruption
Moderator: Jan Don

9:30 – 10:15
Invited Speaker:
Jack Hoeksema (University of Groningen)
Nonverbal intruders in the Dutch verb cluster: Diachronic developments

10:15 – 10:45
Lotte Hendriks (Meertens Institute)
Verb cluster interruption in varieties of Dutch

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee

Blok 2 Acquisition
Moderator: TBA

11:15 – 11:45
Caitlin Meyer & Fred Weerman (University of Amsterdam)
Variation and change in verb clusters: evidence from acquisition

11:45 – 12:15
Jacqueline van Kampen (Utrecht University)
The acquisition procedure for verbal clusters in Dutch and German

12:15 – 12:45

12:45 – 13-45 Lunch

Blok 3 Historical Linguistics

13:45 – 14:30
Invited Speaker:
Griet Coupé (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Syntactic Extension. The historical development of Dutch verb clusters

14:30 – 15:00
Freek van de Velde (University of Leuven)
Counterforces to the long-infinitive drift in Dutch auxiliary complements

15:00 – 15:45
Invited Speaker:
Evie Coussé (University of Gothenburg, University of Stockholm)
The loss of verb order variation in Middle Dutch

15:45 – 16:15 Coffee

Blok 4 Experimental Research

16:15 – 16:45
Markus Bader (University of Frankfurt)
Word order in verb clusters – a case of free variation?

16:45 – 17:15
Paul van Eecke (Sony CSL Paris)
Processing Dutch verb phrases in Fluid Construction Grammar

17:15 – 17:45

19:00 Conference Dinner (details TBA)

Friday May 29, 2015

Location: Meertens Instituut
Joan Muyskenweg 25, Amsterdam

9:00 – 9:30 Coffee

Blok 5 Corpus Research
Moderator: Hans Bennis

09:30 – 10:00
Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman (University of Amsterdam)
Verbal cluster order and linguistic processing complexity

10:00 – 10:30
Liesbeth Augustinus and Frank Van Eynde (University of Leuven)
Long infinitives and the boundaries of Dutch verb clusters

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee

11:00 – 11:30
Peter Dirix and Frank Van Eynde (University of Leuven)
A corpus study of IPP in Afrikaans

11:30 – 12:00

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

Blok 6 Theoretic Research
Moderator: Sjef Barbiers

13:00 – 13:45
Invited Speaker:
Jan-Wouter Zwart (University of Groningen)
Restructuring restructuring: explaining long passive phenomena in Dutch

13:45 – 14:15
Eric Hoekstra (Fryske Akademy)
Explaining word orders and their frequencies in Interference Frisian

14:15 – 14:45
Arnold Evers (Utrecht University)
A trigger for complex predicates

14:45 – 15:15 Coffee

15:15 – 16:00
Invited Speaker:
Martin Salzmann (University of Leipzig)
213 verb clusters. Evidence for the existence of a rare cluster type from displaced morphology in German

16:00 – 16:30

16:30 – 17:30 Drinks

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