LINGUIST List 26.3274

Mon Jul 13 2015

Calls: Syntax/UK

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 11-Jul-2015
From: Athanasia Asyllogistou <>
Subject: Diachrony of Satellite and Verb-framed Languages
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Full Title: Diachrony of Satellite and Verb-framed Languages
Short Title: DoSVe

Date: 16-Oct-2015 - 16-Oct-2015
Location: Belfast, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Athanasia Asyllogistou
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2015

Meeting Description:

The Diachrony of Satellite or Verb-framed languages
Ulster University, Belfast, 16 October 2015
Keynote speakers: Elena Anagnostopoulou, Jaume Mateu, Victor Acedo- Matellan, Michelle Troberg
Conference organizers: Athanasia Asyllogistou, Raffaella Folli, Christina Sevdali

The distinction between satellite-framed vs verb-framed languages has sustained a long and privileged position in theoretical literature. Since Talmy (1975)’s seminal work where it is argued that languages vary on their availability to express both motion and manner in the verbal component, there has been extensive discussion on the cross-linguistic variation of how this notion of complementarity is expressed. Talmy (1985) correlated the availability of the manner-of-motion structure with the availability of other patterns, including adjectival resultatives and verb-particle constructions. Following Talmy’s proposal in the literature we find varied and often controversial accounts of the observed cross-linguistic variation (see for example Folli (2002) and Folli and Harley (2005, 2006, 2008, 2013) for English and Italian, Acedo-Matellán (2006, 2010) for Latin , and more generally Romance languages, Nikitina (2013) for Ancient Greek, Papafragou et al. (2006) for Modern Greek, Iacobini & Massini (2007) for Italian, Kopecka (2009) for French, Inagaki (2002) for Japanese, among others). See also Beavers, Levin, and Tham 2011 for a recent summary and synthesis. Recent work by Folli and Harley (2012) have proposed a more syntactic approach to the distinction, showing that a head movement parameter, a Res-to-v parameter is responsible for the distinction as well as the host of properties associated with being verb-framed vs satellite-framed.

Recent work on languages such as Latin (Acedo-Matellan 2010), Old French (Troberg and Burnett, 2011), and Modern Greek (Alexiadou and Anagnostopoulou, 2014) reveal that the diachrony can shed further light on the parametric conditions of languages that do not strictly adhere to Talmy’s (1975, 1985, 2000) typological distinctions .

This workshop aims at discussing exactly this: how the diachrony of languages that exhibit (or not) a typological shift from satellite to verb framedness and vice versa can help us understand both the nature of the parameter(s) involved and the nature and processes of change.

Call for Papers:

We invite submission of abstracts for presentation at the conference. Two papers will be selected for publication as part of a special issue with a Historical linguistics journal.


Abstracts submission deadline: 1 September 2015
Speakers will be notified of the results of their abstract review by 7 September 2015

Abstract Guidelines:

Abstracts should be anonymous and are not to exceed two pages in length (including examples and references), 12-point type. Submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author, or 2 joint abstracts per author.

Authors are asked to submit their abstracts via Easy Chair (

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