LINGUIST List 27.2166

Wed May 11 2016

Confs: Morphology, Semantics, Syntax/France

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Date: 09-May-2016
From: Rafael Marín <>
Subject: Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adjectives and Participles
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Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adjectives and Participles
Short Title: WAASAP III

Date: 13-Jun-2016 - 14-Jun-2016
Location: Lille, France
Contact: Rafael Marín
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

In this conference, continuing the exploration of cross-categorial relations between the main lexical classes that was initiated in WAASAP I (University of Greenwich) and WAASAP II (University of Tromsø), we want to concentrate on the semantic, morphological and syntactic relations between adjectives and verbs and their extended projections. The topics we are particularly interested in include:

- The hypothesis that aspect and degree are built using the same restricted set of primitives: relations between scalarity and Aktionsart (eg., Hay, Kennedy & Levin 1999) and scales' sensitivity to boundednes (Kennedy & McNally 2005). We welcome submissions that explore the relationship between the lexical aspect of a verb and the scalar properties of their related participles; the exploration of degree achievement verbs (such as whiten); the exploration of the similarities and differences between grammatical aspect in the verbal domain and external degree modifiers and comparative structures in adjectives (de Vries 2010, Bochnak 2013), among other issues.

- The relation between mood and modality in adjectives and verbs; the notion of intensionality in adjectives, versus non-intersectivity, non-subsectivity or privativity and their relation to gradability (Beck 2000, Partee 2005, Matushansky 2008, Constantinescu 2011); the relation between modal operators in nominal and verbal domains (Schäfer 2005, Fleischer 2008); the expression of mirativity or evidentiality through adjectives.

- The morphological relations between adjectives and verbs in word formation: classes of verbs derived from adjectives, beyond degree achievements; classes of adjectives derived from verbs, beyond participial formations (Oltra-Massuet 2014, Fábregas 2015); the emergence of episodic and non episodic readings of derived adjectives; affix rivalry; relations between adverbs and adjectives in word formation.

- The different modification relations of verbs and adjectives. On the assumption that adverbial modification is prototypically verbal, e.g., noun-modifying adverbs and their alternations with adjectives with similar semantics (as in Spanish el anteriormente presidente, lit. 'the previosly president'); the conditions under which syncategorematicity is allowed in adjectival modification, as in frequent flyer (Abusch & Rooth 1997, Larson 1998, Zimmermann 2000, Morzycki 2005, Gehrke & McNally 2010, Sassoon 2013, among many others).

- Argument structure asymmetries and relations between adjectives and verbs: do adjectives introduce their subjects of predication? Are thematic relations as restricted in adjectives as it is typically assumed? (Cinque 1990, Baker 2002, Meltzer-Asscher 2011).

- Agreement asymmetries between adjectives and verbs (cf. for instance Baker 2008).

Keynote Speakers:

Isabel Oltra-Massuet (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)
Christopher Piñón (Université de Lille)
Galit Sassoon (Bar Ilan University)


Monday 13 June 2016



Opening Plenary by Isabel Oltra-Massuet (University Rovira i Virgili)
On the (im)possibility of -ble adjectives from unaccusatives in Germanic and Romance

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

Guillaume Enghehard (Université de Lille)
Reduplication as a derivational mechanism for Russian secondary imperfectives and long adjectives

John Beavers (Univ. of Texas, Austin) & Andrew Koontz-Garboden (Univ. of Manchester)
Change of state verbs and the semantics of roots

Peter Hallman (University of Vienna)
Active result state adjectival participles in Syrian Arabic

13:15-14:30 Lunch

Cilene Rodrigues (PUC, Rio de Janeiro)
Past participial forms are predicted by argument structure

Alfredo García-Pardo (University of Southern California)
Argument structure in adjectival passives: an aspect-based approach

Antje Rossdeutscher (University of Sttutgart)
Scale based particles and prefixes in German de-adjectival verbs

16:15-16:45 Coffee break

Dennis Wegner (University of Wuppertal)
Past participial identity in periphrases – and beyond?

First Day Closing Plenary by Christopher Piñón (Université de Lille)
Generous behavior

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Jiyoung Choi (Université de Nantes)
A study of degree inchoative states in Korean

Tillman Pross (University of Stuttgart)
Nominalizations as a window into the structure and analysis of participles

Carmelo Bazaco (Ohio State University)
Estar predication in Spanish. Scales, adjectives and participles

11:00-11:25 Coffee break

Masaharu Shimada (University of Tsukuba) & Akiko Nagano (Tohoku University)
Mirative interpretations with verbal past-tense forms in Japanese

Closing plenary by Galit W. Sassoon (Bar Ilan University)
Degree modified participles

Closing remarks

- Isabel Crespí (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Valuating aspect in Spanish verbal participles: the case of passives
- Alfredo García-Pardo & Mythili Menon (University of Southern California)
Ser and estar: back to aspect

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