LINGUIST List 27.755

Tue Feb 09 2016

Calls: Morphology, Semantics, Syntax/France

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Date: 09-Feb-2016
From: Rafael Marín <>
Subject: Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adjectives and Participles
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Full Title: 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 Person: Rafael Marín
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 23-Feb-2016

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)

Final Call for Papers:

We invite submissions for 30 minute presentations (+10 discussion) of any of these topics. Abstracts should not be longer than two pages, including examples, tables, figures and references, and should be submitted to:

- Deadline for submission: 23 February 2016
- Deadline for notification of acceptance: 12 April 2016
- Workshop: 13-14 June 2016, Université de Lille
The deadline has been extended


María J. Arche
Antonio Fábregas
Rafael Marín

Scientific Committee:
Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
María J. Arche (University of Greenwich)
Boban Arsenijevic (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Hagit Borer (Queen Mary, University of London)
Patricia Cabredo (CNRS – Université Paris 8)Dear Prof. Fernandez,
Elena Castroviejo (University of the Basque Country)
Antonio Fábregas (University of Tromsø)
Angel Gallego (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Berit Gehrke (CNRS – Université Paris 7)
Gianina Iordachioaia (Universität Stuttgart)
Rafael Marín (CNRS – Université de Lille)
Fabienne Martin (Universität Stuttgart)
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Christopher Piñón (Université de Lille)
Isabel Oltra-Massuet (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)
Isabelle Roy (Université Paris 8)
Galit Sassoon (Bar Ilan University)
Florian Schäfer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Elena Soare (Université Paris 8)
Andrew Spencer (University of Essex)

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