LINGUIST List 27.966

Wed Feb 24 2016

Confs: General Ling, Lang Acq, Psycholing, Semantics, Syntax/France

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Date: 24-Feb-2016
From: Maia Duguine <>
Subject: NonFinite Subjects 2016
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NonFinite Subjects 2016
Short Title: NFS

Date: 01-Apr-2016 - 02-Apr-2016
Location: Nantes, France
Contact: Maia Duguine
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Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

The Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes (LLING) organizes the NonFinite Subjects Conference, to be held at the University of Nantes, Nantes (France) on April 1-2, 2016

The conference aims at providing a forum for discussion of recent, high quality research on the subject position of non-finite structures.

Invited Speakers:

Misha Becker, University of North Carolina
Hazel Pearson, ZAS Berlin
Michelle Sheehan, Anglia Ruskin University
Sandhya Sundaresan, University of Leipzig

This workshop focuses on recent findings that shake the standard assumptions on the syntax and semantics of the subject position of non-finite structures. By scrutinizing data that does not quite fit standard approaches to non-finite subjects, we seek to question the premises and basic tenets underlying standard approaches in order to develop more explanatory analyses of the distribution and interpretation of non-finite subjects. Please check the conference website for a detailed meeting description.


April 1

8:00- 8:30

8:30- 8:40
Opening words

8:40- 9:40
INVITED SPEAKER: Michelle Sheehan (Anglia Ruskin University)
On the typology of Control

Pilar Barbosa (Universidade do Minho)
Overt subjects of non-inflected infinitives in the consistent null subject languages: the status of Agr and the mode of composition of subjects

10:20-11:20 Coffee break and posters

Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge)
“Arbitrary PRO” is a radical null subject

Thomas McFadden (Zentrum für allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft) and Sandhya Sundaresan (University of Leipzig)
Subject alternations in non-finite clauses and OC PRO vs. pro

12:40-14:30 Lunch

Elena Soare (UMR 7023 - Université de Paris 8)
Subjects in Romanian supine constructions

Thomas Grano (Indiana University)
Two sources of grammatical deviance in non-controlled nonfinite subjects

15:50-16:10 Coffee break

16:10-16:50 Asako Matsuda (Ochanomizu University)
First Person, Second Person and PRO

INVITED SPEAKER: Hazel Pearson (ZAS Berlin)
Against a de se-as-de re approach to obligatory control

20:00 Conference dinner


Elina Di Santo (Roma Tre University)
Non-finite subjects and mixed projections in Finnish

Julianne Doner (University of Toronto)
Does the EPP hold in non-finite clauses?: Cross-linguistic evidence

Sean Gleason (Yale University)
The case syntax of non-finite subjects: Considerations from Latin

Kim Groothuis (University of Cambridge)
Controlled subjects in Sardinian inflected infinitives

Celina Agostinho (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Ana Lúcia Santos (Universidade de Lisboa) and Inês Duarte (Universidade de Lisboa) Comprehension of control in obligatory control contexts: Choice of controller by children aged 3 to 5 years

April 2

INVITED SPEAKER: Misha Becker (University of North Carolina)
Subject selection in Raising and Control: Psycholinguistic evidence

10:00-11:00 Coffee break and posters

Filomena Gamas (Universidade de Lisboa), Inês Duarte (Universidade de Lisboa) and Ana Lúcia Santos (Universidade de Lisboa)
First steps in obviation and Control.

11:40-12:20 Marcel Pitteroff (University of Stuttgart), Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Silke Fischer (University of Stuttgart)
An experimental investigation of Partial Control in German.

12:20-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 Krisztina Szecsenyi (Eötvös Loránd University Budapest; Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Dative and nominative subjects in Hungarian infinitival clauses: an LF-based account

15:00-15:40 Jan Casalicchio (Università di Trento)
Rethinking the role of Agreement and Tense in non-finite clauses with overt subjects. Evidence from Romance gerunds and infinitives

15:40-16:00 Coffee break

Jamie Douglas (University of Cambridge)
Control into infinitival relatives: 'Optional' Obligatory Control?

INVITED SPEAKER: Sandhya Sundaresan (University of Leipzig)
Proxy control: A new species of obligatory control under modality.


Teresa Parodi (University of Cambridge)
The object is too far to understand: subjects and objects in non-finite degree clauses in child Spanish

Mathias Schenner (Freie Universität Berlin) and Jakob Mache (Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife)
On the interpretation of subjects in directive root infinitives in German

Katsumasa Ito (University of Tokyo) and Yoshiki Mori (University of Tokyo)
Genitive subjects as non-finiteness indicator in Japanese

Eszter Ótott-Kovács (University of Szeged)
Truncation and overt subjects: Two types of non-finite clauses in Kazakh

Xiaoshi Hu (Université Paris 7)
Diagnosing the internal structure of French causative constructions

Erik Zyman (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Finite raising to object and the mechanics of Agree

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