LINGUIST List 27.995

Thu Feb 25 2016

Confs: General Ling, Historical Ling, Syntax, Typology/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 24-Feb-2016
From: Barbara Sonnenhauser <>
Subject: Variation in Space and Time: Clausal Complementation in South Slavic
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Variation in Space and Time: Clausal Complementation in South Slavic

Date: 17-Mar-2016 - 19-Mar-2016
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Contact: Barbara Sonnenhauser
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Syntax; Typology

Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup

Meeting Description:

The South Slavic languages - Slovene, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, and Macedonian - constitute a quite heterogeneous group of languages. On the one hand, they form a dialect continuum, while on the other hand, they are part of different areal convergence zones. The intersection of dialectal and areal affiliation is further complicated by the individual standardisation histories, which may have led to differentiations on the level of the standard languages that are not necessarily observed for the spoken varieties and dialects. This makes the investigation of non-standard and historical data an urgent requirement.

One case in point illustrating this complex situation is clausal complementation (CC). The linguistic complexity of South Slavic has been impeding studies covering the unity and diversity of the CC strategies encountered for these languages in their entirety. Moreover, CC itself is still an under-defined notion. Crucially, discussing CC in South Slavic from various points of view, applying different theoretical approaches and methods of investigation, as shall be done by the contributions to this conference, necessitates a clear elaboration of the key notions used in the individual analyses.

Against this background, the conference aims at gaining a detailed picture of the diverse patterns of CC in South Slavic by bringing together researchers which focus on different aspects of this topic. Striving to arrive at a clearer concept of CC, the conference also contributes to linguistic concept formation, which will enhance further collaborative investigations. In addition, the workshop intends to explore the possibilities of creating a unified platform of corpora and similar kinds of data necessary for empirical research in this domain.


Thursday, March 17 2016

Barbara Sonnenhauser (Zurich) & Björn Wiemer (Mainz):
Introduction: the many facets of clausal complementation

Approaching the nature of complementation

Bojan Belić (Seattle):
Finite infinity: controllers and choice of clausal complements (in Serbian)

Björn Hansen (Regensburg) & Zrinka Kolaković (Regensburg):
Clitic climbing in complement taking predicates in Serbian and Croatian: a study on semantic clause integration

15.50-16.20 Coffee break

Liljana Mitkovska (Skopje) & Eleni Bužarovska (Skopje):
Clausal complementation of visual perception verbs in Balkan Slavic: inherited and contact-induced features

Ivana Vrdoljak (Mainz):
Factivity status of complements in Croatian/Serbian


Friday, March 18 2016


Taras Zakharko (Zurich):
Annotating semantics of complementisers in corpora: the case of interpretative backgrounds

Tanja Samardžić (Zurich):
The 'Regional data initiative': resources of Croatian and Serbian

10.50-11.20 Coffee break

Teodora Vuković (Belgrade):
Towards the Torlak vernacular corpus

Hanne Eckhoff (Tromsö):
The history of Slavic complementation: data and pitfalls


12.45-14.15 Lunch

Complementation in space

Pino Marco Pizzo (Mainz):
On the variability of syntactic structures from the Freising manuscripts to the East-Southslavic classical literary canon. Sources and data.

Marc L. Greenberg (Kansas):
Antemurale innovationis: the Mura river area as both a center and a periphery

15.20-15.50 Coffee break

Maxim Makartsev (Moscow):
Contact phenomena in clausal complementation in several Slavic varieties in Albania

Walter Breu (Konstanz):
Complementizers in language contact (South Slavic and Albanian in Italy)


Saturday, March 19 2016

Complementation in time

Yannis Kakridis (Bern):
Mark 2,10-11: Periphrastic imperative and ὅτι recitativum?

Veronika Kampf (Cologne):
Emerging complementizer contrasts in pre-standardized Bulgarian

Jasmina Grković-Major (Novi Sad):
The development of emotion predicate complements in Serbian

11.10-11.30 Coffee break

Discussion; Summary of results and prospects for further collaboration

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