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Tue Oct 23 2018

Calls: Linguistic Theories/Spain

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Date: 19-Oct-2018
From: Hella Olbertz <>
Subject: International Workshop on Functional Discourse Grammar: Interfaces in FDG
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Full Title: International Workshop on Functional Discourse Grammar: Interfaces in FDG
Short Title: IW-FDG-2019

Date: 12-Sep-2019 - 13-Sep-2019
Location: Oviedo, Spain
Contact Person: Hella Olbertz
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2019

Meeting Description:

The workshop will be devoted to the interface conditions between the different levels of representation in the theory of Functional Discourse Grammar. It serves two major aims: (i) the development and improvement of the theory of FDG (Hengeveld & Mackenzie 2008) and (ii) the publication of a special issue of a respected journal on interfaces in FDG consisting of the papers discussed during the workshop.

Call for Papers:

The topic:

A matter of much concern in modular approaches to grammar is the interface conditions between levels of representation. It is generally assumed that a certain degree of compatibility is required among autonomous representations and that principles can be formulated that constrain grammar interfaces. The presentation of Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG) in Hengeveld and Mackenzie (2008) does not deal with interface conditions but the authors stress their importance for the future advancement of FDG. Although any contributions dealing with interfaces in FDG are welcome, the following list of topics may serve as an indication of the kind of issues that could be addressed:

1. Which conditions restrict the possible combinations of levels of representation?
2. Which correspondences between levels are necessary for a well-formed representation?
3. Which mismatches between levels are allowed in the grammar and which ones are not?
4. What are the differences between a modular and a derivational approach to grammar for the treatment of particular linguistic phenomena?
5. Are interface conditions universal or language-specific?
6. Which linguistic phenomena are better understood when the interaction between levels is taken into account?

Interfaces are particularly important when there are mismatches between levels. Without excluding the many other relevant phenomena, we list a number of such mismatches by way of example, organized by pairs of levels:

- Interpersonal/Representational: zero anaphora, cross-reference.
- Representational/Morphosyntactic: alignment and grammatical relations, fusion, incorporation, compounding.
- Morphosyntactic/Phonological: morpho-phonological processes, cliticization.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the interaction between the four levels of representation in FDG from both a theoretical and an applied perspective. Contributions investigating any of the aforementioned topics are welcome. Representatives of other frameworks will be invited to provide feedback on these contributions such that the developments in comparable theories can be fully taken into account.

The abstract:

Anyone interested in participating in the workshop is kindly requested to let us know as soon as possible (at, so that we know at an early stage how many participants we may expect. Extended abstracts (1500 words or four pages) on the aforementioned general topic need to be submitted by 15 January 2019 to Please note that by sending in an abstract you express your willingness to take part not only in the workshop but also in the various preparatory activities specified above.

The workshop:

During the workshops, each paper will be discussed in great detail during a number of chaired sessions. Contributors will be asked to react to the comments they have received on their paper, after which other participants can ask questions and make suggestions. The aim of this procedure is twofold: it will help to improve the final versions of the papers and it will allow us to create a unified set of papers, which will enhance the chances of publication as a special issue or a thematic volume.

The programme committee:

Daniel García Velasco, chair (University of Oviedo)
Lucía Contreras García, (University of Oviedo)
Kees Hengeveld (University of Amsterdam)

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