LINGUIST List 31.2639

Mon Aug 24 2020

Calls: Gen Ling/Greece

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 24-Aug-2020
From: Olga Borik <>
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Date: 31-Aug-2021 - 03-Sep-2021
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact Person: Olga Borik
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Ever since Plato and Aristotle, the notion of predication has been one of the central issues in philosophy (Cocchiarella 1989; Angelelli 2004). In linguistics, predication has been one of the most prominent research areas since the 19th century (Bloomfield 1916; Williams 1980; among many others), including today's modern theories of argument structure (Hale & Keyser 2002; Marantz 2013; among many others). The main challenge in linguistic research focused on predication has been to adequately represent the crucial relation between a predicate and its arguments, which forms a core construct at all major levels of linguistic analysis. In this, and in many other respects, complex predicates have attracted a lot of attention because they differ considerably from canonical predication in their internal composition, syntactic and semantic properties.

This workshop aims at bringing together theoretical and empirical research raising challenging questions concerning composition, syntax, semantics and acquisition of complex predicates from a variety of languages with the goal to improve our knowledge of complex predicates and thus, of the process of predication itself. Main research questions to be addressed in this workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Why do complex predicates exist in natural language and what can they tell us about the nature and design of language as well as other cognitive systems?
2. How can we account for a great variety of constructions that are characterized as complex predicates?
3. What are the common syntactic and semantic properties shared by various complex predicate constructions?
4. How are complex predicates acquired in first and second languages?

More specific questions also include:

1. What is the role and/or status of light verbs such as the English causative have in the formation of complex predicates?
2. What is the relation, if any, between complex predicates and other related constructions such as reflexive-like clitics?
3. What are the shared underlying grammatical properties, if any, between complex predicates and applicative heads?
4. What kind of semantic mechanisms are involved in complex predicate formation?
5. What is the age of onset of complex predicates across languages, as examined in child first language acquisition?
6. What is the role played by adult input/language exposure in the acquisition of complex predicates, as analysed in simultaneous bilinguals, sequential bilinguals and second language learners?
7. Does the other L1 interfere in the acquisition of complex predicates in the case of simultaneous bilinguals, sequential bilinguals and second language learners?

We invite submissions of preliminary abstracts of 300 words maximum (for 20-minute presentations with 10 minutes for discussion) that address any of the topics in the meeting description or related questions. Abstracts in PDF format should be sent to the following address: (Olga Borik)

We kindly ask you to submit your abstract by 1 October 2020.

If the workshop proposal is accepted, all preliminary workshop participants will be invited to submit the full versions of their abstracts to the general call for papers. Final abstracts of max 500 words (excluding references) should be resubmitted to the SLE organizing committee before 15 January 2021.

Important dates:

1 October 2020: Deadline for submission of 300-word abstracts (excluding references) to the workshop organizers.
20 November 2020: Notification of acceptance by the workshop organizers and submission of the workshop proposal to SLE
15 December 2020: Notification of acceptance of workshop proposals from SLE organizers to workshop organizers
15 January 2021: Submission of full abstracts (500 words, excluding references), taking into account any feedback from the reviewing procedure, for review by SLE
31 March 2021: Notification of acceptance of individual workshop contributions.
31 August - 3 September 2021: SLE 2021 conference in Athens (Greece)

Olga Borik (UNED)
Silvia Sánchez Calderón (UNED)
Ismael Teomiro (UNED)

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