LINGUIST List 31.2952

Wed Sep 30 2020

Confs: Historical Ling, Semantics, Syntax, Typology/Spain

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 29-Sep-2020
From: Xabier Artiagoitia <>
Subject: International Workshop on Discourse Particles
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International Workshop on Discourse Particles
Short Title: Indispart1

Date: 08-Oct-2020 - 08-Oct-2020
Location: Vitoria-Gasteo, Spain
Contact: Xabier Artiagoitia
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Meeting Description:

This workshop aims to bring together linguists working on discourse or modal particles in any linguistically relevant field (diachrony, semantic-pragmatics, syntax). Studies that look into the role particles play in clause typing, as well as approaches that account for particles expressing evidentiality, epistemicy and modality are welcome.

One of the goals of the workshop is to investigate the syntactic behaviour of such particles, namely their syntactic nature, position and interaction with other constituents. Additionally, this one-day workshop aims to provide an opportunity to present and discuss the relation between discourse/ modal particles and the formation of utterance meaning; we are particularly concerned with those particles which, apart from occurring in declarative contexts, are also used in questions.

Organizing committee: Arantzazu Elordieta, Xabier Artiagoitia and Sergio Monforte.

This workshop is part of the project PGC2018-100686-B-I00 ‘Analysis of some functional particles (modal, negative, complementizer) in Basque grammar’, funded by Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Program Information:

This online workshop aims to bring together linguists working on discourse or modal particles in any linguistically relevant field (diachrony, semantic pragmatics, syntax).

8:45-9:00 Online reception
9:00-10:00 On the adverbial origin of German modal particles
Marco Coniglio, Georg August (Universität Göttingen)
10:00-10:30 On the contextual anchoring of discourse-markers
Nicola Munaro (Ca' Foscari University)
10:30-11:00 Outer Particles vs Tags: Distinction in homophony
Aitor Lizardi Ituarte (UPV / EHU)
11:00-11:30 Pause
11:30-12:00 Unembedded whether-questions as pedagogical questions in Old English
Regine Eckardt & George Walkden (Universität Konstanz)
12:00-13:00 Sentence-final particles in Mandarin Chinese as heads in a multi-layered CP
Waltraud Paul (CNRS)
13:00-13:30 Attitude Sensitive Complementizers in Laz
Ömer Demirok & Balkız Öztürk (Boğaziçi University)
13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-15:30 The grammaticalization of the discourse particle esque in Spanish
Manuel Pérez Saldanya (Universitat de València) José Ignacio Hualde (Univ. of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne)
15:30-16:00 Meaning and use of evidential/modal particles in Basque
Kepa Korta & Larraitz Zubeldia (UPV / EHU)
16:00-16:30 Pause
16:30-17:30 Modal Particles between Syntax and Semantics
Daniel Gutzmann (University of Cologne)
17:30-18:00 A framework for German discourse particles
Johannes Schneider (Universität Leipzig)

Organizing Committee: Arantzazu Elordieta , Sergio Monforte, Xabier Artiagoitia

Further information:
For free registration email us at:

This workshop is part of the research project PGC2018100686 B I00 funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

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