LINGUIST List 32.1654

Wed May 12 2021

Calls: Syntax, Typology/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 11-May-2021
From: Katharina Haude <>
Subject: Complex Sentences in South American Languages
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Full Title: Complex Sentences in South American Languages

Date: 17-Nov-2021 - 19-Nov-2021
Location: Villejuif (Online), France
Contact Person: Katharina Haude
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 20-Jul-2021

Meeting Description:

In recent years, the research on Native South American languages has seen a rising interest in complex sentence structure (van Gijn et al. 2011, van Gijn et al. 2014, Amaral et al. 2018, Overall et al 2018, Zariquiey et al. 2019). Languages of South America show phenomena that are challenging for the traditional definitions of complex sentence structures. For instance, the traditional definitions of adverbial, complement, and relative clauses are questioned by so-called headless and internally-headed relative clauses, or by adverbial clauses performing the predication function in copular sentences. A further issue is establishing to what extent subordinate clauses are nominal and whether subordinating conjunctions may be alternatively analyzed as adpositions in some of these languages. In some language families of South America, furthermore, the syntactic distinction between lexical classes such as verbs and nouns is weak or diachronically young, which makes it more difficult to grasp categories like relativization or nominalization.

This workshop, which will be organized at the research lab SEDYL (CNRS–INALCO–IRD) in Villejuif/France and held via Zoom, intends to bring together experts on Native South American languages from both a functional-typological and a formalist background. The objective is to help researchers from different backgrounds to find a common ground in the way they describe the different phenomena involved in complex sentences.

Call for Papers:

Abstracts (max. 500 words, examples included) are invited for papers discussing any of the following topics in Native South American languages:
– similarities and differences among different types of complex sentence structures
– the morphological and syntactic properties of the (clausal) complements of nonverbal predicates
– subordination phenomena in relation to flexible vs. rigid lexical classes in a language
– co-reference between arguments of main and embedded clauses
– similarities and differences between adpositional phrases, adverbial phrases, and adjuncts
– the relationship between typological properties of the language (e.g. constituent order, alignment type) and its subordination phenomena
– complex sentences in a diachronic perspective

Both in the abstracts and in the conference papers, authors should keep in mind the heterogeneous audience and avoid or explain theory-specific terminology.

Abstracts should be sent to: and

Important dates:
Submission of abstracts: July 20, 2021
Notification of acceptance: September 20, 2021
Online conference dates: November 17-19, 2021

Scientific committee:
Luciana Storto (organizer)
Katharina Haude (organizer)
Natalia Cáceres (organizer)
Patience Epps
Hein van der Voort
Guillaume Thomas
Filomena Sandalo
Andrés Pablo Salanova
Adam Singerman

Invited speakers:
Rik van Gijn
Guillaume Thomas
Adam Singerman

Amaral, Luiz, Marcus Maia, Andrew Nevins & Tom Roeper (eds.). 2018. Recursion Across Domains. Cambridge University Press.
Overall, Simon, Rosa Vallejos & Spike Gildea (eds.). 2018. Nonverbal Predication in Amazonian Languages. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins [=Typological Studies in Language, 122].
van Gijn, Rik, Katharina Haude, and Pieter Muysken (eds.). 2011. Subordination in South American Languages. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins [=Typological Studies in Language, 97].
Van Gijn, J. Hammond, D. Matiç, S. van Putten & V. Galucio (eds.) 2014. Information Structure and Reference Tracking in Complex Sentences. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins [=Typological Studies in Language, 105].
Zariquiey, Roberto, Masayoshi Shibatani, and David W. Fleck (eds.). 2019. Nominalization in Languages of the Americas. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins [=Typological Studies in Language, 124].

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