LINGUIST List 32.251

Tue Jan 19 2021

Calls: Semantics, Syntax/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 19-Jan-2021
From: Konstantina Balasi <>
Subject: The nominal approach to clausal complementation
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Full Title: The nominal approach to clausal complementation
Short Title: NaCC

Date: 27-May-2021 - 27-May-2021
Location: Online, Greece
Contact Person: Konstantina Balasi
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 08-Feb-2021

Meeting Description:

In the context of the Research Program “Selecting wh-Questions: Integrating Theoretical with Experimental and Applied Linguistics” (SeQuest: InTEAL), funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation, through the University of Patras, we are pleased to announce the workshop “The nominal approach to clausal complementation”, to be held online on May 27, 2021.

Typically, predicates like verbs (cf., (1)), nouns (cf., (2)) and adjectives (cf., (3)) may take clausal complements that are either introduced by complementizers, such as that (cf., (1a), (2), (3a)) and whether/if (cf., (1b), (3b)), or by wh-elements (cf., (1c), (3c)).

(1) a. I believe that John left
b. She asked me whether/if John was drunk
c. I know who left

(2) The news that John is missing shocked Alan

(3) a. I am happy that you liked my present
b. I am not sure whether/if you received my email
c. I am not sure who she is

Regarding the structural representation of clausal complements, by and large, two major approaches have been put forward, within the generative literature: On one view, dating back to Emonds (1970) and Stowell (1981), a complement clause is “sentential” in nature (CP); on another view, tracing back to Rosenbaum (1967), a complement clause is “nominal” in nature (CP headed by N). This workshop seeks to bring together accounts that belong to the “nominal” camp of clausal complementation. Some questions to be addressed during the workshop are:
a) How is the complement clause combined with the main clause?
b) What is the status of the element that introduces the complement clause?
c) Is the complementizer placed inside or outside the C-layer?
d) Is clausal complementation an instance of nominalization or relativization?
e) What is the role of (c-/s-)selection?
f) Is there any other kind of syntactic/semantic licensing?
g) Can the nominal approach extend to the selection of wh-clauses?
h) Do clausal complements constitute a unitary phenomenon?

Invited Speakers:
- Keir Moulton, University of Toronto
- Maria Rita Manzini, Università degli Studi di Firenze (University of Florence)

Organizing committee:
Christos Vlachos & Konstantina Balasi, University of Patras

Final Call for Papers:

Abstracts should meet the following submission guidelines:
- Abstracts must be anonymous and should not exceed two pages, including data, references, and diagrams.
- Abstracts should be typed in Times New Roman, 11-point font size and be single spaced.
- Each author may submit up to two abstracts: either one single-authored and one co-authored or two co-authored.

Please submit your abstract by 8 February 2021 through the EasyChair platform at the address given below:

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 26 March 2021.

Please note that presentations should be 30 minutes long, followed by a 10-minute discussion. Also, due to the online nature of the workshop, poster presentations will be accepted as lightning talks that should be 15 minutes long, followed by a 5-minute discussion.

Important dates:
- Abstract submission deadline - extended: February 8, 2021
- Notification of acceptance: March 26, 2021
- Workshop day: May 27, 2021

Research project’s webpage:

Workshop’s webpage:

Page Updated: 19-Jan-2021