LINGUIST List 32.3060

Wed Sep 29 2021

Confs: French; General Ling, Historical Ling, Semantics, Syntax, Typology/France

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 26-Sep-2021
From: Dejan Stosic <>
Subject: Complex Prepositions in French: Theories, Descriptions, Applications
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Complex Prepositions in French: Theories, Descriptions, Applications
Short Title: PrepComp2021

Date: 30-Sep-2021 - 01-Oct-2021
Location: Toulouse, France
Contact: Dejan Stosic
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

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

Subject Language(s): French

Meeting Description:

The international conference ''Complex prepositions in French: Theories, descriptions, applications'' will be held from September 30 to October 1 in Toulouse (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès). The conference aims to explore multi-word expressions that are half-way between the lexicon and grammar such as ''à travers'' ‘through’, ''au bord de'' ‘on the edge of’, ''en dépit de'' ‘in spite of’, ''par rapport'' à ‘with respect to’, ''à l’instar de'' ‘like’, ''en ce qui concerne'' ‘concerning’, etc. Despite extensive research on the topic, prepositions are still considered as a word class with fuzzy boundaries, which is due to a range of factors: their morphological and structural diversity, a wide variety of syntactic behaviors, a wealth of both grammatical and lexical meanings, a wide spectrum of evolution paths, polysemy and category membership ambiguity of many class members.

The conference will be held in hybrid format, both online and in-person at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, France.

Whether you wish to participate face-to-face or remotely, you must register by 2:00 pm September 29 on this website ( An email with the meeting link will be sent out the day before the conference.


The final version of the program is available on the conference site: .
The website also contains the description of the event, the program, the abstracts, and the information about the venue.

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