LINGUIST List 32.3522

Fri Nov 05 2021

Confs: Syntax, Typology/France

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 04-Nov-2021
From: Katharina Haude <>
Subject: Complex Sentences in South American Languages
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Complex Sentences in South American Languages

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

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax; Typology

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.


Dear colleagues,

Please find below the program of the workshop ''Complex Sentences in South American Languages'', which will take place online from November 17th to 19th, 2021.

If you are interested in attending, please register by sending an Email to and by November 15th at the latest. You will then receive the book of abstracts and the Zoom link.

All best,

Katharina Haude & Luciana Storto

Workshop on Complex Sentences in South American Languages
November 17-19, 2021
SeDyL (CNRS), Villejuif, France

Wednesday, November 17th, Paris time:

14:00 Introduction to the workshop
Katharina Haude (CNRS-SeDyL, France) & Luciana Storto (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

14:30 Bora Co-referent Embedded Subjects: A Case Against Control.
Marcus Berger (University of Michigan, USA)

15:15 Nominalization and Clause Linkage in Yukuna.
Magdalena Lemus Serrano (Université Aix-Marseille, France)

16:00 Break

16:15 Reference Tracking in Complex Sentences in Quichua.
Mayra Juanatey (CONICET, Argentina)

17:00 Verbal and Nominal Predicates in Multi-Clausal Utterances in Yurakaré.
Sonja Gipper (Universität zu Köln, Germany)

17:45 Break

18:00 Invited Talk: Quotation as a diagnostic for productive syntactic recursion: Evidence from Tuparí (Tupían family).
Adam Singerman (Harvard University, USA)

19:00 End

Thursday, November 18th, Paris time:

14:00 Complex structures and the CP domain in Oro Waram (Txapakura family).
Ana Calindro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Selmo Apontes (Universidade Federal do Acre, Brazil) & Quesler Camargos (Universidade Federal de Rondônia, Brazil)

14:45 Temporal Framing in Kuikuro.
Bruna Franchetto (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) & Gélsama Mara Ferreira dos Santos (Universidade Federal do Amapá, Brazil)

15:30 Break

15:45 Subordination in the Cariban Family.
Spike Gildea (Oregon University, USA) & Natalia Cáceres (CNRS-SeDyL, France)

16:30 Counterfactual Conditionals in South American languages.
Jesús Olguín Martínez (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA)

17:15 Break

17:30 Invited Talk: Construction-based areal typology: subordination strategies in South American languages.
Rik van Gijn (Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands)

18:30 End

Friday, November 19th, Paris time:

14:00 Focus and Subordination in Tupian languages.
Luciana Storto (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

14:45 Subordination and Nominalization in Karitiana.
Karin Vivanco (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

15:30 Break

15:45 Acquisition of Conjunctions: a production study in Yudja.
Suzi Lima (University of Toronto, Canada)

16:30 Reality Status Across Complex Sentences: Irrealis in Mbya Guarani purpose constructions.
Estefania Baranger (CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

17:15 Break

17:30 Invited Talk: Restructuring and evidentiality in Mbyá.
Guillaume Thomas (University of Toronto, Canada)

18:30 Final discussion

19:00 End

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