LINGUIST List 32.396

Tue Feb 02 2021

Confs: Gen Ling, Hist Ling, Ling Theories, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 02-Feb-2021
From: Lutz Gunkel <>
Subject: On the Nouniness of Propositional Arguments
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On the Nouniness of Propositional Arguments
Short Title: dgfs2021

Date: 24-Feb-2021 - 26-Feb-2021
Location: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Contact: Jutta M. Hartmann
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Organizers: Katrin Axel-Tober, Lutz Gunkel, Jutta M. Hartmann, Anke Holler

Workshop at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), Freiburg i. B., Germany (

The linguistic properties of propositional arguments—broadly understood as arguments expressing events, propositions, situations, usually realized as finite, non-finite or gerundival structures—have been subject to extensive research from different perspectives. Recent research in the syntax and semantics of such clauses has concentrated on the question of whether or not (finite) clauses are all underlyingly nominal in contrast to earlier research where that-type clauses have been argued to exhibit a low degree of “nouniness” (Ross 1973) and only a subclass of clauses has been considered nominal (e.g. factives or extraposed clauses). Those arguing for a nominal analysis either assume that clauses are complements to nominal heads or based on relative clauses. From a semantic perspective, clauses have been considered to be propositions or properties of individuals (see a.o. Kratzer 2006, Moulton 2015), which partially corresponds to a relative-clause analyses. At present these proposals have been prominently argued for in the theoretical literature, but they still require a broader investigation.

The aim of this workshop thus is to bring together researchers from a variety of backgrounds that consider to what extent different kinds of propositional arguments can be analysed as underlyingly nominal, and/or properties of individuals, including the question of the correspondence between the presence of a nominal projection and its interpretation. We invite original papers, who address the topic fo the workshop, especially considering the following issues:

(i) What is the status of non-canonical types of propositional arguments such as non-finite clauses, different types of correlate structures, interrogative clauses, etc.? Do they differ with respect to nouniness from other types of clauses?

(ii) How did different types of propositional arguments evolve? How does the historical development influence the status of different types of propositional arguments?

(iii) What kind of cross-linguistic or typological variation do we find in the expression of propositional arguments?

Program Information:

Invited Speakers:
– Carlos de Cuba (New York), Relatively nouny?
– Patrick D. Elliott (Cambridge, MA), Objects of attitude ascriptions
– Katalin É. Kiss (Budapest), The evolving of nouny subordination in Hungarian: From parataxis or from correlatives?

Program and Abstracts:


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