2015: Nijmegen

Going Romance 2015 took place at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, from 10 – 12 December.

Responsible for the organisation were Haike Jacobs, Janine Berns and Dominique Nouveau.


Thursday, December 10, 2015.

9.30 Opening

9.40 – 10.30 Keynote by Sophie Wauquier, French liaison in L1 and L2: Why usage is not good enough.

Parallel sessions I

10.45 – 11.20 Clàudia Pons-Moll, Jesús Jiménez and Maria-Rosa Lloret, Glide phonotactics in varieties of Catalan and Spanish.

11.20 – 11.55 Svetlana Kaminskaia, Exploring sociolinguistic discontinuity in a minority French.

11.55 – 12.30 Francesc Torres-Tamarit and Clàudia Pons-Moll, Enclitic-triggered stress shift in Catalan.

Lunch break

13.45 – 14.20 Luis López, M. Carmen Parafita Couto and Hans Stadthagen González, Configurations for licensing: Evidence from code-switching.

14.20 – 14.55 Andrés Saab and Luis Vicente, Tenses as pronouns and (un)acceptable tenses mismatches under TP ellipsis.

14.55 – 15.20 Anna Gavarró and Myriam Cantú, The founder effect in a South Pacific island: a case of Spanish SLI?


15.40 – 16.15 Federica Cognola and Norma Schifano, Italian ben: a case study on Romance discourse particles.

 16.15 – 16.50 Yuko Yoshinari and Fabiana Andreani, Italian expressions of motion events: Observation from the encoding pattern of deictic information in comparison with English and French.

16.50 – 17.25 Sam Wolfe,The importance of the fin/force distinction for a theory of (Medieval Romance) V2.

17.25 – 18.00 Dana Niculescu, Romanian Imperatives: pronominal clitics and verb movement.

Parallel sessions II

10.45 – 11.20 Renato Lacerda, Topicalization and the syntax-semantics interface: Asymmetries between high and low topics in Brazilian Portuguese.

11.20 – 11.55 Karen Duek, External possession in Brazilian Portuguese: no movement to thematic positions.  

11.55 – 12.30 Gabriela Matos and Sonia Cyrino, Reduced Parenthetical Clauses in European and Brazilian Portuguese.

Lunch break

13.45 – 14.20  Aleksandra Vercauteren, The focalizing SER ‘to be’ construction in European Portuguese.

14.20 – 14.55 Ruth E. V. Lopes, Some low ellipses in Portuguese and phasehood.

14.55 – 15.20 Monica Alexandrina Irimia and Sonia Cyrino, Syntactic positions for DOM: the case of Brazilian Portuguese and Romanian.


15.40 – 16.15 Guro Nore Fløgstad, Chad Howe and Celeste Rodriguez Louro, Event continuity, temporal definiteness and the present perfect/present opposition in Spanish.

 16.15 – 16.50 Jérémy Pasquereau, Overt movement of comparative quantifiers in European French.

16.50 – 17.25 Susana Rodríguez Rosique, Discursive functions of Spanish future: A distance-based analysis.

17.25 – 18.00 Alice Corr, Speech acts, syntax and insubordination: the view from Ibero-Romance.


Friday, December 11, 2015.

9.30 – 10.30 Keynote by Johan Rooryck – TBA

13.30 – 14.30 Keynote by Pieter Muysken — Patterns of dispersal in the languages of South America.

Parallel sessions I

10.45 – 11.20 Alejo Alcaraz, Spurious se in Spanish as sleeper agreement.

11.20 – 11.55 Elena Castroviejo and Laia Mayol, The building blocks of at least: evidence from Catalan.

11.55 – 12.30 Antonio Fábregas and Rafael Marín, Syntactically encoded scales: yes in Spanish, no in English.

Lunch break

14.30 – 15.05 M. Pilar Colomina, Parameters of clitic combination in Eastern Iberian.

15.05 – 15.40 María Biezma, Givenness and the difference between wh-fronted and wh-in-situ questions in Spanish.


15.50 – 16.25 Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin and Mara Panaitescu, Co-distributive numerals and bare plurals in Romanian.

16.25 – 17.00 Cecilia Poletto and Emanuela Sanfelici, Three types of appositive relative clauses.

17.00 – 17.35 Alfredo García-Pardo, Delimiting L–‐syntax: Stative Causatives and the Aktionsart of Argument Structure.

Parallel sessions II

10.45 – 11.20 Pablo Rico, Modal and aspectual readings of infinitival clauses: a syntactic view.

11.20 – 11.55 Melania S. Masià, Spanish adjectives of completeness as maximizers of property concept nouns.

11.55 – 12.30 Irene Franco, Olga Kellert, Guido Mensching and Cecilia Poletto, How an aspectual marker becomes a focalizer: a case study in Old Italian.

Lunch break

14.30 – 15.05 M. Eugenia Mangialavori Rasia and Virginia Palazzetti, Verbs, semantics and (L)syntax: A proposal for Iberian Romance meaningful copulas.

15.05 – 15.40 Antonio Fábregas and Rafael Marín, Spanish estarse is not only agentive, but also inchoative.


15.50 – 16.25 Jon Ander Mendia, Complex Cardinals of Approximation in Spanish.

16.25 – 17.00 M Eugenia Mangialavori Rasia, Two ways from adjectives to verbs in Romance: relations between measuring-out effect, eventive complexity and argument structure.


Saturday, December 12, 2015.

Parallel sessions I

09.30 – 10.05 Noam Faust and Nicola Lampitelli, Government and allomorphy in the Italian definite article.

10.05 – 10.40 Elisa Battisti and Ben Hermans, The hybrid nature of high vowels and the palatalization of dental stops in Brazilian Portuguese.


11.00 – 11.35 Vania Masutti and Giuseppina Silvestri, The phonology-syntax interface in Romance: comparing liaison and propagation.

Parallel sessions II

09.30 – 10.05 Stefano Rastelli, Systematic Actional Shift in Adult Sla: A Dynamic Truth-Value Judgments Study on L2 Learners of Italian.

10.05 – 10.40 Rosalinde Stadt, Aafke Hulk and Petra Sleeman, Testing the L2 Status Factor: the Influence of English Immersion on L3 French.


11.00 – 11.35 Tim Diaubalick and Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes, The comparative fallacy in Spanish tense-aspect studies: Problems of native control data


11.40 – 11.50 Closing Remarks


The webpage for the Nijmegen venue of Going Romance was http://www.ru.nl/lits/going-romance/going-romance-29/. It is undetermined how long this page will be accessible via the internet.