Going Romance

Leuven (Belgium) 2012


The 26th venue of Going Romance was organised by the Catholic University Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium (responsible organisers Karen Lahousse, Stefania Marzo and Piet Mertens)


Main session

Thursday, December 6

9.10 – 9.20 Welcome / introduction by Luk Draye, dean of the faculty of Arts.

9.20 – 10.15 Christina Tortora (The Graduate Center, CUNY), keynote speaker: Clausal domains and clitic placement generalizations in Romance.

10.15 – 10.50 Joâo Costa, Alexandra Fieis and Maria Lobo (CLUNL/FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa): Acquisition of Clitic Placement in European Portuguese.

Coffee break

11.10 – 11.45 Ana Lúcia Santos, Inês Duarte and Anabela Gonçalves (University of Lisbon): (Pseudo-)Inflected infinitives and control as agreement.

11.45 – 12.20 Michelle L. Sheehan (University of Cambridge): (Fake) Partial Control in Romance.

12.20 – 12.55 Alfredo García-Pardo (University of Southern California): Arguments and Control in Romance Participial Absolutes.

Lunch break

 14.10 – 14.45 Anna Pineda (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): Explaining Romance accusative / dative alternations.

14.45 – 15.20 Lieven Danckaert (Ghent University): The derivation of classical Latin INFL-final clauses: implications for the internal structure of the verb phrase.

15.20 – 15.55 Renato Lacerda (University of Connecticut): Structure-dependent quantifier floating in Brazilian Portuguese.

Coffee break

16.15 – 16.50 Anamaria Fălăuș (University of the Basque Country): Focus on Epistemic Indefinites.

 16.50 – 17.25 Nicola Munaro (Ca’Foscari University): Epistemic small clauses and the IL/SL predicate distinction: evidence from standard Italian.

17.25 – 18.00 Carlo Cecchetto, Catherina Donati and Mirta Vernice (University of Milan-Bicocca / Sapienza University of Rome): Relative clauses vs. clausal complements of nouns: reversing the picture.

Reception with Belgian beers


Friday, December 7

9.00 – 9.35 Justin Davidson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): The Social Dynamic of Language Variation and Change in The Spanish of Catalonia.

9.35 – 10.10 Isabelle Charnavel (University of California / Ecole Normale Supérieure – Institut Jean Nicod): A Unified Analysis of Iddi terms (terms expressing identity and difference) based on French data (même, différent, autre …).

10.10 – 10.45 Brian Hsu (University of Southern California): Two categories of bare singular nouns: Evidence from French.

Coffee break

11.05 – 11.40 Sonia Cyrino and Ruth Lopes (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil): Null objects as ellipsis.

11.40 – 12.15 Diego Pescarini (University of Padua): Italian Double Object Constructions and the PCC.

12.15 – 12.50 Margot Colinet (Université Paris Diderot / Paris 7): Projective behavior and at-issueness of indefinite NPIs and FCIs.

Lunch break

14.15 – 15.10 Manuel Leonetti (Universidad de Alcalá), keynote speaker: Spanish VSX.

15.10 – 15.45 Ana Maria Martins (University of Lisbon): Nominal Negative Inversion with algum/alguno.

Coffee break + poster session

Linda Badan (Leiden University), Stella Gryllia (University of Potsdam) and Gaetano Fiorin (Utrecht University): Italian pseudo-echo questions at the interface.

Antonio Fábregas (University of Tromso) and Rafael Marín (Université Lille 3): Deriving IL and SL in verbal states.

Antonio Fábregas and Angel Jiménez-Fernández (University of Seville): Extraction from fake adjuncts and first phase syntax.

Olga Fernández Soriano (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Violeta Demonte (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas): Spanish que at the syntax-pragmatics interface. Root complementizers and reportative evidentials.

Amélie Rocquet (Ghent University): A Peeling Account of Direct Object Agreement in French, Italian and Hungarian.

Gabriela Soare (University of Geneva): How Imposters Behave in Two Romance Languages.

16.25 – 17.00 Dennis Ott (University of Groningen): Connectivity in dislocation and the computation of the left periphery.

17.00 – 17.35 Jacopo Torregrossa (University of Verona): Postfocal topics in Italian and Spanish.

17.35 – 18.10 Maria Frascarelli (University of Roma Tree) and Angel L. Jiménez-Fernández (University of Seville): Specificity effects at the discourse-grammar interface.

Conference Dinner with Belgian menu


Workshop: Cleft sentences in Romance and Germanic

Saturday ,December 8

9.00 – 9.55 Adriana Belletti (Università degli Studi di Siena), keynote speaker: Focussing on Clefts.

9.55 – 10.30 Maria Lobo, Ana Lúcia Santos (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and Carla Soares-Jesel (Université Paris Diderot): European Portuguese clefts: evidence from acquisition data and adult production.

Coffee break + poster session

Maria Frascarelli and Francesca Ramaglia (University of Roma Tre): The interpretation of clefting asymmetries across Romance and Germanic.

Aleksandra Vercauteren (Ghent University): European Portuguese é clefts and Resumptive Preposing.

11.10 – 11.45 Emilie Destruel Johnson (UT Austin TX USA): The C’est-Cleft / Canonical alternation in French: A Stochastic Optimality Theoretic Analysis.

11.45 – 12.20 Carola Trips (Universität Mannheim) and Achim Stein (Universität Stuttgart): Cleft sentences in the history of French and English: A critical review of compensation and contact theories.

12.20 – 12.55 Anna-Maria de Cesare (University of Basel): On the so-called compensation mechanism principle: A discussion based on Italian, French, English and German cleft sentences.

Lunch break

14.15 – 14.50 Cecile de Cat (University of Leeds) and George Tsoulas (University of York): Toward a scalar implicature analysis of exhaustivity in clefts.

14.50 – 15.25 Dalina Kallulli (University of Vienna): Similarities between Romance and Bavarian German Clefts: Null Resumptives or Parasitic Gaps?

15.25 – 16.00 Liliane Haegeman (GIST, University of Ghent) and André Meinunger (ZAS, Berlin): Against a left peripheral analysis of it-clefts. 

 16.00 – 16.05 Closing remarks.


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