Going Romance

Lisboa (Portugal) 2014

In 2014, from December 4 – 6, Going Romance has taken place in Lisbon — as a joint initiative of Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Universidade de Lisboa through their Linguistics centers (FCSH/CLUNL and FLUL/CLUL).

Responsible for the organisation of this 28th venue of Going Romance were Alexandra Fiéis, Ana Maria Martins, Ernestina Carrilho, Maria Lobo, João Costa and Sandra Pereira.


Main session

Thursday, December 4, 2014.

9.15 Opening

9.20 – 10.20 Roberta d’Alessandro (Universiteit Leiden), keynote speaker. When imperfections are perfect: narrow syntax from the point of view of Italian varieties.

 10.20 – 10.55 Jan Casalicchio (Univ. Trento). Pseudo-relatives and their left periphery: a unified account.

Coffee break

11.20 – 11.55 Yair Haendler & Flavia Adani (Univ. Potsdam). The impact of embedded pronouns on children’s relative clause comprehension.

11.55 – 12.30 Luis Eguren (Univ. Autónoma de Madrid). On the (in)compatibility of possessives and relative clauses in Spanish.

12.30 – 13.05 Cecilia Poletto & Emanuela Sanfelici (Goethe Univ. Frankfurt). On the nature of complementizers: Insights from Italian subject relative clauses.

Lunch break

14.30 – 15.05 Cigo Greco (Univ. Gent), Marco Mrelli (Univ. Trento) & Liliane Haegeman (Univ. Gent). The opacity of subjects in Italian: An experimental investigation on the role of external-syntax factors in cumulative effects.

15.05 – 15.40 Nadia Canceiro (Univ. Lisboa). Omitted subjects in coordinate and subordinate adverbial sentences in European Portuguese.

15.40 – 16.15 María Inés Corbalán (Univ. Estadual de Campinas). Overt subjects [-R] in infinitive complements from Spanish and Italian as bound variable pronouns.

Coffee break

16.40 – 17.15 Viviane Déprez (Rutgers Univ.), Susagna Tubau (Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona), Anne Cheylus (CNRS) & M. Teresa Espinal (Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona). Negative discord in a concord language: An experimental investigation of NC and DN in Catalan.

17.15 – 17.50 Cristina Sánchez López (Univ. Complutense de Madrid). Person features and functional heads: Evidence from an exceptional optative sentence in Spanish.

17.50 – 18.25 Urtzi Etxebarria (CNRS-IKER) & Anastasia Giannakidou (Univ. Chicago). Anti-specificity and the role of number: The case of Spanish algún/algunos

Porto de Honra (Port wine Reception)


Friday, December 5

9.00 – 10.00 Cancelled (keynote speaker Guido Menschin)

10.00 – 10.35 Monica Alexandrina Irimia, Giuseppe Longobardi, Dimitri Michelioudakis & Nina Radkevich (Univ. of York). Case, pro-features, and nominal linker: Evidence from Romanian genitives.

Coffee break

11.00 – 11.35 Florian Schäfer (Ecole Normale Supérieure / Univ. Stuttgart). Integrating reflexively marked medio-passives into a formal typology of Voice.

11.35 – 12.10. Alfredo García-Pardo (Univ. Southern California). The Spanish quedar-passive and its relevance for the typology of adjectival passives.

12.10 – 12.45 Alejo Alcaraz (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea). A parametric geometry for person morphemes.

Lunch break

14.10 – 14.45 Melanie Elliott & Mihaela Pirvulescu (Univ. Toronto). Bilingual delay in the acquisition of direct object clitics in the Spanish of bilingual Spanish-French children.

14.45 – 15.20 Sonia Cyrino (Univ. Estadual de Campinas) & Michelle Sheehan (Univ. of Cambridge). Variation and change in the Romance faire-infinitif.

15.20 – 15.55 Jacopo Garzonio & Silvia Rossi (Univ. Ca’Foscari Venezia). On Italian complex PPs.

Coffee break

16.20 – 16.55 Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin (CNRS-LLF, Univ. Paris 7), Emilia Ellsiepen (Goethe Univ. Frankfurt) & Barbara Hemforth (CNRS-LLF, Univ. Paris 7). Why are distributive readings dispreferred?

16.55 – 17.30 Raffaella Folli (Univ. Ulster) & Heidi Harley (Univ. Arizona). Against deficiency-based typologies: Manner-alternation parameters in Italian and English.

17.30 – 18.30 Alain Rouveret (Université Paris 7), keynote speaker. Two ways to be local in the French faire construction.

Conference dinner

Alternate: Margot Vivanco (Univ. Complutense de Madrid). Monoeventive vs. bieventive anticausative.


Saturday, December 6

Workshops: One general session, three thematic sessions.

General session, 9.00 – 10.00 Luigi Rizzi (University of Geneva / University of Siena), keynote speaker. EPP and ECP revisited: the role of labeling.


 Workshop #1: Constituent order variation

10.05 – 10.40 Jacopo Garzonio (Univ. Ca’Foscari Venezia) & Cecilia Poletto (Goethe Univ. Frankfurt). Decomposing negation: The order of adverbs and negations and the Big NegP hypothesis.

10.40 – 11.15 Lena Karssenberg & Karen Lahousse (KU Leuven). C’est clefts versus il y a clefts in French.

Coffee break

11.40 – 12.15 Cristina Guardiano (Univ. di Modena e Reggio Emilia). Microvariation across nominal structures in Southern Italian Romance; A parametric approach.

12.15 – 12.50 Mihaela Marchis (Univ. Hamburg) & Carolina Petersen (Univ. Maryland). Non-local dependencies in the syntax: Raising, control and cliticization.

12.50 – 13.25 Madalena Colaço & Gabriela Matos (Univ. Lisboa). Explicative clauses in Portuguese: A specifying coordination approach.

Lunch break

14.30 – 15.05 Angel Jiménez-Fernández (Univ. Sevilla). When discourse met null subjects.

15.05 – 15.40 Michael Zimmermann & George Kaiser (Univ. Konstanz). On the status of subject pronouns in French and the null subject property.

15.40 – 16.15 Geoffrey Poole (Newcastle Univ.). (Wide) focus and the syntacticization of discourse in Spanish.

Coffee break

16.40 – 17.15 Alexandru Nicolae (Romanian Academy). Resetting Agree in Romanian: changes in the position of constituents.

17.15 – 17.50 Rosabel San Segundo Cachero (Univ. Lisboa). Pied-piping requirement and constituent order change.


Workshop #2: Subordination in Old Romance

14.30 – 15.05 Sean Gleason (Yale Univ.). Imperatives, relative clauses, and Old Romance subordination: Some considerations from Latin.

15.05 – 15.40 Lena Baunz & Eric Lander (Univ. Gent). The fine-grained structure of Romance complementizers.

15.40 – 16.15 Olga Kellert (Georg-August Univ. Göttingen). Embedded questions are DPs and not CPs.

Coffee break

16.40 – 17.15 Alba Cerrudo Aguilar (Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona). Recomplementation and root phenomena in Romance.

17.15 – 17.50 Koldo Sainz (no affiliation). Complementation, F and inflected infinitives: The case of Valego.

17.50 – 18.25 Alexandra Fiéis & Ana Madeira (Univ. Nova de Lisboa). Inflected infinitives in the synchrony and diachrony of Portuguese.


Workshop #3: Crosslinguistic microvariation in language acquisition

10.05 – 10.40 Silvia Perpiñan (Western Univ. London Ontario). The acquisition of Spanish locative and existential constructions by Catalan and Italian speakers.

10.40 – 11.15 Arhonto Terzi (TEI W. Greece) & Vina Tsakali (Univ. Crete). Development of locative prepositions: The role of linguistic cues.

Coffee break

11.40 – 12.15 Megan Gotowski (UCLA). Subject clitics in child French.

12.15 – 12.50 Tammer Castro (Univ. Tromsø), Jason Rothman (Univ. Reading) & Telma Oliveira (Univ. Minho). Early and late successive bilingual acquisition within microparametric domains: Null objects in 1st and 2nd generation Brazilians in Portugal.

12.50 – 13.25 Cristina Flores (Univ. Minho), Esther Rinke (Goethe Univ. Frankfurt) & Pilar Barbosa (Univ. Minho). Input effects across two generations: The realization of objects in 1st and 2nd generation speakers of European Portuguese in Germany.


The webpage for the Lisbon venue of Going Romance was http://www.fcsh.unl.pt/linguistica/goingromance2014/index.html. It is undetermined how long this page will be accessible via the internet.