Going Romance

2011: Utrecht


Main session

Thursday, December 8

08.50 – 09.20 Registration

09.20 – 09.30 Opening by Henriëtte de Swart (scientific director UiL-OTS)

09.30 – 10.30 Maribel Romero (University of Konstanz), invited speaker. On Mood in Spanish Complement Clauses.

10.30 – 11.00 Ana Maria Martins (University of Lisbon, FLUL/CLUL). Unambiguous metalinguistic negation markers


11.30 – 12.00 Cristina Sánchez-Marco and Rafael Marin (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, CNRS – Université Lille). Generalising paths into psychological verbs; Evidence from Spanish.

12.00 – 12.30 Luis Vicente (Universität Potsdam). On the [todo NP] vs. [todo DP] distinction in Spanish.

12.30 – 13.00 Luis Eguren and Alberto Pastor (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – Southern Methodist University). Measure phrases with bare adjectives in Spanish.

Lunch break

14.00 – 15.00 Andrea Calabrese (University of Connecticut), invited speaker. Some argument for a classical generative analysis of an old problem:the irregular forms of the Italian passato remoto.

15.00 – 15.30 Robert Cirillo (University of Amsterdam). On the Lack of Negated Stranded Quantifiers and Inverse Scope of Negation in the Romance Languages


16.00 – 16.30 Diana Passino (University of L’Aquila). Consonant clusters different from muta cum liquida from Latin to Romance.

16.30 – 17.00 Paolo Acquaviva and Phoevos Panagiotidis (University College Dublin – University of Cyprus). The content and form of roots: glimpses from Romance.

17.00 – 17.30 Isabelle Roy and Elena Soare (Université Paris 8 / CNRS). Names of participants in the event(uality) in a constructionist approach

Reception / drinks


Friday, December 9

09.10 – 09.30 Possibility for registration

09.30 – 10.30 Jason Rothman (University of Florida), invited speaker. On Romance in Third Language (L3) Acquisition: Exploring the Dynamics and Typological Economy of Syntactic Transfer

10.30 – 11.00 Anamaria Bentea and Stephanie Durrleman (University of Geneva). A’-dependencies in French: A Study from Acquisition.


11.30 – 12.00 Aafke Hulk and Petra Sleeman (ACLC, University of Amsterdam). L1 and 2L1 acquisition of noun ellipsis in French and Dutch.

12.00 – 12.30 João Costa, Alexandra Fiéis & Maria Lobo (FCSH / Universidade Nova de Lisboa). Relative constituents within adverbial clauses: pied-piping vs. movement.

12.30 – 13.00 Francesco Costantini (University of Venice). Subjunctive obviation in non-argument clauses

Lunch break

14.00 – 15.00 Caterina Donati, invited speaker, and Carlo Cecchetto (Università la Sapienza di Roma and Università degli Studi di Milano). Movement and labels: the strong islandhood of relativization.

15.00 – 15.30 Héctor Fernández-Alcalde (CSIC-UAM). Spanish datives and argument structure


16.00 – 16.30 Vesselina Laskova (University of Venice). Licensing Subjunctive.

16.30 – 17.00 Yoshida, Masaya, Chirizu Nakao and Iván Ortega-Santos (Northwestern University – University of Maryland – University of Memphis). Microparametric variation in the Syntax of Why-Stripping.

17.00 – 17.30 Vincenzo Moscati and Luigi Rizzi (Macquarie University – University of Siena). A  typology of agreement processes and its implications for language development.

Conference dinner


Workshop on Syntactic Variation


Saturday, December 10

09.10 – 09.30 Possibility for registration

09.30 – 10.30 Ricardo Etxepare (CNRS-IKER), invited speaker. Expanding reports and embedded indexicals in Iberian Spanish.

10.30 – 11.05 Karen Miller and Cristina Schmitt (Penn State University and Michigan State University). Linguistic variability and the acquisition process.


11.20 – 11.55 Koldo Sáinz (no affiliation). On hidden for and Null Case in Romance. 

11.55 – 12.30 Anna Pineda i Cirera (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Double object constructions in Romance languages revisited.

Lunch break

13.55 – 14.30 Cristina Real Puigdollers (CLT-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). A late insertion approach of manner incorporation

14.30 – 15.05 Nicola Munaro (Università Ca’Foscari, Venice). On the syntax of focalizers in some Italian dialects.


15.20 – 15.55 Bernadette Plunkett and Natalia Pavlou (University of York). Interpretation of ambiguous wh-questions in French and Cypriot Greek.

16.00 End


[This program has taken into account cancellations and presentations by alternates]