Going Romance

2016: Frankfurt (Germany)

In 2014, from December 8 – 10, Going Romance was organised at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.

Responsible for the organisation of this 30th venue of Going Romance were Cecilia Poletto and Esther Rinke as principal investigators. The organisation profited from various types of support by the members of their teams — in alphabetical order: Elisabeth Assmann, Irene Caloi, Martin Elsig, Irene Franco, Ingo Feldhausen, Eugenia Greco, Imme Kuchenbrandt, Nicolas Lamoure, Anna Marchesini, Emanuela Sanfelici, Silvia Schäfer, Matthieu Segui and Judith Wieprecht.


Main session

Thursday, December 8, 2016.

9.00 Opening

9.05 – 10.05 Invited speaker Ana Maria Martins (Universidade de Lisboa). VSX in non-wh sentences (a view from European Portuguese).

10.05 – 10.40 Lena Dal Pozzo and Cilene Rodrigues. Pronominal possessives in Pro-drop languages: an experimental study.

10.40 – 11.15 Luis Eguren (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). The Spanish doubled possessive construction from a cross-linguistic perspective.

Coffee break

11.35 – 12.10 Monica Irimia (University of York) and Christina Guardiano (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. When differntial marking is obligatory: equality comparatives and ellipsis.

12.10 – 12.45. Angel J. Gallego, M. Pilar Colomina (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) and Francesc Roca (Universidad de Girona). Leismo as accusative displacement: a cross-dialectal study.

Lunch break

14.15-14.50 Marios Mavrogiorgos and Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge). ton ine: a case of subject clitic in Aromanian.

14.50 – 15.25 Ion Tudor Giurgea (The “Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics, Bucharest) On Romanian preverbal subjects.

15.25-16.00 Kim Groothuis (University of Cambridge) Subject positions in semi-finite clauses in Southern Italo-Romance and Sardinian.

16.00 – 17.15 Poster session

Eduard Artés (Freie Universität Berlin) Phonological constraints on lexical insertion in Pallarese Catalan.

Jan Casalicchio (Università di Trento) Subject pronouns and pro-drop in a Rhaeto-romance variety.

Chiaro Gianollo (Universität zu Köln) Focus-sensitive negation and the Latin seeds of Romance Negative Concord.

María Eugenia Mangialavori Rasia (CONICET) Verbal telicity, lexical roots and VP structure. Notes on denominal and deadjectival verbs.

Iara Mantenulo (UCLA) Demonstratives and Demonstrative Reinforcers in Teramano.

Marios Mavrogiorgos (University of Cambridge) Aromanian se-passives.

Giuseppe Samo (Université de Genève) Going Rumantsch: an overview on the Left Periphery of Swiss Romansh varieties.

Jacopo Torregrossa (University of Hamburg) and Umut Ozge (Middle East Technical University, Ankara) Varieties of D-linking: A view from Italian and Turkish.

Xavier Villalba (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Lisa Brunetti (Université Paris Diderot) and Laia Mayol (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) Left and right dislocation across bridging types.

Anja Weingart (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) and Nils Cordes (binfort GmbH). Components of Romance Syntax-O-Matic (CoRS-O-Matic): A free, web-based software application for linguistic data management.

17.15 – 17.50 Janayna Carvalho (Universidade de Sao Paulo) Teasing apart 3rd person null subjects in Brazilian Portuguese.

17.50 – 18.50 Invited speaker Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh). Is native language attrition functional to successfull second language acquisition?


Friday, December 9


10.00 – 10.35 Nicolas Guilliot (University of Bordeaux Montaigne, CLLE-ERSSàB) and Samantha Becerra Zita (University of Nantes) Negative Concord and Sentential Negation in Gallo.

Coffee Break

11.00 – 11.35 Nikos Angelopoulos and Dominique Sportiche (UCLA) French dislocations are plain (scrambling) movements.

11.35 – 12.10 Ingrid Konrad (Université Paris Diderot, LLF) At the crossroads between (semi-)free relatives and indirect questions in French)

12.10 – 12.45 Isabelle Charnavel (Harvard) Point of view on Causal Clauses: the case of French parce que and puisque.

Lunch Break

14.15 – 14.50 Marta Donazzan (Universität zu Köln) Nominal and verbal events in Romance causative structures.

14.50 – 15.25 Silvia Serrano (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) D meets embedded clauses.

15.25 – 16.00 Jaume Mateu (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) On the argument structure of complex denominal verbs in Latin: A syntactic approach.

Coffee Break

16.20 – 16.55 Elena Castroviejo (Ikerbasque & UPV/EHU) and Berit Gehrke (Paris Diderot & CNRS) From a subsective evaluative adjective to an intensifier The case of ‘good’.

16.55 – 17.30 Roberto Petrosino (University of Connecticut) Morpho-phonological allomorphy in Neapolitan.

17.30 – 18.05 Melania S. Masià (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Maximizers of evaluative nouns in Spanish.

18.05 – 18.40 Elisabeth Stark and David Paul Gerards (University of Zurich) Why partitive articles? Encoding ‘individuation’ in Galloromance nominals.

Conference dinner

Alternates: See the poster session: The following persons with a paper having the same title: Jacopo Torregrossa (University of Hamburg) and Umut Ozge (Middle East Technical University Ankara); Eduard Artés (Freie Universität Berlin); Jan Casalicchio (Università di Trento); Marios Mavrogiorgos (University of Cambridge).


Saturday, December 10

Workshop #1 : Language Change meets Acquisition

9.00 Opening

9.05 – 10.05 Invited Speaker Tanja Kupisch (Univesität Konstanz) Diachronic change meets language acquisition. What bilingualism has to do with it.

10.05 – 10.40 Cristina Flores (Universidade do Minho), Ana Lucia Santos (Universidade de Lisboa), Letícia Almeida (Université de Tours), Alice Jesus and Rui Marques (Universidade de Lisboa) Portuguese as a Heritage Language in contact with German and French: a comparative study on the acquisition of verbal mood.

10-40 – 11.15 Joana Teixeira (Universidade Nova de Lisboa). From a Romance null subject grammar to a non-null subject grammar: The syntax of subjects in advanced and near-native English.

Coffee break

11.35 – 12.10 Silvia Rossi (Università Ca’Foscari Venezia) and Jacopo Garzonio (Università di Padova) Can structural deficiency be parametrized? Oblique pronouns in Old Tuscan varieties.

12.10 – 12.45 Thomas Rainsford (Universität Stuttgart) De- prefixed spatial Ps in mediëval French.

Lunch break

14.15 – 14.50 Alexandra Simonenko (FWO/Ghent University) and Anne Carlier (University of Lille 3) The evolution of the French definite article: from strong to weak.

14.50 – 15.25 Marco Bril (VU University of Amsterdam) Writing errors and syntactic complexity in advanced L1 and L2 learners of French.

15.25 – 16.00 Tim Diaublick (University of Wuppertal & University of the Balearic Islands), Pedro Giujarro-Fuentes (University of the Balearic Islands) and Katrin Schmitz (University of Wuppertal) The L1 effect in different settings: German learners acquiring aspect in Spanish L2.

16.00 – 16.30 Closing remarks

Alternates for this workshop: Diego Pescarini (University of Zurich) vP movement and pied-piping: revising the Tobler-Mussafia law ; Chiara Gianollo (Universität zu Köln) title as in poster session.


Workshop #2: Prosody meets Syntax

9.00 Opening

9.05 – 10.05 Invited Speaker Gorka Elordieta (University of the Basque Country) Recursive phonological phrases in Spanish.

10.05 – 10.40 Sandra Sessarego (University of Texas at Austin & Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies), Rajiv Rao (University of Wisconsin) and Brianna Butera (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Afro-Peruvian Spanish Declarative Intonation: Analysis and Implications.

10-40 – 11.15 Xavier Villalba (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Silvia Planas-Morales (Universitat Rovira y Virgili) Prosody and sentence type: L2 induced transfer in L1 Chinese Catalan learners.

Coffee break

11.35 – 12.10 Elisabeth Delais-Roussari (UMR 7110 – Laboratoire de Linguistique formelle CNRS / Paris 7) and Giuseppina Turco (UMR 7018 – Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie CNRS / Paris 3). Intonation of Alternative Constructions in French: What is crucial to interpret utterances as a question?

12.10 – 12.45 Emile Destruel (University of Iowa) and Caroline Féry (University of Frankfurt) Prosodic realization of dual focus in French.

Lunch break

14.15 – 14.50 Lieven Danckaert (Ghent University) The syntax-prosody mapping in a dead language: the case of Late Latin BE-periphrases.

14.50 – 15.25 Vieri Samek-Lodovici (University College London) Prosody-Driven Scrambling in Italian.

15.25 Closing remarks


The webpage for the Frankfurt venue of Going Romance was 


It is undetermined how long this page will be accessible via the internet.