Language structure: variation and change

Events & activities

Going Romance 2018

The Utrecht institute of Linguistics (UiL-OTS) will organize Going Romance 2018 on December 11-14, 2018

Invited speakers:

Silvio Cruschina (Universität Wien)
Hamida Demirdache (Université de Nantes)
Luis López (University of Illinois at Chicago)
MCarme Parafita Couto (Universiteit Leiden)

The scope of the conference series can be defined as the contribution of data from the Romance languages to linguistic theories. Beyond this general tenet, there are no specific requirements as to the topic, the subdiscipline, the approach or the methodology, as long as it is clear how the Romance data contribute to modelling linguistic theories of human language (

In addition to the main session, there will be two special sessions, one on (micro)contact (December 11) and one on aspect and tense (December 14).

Organizing committee:

Sergio Baauw, Jan Casalicchio, Francesco Maria Ciconte, Roberta D’Alessandro, Frank Drijkoningen, Bert Le Bruyn, Luisa Meroni, Manuela Pinto and Henriette de Swart.

Organizers of the special session on Microcontact: Roberta D’Alessandro, Jan Casalicchio, Francesco Maria Ciconte
Organizers of the special session GREAT 2018: Henriette de Swart, Bert Le Bruyn


Tuesday, 11 December – Microcontact Workshop



L. LÓPEZ (Keynote speaker), Contact phenomena: The I-language of a bilingual

I. MANTENUTO & I.CAPONIGRO, Microvariation in Light Headed Relative Clauses: between Teramano Abruzzese and varieties of Italian

L. SIMIONI, Sujeitos e objetos pronominais no português uruguaio e no português brasileiro

10:30-10:50: Coffee break

E. DI DOMENICO & I. BARONCINI, Null vs lexical subjects in bilingual speakers of two null subject languages: amplifying micro-differences in language contact

C. GUARDIANO, G. LONGOBARDI, G. SILVESTRI, G. CORDONI, S. SARNO & D. PETTENER, The glottogenetics of microvariation: insights from (Southern) Italo-Romance

L.M. SAVOIA, B. BALDI & M.R. MANZINI, -ŋ feminine plural inflection in North-Lombard varieties. A comparison

12:20-13:50: Lunch break

J. GARZONIO & S. ROSSI, On Stability and Change in Talian

G. COCCHI & C. PIERANTOZZI, Long-distance gender agreement in mixed Italian/English and Italian/German ergative clauses

14:50-15:10: Coffee break

M. LOPORCARO, F. GARDANI & A. GIUDICI, Contact-induced complexification in the gender system of Istro-Romanian

O. KELLERT & M. FRANCIA, Cualunque in Argentinian Spanish and qualunque in Italian

A.M. MARTINS, Language contact in diachrony: identifying non-prestige grammars/grammar competition

17:15: Welcome drinks

Wednesday, 12 December – Main Session


M.C. PARAFITA COUTO (Keynote speaker), Theoretical and methodological considerations for code-switching research: insights from different bilingual communities

C. PONS MOLL & F. TORRES TAMARIT, Exploring implicational constraint rankings through Catalan loanword phonology

A. SAAB, On the locus of expressivity in Spanish

11:10–11:30: Coffee Break

V. BRUNETTO, The effect of coargumenthood on the on-line processing of clitic pronouns

E. PAGLIARINI, M. ANDRADA REYES, M.T. GUASTI, S. CRAIN & A. GAVARRÓ, The acquisition of disjunction under negation in Catalan

POSTER SESSION with Lightning talks and Lunch (see below)

L. ALONSO-OVALLE & V. ROUILLARD, Number Inflection, Spanish Bare Interrogatives, and Higher-Order Quantification

Á. GALLEGO & R. BONO, Number agreement in Pyrenean dialects. An argument for parameter underspecification

16:25–16:45: Coffee Break

O. FERNÁNDEZ SORIANO, Non-matching split interrogatives and focus extension in Spanish

Ch. MEKLENBORG SALVESEN, Topicalisation patterns in Old French

19:00: Conference Dinner

Thursday, 13 December – Main Session

A.M. MARTINS & J. NUNES, Brazilian and European Portuguese and Holmberg’s 2005 typology of Null Subject Languages

M. GILBERT, Stress and Morphological Complexity in Brazilian Portuguese

P. RODRIGUES & M.V. LUNGUINHO, The pragmaticalization of capaz ‘capable’ in Brazilian Portuguese

11:15-11:35: Coffee Break

A. NICOLAE, Syntax meets etymology: the origin and development of Romanian strong demonstratives

M. IRIMIA & A. PINEDA, DOM and counterexamples to Scales: some insights from Romance diachrony

POSTER SESSION with Lightning talks and Lunch (see below)

A. CARDOSO, A.L. SANTOS & I. DUARTE, Infinitival Complement Clauses: Data from L2 Acquisition of European Portuguese

C. POLETTO & S. ROSSI, The internal and external syntax of bare quantifiers in Old Italian

16:25–16:45: Coffee Break

S. CRUSCHINA (Keynote Speaker), Focus fronting vs wh-movement: Evidence from Sardinian

Friday, 14 December – GREAT Workshop



R. ZHAO, The Crosslinguistic Variation of the Present Perfect as a Definiteness Effect

V. TERAN, Variable past-time expression and present perfect grammaticalization in two Argentinian Spanish varieties

10:30-10:50: Coffee/tea

F. PRATAS, Tense results from mood and aspect: temporal meanings in Capeverdean

P. SILVANO, A. LEAL & J. CORDEIRO, Temporal and aspectual properties of adverbial perfect participial clauses in varieties of Portuguese and English

LIGHTNING TALKS for poster session

POSTER SESSION with Lunch (see below)

J. GONCHAROV & M. IRIMIA, Counterfactuality is not obligatory!

S. RASTELLI, The imperfective paradox in a second language

S. PERPIÑÁN & R. MARÍN, The Role of Aspect in the Developmental Stages of the Acquisition of ser and estar

15:00-15:20: Coffee/tea

H. DEMIRDACHE (Keynote Speaker), tba


Main Session – Day 1 (12 December)
I. CRESPÍ, Unexpected passive structures in Romance: indicative of deficiency in the verbal domain
A. FABREGAS & Rafael MARIN, Spanish inherently reflexive verbs: passives and auxiliaries
M. MARQUES & R. BASSO, Predicates of personal taste and direct experience: data from Brazilian Portuguese
F. MATOS, The (un)grammatical and the (un)acceptable in the processing of VP Ellipsis: Looking into the Recycling Approach
S. SCHÄFER, Topic agreement and the person-agreement split in two North-Eastern Italian varieties
L. STIGLIANO, P-stranding effects in clausal ellipsis in Spanish: evidence for isomorphic sources
I. SUAREZ PALMA, Inalienable possession effects in Spanish middle passives
Ch. TAHAR, On the semantics of expletive negation
S. TERENGHI, Deictic fission in Romance demonstrative systems
T. WESTVEER, P. SLEEMAN & E. ABOH, Sexless animates? Gender agreement with fixed-gender animate nouns in superlative partitives in French

Main Session – Day 2 (13 December)
V. BIANCHI & S. MENZA, On a discourse particle in Sicilian
B. CASTRO LOPEZ, Mirative questions about quotes in Spanish
T. DIAUBALICK, J. DIEBOWSKI, P. GUIJARRO-FUENTES & K. SCHMITZ, Reassembling features in phenomena with different complexity: gender and tense/aspect in Spanish as L2 and heritage language
L. FRANCO & P. LORUSSO, On the morpho-syntax of existentials in Romance and Romance based Creoles
I. GIURGEA & M.A. COTFAS, Control in se-‘passives’ in Romanian
P. HERBECK, Strong Pronouns as Perspectival Markers in Spoken Spanish – The Case of Mental Verbs
D. PESCARINI, A criterial approach to cliticisation
C. PONS MOLL, The limits of the free ride in morphophonemic learning. Evidence from Catalan
A. SAAB & Mercedes PUJALTE, A-movement and clitic doubling in Rioplatense Spanish
A. TIGAU & K. VON HEUSINGER, Differential Object Marking – a syntactically triggered mechanism. Insights from Romanian

GREAT workshop (14th December)
G. ARMENANTE, Sequence of Tense in Italian
P. GONZALEZ, Margarita Jara YUPANQUI and Carmen KLEINHERENBRINK, The Perfect Variation
G. GUAJARDO, Grant GOODALL, What can experimental syntax tell us about Concordantia Temporum in Spanish?
V. LÓPEZ, L2 acquisition of the compound gerund in European Portuguese adjunct clauses
F. SILVAGNI, Stage-Level non-verbal predication with and without estar