1st International Workshop on the interface of Information Structure and Argument Structure: CfP

1st International Workshop on the interface of Information Structure and Argument Structure
October 26-27, 2017

The main goal of this workshop is to bring together linguists who investigate the different factors that influence sentential syntax, by contrasting Germanic and Romance languages from an interface perspective. These may be discourse factors (e.g., the re-ordering of sentential constituents motivated by information structure and the assigning of topic and focus functions), argumental factors (e.g., the type and number of arguments that a predicate may select), syntax-discourse factors (e.g., the discourse nature of grammatical features that trigger movement to the clause periphery in different types of root and subordinate clauses with respect to fronted focus and dislocated topics), and morphological/phonological (the use of specific forms to induce an information strucutre interpretation or the prosodic visibility of the displaced constituent).

The workshop will be framed within the threshold of the Research Project Information structure and argument structure: An interface investigation of the contrastive syntax of Germanic and Romance languages of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (FFI2013-41059-P). Our research has been focused on types of topics and foci (with their syntatic, semantic and prosodic properties), the syntactic position occupied by different discourse categories, root phenomena, argument structure and the impact of information structure on it. This theory-based approach has been implemented by an analysis of data which hinges upon the use of experimental work to support the theoretical findings.

We welcome submissions which deal with any topic of information structure and argument structure which is theory-based, experiment-focused or both in cross-linguistic perspective (including both macrovariation and microvariation). In particular, we are interested in works which take on the following issues:
Debate on whether informative functions should be analyzed as i) a cartographic sequence of heads, each of which involving very specific semantics, more or less rigidly organized, à la Rizzi (1997, 2004, et suseq.), Haegeman (2012), Frascarelli (2007), or ii) instructions from Logical Form to interpret (probably multiple) specifiers of the same head, a Complementizer head or a Tense head in terms of A-bar movement vs. A- movement, as in Miyagawa (2010, 2017), Jiménez-Fernández & Miyagawa (2014).

Types of topics and foci and their grammatical properties from a comparative perspective (Bianchi, Bocci and Cruschina 2016, Bianchi and Frascarelli 2010, Frascarelli and Hunterhölzl 2007, Jiménez-Fernández 2015a,b). More specifically, we are interested in the connection between the occurrence of this information structure typology and pro-drop vs. Non pro-drop languages. Also, the interaction between types of topics and foci and the root vs. non-root contexts where they are allowed in different languages of the Germanic and Romance families is particularly welcome.

Connection of argument structure/eventive structure and information structure. The association of semantic class and aspectual properties of verbs with a specific word order to induce a salient discourse interpretation, as discussed in Alexiadou, Anagnostopoulou and Schäfer (2015), Fábregas, Jiménez-Fernández and Tubino (2017), Jiménez-Fernández & Rozwadowska (2017), Ojea (2016), among others.

Linguists working in any theoretical framework of Generative Grammar and/or experimental studies are invited to participate, provided they discuss issues concerning the interaction between information structure and argument structure. Each presentation will be allotted 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. A limited number of abstracts will also be accepted for two poster sessions.

Authors are asked to submit their abstracts in an anonymous PDF file to the following site:


Abstracts should be no longer than two pages in length (including examples and references), in Times New Roman 12-point lettertype, single line spacing and 2,5 cm. margins. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author.

The official language of the conference will be English.

Keynote speakers:
Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University, Berlin)
Valentina Bianchi (University of Siena, Italy)

Deadline for abstract submission: May 31, 2017

Xavier will give an invited talk at the XXI Hispanistentag


Xavier will give the invited talk “Estructura informativa, sintaxis y forma lógica” at the Panel III-7: Gramática y estructura informativa, coordinated by Manuel Leonetti (Alcalá) and Marco García García (Köln). This panel is part of the XXI Congreso de la Asociación Alemana de Hispanistas / Hispanistentag (München, Germany, March 29-April 2, 2017).
Here you have the program:

Jueves, 30 de marzo de 2017
García & Leonetti: Introducción

Heidinger, S.: Afinidad con el foco y orden básico en español

Cruschina, S.: Mirative implicature and information structure: Focus Fronting in Spanish

Jiménez, Á.: Negative Preposing in embedded domains: is it a true root device?

Garassino, D. & D. Jacob: Estrategias para el foco de polaridad en español: sí, sí que, y otras

Torregrossa, G.: Encoding exhaustivity in Spanish and Italian

Escandell-Vidal, V. & M. Leonetti: Pronombres sujeto postverbales no focales

Gutiérrez Bravo, R.: Las oraciones pseudo-escindidas en español. Sintaxis y propiedades informativas.

Viernes, 31 de marzo de 2017
Robles Sabater, F.: Estructura informativa y reformulación en alemán y español: ¿regresión o distribución?

Kocher, A.: Towards a unified analysis of root clause complementizers

Ojea, A.: Word order in unaccusative structures: the role of core-intentional features

Kailuweit, R.: Romance intransitive Subject-Experiencer Verbs – Pragmatical Impact on Macrorole Assignment

García Marchena, Ó.: The syntax and information structure of Spanish predicative verbless clauses

Villalba, X.: Estructura informativa, sintaxis y forma lógica

Sábado, 1 de abril de 2017
Méndez-Vallejo, C.: Syntactic variation of focus marking: the case of the focalizing Ser in Colombia

Borreguero, M.: Anáfora en foco – usos no focalizadores de las oraciones escindidas

Remberger, E.: Spanish es que – development pathways and information-structural properties

Feldhausen, I. & A. Lausecker: Variación diatópica de la realización prosódica de las dislocaciones en español

Hennemann, A.: Entre la gramática y el léxico: marcadores de tópico en español y su cambio diacrónico

Obrist, P. & A.: Wall Topic-worthiness y el estudio diacrónico de la MDO en español

Elordieta, G.: tba


Detec2007: CfP


Detec2017: Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental and Computational Perspectives
26-Jun-2017 – 27-Jun-2017
Nijmegen, Netherlands

Contact Person: Geertje van Bergen
Call Deadline: 21-Feb-2017

We welcome submissions of theoretical, experimental and computational studies on topics related to any aspect of discourse expectations, how they arise, how they may be quantified, and how they may be modelled. Topics may be related (but not limited) to:

– Top-down expectations derived from conversational perspective-taking, common ground, and real world knowledge such as event structure or speaker familiarity
– The nature of pragmatic aspects of meaning in discourse (inferences, presupposition, information structure, discourse particles, etc.)
– Evidence source, reference resolution, aspectual coercion, emotion and other expressive aspects of meaning

Invited Speakers:

– Torgrim Solstad (Zentrum fur Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin)
– Joshua Hartshorne (Boston College Department of Psychology)
– Pia Knoeferle (Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin)

Main Organizers:

Geertje van Bergen (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Email: Geertje.vanBergenmpi.nl)
Jennifer Spenader (Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen, Email: j.spenaderai.rug.nl)

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: February 21, 2017
Notification of acceptance: March 21, 2017


Abstracts must be anonymous, and should be limited to a maximum of two page of text, including tables, figures, and references. Pages should be US Letter or A4, with one inch margins, and a minimum font size of 11pt (Times New Roman). Abstracts can be submitted via EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=detec2017

Chapter by Xavier in a book on Spanish exclamatives


Ignacio Bosque has edited a book on Spanish exclamative sentences in Ohio State University Press, within the series “Theoretical Developments in Hispanic Linguistics“, founded and directed by the late Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach.


Chapter 1 Spanish Exclamatives in Perspective: A Survey of Properties, Classes, and Current Theoretical Issues
Ignacio Bosque

Chapter 2 Más-Support
Luis Sáez

Chapter 3 Optative Exclamatives in Spanish
Cristina Sánchez López

Chapter 4 Exclamatives in (Argentinian) Spanish and Their Next of Kin
Pascual José Masullo

Chapter 5 At-Issue Material in Spanish Degree Exclamatives: An Experimental Study
Xavier Villalba

Chapter 6 Exclamative Sentences and Extreme Degree Quantification
Raquel González Rodríguez

Chapter 7 Embedded Exclamatives and the Ingredients of Grounded Belief
Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach and Patricia Andueza

Quantifiers and Determiners: CfP

Quantifiers and Determiners

Toulouse, Monday July 17 — Friday July 21: 17:00-18:30

Christian Retoré, LIRMM & université de Montpellier,

Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh


deadline for submissions: 17 Mars 2017
submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=quad2017
notification to authors: 15 April 2017
final version due: 19 May 2017
conference: 17-21 July 2017


The compositional interpretation of determiners relies on quantifiers — in a general acceptation of this later term which includes generalised quantifiers, generics, definite descriptions i.e. any operation that applies to one or several formulas with a free variable, binds it and yields a formula or possibly a generic term (the operator is then called a subnector, following Curry). There is a long history of quantification in the Ancient and Medieval times at the border between logic and philosophy of language, before the proper formalisation of quantification by Frege.

A common solution for natural language semantics is the so-called theory of generalised quantifiers. Quantifiers like « some, exactly two, at most three, the majority of, most of, few, many, … » are all described in terms of functions of two predicates viewed as subsets.

Nevertheless, many mathematical and linguistic questions remain open.

On the mathematical side, little is known about generalised , generalised and vague quantifiers, in particular about their proof theory. On the other hand, even for standard quantifiers, indefinites and definite descriptions, there exist alternative formulations with choice functions and generics or subnectors (Russell’s iota, Hilbert-Bernays, eta, epsilon, tau). The computational aspects of these logical frameworks are also worth studying, both for computational linguistic software and for the modelling of the cognitive processes involved in understanding or producing sentences involving quantifiers.

On the linguistic side, the relation between the syntactic structure and its semantic interpretation, quantifier raising, underspecification, scope issues,… are not fully satisfactory. Furthermore extension of linguistic studies to various languages have shown how complex quantification is in natural language and its relation to phenomena like generics, plurals, and mass nouns.

Finally, and this can be seen as a link between formal models of quantification and natural language, there by now exist psycholinguistic experiments that connect formal models and their computational properties to the actual way human do process sentences with quantifiers, and handle their inherent ambiguity, complexity, and difficulty in understanding.

All those aspects are connected in the didactics of mathematics and computer science: there are specific difficulties to teach (and to learn) how to understand, manipulate, produce and prove quantified statements, and to determine the proper level of formalisation between bare logical formulas and written or spoken natural language.

This workshop aims at gathering mathematicians, logicians, linguists, computer scientists to present their latest advances in the study of quantification.

Among the topics that wil be addressed are the following :

  • new ideas in quantification in mathematical logic, both model theory and proof theory: choice functions, subnectors (Russell’s iota, Hilbert’s epsilon and tau), higher order quantification, quantification in type theory
  • studies of the lexical, syntactic and semantic of quantification in various languages
  • semantics of noun phrases
  • generic noun phrases
  • semantics of plurals and mass nouns
  • experimental study of quantification and generics
  • computational applications of quantification and polarity especially for question-answering.
    quantification in the didactics of mathematics and computer science.
  • Some recent relevant references:

    Anna Szabolcsi Quantification Cambridge University Press 2010
    Stanley Peters and Dag Westerstahl Quantifiers in Language and Logic Oxford Univ. Press 2010
    Mark Steedman Taking Scope – The Natural Semantics of Quantifiers MIT Press 2012
    Jakub Szymanik. Quantifiers and Cognition, Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy, Springer, 2015.
    Vito Michele Abrusci, Fabio Pasquali, and Christian Retoré. Quantification in ordinary language and proof theory. Philosophia Scientae, 20(1):185–205, 2016.


    The program committee is looking for contributions introducing new viewpoints on quantification and determiners, the novelty being either in the mathematical logic framework or in the linguistic description or in the cognitive modelling. Submitting purely original work is not mandatory,
    but authors should clearly mention that the work is not original, and why they want to present it at this workshop (e.g. new viewpoint on already published results).

    Submissions should be
    – 12pt font (at least)
    – 1inch/2.5cm margins all around (at least)
    – less than 2 pages (references exluded)
    – with an abstract of less then 100 words
    and they should be submitted in PDF by easychair here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=quad2017

    In case the committee thinks it is more appropriate, some papers can be accepted as a poster with a lightning talk.

    Final versions of accepted papers may be slightly longer. They will be published on line. We also plan to publish postproceedings

    Sinn und Bedeutung 22: Call for papers

    Sinn und Bedeutung 22 is hosted by the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) Berlin and the Linguistics Department of the University of Potsdam. There is a pre-event workshop “Microvariation in Semantics” and a special session “Semantics and Natural Logic”.

    Invited Speakers:

    Amy Rose Deal (University of California, Berkeley)
    Danny Fox (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
    Philippe Schlenker (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris/New York University)

    Important Dates:

    Abstract submission deadline: March 5, 2017
    Notification of acceptance: Early June, 2017
    Microvariation Workshop: September 6, 2017
    Sinn und Bedeutung: September 7-9, 2017 (main session), September 10, 2017 (special session)

    Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sub22