There are expressions whose interpretation seems to bring in additional content which, in principle, is not part of the semantics of any of the units that make them up, as in Peter began the book, interpreted as ‘Peter began [reading / writing /…] the book’. This constitutes a challenge for compositional approaches, since the expected isomorphism between syntactic structure and semantic structure is absent.

At the core of this phenomenon is a mismatch in the semantic features of some of the units that are composed together. The clash, however, does not lead to ungrammaticality, but triggers an interpretive operation designed to restore compatibility, by adding the content required to adjust the semantic features that are at play.

The best-known proposals related to these phenomena have focussed on mismatches that affect lexical-conceptual content. Among the notions that have been applied to explaining how these processes are resolved are those of type-shift and type mismatch, particularly since Partee & Rooth (1983) and Partee (1987, 2003, 2007); fitting operations take place to resolve these conflicts, and allow semantic composition to follow the usual patterns (Winter 2007). From a somewhat different theoretical standpoint, the notion of coercion has been developed, especially after work such as de Swart (1998, 2003, 2011).

The goal of this workshop is to tackle those cases in which at least one of the conflicting features encodes grammatical or procedural meaning. Among these are the functional projections responsible for reference assignment in the nominal and verbal domains (classifiers, determination, quantification, tense, mood, aspect, evidentiality), for the manifestation of information structure (topics, foci), and for individualising propositional attitude and illocutionary force information. Most significantly, adjustment operations are, in many respects, systematic and predictable, and do not have the strong contextual dependency that characterises conversational pragmatic processes, which suggests that the interpretive processes are partially governed by grammatical features.

The core questions we intend to focus on include the following:

  • Under what conditions are non-matching feature combinations allowed?
  • Between which units, and levels of representation, are mismatches legitimated?
  • What are the status and properties of the operations for restoring mismatches?
  • What are the limits and limitations of these processes?
  • What are the implications and consequences of mismatch resolution processes for linguistic theory in general, and for the semantics/pragmatics interface in particular?
  • What are the consequences and implications of mismatch resolution for language acquisition and learning?
  • What do these processes tell us about the way in which human cognition represents and manages meaning?
  • Keynote Speakers
    Oliver ​BOTT Universität Tübingen
    M. Teresa ESPINAL Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
    María M. PIÑANGO Yale University
    Louis de SAUSSURE Université de Neuchâtel

    ​Proposal submission
    Talks are invited for 30 min. presentations, plus 10 min. discussion.

    Submission guidelines:

    Abstracts must be submitted electronically via Easychair.
    Abstracts should be anonymous and not exceed two pages, including examples and references.
    Page format: A4, 2.5 cm margins on all sides, at least 12 pt Times New Roman font, single line spacing.
    File format: .pdf
    File name: surname.pdf​
    The conference language is English.

    Deadline for abstract submission: April 15

    Notifications of acceptance: June 15

    CfP: Sinn und Bedeutung 23

    The Center for Theoretical Linguistics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Spanish network on Meaning and Grammar are pleased to announce the 23rd Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB) conference, taking place on September 5-7, 2018. SuB has in recent years emerged as one of the biggest venues for formal semantics and pragmatics representing the full breadth of the field, and we aim to maintain this tradition.

    We invite abstract submissions on topics pertaining to natural language semantics, pragmatics, lexical semantics, the syntax-semantics interface, psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic studies related to meaning, and the philosophy of language.

    Talks will be 45 (35+10) minutes in length. There will also be a poster session. Poster presenters will have the opportunity to give short ‘lightning talks’ to introduce their topic to the audience.

    Abstracts should contain original research that, at the time of submission, has neither been published nor accepted for publication. One person can submit at most one abstract as sole author and one as co-author or two co-authored abstracts. Authors will be asked to specify at the time of submission whether they wish their abstract to be considered for a talk and/or a poster.

    Submissions should be anonymous and should not reveal the identities of the authors in any form. Abstracts must not exceed two pages (letter size or A4 paper, 2.5cm or 1 inch margins on all sides, 12 point font), including examples and references. Abstracts must be submitted electronically in PDF format via EasyChair until March 12, 2018:

    CfP: Second International Conference “Prominence in Language”

    Second International Conference “Prominence in Language”
    University of Cologne, 11-13 July 2018

    Prominence relations establish a ranking between linguistic units, such as between prosodic units, or between arguments of a verb or between discourse referents. Prominence is therefore one of the key notions in language and communication: it accounts for prosodic highlighting and for the building of linguistic structure and discourse representations. The SFB 1252 Prominence in Language (University of Cologne) investigates the role of prominence from an interdisciplinary linguistic perspective, involving phonology and phonetics, morpho-syntax, semantics and discourse pragmatics. The Second International Conference “Prominence in Language“ (the first took place in Cologne in 2015) aims at advancing the understanding of the notion of prominence and at promoting the exchange among researchers working on prominence-related phenomena from various perspectives. We invite contributions employing quantitative and qualitative research methods, synchronic and diachronic perspectives, psycho- and neuro-linguistic and cognitively oriented approaches as well as applied ones (such as automatic translation).

    A (non-exhaustive) list of topics to be addressed at the workshop may include the following:

    the encoding of prominence at the phonetics-phonology interface;
    language-specific and universal prominence scales (animacy scale, referentiality scale, thematic role hierarchy, etc.);
    factors determining the ranking of entities in discourse (e.g., accessibility, salience, activation, topicality, status as central protagonist);
    psycho- and neuro-linguistic underpinnings of prominence relations;
    the role of prominence in the tense-aspect system;
    the relation between the prominence status of entities in discourse and their availability as perspective-takers.

    The workshop will feature plenary talks in the fields of phonetics-phonology, morphosyntax-semantics and discourse by three keynote speakers:

    Jason Bishop (CUNY)
    Eva Schultze-Berndt (The University of Manchester)
    Andrew Kehler (University of California at San Diego)

    Organizing Committee

    Paul Compensis
    Jakob Egetenmeyer
    Birgit Hellwig
    Stefan Hinterwimmer

    Scientific Committee

    Martin Becker
    Chris Bongartz
    Martine Grice
    Birgit Hellwig
    Klaus von Heusinger
    Beatrice Primus
    Petra B. Schumacher

    Hosted by the SFB 1252 Prominence in Language and the Cologne Center of Language Sciences (CCLS), the workshop will take place at the conference center of KOMED, Mediapark 7, 50670, Cologne, from 11 to 13 July 2018.

    Abstract submission: We ask for the submission of abstracts on prominence-related phenomena by January 22, 2018 (extended). Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author or two joint abstracts per author. Abstracts should be written in English and not exceed 500 words. Figures, examples and references might be additionally included, but abstracts must not exceed two A4 pages. Please use Times New Roman, 12pt font, single line spacing, and 2.5cm margins. Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair at the following address:


    “Beatriu de Pinos” post-doc

    University or Organization: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

    Department: Centre de Lingüística Teòrica

    Job Location: Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain

    Web Address:

    Job Title: Postdoctoral positions

    Deadline: February 28, 2018

    Job Rank: “Beatriu de Pinos” post-doc

    Specialty Areas: Semantics; Pragmatics; Syntax-Semantics Interface; Information Structure


    The research group of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona on Compositionality of meaning. Theoretical and empirical perspectives and on The Interpretation of Functional Categories invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship of the “Beatriu de Pinos” program, funded by the Catalan Government. This is an extremely competitive program, so only candidates with an outstanding research profile will be considered.

    The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to present a detailed project for the two-year period which integrates into any of above mentioned funded project grants on semantics awarded to the Centre de Lingüística Teòrica, where (s)he will be hosted (

    Applicants must hold a PhD in linguistics between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2015, and must prove a two year postdoctoral experience in a university or research center outside Spain. Those who are interested, please send to to: or by January 31, 2018 a .pdf file containing the following items (in the order listed): a cover letter with a brief expression of interest specifying the project to be developed in the next two years, and a curriculum vitae. Please include “postdoc fellowship” in the email subject line.

    Preselected candidates will be requested to provide a detailed work-plan for the two-year period and to fill up the application form available on line before February 28, 2018.

    Detailed information about the “Beatriu de Pinos” fellowship program can be found here.

    Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adverbs/Adjectives and Prepositions/Participles 4

    Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adverbs/Adjectives and Prepositions/Participles 4WAASAP 4
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra

    WAASAP is an international Workshop series celebrated biannually that focuses on
    the aspect and argument structure of adjectives and participles and adverbs and
    prepositions. In the time of its existence, it has developed into a referential forum of
    discussion of the theory of predicative non-verbal categories. Past editions have taken
    place at the University of Greenwich (2012), The Artic University of Norway at
    Tromsoe (2014) and The University of Lille 3 (2016).

    The different topics that we want to discuss include but are not restricted to the following:
    – Aspect: paths, scales and part/whole structures
    – The syntax and semantics of possession and its relationship with auxiliary selection in perfective forms
    – Prepositions, applicatives and voice: argument introducer heads.

    Keynote Speakers:

    Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
    Elena Anagnostopoulou (University of Crete)
    Hana Filip (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf)
    Berit Gehrke (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7)

    Submission guidelines

    Please submit your abstracts via the following Easychair link:

    We invite abstract submissions from all theoretical frameworks discussing these and
    related issues.

    Presentations will be 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.
    Submissions are limited to two per author, with at most one paper being singleauthored.
    A poster session might be added in the program depending on the number
    of submissions. Please indicate whether you would be willing to present your work as
    a poster.

    Abstracts, including references and data, must not exceed two A4 pages in length with
    2.5 cm (1 inch) margins on all sides, set in Times New Roman with a font size no
    smaller than 12pt. Examples, tables, graphs, etc. must be interspersed into the text of
    the abstract, rather than collected at the end.

    Important dates
    Deadline for abstract submission: January 1, 2018.
    Notification of acceptance: February 1, 2018.
    Date of the workshop: June 7-8, 2018.


    María J. Arche
    Josep Ausensi
    Antonio Fábregas
    Josep Maria Fontana
    Rafael Marín
    Anna Pineda
    Cristina Real-Puigdollers


    Meaning in non-canonical Questions

    The workshop Meaning in non-canonical Questions is organized by the Linguistics Department at the University of Konstanz. The event will take place from Thursday, June 7th to Saturday June 9th at Hedicke’s Terracota (downtown Konstanz).

    The workshop is under the umbrella of the DFG funded research unit (FOR2111) Questions at the interfaces.

    Call for papers (the deadline for abstract submission is February 4th, 2018).

    The workshop focuses on non-canonical questions. We are especially interested in papers addressing the empirical landscape and the semantic/pragmatic modeling of the ways of raising issues that go beyond plain information-seeking.

    Invited speakers:

    Veneeta Dayal (Rutgers University)
    Donka Farkas (University of California, Santa Cruz)
    Benjamin Spector (CNRS – Ecole Normale Supérieure – Institut Jean Nicod)
    Malte Zimmermann (Universität Potsdam)

    Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

    Discourse particles in interrogatives
    Question-Particles in interrogative clauses (e.g. Kya in Hindi/Urdu, mI in Turkish)
    Word order in questions
    Self-addressed questions
    Rhetorical questions
    Biased questions
    Embedding of canonical and non-canonical questions
    The role of prosody in shaping non-canonical questions

    Organizers: Andrea Beltrama, María Biezma, Erlinde Meertens, Maribel Romero and Ramona Wallner

    Contact: meaning (dot) in (dot) questions (at) gmail (dot) com

    Workshop on the role of parametric variation at the representation of meaning

    Sala d’actes de la Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres (B7/1056)
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


    December 14
    9:30h-10h Presentation
    10-11h Martina Wiltschko (U. of British Columbia)
    Dimensions of meaning in functional architecture: Universals and variation
    11-11:30h Coffee break
    11:30-12:15h Sonia Cyrino (UNICAMP) and M. Teresa Espinal (UAB)
    Cross-linguistic variation in the status of Number
    12:15-13h Urtzi Etxeberria (IKER-CNRS), Susagna Tubau (UAB), Viviane Déprez (Rutgers), and M. Teresa Espinal (UAB)
    Cross-linguistic variation in the interpretation of (un)grammatical negative sentences
    13-15h Lunch
    15-15:45h Berit Gehrke (Paris Diderot-CNRS) & Olga Borik (UNED)
    Cross-linguistic variation in the expression of passives
    15:45-16:30h Federico Silvagni (UCM)
    A feature that makes the difference: aspectual concord in Romance copular clauses
    16:30-17h Coffee break
    17-18h Andrew Koontz-Garboden (U. of Manchester) & Itamar Francez (University of Chicago)
    Love and happiness
    20h Workshop’s dinner

    December 15
    10-11h Susann Fischer (U. Hamburg)
    Diachronic variation in the expression of definiteness in Romance.
    11-11:30h Coffee break
    11:30-12:15h Xavier Villalba (UAB) and Sílvia Planas-Morales (URV)
    Prosody and information structure in Catalan and Spanish interrogative sentences
    12:15-13h Lisa Brunetti (Paris Diderot-CNRS), Laia Mayol (UPF) and Xavier Villalba (UAB)
    Bridging and dislocation across Romance
    13-15h Lunch
    15-17h Student’s session
    Eloi Puig-Mayenco (Reading)
    The (un)availability of existential readings in Catalan and Spanish n-words: the case of grammatical context
    Feifei Li (UAB)
    Single negation interpretations in sentences with multiple negative expressions in Mandarin Chinese
    Anastasiia Solomina (UAB)
    Cross-linguistic variation in the expression of vocatives
    Daria Serés (UAB)
    Psychological verbs and their arguments: cross-linguistic variation
    17h Closing of the workshop

    Attendance is free, but you are requested to register here.

    Program of the Workshop on Linguistic Variation at the Interfaces

    Workshop on Linguistic Variation at the Interfaces
    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid
    November 16-17, 2017

    Preliminary program

    Thursday, November 16th

    9:30 Registration and welcome

    10:00-10:40 M. Eugenia Mangialavori and Rafael Marín
    Micro-variation in Spanish: non-standard uses of a directional P

    10:40-11:20 Rosa Bono
    Patterns of Number Agreement in Pyrenean Dialects

    11:20-11:50 COFFEE BREAK

    11:50-12:30 Elisabeth Verhoeven, Paola Fritz Huechante and Julian A. Rott
    Morphological directionality, semantics, and syntax of the psych-alternation

    12:30:13:30 Invited Speaker: Artemis Alexiadou

    13:30-15:00 LUNCH

    15:00-15:40 Volker Struckmeier
    Towards an interface-driven, subtractive account of free word order phenomena

    15:40-16:20 Hisao Tokizaki and Jiro Inaba
    Variation of stress location and word order in prenominal adjective phrases

    16:20-17:00 Carlos Muñoz Pérez
    The headless XP-movement restriction: a prosodic account

    17:00-17:30 COFFEE BREAK

    17:30-18:30 Invited Speaker: Norvin Richards

    Friday, November 17th

    9:30-10:10 Maria Bañeras Carrió
    An incorporation account of impersonal passives: evidence from Spanish dialects

    10:10-10:50 Lorena Castillo
    Parameters of structural and inherent Case. Evidence from ECM in Spanish

    10:50-11:30 María Mangialavori Rasia
    The causative-inchoative alternation as a case of non-minimal variation

    11:30-12:00 COFFEE BREAK

    12:00-12:40 Elisabeth Gibert Sotelo
    Diachronic variation in lexical negation: a syntactic perspective

    12:40:13:40 Invited Speaker: Elly van Gelderen

    13:40-15:00 LUNCH

    15:00-15:40 Nicola Munaro
    On the syntactic encoding of interjections: evidence from Emilian dialects and standard Italian

    15:40-16:10 Xavier Villalba
    Patterns of inversion in Romance wh-exclamatives

    16:10-16:40 COFFEE BREAK

    16:40-17:40 Invited Speaker: Luis López

    17:40 Goodbye


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