Workshop “Information structure and the architecture of grammar”


The workshop “Information structure and the architecture of grammar” will take place on October, 28th at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. It is conceived as a forum for specialists in different areas of information structure to exchange current issues and views on this component of language and its interactions with other components, such as prosody, syntax, semantics, and discourse. Attendance is free.


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


8.30h-9h Presentation
9-10h Vieri Samek-Lodovici (University College London): Defining Contrastivity
10-11h M. Victoria Escandell (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia) & Manuel Leonetti (Universidad de Alcalá): Marked and unmarked foci
11-11.30h Coffee break
11.30-12.30h Olga Borik (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): Bare singular indefinites in Russian: distribution and interpretation.
12.30-13.30h Xavier Villalba and M. Teresa Espinal (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & ICREA Academia): Definiteness and information structure
13.30-15h Lunch
15-16h Enric Vallduví (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): Correspondences between contextual resources and sentential information structure
16-17h Lisa Brunetti (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 & CNRS): Information structure as the outcome of QUD structure: a view from naturalistic data
17-17.30h Concluding remarks


  • Research Project FFI2014-52015 “Compositionality of meaning. Theoretical and empirical perspectives” (, Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad;
  • Departament de Filologia Catalana, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; and
  • Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • Organizer:
    Xavier Villalba (
    Departament de Filologia Catalana and Centre de Lingüística Teòrica

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