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2017

  • July 13th: Stephanie Durrleman-Tame (Université de Genève): Thinking about thoughts: the role of language.
  • July 12th: Elena Castroviejo (Ikerbasque and UPV/EHU) & Laia Mayol (UPF): Echoicity, contrast and conditionals.
  • June 29th: Jordina Sánchez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): Expressing simultaneity of events in Catalan Sign Language (LSC): forms and age differences.
  • June 14th: Daniele Panizza (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen): Neural signatures of Pragmatic Violations in adults and children.
  • June 8th: Alessandro Lenci (Università di Pisa): Dynamic Compositional Representations in Distributional Semantics.
  • May 11th: Craige Roberts (OSU & NYU): Agreeing and Assessing: Epistemic modals and the question under discussion.
  • May 10th: Kristina Gulordava (UNIGE - UPF post-doc candidate): Computational models of word order variation and dependency length minimization effects in syntactically-annotated corpora.
  • April 20th: Avery Andrews (Australian National University): Unflattening LFG
  • April 6th: Víctor Acedo-Matellán (University of Cambridge) and Cristina Real Puigdollers (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): Creation Predicates and Talmy's (2000) satellite/verb-framed typology
  • March 30th: Sílvia Perpiñán (University of Western Ontario): The L2 acquisition of Spanish locative and existential constructions by Catalan and Italian speakers.
  • March 23rd: Laia Mayol (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): Asymmetries between interpretation and production in Catalan pronouns.
  • March 9th: Marika Lekakou (University of Ioannina): Impersonal middles as disposition ascriptions.
  • March 7th: Kleanthes K. Grohmann (University of Cyprus): Evidence from Greek for the Locus Preservation Hypothesis.
  • March 2nd: Anna Pineda (CNRS-IKER): Verbs of inherently directed motion in Romance languages: from pronominal uses to causativization.
  • February 23rd: Zhaozi Jiang (Linyi University, China): "John has died father" and Event Possession in Mandarin Chinese. 
  • February 9th: Cristina Real (UPF): What Measure Verbs Have: an insight into the syntax of possession.
  • February 2nd: Carlo Cecchetto (CNRS-Paris 8 & University of Milan-Bicocca) & Caterina Donati (University Paris Diderot-7): The syntax of idioms: dealing with a puzzle.
  • December 1st: L'Houssaine El Gholb (Institut Royal de la Culture amazighe - IRCAM): Aspects morphologiques et syntaxiques de la forme passive en amazighe. 
  • November 17th: Javi Fernández (CLT-UAB): Right dislocation: a tale of two clauses.
  • October 28th: Guillermo del Pinal (ZAS-Berlin): Advertisement for a multidimensional semantics for truth-conditional pragmatics. 
  • October 13th: Txuss Martín (Durham University): Phases and deixis. The topology of verbal reference. [joint work with Ulrich Reichard]

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2016

  • June 10th: Marcel Giezen (BCBL. Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language): Language processing in bilinguals of signed and spoken languages.
  • May 20th: Itziar Laka (University of the Basque Country): Verb agreement inside-out: features, distance and attraction.
  • May 6th: Maribel Romero (University of Konstanz): "Many", Conservativity and Decomposition.
  • April 29th: Alexandra Spalek (University of Oslo): The Influence of Context in Verb Meaning: the Combinatorial Panorama of Aspectual Verbs Cross-linguistically.
  • April 18th: Rafael Marín: Spanish "estarse" is not only agentive, but also inchoative [joint work with Antonio Fábregas].
  • April 18th: Andrew Koontz-Garboden: Root and template meanings: Insights from change of state verbs.
  • April 1rst: Joan Maling (Brandeis University): A syntactic Rubin's Vase: the inherent ambiguity of non-promotional passives and unspecified subject constructions.
  • March 18th: Kata Wohlmuth (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): Plural predication in context.
  • March 11th: Carlo Cecchetto (CNRS, UMR 7023, SFL Paris VIII University): Is mouthing a core component of sign languages? [joint work with Beatrice Giustolisi and Emiliano Mereghetti, University of Milan-Bicocca]. 
  • March 4th: Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (UMR7023 Structures formelles du langage, CNRS / Université Paris 8): The typology of dependent indefinites.
  • February 1st (UR-Ling): Núria Esteve-Gibert (Aix-Marseille Université): The online processing of intonational meaning and how it is affected by cognitive empathy: evidence from eye-tracking.
  • January 22nd: Pablo Rico Rama (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - CLT): The AL + infinitive construction in Spanish: temporal and causal readings.
  • January 8th: Scott Grimm (University of Rochester): "Furniture" and Other Artifactual Aggregates.

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2015

  • December 4th: María Inés Corbalán (Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP): Control in Type-Logical Grammar.
  • November 20th (UR-Ling): Cristina Baus (Aix-Marseille Université): Lexical Access in sign language comprehension and production.
  • November 13th: Eva Csipak (University of Göttingen): Past tense and biscuits.
  • November 13th: Ryan Bochnak (University of Manchester): Optional tense? Evidence from Washo.
  • October 23rd: Bruno Galantucci (Yeshiva University & Haskins Laboratories): Sabbatical reflections: Where I come from and where I'd like to go.
  • June 19th: Toni Bassaganyas-Bars (UPF), Old Catalan 'have'
  • June 12th: Laia Mayol (UPF), The building blocks of concessive 'at least': evidence from Catalan 'si més no'
  • June 5th: Evelina Leivada (UB), Crosslinguistic Variation: Minding the Gap
  • May 8th: Susan Fischer (Graduate Center, CUNY), Historical perspectives on sign language change
  • April 17th: Jordi Fortuny (Universitat de Barcelona), Presenting the Witness Set Constraint
  • April 10th: Julie Auger (University of Indiana), Subject doubling in Picard: Linguistic competence or badge of identity?
  • March 27th: Paula Menéndez-Benito (UPF), Modality in the Nominal Domain: Random Choice and Modal Harmony (joint work with Luis Alonso-Ovalle, McGill)
  • March 20th: Enric Vallduví (UPF), Information structure in context: the role of theme and contrast
  • March 13th: Josep Maria Fontana (UPF), Towards a truly minimalist account of 'auxiliary' + participle constructions: the grammatical and lexical encoding of events and states 
  • March 6th: Wolfram Hinzen (ICREA-Universitat de Barcelona), Why do pronouns exist?
  • February 20th: Anna Gazdik (Karl-Franzens-Univesität, Graz), Agreeing Invariable Adjectives in French (joint work with Veronika Hegedüs)
  • February 13th: Donna Jo Napoli (Swarthmore College, Philadelphia), The drive for ease of articulation in language: Active and reactive effort in sociolinguistic variation and the structure of the lexicon
  • January 30th: Claudia Borgonovo (Université Laval - Québec), Concessive clauses or how to be pragmatically humble

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2014

  • December 12th: Helena Aparicio (University of Chicago), Processing of Relative vs Absolute Adjectives: a Visual World Study (joint work with Ming Xiang and Chris Kennedy)
  • December 5th: Melània S. Masià (CSIC - UAB), Adjectives of veracity
  • November 14th: Heather Burnett (Université de Toulouse 2 - Jean Jaurés / Institut Jean Nicod - École Normale Supérieure, Paris), Reflections of Grammar in Patterns of Variation: Variable Negative Concord in Dialects of French and the Architecture of the Syntax-Semantics Interface
  • October 31st: Laura Bortolotto (Università Ca' Foscari, Venice), The Syntax (and Semantics) of Relational Adjectives in Italian
  • October 17th: Paula Menéndez-Benito (UPF), Modality and Determiners: Algún que otro (joint work with Luis Alonso Ovalle (McGill)
  • October 3rd: Marco Baroni (Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - University of Trento), Decompositional distributional semantics
  • June 27th: Jeff Lidz (University of Maryland)
  • June 13th: Peter Pagin (Stockholm University), General Compositionality and Belief Sentences
  • June 6th: Tonia Bleam (University of Maryland), Ditransitive Alternations Cross-linguistically: Alternate Projection without Polysemy
  • May 21st: Malka Rappaport-Hovav (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Drowning (out) manner/result complementarity?
  • May 9th: Gemma Barberà (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Univ. Paris 8), R-impersonal constructions in Catalan Sign Language (LSC): Indefinite pronouns and contrastive meaning
  • May 2nd: Ayumi Shimoyoshi (UPF), Japanese aspect marker -te i-: progressives, perfects, and habituals in a single form
  • April 25th (UR-Ling seminar): Bruno Galantucci (Department of Psychology, Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University), Studying novel forms of human communication in the laboratory
  • April 24th (UR-Ling seminar): James Pustejovsky (Department of Computer Science - Brandeis University), Computational Models of Events
  • March 24th: Christopher Kennedy (University of Chicago), How many accomplishments
  • March 14th: Victor Acedo (Universidade do Minho) and Cristina Real (CLT-UAB), The distinction between locative a and en in Catalan: Evidence from quantifier scope
  • February 28th: Dan ZemanThe variadic Operators Approach: Accounting for Sequence of Tense and other Complex Linguistic Phenomena
  • February 21st: Mar Massanell and Jaume Mateu (UAB), Auxiliary selection in Old Catalan
  • January 31st: Josep Quer (UPF), Exhaustive and non-exhaustive variation with anti-specific indefinites: free choice and referential vagueness (link to article)

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2013

  • November 29th: Roberta D'Alessandro (Universiteit Leiden), Person-oriented phenomena in (southern) Italian dialects
  • November 22nd: Veronika Richtarcikova (UPF), Epistemic indefinites: Alternatives-and-exhaustification analysis
  • November 8th: Laia Mayol (UPF), Conditionally interpreted declaratives in Spanish
  • October 25th: Louise McNally (UPF), Reference to and via properties: The case of Dutch
  • October 18th: Urtzi Etxebarria (CNRS), BNs in Basque
  • October 11th: Matías Jaque (UAM), Stativity in Spanish: levels of representation and degrees of dinamicity
  • September 27th: Mihajlo Ignjatovic (UPF), The aspect of resultative verbs
  • September 19th: Mojmír Dočekal (Brno), Cumulativity and number marking on nouns
  • September 17th: Mojmír Dočekal & Hana Strachoňová (Brno), Scope preferences of universal quantifier and negation
  • May 30th: Elena Castroviejo (LyCC-CSIC) & Isabel Oltra Massuet (Tarragona), 'Ser capaç/z': a double-flavored emphatic modal
  • May 24th (UR-Ling): Cristiane Silva (Universidade Estadual de Campinas), Perceptual validation of Garrido Model applied to Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish foreign language
  • May 17th: Eugenio Vigo (UPF), Spanish cleft sentences as copular inversion cases
  • April 26th: Marie Labelle (UQÀM) & M. Teresa Espinal (UAB), Historical changes in negative expressions. The case of French.
  • April 19th: Isidora Stojanovic (CNRS/Jean Nicod & UPF), Reporting same-saying
  • April 5th: Sergi Torner (UPF), On the semantics of domain adverbs
  • March 1st: Maartje Schulpen (Utrecht), Modification of bare nominals across languages and constructions
  • February 15th: Heather Burnett (U. de Montreal / ENS Paris), On the logical and grammatical foundations of adjectival scale structure
  • February 13th: Heather Burnett (U. de Montreal / ENS Paris), The rise and fall of resultative predication in the history of French
  • February 8th: Antje Roßdeutscher (Stuttgart), Prepositional Elements in a DM/DRT-based Syntax-Semantics-Interface in German
  • January 25th: Marie Labelle (UQÀM, Montreal), Syntactic (and pragmatics) aspects of past participle fronting in Old and Middle French 

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2012

  • December 13th (UR-Ling): Ulf Liszkowski (Hamburg), How infants communicate: Meaning, gestures, modes
  • November 29th: Ana Aguilar Guevara (Utrecht), Modified weak definites
  • November 22nd: Scott Grimm (UPF), Number and Individuation
  • November 15th (UR-Ling): José Luis Mendívil (Zaragoza), Si todo es sintaxis, ¿por qué son tan importantes las palabras?
  • October 11th: Xavier Villalba (UAB), Pronominal pivots in existential sentences 
  • October 4th (UR-Ling): Juan Maria Garrido (UPF), Glissando: an annotated corpus for the analysis of Prosody in Spanish and Catalan
  • September 27th: Rob van der Sandt (Nijmegen), On processing
  • June 22nd (UR-Ling): Nuria Sagarra (Carnegie Mellon / UPF), Cross-linguistic variation and the L2 acquisition of L2 temporal reference
  • June 18th: Mojmir Dočekal (Brno), On negative manner and degree questions
  • June 15th: Mojmir Dočekal (Brno), Negation, Scope, Focus and Plurality (abstract: parles.upf.edu/llocs/bgehrke/home/docekal_barcelona_1.pdf)
  • June 1st: Ilaria Frana (Göttingen), Covert Nominal Modality: The case of Adnominal Conditionals
  • April 12th (UR-Ling): Joan Borràs-Comes (UPF), Susagna Tubau (UAB), M. Teresa Espinal (UAB) & Pilar Prieto (ICREA-UPF), Syntax, prosody and gesture constrain the interpretation of double negation
  • March 15th: Olav Müller-Reichau (Leipzig), Event Kinds and Russian Existential Imperfectives
  • March 1st: Roser Saurí (Barcelona Media), Are you sure that this happened? Assessing the factuality degree of events in text
  • February 23rd: Sonia Cyrino (UNICAMP) & M. Teresa Espinal (UAB), Bare Nominals in Brazilian Portuguese: more on the NP/DP analysis
  • February 16th: Bryan Leferman (UPV-EHU/HiTT), The paradox(es) of Agent-Oriented adverbs
  • February 2nd: Gemma Boleda (UPF), Coloring semantic spaces: Towards perceptually grounded models of word meanin
  • January 12th: Cristina Sánchez Marco (UPF), Path and change in Spanish estar + past participle

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2011

  • December 1st: Elena Castroviejo Miró (CCHS-CSIC) & Laia Mayol (UPF): How to cancel an implicature.
  • November 15th: Klaus Abels (University College London): Split scope and the verbal right bracket in German.
  • November 3rd: Louise McNally (UPF): Inflection and derivation: how adjectives and nouns refer to abstract objects [joint work with Henriëtte de Swart (Universiteit Utrecht)].
  • October 20th: Alexandra Spalek (UPF): Verb Meaning in Context: The case of Spanish 'break', 'romper'.
  • October 6th: Àlex Alsina & Boban Arsenijević (UPF): The two faces of agreement: Analyzing Serbo-Croatian hybrid agreement.
  • September 29th: Glyn Morrill (UPC): Parsing/theorem-proving.
  • July 14th: Silvia Martínez-Ferreiro (UPF): The Ibero-Romance agrammatic database: an ongoing project.
  • June 23rd: John Moore (UCSD): The Object Parameter in Grammar: Evidence from Moro.
  • June 14th: Gemma Barberà (UPF): A unified account of specificity in Catalan Sign Language.
  • May 19th: Wolfram Hinzen (Durham University): Tarski, grammar, and truth.
  • March 31st: Maribel Romero (Universität Konstanz): Decomposing Modal Superlatives.
  • March 22nd: Gemma Boleda (UPC): Semantic factors in the choice between ethnic adjectives and their PP counterparts: Quantitative evidence.
  • February 24th: Henriëtte de Swart (Universiteit Utrecht): Telicity features of bare nominals.
  • January 27th: Vidal Valmala (UPV-EHU): On Spanish Clitic Left Dislocation and the Preference for Move over Bind.

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2010

  • December 16th: Karen Lahousse (K.U.Leuven): Information structure and embedded clauses.
  • November 11th: Maarten Janssen (UPF): Corpus patterns: Beyond word classes (and word meanings).
  • October 14th: Cedric Boeckx (UAB): From C to P.
  • September 7th: Peter Svenonius (Universitetet i Tromsø): Dative case in Scandinavian languages.
  • June 3rd: Pilar Prieto (ICREA-UPF): Speech rhythm as durational marking of prosodic heads and edges.
  • May 13th: Joost Zwarts (Universiteit Utrecht): Weak definites and the lexical semantics of nouns.
  • April 15th: Àlex Alsina (UPF): No null nouns.
  • March 11th: Elinor Payne (University of Oxford): The construction of markedness: narratives of phonologisation [co-organised by GrEP].
  • February 11th: Cristina Sánchez Marco (UPF): De la construcción resultativa al perfecto.

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2009

  • December 9th: Gergő Somodi (UB & CEU Budapest): The Perlocution Claim.
  • November 30th: Laia Mayol (UPenn/UAB): A Question of Misfortune [joint work with Elena Castroviejo (University of Chicago)].
  • November 19th: Chris Barker (University of New York & the Free University of Bolzano): Free choice permission as linear reasoning.
  • July 14th: Gemma Barberà (UPF): Choice of referring expressions in Catalan Sign Language.
  • June 30th: Melita Stavrou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki): The nominal properties of ethnic adjectives and the structure of DP [joint work with Artemis Alexiadou].
  • June 18th: Cristina Real Puigdollers (UAB): Prepositions in Romance.
  • May 25th: Deborah Chen Pichler (Gallaudet University): Perspectives on sign language acquisition: First, second and bilingual acquisition of ASL.
  • March 19th: Aina Peris Morant (CLiC, UB): Event vs. result denotation. A pertinent distinction in the nominal domain? An analysis from a corpus linguistics approach.
  • February 13th: Víctor Acedo Matellán (UB): Adjectival Resultatives Cross-linguistically: a Morphophonological Account.
  • January 22nd: Gabriela Resnik (Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento in Argentina): La expresión del aspecto en el dominio nominal: determinantes y cuantificadores de nombres eventivos del español. 

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2008

  • December 4th: Olga Borik (Universidade Nova de Lisboa): Temporal marking strategies in Capeverdean Creole (CVC).
  • November 12th: Berit Gehrke (UPF) & Nino Grillo (CSIC): How to Become Passive.
  • October 2nd: Lisa Brunetti (UPF): Discourse Functions of Fronted Foci in Italian and Spanish.
  • July 11th: Irene Russo (Università di Pisa): Classifying adjectives through corpus analysis: semantic distinctions in syntagmatic contexts.
  • June 19th: Carla Umbach (Universität Osnabrück): German wie-phrases in equative comparison.
  • May 19th: Boban Arsenijević (Universiteit van Amsterdam): The correlative construction as a type of conditional clause. 
  • May 15th: Joana Rosselló (UB): A non-predicational syntactic account for specificational sentences: The proposal and some of its consequences.
  • March 13th: Elena Castroviejo (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main): What does it take to embed an exclamative?
  • February 28th: David Nicolas (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS): Towards a semantics for mass expressions derived from gradable expressions.
  • January 11th: Roser Saurí (Brandeis University): Determining Modality and Factuality for Text Entailment.

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2007

  • December 10th: Ad Neeleman (UCL): A'-Scrambling and Contrastiveness in Dutch.
  • November 22nd: Laia Mayol (UPenn): Pronouns in Catalan: the Position of Antecedent Hypothesis and other uses of the overt pronoun.
  • July 16th: Mariapaola D'Imperio (Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence): Form and function of rising contours in French, Italian and Swedish: to read or not to read?
  • July 2nd: Stephen L. Thompson (William Paterson University): The logic of stigmatized Englishes.
  • July 2nd: Judy Bernstein (William Paterson University): Subject-Verb Agreement across Varieties of English.
  • June 28th: Philippe Blache (CNRS & Université de Provence): Methods and tools for multimodal corpus annotation.
  • April 26th: Xavier Villalba (UAB): La dislocació a la dreta en català i castellà: un estudi quantitatiu.
  • March 15th: Ía Navarro (UAB): On the semantic status of le-predicates in Mexican Spanish.
  • February 1st: Helen de Hoop (Radboud University Nijmegen): Object Fronting. 

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2006

  • December 14th: Jenny Doetjes (Rijksuniversiteit Leiden): Counting and degree modification.
  • November 28th: Stavros Skopeteas (Universität Potsdam): Typology of Information Structure: The Viewpoint of Language Production.
  • November 23rd: Chrysanthie Therapontos (Université de Lille): On genitive verbal constructions in Greek with indirect and direct objects and adjuncts.
  • November 16th: Àlex Alsina (UPF): Long-distance dependencies in a unified theory of structure-sharing in LFG.

Previous GLiF Seminars

2016

  • June 10th: Marcel Giezen (BCBL. Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language): Language processing in bilinguals of signed and spoken languages.
  • May 20th: Itziar Laka (University of the Basque Country): Verb agreement inside-out: features, distance and attraction.
  • May 6th: Maribel Romero (University of Konstanz): "Many", Conservativity and Decomposition.
  • April 29th: Alexandra Spalek (University of Oslo): The Influence of Context in Verb Meaning: the Combinatorial Panorama of Aspectual Verbs Cross-linguistically.
  • April 18th: Rafael Marín: Spanish "estarse" is not only agentive, but also inchoative. (joint work with Antonio Fábregas) and Andrew Koontz-Garboden: Root and template meanings: Insights from change of state verbs.
  • April 1rst: Joan Maling (Brandeis University): A syntactic Rubin's Vase: the inherent ambiguity of non-promotional passives and unspecified subject constructions.
  • March 18th: Kata Wohlmuth (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): Plural predication in context.
  • March 11th: Carlo Cecchetto (CNRS, UMR 7023, SFL Paris VIII University): Is mouthing a core component of sign languages? (joint work with Beatrice Giustolisi and Emiliano Mereghetti, University of Milan-Bicocca)
  • March 4th: Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (UMR7023 Structures formelles du langage, CNRS / Université Paris 8): The typology of dependent indefinites.
  • February 1st (UR-Ling): Núria Esteve-Gibert (Aix-Marseille Université): The online processing of intonational meaning and how it is affected by cognitive empathy: evidence from eye-tracking.
  • January 22nd: Pablo Rico Rama (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - CLT): The AL + infinitive construction in Spanish: temporal and causal readings.
  • January 8th: Scott Grimm (University of Rochester): "Furniture" and Other Artifactual Aggregates.

2015 

  • December 4th: María Inés Corbalán (Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP): Control in Type-Logical Grammar.
  • November 20th (UR-Ling): Cristina Baus (Aix-Marseille Université): Lexical Access in sign language comprehension and production.
  • November 13th: Eva Csipak (University of Göttingen): Past tense and biscuits.
  • November 13th: Ryan Bochnak (University of Manchester): Optional tense? Evidence from Washo.
  • October 23rd: Bruno Galantucci (Yeshiva University & Haskins Laboratories): Sabbatical reflections: Where I come from and where I'd like to go.
  •  June 19th: Toni Bassaganyas-Bars (UPF), Old Catalan 'have'
  •  June 12th: Laia Mayol (UPF), The building blocks of concessive 'at least': evidence from Catalan 'si més no'
  •  June 5th: Evelina Leivada (UB), Crosslinguistic Variation: Minding the Gap
  •  May 8th: Susan Fischer (Graduate Center, CUNY), Historical perspectives on sign language change
  •  April 17th: Jordi Fortuny (Universitat de Barcelona), Presenting the Witness Set Constraint
  •  April 10th: Julie Auger (University of Indiana), Subject doubling in Picard: Linguistic competence or badge of identity?
  •  March 27th: Paula Menéndez-Benito (UPF), Modality in the Nominal Domain: Random Choice and Modal Harmony (joint work with Luis Alonso-Ovalle, McGill)
  •  March 20th: Enric Vallduví (UPF), Information structure in context: the role of theme and contrast
  •  March 13th: Josep Maria Fontana (UPF), Towards a truly minimalist account of 'auxiliary' + participle constructions: the grammatical and lexical encoding of events and states 
  •  March 6th: Wolfram Hinzen (ICREA-Universitat de Barcelona), Why do pronouns exist?
  •  February 20th: Anna Gazdik (Karl-Franzens-Univesität, Graz), Agreeing Invariable Adjectives in French (joint work with Veronika Hegedüs)
  •  February 13th: Donna Jo Napoli (Swarthmore College, Philadelphia), The drive for ease of articulation in language: Active and reactive effort in sociolinguistic variation and the structure of the lexicon
  •  January 30th: Claudia Borgonovo (Université Laval - Québec), Concessive clauses or how to be pragmatically humble

 

2014

  • December 12th: Helena Aparicio (University of Chicago), Processing of Relative vs Absolute Adjectives: a Visual World Study (joint work with Ming Xiang and Chris Kennedy)
  • December 5th: Melània S. Masià (CSIC - UAB), Adjectives of veracity
  • November 14th: Heather Burnett (Université de Toulouse 2 - Jean Jaurés / Institut Jean Nicod - École Normale Supérieure, Paris), Reflections of Grammar in Patterns of Variation: Variable Negative Concord in Dialects of French and the Architecture of the Syntax-Semantics Interface
  • October 31st: Laura Bortolotto (Università Ca' Foscari, Venice), The Syntax (and Semantics) of Relational Adjectives in Italian
  • October 17th: Paula Menéndez-Benito (UPF), Modality and Determiners: Algún que otro (joint work with Luis Alonso Ovalle (McGill)
  • October 3rd: Marco Baroni (Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - University of Trento), Decompositional distributional semantics
  • June 27th: Jeff Lidz (University of Maryland)
  • June 13th: Peter Pagin (Stockholm University), General Compositionality and Belief Sentences
  • · June 6th: Tonia Bleam (University of Maryland), Ditransitive Alternations Cross-linguistically: Alternate Projection without Polysemy
  • May 21st: Malka Rappaport-Hovav (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Drowning (out) manner/result complementarity?
  • May 9th: Gemma Barberà (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Univ. Paris 8), R-impersonal constructions in Catalan Sign Language (LSC): Indefinite pronouns and contrastive meaning
  • · May 2nd: Ayumi Shimoyoshi (UPF), Japanese aspect marker -te i-: progressives, perfects, and habituals in a single form
  • April 25th (UR-Ling seminar): Bruno Galantucci (Department of Psychology, Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University), Studying novel forms of human communication in the laboratory
  • April 24th (UR-Ling seminar): James Pustejovsky (Department of Computer Science - Brandeis University), Computational Models of Events
  • March 24th: Christopher Kennedy (University of Chicago), How many accomplishments
  • March 14th: Victor Acedo (Universidade do Minho) and Cristina Real (CLT-UAB), The distinction between locative a and en in Catalan: Evidence from quantifier scope
  • · February 28th: Dan ZemanThe variadic Operators Approach: Accounting for Sequence of Tense and other Complex Linguistic Phenomena
  • February 21st: Mar Massanell and Jaume Mateu (UAB), Auxiliary selection in Old Catalan
  • January 31st: Josep Quer (UPF), Exhaustive and non-exhaustive variation with anti-specific indefinites: free choice and referential vagueness (link to article)

 

2013

  • November 29th: Roberta D'Alessandro (Universiteit Leiden), Person-oriented phenomena in (southern) Italian dialects
  • November 22nd: Veronika Richtarcikova (UPF), Epistemic indefinites: Alternatives-and-exhaustification analysis

Abstract: In this talk I will discuss epistemic indefinites (EIs), elements noteworthy for lexically encoding the inability to provide further information about the identity of their referent. They include English singular some, German irgendein, Spanish algún and others. It is of fairly recent interest in semantics to provide a uniform solution for the properties, behavior and typology of EIs. I aim to complement this research program by applying to Slovak data one particular theoretical approach that is becoming quite prominent in the field, the alternatives-and-exhaustification framework by Chierchia 2013. This framework embeds EIs within a wider system of polarity and free choice phenomena and derives the ignorance implicature through a logical 'exhaustification' (negation) of non-entailed alternative propositions, obligatorily activated by EIs. I offer a critical assessment of this theoretical perspective and how it fares in explaining the subtleties of the Slovak data and EIs in general.

  • November 8th: Laia Mayol (UPF), Conditionally interpreted declaratives in Spanish
  • October 25th: Louise McNally (UPF), Reference to and via properties: The case of Dutch
  • October 18th: Urtzi Etxebarria (CNRS), BNs in Basque
  • October 11th: Matías Jaque (UAM), Stativity in Spanish: levels of representation and degrees of dinamicity
  • September 27th: Mihajlo Ignjatovic (UPF), The aspect of resultative verbs
  • September 19th: Mojmír Dočekal (Brno), Cumulativity and number marking on nouns

Abstract: In this talk I discuss scopal behavior of Czech bare singular and plural argumental NPs with respect to other sentential scopal elements. A first puzzling property is an apparent wide scope of singular NPs vs. ambiguous interpretation of plural NPs. I explain this pattern as a result of non-scopal (cumulative) interpretation of bare and numeral NPs. Second part of the talk is devoted to a connected phenomenon, interpretation of dependent plurals, where Czech (unlike English or Dutch) allows free distribution of singular/plural number on dependent plural bare NPs

  • September 17th: Mojmír Dočekal & Hana Strachoňová (Brno), Scope preferences of universal quantifier and negation

Abstract: In this talk we propose a competition based explanation for a tendency of bare universal NPs to be interpreted in the scope of sentential negation. Our main data come from a corpus study of Czech. The data patterns revealed by the corpus study show that bare universal subjects are in majority of cases interpreted in the scope of negation, while modified universal subjects act scopally exactly in the opposite way. We explain the first pattern as a result of competition between universal and negative NPs and the second pattern as a consequence of homogeneous interpretation of specific NPs.

  • May 30th: Elena Castroviejo (LyCC-CSIC) & Isabel Oltra Massuet (Tarragona), 'Ser capaç/z': a double-flavored emphatic modal

Abstract: The goal of this talk is to discuss the semantic properties of the Catalan modal 'ser capaç' (and its Spanish counterpart 'ser capaz') ‘be capable’, SC for short, which participates in both generic abilities and action dependent abilities (Mari & Martin 2007), but which does not have the same distribution as English ‘be able’. On the one hand, we present empirical tests that set aside abilitative uses (1a) from epistemic uses (1b), and provide an analysis along the lines of Hacquard 2010, which reconciles Kratzer's semantics with Cinque's syntax.

(1) a. Hobbes va ser capaç de traduir les obres completes d'Homer als 86 anys.
'Hobbes was capable of translating Homer's collected works at age 86.'
b. El meu fill és capaç d'haver resolt el cas sense acudir a la policia.
'My son is capable of having solved the case without going to the police.'

On the other hand, we argue that SC not only has different flavors like other modals, but it also contributes a stronger meaning than the effort component reported in the literature for 'be able' (Bhatt 1999, Hacquard 2010, Giannakidou & Staraki in press). In particular, we propose an explanation for the contrast in (2).

(2) [At the hospital]
a. Despite the accident, Mary is able to breathe.
b. ?A pesar de l'accident, la Maria és capaç de respirar.

  • May 24th (UR-Ling): Cristiane Silva (Universidade Estadual de Campinas), Perceptual validation of Garrido Model applied to Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish foreign language

Abstract: This work aims at comparing the melodic curves in declarative sentences as well as yes/no and wh-questions in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese (BP) and Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL) using the Garrido Model (1996, 2001, 2010) that defines F0 patterns from phonetic analysis of F0 contours. More precisely we replicated the study in Garrido (2010) and YAO, J & Garrido (2010). The goal is to establish whether the procedure of automatic stylization and annotation is actually capable of providing perceptually equivalent representations to the original contours not only in Spanish, Catalan and Chinese but also in BP and SFL. To do this, we designed a perception test.

  • May 17th: Eugenio Vigo (UPF), Spanish cleft sentences as copular inversion cases

Abstract: In this talk I will present my analysis of cleft sentences as cases of copular inversion (Alsina, 2007; Moro, 1997). According to my hypothesis, the postcopular element in a sentence like "Son los niños quienes fueron al parque" should not be considered the subject, but the predicate, as the apparent agreement is explicable by the principles governing copular inversion proposed by Alsina (2007). However, The lack of agreement when the obligatory preposition "a" for animated objects ("Es/*son a los niños a quienes vi") is due to a general principle of language that prohibits agreement between elements in different cases. As this "blocking-by-case" principle conflicts directly against the agreement-per-coindexation principles required to understand copular inversion, an Optimality Theoretic version of LFG is used as theoretical framework. Finally, discussion of German and Dutch data will show the possible extension of this proposal to other languages that also show copular inversion.

  • April 26th: Marie Labelle (UQÀM) & M. Teresa Espinal (UAB), Historical changes in negative expressions. The case of French.
  • April 19th: Isidora Stojanovic (CNRS/Jean Nicod & UPF), Reporting same-saying

Abstract: In this talk, I will be interested in the semantics and the pragmatics of discourse reports of the form "S/he said that, too" and "That's what s/he said (too)". On what one may call the mainstream view, 'that' in such reports picks out the content expressed by the target-utterance, and the report is true iff the reported utterance expresses the same content. I shall show that the mainstream view accounts only for a fairly limited range of cases, and shall put forward an alternative account. I shall also discuss how the account of same-saying underpins a proper understanding of the notion of 'what is said', which, ever since Grice, has played a crucial role in theorizing about semantics and pragmatics.

  • April 5th: Sergi Torner (UPF), On the semantics of domain adverbs
  • March 1st: Maartje Schulpen (Utrecht), Modification of bare nominals across languages and constructions
  • February 15th: Heather Burnett (U. de Montreal / ENS Paris), On the logical and grammatical foundations of adjectival scale structure

Abstract: In this presentation, I present a new theory of the relationship between context-sensitivity, vagueness, and adjectival scale structure. From an empirical point of view, I argue that the four principle subclasses of adjectival predicates (relative adjectives (ex. tall), total absolute adjectives (ex. dry), partial absolute adjectives (ex. wet), and non-scalar adjectives (ex. atomic)) can be distinguished along three dimensions: 1) how their criteria of application can vary depending on context; 2) how they display the characteristic properties of vague language; and 3) what the properties of their associated orders (a.k.a. scales) are. It has been known for a long time in the literature (cf. Unger (1975), Pinkal (1995), Kennedy (2007), McNally (2011) a.o.) that there exist connections between context-sensitivity, vagueness, and scale structure; however, a formal system that expresses these connections has yet to be developed. By combining insights into the relationship between context-sensitivity and scalarity from the delineation semantics framework (Klein (1980), a.o.) with insights into the relationship between tolerance relations and the Sorites paradox from Cobreros, Égr&eacture;, Ripley & van Rooij (2012)'s Tolerant, Classical, Strict (TCS) framework, I propose such a logical system. Using this framework, I show that the association of particular classes of adjectives with their particular kinds of scales can be derived from their context-sensitivity and vagueness properties. In other words, I argue that from independently necessary theories of context-sensitivity and vagueness, we arrive at a full theory of gradability and scale structure in the adjectival domain.

  • February 13th: Heather Burnett (U. de Montreal / ENS Paris), The rise and fall of resultative predication in the history of French

Abstract: This talk presents a series of novel synchronic and diachronic investigations into the compositional semantics of certain kinds of telic verb phrases across a range of natural languages. More specifically, we study the syntax and semantics adjectival and prepositional resultative secondary predication constructions (ResPs, such as the English "to hammer the metal flat" and the directional interpretation of "to float under the bridge"). The talk makes a novel contribution to the grammatical and typological analysis of these constructions by studying their evolution in the history of the French language. In particular, we show that the grammar of French moves through (at least) three different stages with three different systems of ResPs: 1) the Latin system, 2) the distinct Old French (12th-14th centuries) system, and 3) the Modern French system. We provide a compositional semantics for adjectival and prepositional ResP constructions in different stages of the development of Modern French, and we show that a range of abstract functional items (or similar grammatical elements) is needed to accurately analyze the fine-grained nature of the diachronic variation. We therefore conclude that the mechanisms underlying the construction of telic interpretations in secondary predication constructions are more diverse than is usually assumed in the literature.

  • February 8th: Antje Roßdeutscher (Stuttgart), Prepositional Elements in a DM/DRT-based Syntax-Semantics-Interface in German

Abstract: The talk will focus on the syntax and semantics of spatial prepositional elements in German with threefold functions (i) as heads of prepositional phrases, (ii) as particles in particle-verb constructions and (iii) as prefixes.

(i) (a) Papier an eine Wand kleben (glue paper on a wall), (b) über einen Berg fliegen (fly over/across a mountain) , ...
(ii) (a) Papier an eine Wand ankleben (glue paper on a wall), (b) über einen Berg hinüberfliegen (cross a mountain flying), (c) eine Wand mit Farbe anstreichen (cover a wall with paint) ,...
(iii) einen Berg überfliegen (fly across a mountain), ...

A particular challenge for a syntax-semantics-interface in German are separability (in (ii) ) vs. incorporation (in (iii)) of P-elements as well as structural alternations on the syntactic side ( (ii)(a) vs. (ii)(c) ) and ambiguity vs. determinacy of the semantic contribution of the same prepositional roots on the semantic side.

The account follows the conviction of Distributed Morphology (DM) that words as well as phrases are built from their roots (cf. (Marantz 1993), and related works) . The syntactic principles build on widely accepted hypotheses such as the 'split P'-hypothesis (cf. (Svenonius 2003) and subsequent work). The composition of the verbal semantics follows principles from Discourse Representation Theory (DRT) and will be demonstrated in (details of) bottom up construction algorithms.

  • January 25th: Marie Labelle (UQÀM, Montreal), Syntactic (and pragmatics) aspects of past participle fronting in Old and Middle French

An abstract for this talk can be found under: parles.upf.edu/llocs/bgehrke/home/labelle.pdf

 

2012

  • December 13th (UR-Ling): Ulf Liszkowski (Hamburg), How infants communicate: Meaning, gestures, modes

Abstract: I address three central aspects of human communication from a developmental perspective: 1) The emergence of meaning; 2) The role of gestures; 3) The distinction between deictic and representational modes. A series of experimental studies on one-year-old infants demonstrates that infants have complex social expectations, akin to what has sometimes been referred to as “theory-of-mind”. These enable them to engage in meaningful interactions long before they convey meaning linguistically. The emergence of social expectations appears to be universal and socially mediated. Gestures afford interaction in ways that vocalizations do not; however, infants’ vocalizations complement their gestural acts in meaningful ways. Representational communication is initially grounded in space. The use of gestural iconic depictions, however, is a later achievement, likely mediated by the representational use of formal language.

  • November 29th: Ana Aguilar Guevara (Utrecht), Modified weak definites

An abstract can be found here: http://parles.upf.edu/llocs/bgehrke/home/abstract_aguilar.pdf

  • November 22nd: Scott Grimm (UPF), Number and Individuation

Abstract: This talk investigates the semantic basis of grammatical number systems and the countability of nouns. Most work on countability assumes a binary countable/non-countable contrast: countable nouns, such as 'dog', allow plural marking ('dogs') and accept modification by number words ('two dogs'), while non-countable nouns, such as 'sand', which do not permit plural marking (*sands), nor modification involving number (*two sands). Opinion so far has been divided as to whether the countable/non-countable contrast is a substantial, ontologically-based contrast or if it is simply an arbitrary fact about grammars of different languages.
I discuss data from a range of languages which possess three or more categories of grammatical number, often distinguishing entity types such as "collective aggregates" (swarming insects, vegetation) and/or "granular aggregates" (grass, sand). From this broader cross-linguistic perspective, I then propose that the morphosyntactic organization of grammatical number systems reflects the semantic organization of noun types according to the degree of individuation of their referents. Nouns of different types are individuated to different degrees and can accordingly be ordered along a scale of individuation: substances < granular aggregates < collective aggregates < individuals. Noun types which are less individuated are on the lower end of the scale and are cross-linguistically less likely to signal grammatical number, while the converse holds for highly individuated noun types. Understanding morphosyntactic number categories in light of a scale of individuation avoids the difficulties binary accounts face, since languages may divide up the scale of individuation into any number of classes and at different points.
In the final part of the talk, I turn to the formal modeling of countability. Most formal semantic treatments of countability use mereology, or the theory of part-relations; however, I show that it turns out not to be sufficiently expressive to account for the broader typological data. I argue that it is necessary to enrich mereology with connection relations that model ways in which the referents of nouns may come together, resulting in the more expressive "mereotopology". I show that this extension leads to faithfully modeling the degrees of countability found across languages and overcomes problems in the countability literature, e.g. the "minimal parts" problem.

  • November 15th (UR-Ling): José Luis Mendívil (Zaragoza), Si todo es sintaxis, ¿por qué son tan importantes las palabras?

Abstract: Esta aproximación a la noción de palabra es radicalmente anti-lexicista, pero no comparte la típica conclusión de que las palabras son epifenómenos. Más bien al contrario, la propuesta sitúa la palabra como un rasgo central del lenguaje humano. La aparente contradicción se resuelve con la hipótesis que se pretende desarrollar: que las palabras no son unidades léxicas sino construcciones sintácticas y que esas construcciones sintácticas que llamamos ‘palabras’ son en realidad las unidades mínimas de conexión entre el sistema conceptual-intencional y los sistemas sensorio-motores en el lenguaje humano. Si esto es así, se sigue entonces que la palabra es la unidad fundamental de la externalización del lenguaje humano y, por tanto, la unidad principal de la diversidad estructural de las lenguas humanas.

  • October 11th: Xavier Villalba (UAB), Pronominal pivots in existential sentences
  • October 4th (UR-Ling): Juan Maria Garrido (UPF), Glissando: an annotated corpus for the analysis of Prosody in Spanish and Catalan
  • September 27th: Rob van der Sandt (Nijmegen), On processing

Abstract: I discuss the relative merits of Russell's and Strawson's view on the proper treatment of descriptive phrases. I argue that Russell’s account is in principle correct, but is incomplete as it stands.His theory should be extended with an account of the intuition that gave rise to Strawson's (and Frege's) alternative. I present such an account in the 'presupposition as anaphora' framework. I show that if we treat Russellian descriptions as anaphoric expressions and implement such an account in a dynamic framework distinguishing between input and output contexts, Russell's basic claim, definites should not be analysed as referring but as descriptive phrases, can be maintained while simultaneously accounting for the Frege/Strawson intuition.

  • June 22nd (UR-Ling): Nuria Sagarra (Carnegie Mellon / UPF), Cross-linguistic variation and the L2 acquisition of L2 temporal reference
  • June 18th: Mojmir Dočekal (Brno), On negative manner and degree questions
  • June 15th: Mojmir Dočekal (Brno), Negation, Scope, Focus and Plurality (abstract: parles.upf.edu/llocs/bgehrke/home/docekal_barcelona_1.pdf)
  • June 1st: Ilaria Frana (Göttingen), Covert Nominal Modality: The case of Adnominal Conditionals
  • April 12th (UR-Ling): Joan Borràs-Comes (UPF), Susagna Tubau (UAB), M. Teresa Espinal (UAB) & Pilar Prieto (ICREA-UPF), Syntax, prosody and gesture constrain the interpretation of double negation
  • March 15th: Olav Müller-Reichau (Leipzig), Event Kinds and Russian Existential Imperfectives
  • March 1st: Roser Saurí (Barcelona Media), Are you sure that this happened? Assessing the factuality degree of events in text
  • February 23rd: Sonia Cyrino (UNICAMP) & M. Teresa Espinal (UAB), Bare Nominals in Brazilian Portuguese: more on the NP/DP analysis
  • February 16th: Bryan Leferman (UPV-EHU/HiTT), The paradox(es) of Agent-Oriented adverbs

Abstract: Agent-Oriented adverbs (e.g. cleverly, intelligently, stupidly) have been analyzed as ambiguous between two readings: (i) a manner reading and (ii) a higher reading which intuitively seems to modify the agent of the event in some way. In this talk I focus on the paradoxes that this traditional view of the data leads to, namely the apparent Passive-Sensitivity of agent-oriented adverbs and the complete lack of agreement on the properties of the agent-oriented reading. Paying closer attention to the adjectival root, I argue that we find evidence that agent-oriented adverbs are slightly more ambiguous than normally assumed. The re-classification I propose allows us to avoid the Passive-Sensitivity paradox and clearly identify the properties of each reading, while making the connection to the properties already found in the base adjective.

  • February 2nd: Gemma Boleda (UPF), Coloring semantic spaces: Towards perceptually grounded models of word meanin
  • January 12th: Cristina Sánchez Marco (UPF), Path and change in Spanish estar + past participle

 

2011

  • December 1st: Elena Castroviejo Miró (CCHS-CSIC) & Laia Mayol (UPF), How to cancel an implicature

Abstract: Although cancellability is one of the main tests to identify Conversational Implicature, it is a phenomenon rarely looked at. In this talk, we present an account of when implicature cancellation is an acceptable discourse move and provide some experimental evidence to support our proposal.

  • November 15th: Klaus Abels (University College London), Split scope and the verbal right bracket in German

Abstract: In this talk we argue that there are two syntactic problems with Kratzer's (2005) and Kratzer and Shimoyama's (2002) propositional quantification approach. The strongest version of this proposal says that all quantification in natural language is over propositions. The empirical domain we investigate is split scope. The two syntactic problems we discuss are: (a) propositional quantification, despite the claim that it derives locality effects, needs to be supplemented with an independent theory of locality, and (b) because in this approach movement is not a crucial ingredient of scope, certain generalizations regarding when split scope is possible and impossible are missed. Particularly striking confirmation for the role of movement in deriving split scope comes from verb projection raising. We show that our favored approach, choice function quantification, does not suffer from these problems.

  • November 3rd: Louise McNally (UPF), Inflection and derivation: how adjectives and nouns refer to abstract objects (joint work with Henriëtte de Swart, Utrecht University)
  • October 20th: Alexandra Spalek (UPF), Verb Meaning in Context: The case of Spanish 'break', 'romper'
  • October 6th: Àlex Alsina and Boban Arsenijević (UPF), The two faces of agreement: Analyzing Serbo-Croatian hybrid agreement
  • September 29th: Glyn Morrill (UPC), Parsing/theorem-proving
  • July 14th: Silvia Martínez-Ferreiro (UPF), The Ibero-Romance agrammatic database: an ongoing project
  • June 23rd: John Moore (UCSD), The Object* Parameter in Grammar: Evidence from Moro
  • June 14th: Gemma Barberà (UPF), A unified account of specificity in Catalan Sign Language
  • May 19th: Wolfram Hinzen (Durham University), Tarski, grammar, and truth
  • March 31st: Maribel Romero (Konstanz), Decomposing Modal Superlatives
  • March 22nd: Gemma Boleda (UPC), Semantic factors in the choice between ethnic adjectives and their PP counterparts: Quantitative evidence
  • February 24th: Henriëtte de Swart (Utrecht), Telicity features of bare nominals
  • January 27th: Vidal Valmala (UPV-EHU), On Spanish Clitic Left Dislocation and the Preference for Move over Bind

 

2010

  • December 16th: Karen Lahousse (K.U.Leuven), Information structure and embedded clauses [abstract]
  • November 11th: Maarten Janssen (UPF), Corpus patterns: Beyond word classes (and word meanings)
  • October 14th: Cedric Boeckx (UAB), From C to P [abstract]
  • September 7th: Peter Svenonius (Tromsø), Dative case in Scandinavian languages [abstract]
  • June 3rd: Pilar Prieto (ICREA-UPF), Speech rhythm as durational marking of prosodic heads and edges [abstract]
  • May 13th: Joost Zwarts (Utrecht), Weak definites and the lexical semantics of nouns [abstract]
  • April 15th: Àlex Alsina (UPF), No null nouns [abstract, slides]
  • March 11th:Elinor Payne (Oxford), The construction of markedness: narratives of phonologisation [abstract] (co-organised by the GrEP)
  • February 11th: Cristina Sánchez Marco (UPF), De la construcción resultativa al perfecto [abstract]

 

2009

  • December 9th: Gergő Somodi (UB & CEU Budapest), The Perlocution Claim [abstract]
  • November 30th: Laia Mayol (Penn/UAB), A Question of Misfortune (joined work with Elena Castroviejo, University of Chicago)
  • November 19th: Chris Barker (University of New York & the Free University of Bolzano), Free choice permission as linear reasoning [abstract, paper draft]
  • July 14th: Gemma Barberà (UPF), Choice of referring expressions in Catalan Sign Language
  • June 30th: Melita Stavrou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), The nominal properties of ethnic adjectives and the structure of DP (joined work with Artemis Alexiadou) [abstract]
  • June 18th: Cristina Real Puigdollers (UAB), Prepositions in Romance
  • May 25th: Deborah Chen Pichler (Gallaudet University), Perspectives on sign language acquisition: First, second and bilingual acquisition of ASL [abstract, slides]
  • March 19th: Aina Peris Morant (CLiC, UB), Event vs. result denotation. A pertinent distinction in the nominal domain? An analysis from a corpus linguistics approach [abstract]
  • February 13th: Víctor Acedo Matellán (UB), Adjectival Resultatives Cross-linguistically: a Morphophonological Account
  • January 22nd: Gabriela Resnik (Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento in Argentina), La expresión del aspecto en el dominio nominal: determinantes y cuantificadores de nombres eventivos del español [abstract]

 

2008

  • December 4th: Olga Borik (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Temporal marking strategies in Capeverdean Creole (CVC)
  • November 12th: Berit Gehrke (UPF) & Nino Grillo (CSIC), How to Become Passive [abstract]
  • October 2nd: Lisa Brunetti (UPF), Discourse Functions of Fronted Foci in Italian and Spanish
  • July 11th: Irene Russo (Pisa), Classifying adjectives through corpus analysis: semantic distinctions in syntagmatic contexts
  • June 19th: Carla Umbach (Osnabrück), German wie-phrases in equative comparison [abstract]
  • May 19th: Boban Arsenijević (Universiteit van Amsterdam), The correlative construction as a type of conditional clause [abstract]
  • May 15th: Joana Rosselló (UB), A non-predicational syntactic account for specificational sentences: The proposal and some of its consequences [abstract]
  • March 13th: Elena Castroviejo (Frankfurt), What does it take to embed an exclamative? [abstract]
  • February 28th: David Nicolas (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS), Towards a semantics for mass expressions derived from gradable expressions [abstract]
  • January 11th: Roser Saurí (Brandeis University), Determining Modality and Factuality for Text Entailment [abstract, article]

 

2007

  • December 10th: Ad Neeleman (UCL), A'-Scrambling and Contrastiveness in Dutch
  • November 22nd: Laia Mayol (UPenn), Pronouns in Catalan: the Position of Antecedent Hypothesis and other uses of the overt pronoun
  • July 16th: Mariapaola D'Imperio (Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence), Form and function of rising contours in French, Italian and Swedish: to read or not to read? [abstract]
  • July 2nd: Stephen L. Thompson (William Paterson University), The logic of stigmatized Englishes
  • July 2nd: Judy Bernstein (William Paterson University), Subject-Verb Agreement across Varieties of English [abstract]
  • June 28th: Philippe Blache (CNRS & Université de Provence), Methods and tools for multimodal corpus annotation [abstract]
  • April 26th: Xavier Villalba (UAB), La dislocació a la dreta en català i castellà: un estudi quantitatiu
  • March 15th: Ía Navarro (UAB), On the semantic status of le-predicates in Mexican Spanish [abstract]
  • February 1st: Helen de Hoop (Radboud University Nijmegen), Object Fronting [slides]

 

2006

  • December 14th: Jenny Doetjes (Leiden), Counting and degree modification
  • November 28th: Stavros Skopeteas (Potsdam), Typology of Information Structure: The Viewpoint of Language Production [abstract]
  • November 23rd: Chrysanthie Therapontos (Lille), On genitive verbal constructions in Greek with indirect and direct objects and adjuncts [abstract]
  • November 16th: Àlex Alsina (UPF), Long-distance dependencies in a unified theory of structure-sharing in LFG