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DOM in Catalan (and Romance) and language contact

This event is intended to be a presentation and starting point for Anna Pineda’s research project Differential Object Marking in Catalan and language contact, which has been recently funded by the Humboldt Foundation and which is being developed at the University of Cologne in close collaboration with Klaus von Heusinger and Marco García. You can read about it here.

Although the project is focused on Catalan (and its contact with Spanish), the present event will also gather scholars with an expertise on DOM in other Romance languages, such as Occitan or Italian dialects, as well as on Basque, another language which is in contact with Spanish and shows some instances of DOM.

Researchers interested in the phenomenon of DOM and the role of language contact in Romance are very welcome to attend the event. We hope it will be a platform to share knowledge and a starting point to establish collaborations.

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Dates: 4-5 November 2021, 4 pm – 7:30 pm

Program: you can download the program here

Thursday 4 November 2021. Presentation of the project + invited talks

04:00 pm - 04:15 pm

Opening by the Research Dean Prof. Dr. Wolfram Nitsch and Introduction by Marco García García and Klaus von Heusinger

04:15 pm - 05:00 pm

Presentation of the research project "Differential Object Marking in Catalan and language contact" by Anna Pineda, 30min+15min Q&A

05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Invited talk 1 Adam Ledgeway - University of Cambridge, 45min+15min Q&A

06:00 pm - 06:15 pm

Coffee break

06:15 pm - 07:15 pm

Invited talk 2 Silvina Montrul - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 45min+15min Q&A

07:15 pm - 

Online reception


Friday 5 November 2021. Topical discussion network

Research Topic I: The spread of DOM in Romance varieties. Moderator: Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge)

04:00 pm - 04:10 pm

Manuel Leonetti  (Spanish) - Universidad Complutense de Madrid

04:10 pm - 04:20 pm

Victoria Escandell-Vidal (Balearic Catalan) - Universidad Complutense de Madrid 

04:20 pm - 04:30 pm

Xavier Bach (Occitan) - University of Oxford

04:30 pm - 05:00 pm


Research Topic II: DOM in language contact environments (minoritized languages + Spanish)

05:15 pm - 05:25 pm

Itxaso Rodríguez-Ordóñez (Basque) - California State University Long Beach

05:25 pm - 05:35 pm

Ane Odria (Basque) - University of the Basque Country

05:35 pm - 05:45 pm

Eloi Puig-Mayenco (Catalan) - King's College London

05:45 pm - 06:15 pm



Research Topic III: Catalan-Spanish language contact setting. Moderator: Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

06:30 pm - 06:40 pm

Johannes Kabatek - University of Zurich

06:40 pm - 06:50 pm

Andrés Enrique-Arias - Universitat de les Illes Balears

06:50 pm - 07:00 pm

Silvia Perpiñán - Universitat Pompeu Fabra

07:00 pm - 07:30 pm