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Causation: from context(s) to grammar

The workshop "Causation: from context(s) to grammar" will take place in Athens on August 30-31 2021, during the 54th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. It is organized by Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger, Dr. Marta Donazzan, and Clémentine Raffy as part of the DFG project "Composing events in Romance causative constructions and the semantics of causation" (project number: 361344414) at the University of Cologne.

This workshop aims at investigating the ties between the cognitive representation of causation and its linguistic realisations, in order to define how the primitives of causation interact with grammar at different levels of representation, within one language as well as crosslinguistically.

Date: August 30-31 2021

Place: Athens

Organisation: Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger, Dr. Marta Donazzan, and Clémentine Raffy



Monday, 30 August


09:30 - 10:00

Marta Donazzan, Clémentine Raffy and Klaus von Heusinger


10:00 - 10:30

Artemis Alexiadou

The building blocks of causation:

evidence from non-canonical realization

10:30 - 11:00

Jens Hopperdietzel, Malte Zimmermann and Mary Amaechi

Force calculation is cyclic

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Renata Enghels

The causative constructional network in Spanish:

a stringent case of language productivity at work

12:00 - 12:30

Lucia Tovena

 Enabling and causes

12:30 - 13:00

Vittorio Ganfi and Valentina Piunno

Causativity and Complex Prepositions in

Italian and Romance languages

13:00 - 14:30 break
14:30 -15:00

Ben Ambridge  

Speakers’ preference for more versus

less-transparent causatives:

Computational modeling,

grammaticality judgment and production data

from English, Hebrew,

Hindi, Japanese and K’iche’

15:00 - 15:30

Monika Rind-Pawlowski

Causative Constructions in Khinalug

15:30 -16:00

Iva Novakova and Yanka Bezinska

Causation in Bulgarian: evidence from

3- to 6-year-old monolingual children

16:00 -17:00


17:00 - 17:30

Andrea Ariño-Bizarro and Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano

Speakers’ preferences for the conceptualisation and

encoding of causative constructions in Spanish


Tuesday, 31 August 

09:00 - 09:30

Bridget Copley

Intentions and dispositions

09:30 - 10:00

Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal, Noa Bassel and York Hagmayer

Causes and Conditions

10:00 - 10:30

Olga Kagan and Bridget Copley

A Force-Dynamic Approach to Perfectivity