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The syntax and semantics of internal arguments

The International Workshop ´The syntax and semantics of internal arguments´ will take place at the University of Bucharest (Romania), October 24-25, 2019 and is organized by Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne) and Alina Tigău (University of Bucharest). 

The workshop aims at discussing recent theoretical and experimental research in syntax, semantics and pragmatics, with a focus on topics such as argument structure, the projection of the arguments, the  syntax and semantics of Differential Object Marking (DOM), accusative and dative pronominal clitics, Clitic Doubling (CD), incorporation and the status of arguments, case assignment a.o. Some of the questions we would like to address would be the following:

  1. How are internal arguments hierarchically projected?
  2. How do they get their case assigned? Does case assignment depend on their DP/KP/NP type? Do the mechanisms of DOM or CD have a say in this respect?
  3. Is there a correlation between the syntax and the semantics of  DP/KP/NP types?

Invited Speakers

  • Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Marta Donazzan (Université de Nantes)
  • Susann Fischer (Universität Hamburg)
  • Tabea Ihsane (Université de Genève)
  • Cecilia Poletto (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main/ Università degli Studi di Padova )


Thursday, 24.10.2019  

9.30 – 10.00


10.00 - 11.00

 Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) 

 On the syntax of the partitive/accusative alternation in (the diachrony of ) Greek

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30

Tabea Ihsane (Université de Genève)

Arguments with a so-called “partitive article”: The subject-object asymmetry in the light of Francoprovençal data

12.30 – 13.15

Katalin Kiss (Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Case in languages with fused grammatical functions and discourse roles

13.15 – 15.00



Cecilia Poletto (Universität Stuttgart)

 On the relation between quantification objects and adverbs

16.00 – 16.45

Alexandra Cornilescu and Alina Tigau (University of Bucharest)

 On some morphosyntactic properties of Romanian DOM 

16.45 – 17.15

Coffee Break

17.15 – 18.00

Brian M. Gravely (University of Georgia)

 VSO and VOS orders: DOM and object shift in Galician)

18.00 – 18.45

Peđja Kovačević (University of Novi Sad)

Not all object experiencers are the same: evidence from SE anti-causatives with Serbian psych verbs)

Friday, 25.10.2019



Marta Donazzan (Université de Nantes), Klaus von Heusinger (Universität zu Köln), Clémentine Raffy (Universität zu Köln)

 Causative constructions and their arguments - the case of French laisser)


Rita Manzini and Ludovico Franco (University of Florence) 

Labelling and argument of (structural) obliques: Pseudo-partitives and DOM) de pus pe 25

10.45 – 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.15

Susann Fischer (Universität Hamburg)

On experiencers and other dative arguments in Catalan

12.15 – 13.00

Valeria Generalova (Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf)

An RRG approach to case assignment in Altaic causative constructions

13.00 – 13.45

Alexandra Cornilescu 

On clausal arguments

13.45 – 15.30


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The workshop is organized by Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne) and Alina Tigău (University of Bucharest).

Support for this workshop comes from ICUB, University of Bucharest, SFB 1252 Prominence in Language, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation