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VCC 2014 : 2014 International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses and Constructions


When Oct 22, 2014 - Oct 24, 2014
Where Logroño (La Rioja) Spain
Submission Deadline Sep 20, 2014
Notification Due Oct 5, 2014

Call For Papers

The Nerthus Project Research Group (Department of Modern Languages, University of La Rioja) invites the submission of papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research to the 2014 International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses and Constructions, which will be held on October 22-24th, 2014 at the University of La Rioja. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

• Layered models of clause structure
• The interaction of verbal projections and verbal constructions
• Verbal constructions
• The syntax of clauses and sentences
• Alternations vs. constructions
• Linking and interfaces
• Inflection and derivation
• Events vs. states of affairs and predications
• Verbs at the representational and interpersonal level
• Verbal typologies
• Verbs and nouns
• Nominalizations
• Cross-linguistic variation of verbal constructions
• Head marking and dependent marking
• Diatopic, diachronic and textual variation
• Morpho-syntactic and semantic change
• Usage-based approaches to the development of structure
• The role of constructions in grammaticalization
• The functional motivation of structural development

Invited speakers
Jóhanna Barðdal (University of Ghent)
Hans Sauer (University of München)
Robert D. Van Valin Jr. (University of Düsseldorf)

Scientific committee
Laurel Brinton (University of British Columbia)
Kristin Davidse (University of Leuven)
Carlos García Castillero (University of the Basque Country)
Dylan Glynn (University of Paris VIII)
Randy LaPolla (Nanyang Technological University)
Laura Michaelis (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Johan Pedersen (University of Copenhagen)
Olga Timofeeva (University of Zurich)

Please submit your proposal following the guidelines below:

1. Presentations will last 20 minutes, followed by a ten minute discussion.
2. Abstracts should be 150-200 words long (without any subheadings) and clearly present a research question/aim, critical review of the literature, methodology, results and conclusions.
3. Please avoid footnotes and any unusual symbols (such as phonetic transcription) that might be changed in electronic communication. If you cannot avoid such symbols, submit your paper both in DOC and PDF format.
4. Please send each abstract both in anonymized and unanonymized forms (with author(s) and affiliation) to the following address:
5. Decisions about acceptance will be based on relevance to the above topic list, originality, potential significance, topicality and clarity. Since all accepted papers will be presented at the symposium, we require that at least one of the submitting authors must be a registered participant.

Key dates
• Abstract submission: March 15th.-September 20th.
• Notification of reviewers’ decision: March 30th. - October 5th.
• Early bird registration deadline: May 30th.
• Ordinary registration deadline: August 30th.
• Extraordinary registration deadline: October 20th.
• Conference: October 22-24th.

Conference URL
Further information will be available soon at the conference site:

Organizing committee
Javier Martín Arista
Roberto Torre Alonso
Raquel Mateo Mendaza
Luisa Fidalgo Allo
Miguel Lacalle Palacios
Esaúl Ruiz Narbona
Ana Elvira Ojanguren López

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