VCC 2016 : 2016 International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses and Constructions
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(Department of Modern Languages, University of La Rioja) invites the submission of papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research to the 2016 International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses and Constructions, which will be held on October 26-28, 2016 at the University of La Rioja. The topics of interest for submission can be grouped under three headings: constructional approaches to grammar, projectionist approaches to grammar and diachrony. Papers dealing with the category of the verb and historical languages are most welcome. Overall, the recommended topics include, but are not limited to:
Constructional approaches to grammar
Usage-based approaches to the development of structure
Cross-linguistic variation of constructions
Constructions, subconstructions and families of constructions
Verbal and non-verbal constructions
Alternations vs. constructions
The interaction of verbal projections and constructions
Computational modeling of projections and constructions
The syntax of clauses and sentences
Linking and interfaces
Head marking and dependent marking
The functional motivation of structural development
Layered models of clause structure
Events vs. states of affairs and predications
Verbs at the representational and interpersonal level
Topic and focus constructions
Raising, existentials and clefts
Diachronic Construction Grammar
Diatopic, diachronic and textual variation
Morpho-syntactic and semantic change
The role of constructions in grammaticalization
Degrammaticalization and deflection
Grammaticalization and lexicalization
The interaction of information structure and verbal constructions
The role of information structure in syntactic change
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
• Abstract submission: February 1- September 15, 2016.
• Notification of reviewers’ decision: Approximately 2 weeks after submission.
• Registration: March 1 – October 28, 2016.
• Symposium: October 26-28, 2016.