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VCC 2016 : 2016 International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses and Constructions


When Oct 26, 2016 - Oct 28, 2016
Where Logroño (La Rioja) Spain
Abstract Registration Due Oct 28, 2016
Submission Deadline Sep 15, 2016
Notification Due Oct 1, 2016
Categories    linguistics   syntax   diachrony   morphology

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(Department of Modern Languages, University of La Rioja) invites the submission of papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research to the 2016 International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses and Constructions, which will be held on October 26-28, 2016 at the University of La Rioja.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

Verbal typologies


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:

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: 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.

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