Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adverbs and Prepositions

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Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adverbs and Prepositions

Short Title: WAASAP 2
Date: 12-Jun-2014 – 13-Jun-2014
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Contact: Antonio Fábregas
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics; Syntax


Meeting Description:


In the past few years there has been an important body of literature about the relationship between the functional category of Aspect and Argument Structure (Borer 2005; Ramchand 2008; Ritter & Rosen 2000, 2005; Rothstein 2008). The vast majority of studies have concentrated on verbs and also, in a minor degree, on nouns. Two years ago we focused on the definition of these notions in adjectives and participles (WAASAP 1, On this occasion we want to ask a related set of questions, this time with respect to prepositions and adverbs, which have been claimed to incarnate semantic topological contrast of central/ non-central coincidence that underlie temporal relations (Bybee, Perkins & Pagliuca 1994; Hale 1986). These categories raise additional questions regarding the limits between arguments and adjuncts.

In this workshop we would like to contribute to a better understanding of the nature of prepositions and adverbs and the limits between arguments and adjuncts by gathering researchers working on different aspects of argument structure and aspect of adverbs and prepositions. The questions we are interested in include, but are not restricted to, the following:

– Can inner and outer aspect primitives be reduced to the same prepositional-like elements?
– The argument structure of PPs: What are the theta-roles associated to Ps, and how is it different or similar to those of verbs?
– How rich is the internal structure of PPs and what correlations can be established between levels of complexity, argument structure and aspect?
– Is the internal structure of PPs similar, in terms of argument structure, to a split VP?
– Can Ps define events by themselves?
– How do prepositions contribute to the definition of internal aspect in verbs and adjectives?
– What is the role of prepositions inside verbal periphrases?
– Choice of P and the semantic interpretation of the argument introduced by P
– Adverbs and adverbial phrases as diagnostics for aspectual properties
– The internal structure of adverbs and the definition of their internal aspectual properties
– The position of adverbs and the interpretation of arguments
– NPs behaving as adverbs (Larson 1985) and adjuncts. What are the limits between arguments and adjuncts, and between nouns and adverbs, in terms or referentiality, modificability, etc.?
– What defines an adverb? What are the relevant subclasses of adverbs for grammar?
– Adverbs as arguments of verbs: Under which circumstances can an adverb be an argument of a verb?
– Adverbs as derived categories: Do adverbs inherit nominal or adjectival properties of their morphological bases?
– Vocatives in the limit between arguments and adjuncts, nouns and adverbs

Keynote Speakers:

Peter Svenonius (CASTL, Universitetet i Tromsø)
M. Teresa Espinal (CLT, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)


Antonio Fábregas (Universitet i Tromsø)
María J. Arche (University of Greenwich)
Rafael Marín (Université Lille 3)


June 12

Peter Svenonius (University of Tromsø)
‘Adpositions and the argument-adjunct asymmetry’

Dong-yi Lin (Ghent University)
‘Locative Deictics in Kavalan: The Role of Argument-Adjunct Distinction’

10.45-11.15 Pause

Víctor Acedo-Matellán (Universidade do Minho) & Cristina Real-Puigdollers (Centre de Lingüística Teòrica-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
‘Locative a and en in Catalan and the significance of AxPart’

Sameerah Saeed (Newcastle University)
‘Locative PPs: English and Kurdish’

12.45-14.00 Lunch

Inna Tolskaya (University of Tromsø)
‘Out- and over- prefixation: a scalar approach’

Boris Haselbach & Marcel Pitteroff (University of Stuttgart)
‘A morphological case approach to PPs’

15.30-16.00 Pause

Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria (UPV / EHU)
‘Central coincidence, paths and category change’

June 13

María Teresa Espinal (CLT-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
‘Argumenthood and modification. Some mismatches’

Sascha Alexeyenko (University of Osnabrück)
‘Adverbs as PPs: The Morphosyntax and Semantics of Manner Adverbs’

10.45-11.15 Pause

Niina Ning Zhang (National Chung Cheng University)
‘Frequentatives and the Phase Status of VP’

Claudia Maienborn & Johanna Herdtfelder (University of Tübingen)
‘Causal from: combinatorics and eventive/stative interpretation’

12.45-14.00 Lunch

Victor Acedo-Matellán (Universidade do Minho)
‘Atelicity with goal PPs, telicity without a quantity NP: Evidence from atransitive predicates’

Hannah Forsythe (Michigan State University)
‘Path Prepositions Are Measure-of-Change Functions’

15.30-16.00 Pause

Antje Roßdeutscher (University of Stuttgart)
‘Hidden universal quantification and change of argument structure in particle-verb constructions’

Closing remarks

Ion Giurgea (Iorgu Iordan – Alexandru Rosetti Institute of Linguistics, Romanian Academy)
‘Romanian adnominal locative PPs and Argument Structure’




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