Stadt: Berlin

Frist: 2018-07-23

Beginn: 2018-10-04

Ende: 2018-10-05


We cordially invite you to our joined workshop on long-distance dependencies that will take place at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin from October 4th to October 5th, 2018.

Meeting description:
Long-distance dependencies are a well-explored field of investigation. It is concerned with constructions involving a constituent that may be moved over a clause boundary. Traditionally, they include several types of wh-movement. Focusing on interrogatives and relatives, this workshop intends to bring together syntacticians from different grammatical frameworks (HPSG, Generative Grammar and others). Transformational frameworks like Generative Grammar often explain long-distance dependencies as the result of a movement operation. In contrast, lexicalist frameworks such as Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) and Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG) do not assume movement. The goal is to explore and compare the quality and quantity of construction specific and syntactic descriptions needed to capture long-distance phenomena.
Given this range of phenomena, we welcome submissions contributing novel data and innovative approaches to all aspects of long-distance dependencies of interrogatives and relatives and their interaction.

Invited speakers:

  • Rui P. Chaves (University at Buffalo)
  • Caterina Donati (LLF Paris-Diderot)
  • Anne Abeillé (LLF Paris-Diderot)
  • Dominique Sportiche (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Bob Borsley (University of Essex)

Date: October 4-5, 2018

Venue: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – Dorotheenstraße 24 | 10117 Berlin

Call for papers
Aside from the invited speakers, there will be room for a maximum of 15 papers of 30 (20 + 10) minutes to be presented. Abstracts should be anonymous and maximally 800 words long (excluding references). The abstracts should be submitted in .PDF format through EasyChair no later than July 23, 2018:

  • Extended deadline for submission of abstracts: July 23, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: August 6, 2018

Organizing committee:

  • Guido Mensching (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
  • Stefan Müller (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Franziska Werner (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
  • Elodie Winckel (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Contact: All questions about submissions should be emailed to

The project Long-distance Dependencies in French: Comparative Analyses (HPSG and the Minimalist Program) is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (Research Group DFG MU 2822/9-1, ME 1252/14-1).

Beitrag von: Franziska Werner