Stadt: Berlin

Beginn: 2018-10-04

Ende: 2018-10-05


Dear colleagues,

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.

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.

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

For further information on the workshop program and the registration, please visit the website at

We encourage you to circulate the information widely so this workshop can feature as many specialists on long-distance dependencies as possible.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the LDD-workshop in Berlin!


The 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

Redaktion: Marcel Schmitt