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Going Romance

Thursday 28 November 2019 - Friday 29 November 2019
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Vossius room, second floor

Going Romance 2019 takes place at the Leiden University Center for Linguistics (LUCL) on November 28-29, 2019.

Invited speakers

  • Heather Burnett (CNRS – UMR 7110, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7)
  • João Costa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • Caterina Donati (CNRS – UMR 7110, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7)


Please register for the conference and the conference dinner before 15 November via the following payment link. If you register, you will receive a second registration form by mail in which you can specify dietary restrictions (among other things). These forms will be sent mid-November.

Main session, November 28-29

The scope of the conference series lies at the intersection of linguistic theory with data from the Romance languages. Beyond this general tenet, there are no specific requirements as to the topic, the subdiscipline, the approach or the methodology, as long as it is clear how the Romance data contribute to linguistic theories of human language (http://going-romance.wp.hum.uu.nl).

Special session 'Gender in Romance', November 29, 14.00-17.30h. 

This workshop aims at a discussion of various aspects of gender in Romance, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • Social meaning of gender and gender conflicts
  • Syntax and semantics of gender and gender agreement
  • Gender and linguistic variation (geographical, historical, social)
  • Gender and first and second language acquisition
  • Gender in bi/multilingual scenarios
  • Psycholinguistic aspects of gender



Thursday 28 November







Keynote: João Costa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Can linguists help educators?


Jan Casalicchio (University of Palermo) &
Alberto Frasson (Utrecht University)
The syntax of spatial anchoring:
logophoricity in a heritage Italo-Romance variety




Vicky Leonetti Escandell (Universidad Complutense Madrid),
Jacopo Torregrossa, (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) &
Maria Andreou (Universität zu Köln)
The interpretation of null subjects in Italian, Greek and Spanish:
a variegated picture



Lucia Donatelli (Saarland University)
It’s all in the syntax: closest conjunct agreement in Spanish


Michelle Troberg (University of Toronto Mississauga)
Verb particles in Old French: a syntactic account


LUNCH (Wijkplaats, coffee room groundfloor)


Lorena Castillo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Case competition under ECM: evidence from Spanish dialects


Nicoletta Loccioni (UCLA)
A superlative argument in favor of a semantic account
of connectivity sentences


Posters (KOG room B017)

Aliza Glasbergen-Plas (Leiden University)
How context affects intervention effects in French wh-in-situ questions


Muriel Assmann (University of Vienna)
Interpreting the ordering effects of CTs and Fs in Brazilian Portuguese


Sebastian Buchczyk & Ingo Feldhausen
(Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
Revisiting obviation experimentally:
On the weakening of the subjunctive disjoint reference effect in French


Brechje van Os, Aafke Hulk, Petra Sleeman & Suzanne Aalberse
(University of Amsterdam)
The Interface Hypothesis: representation, processing, or both?
A study on heritage speakers of Spanish in the Netherlands and in the US


Elena Callegari & Riccardo Pulicani (University of Oslo)
Topicalized PPs: Movement or External Merge?


Julio Villa-Garcia (University of Manchester) &
Dennis Ott (University of Ottawa)
A biclausal analysis of recomplementation


Gustavo Guajardo (University of Tromsø)
A Multi-Model Analysis of variation:
How many subjunctives are there in Spanish?


Alexandra Fiéis, Ana Madeira, & Joana Teixeira, (NOVA FCSH / CLUNL)
Anaphora resolution in L1 and L2 European Portuguese:
does animacy matter?


Sonia Cyrino & Monica Alexandrina Irimia (University of Campinas)
Differential object marking: the case of Brazilian Portuguese

  Edoardo Cavirani (KULeuven) & Silke Hamann (University of Amsterdam)
The phonological perception of voicing assimilation in Emilian dialects


Keynote (KOG roomB031): Caterina Donati
(CNRS – UMR 7110, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7)
The extent of language co-activation in bilingualism:
The case of Romance bimodal bilinguals

19:00 Dinner at Koetshuis de Burcht



Friday 29 November


Anna Kocher (Universität Wien)
Three shades of sim: affirmation, verum, and counter-assertion


Lorena Castillo & Pilar Colomina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
VSO order in Romance: a Labeling Theory approach




Josep Ausensi (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) & Maria Mangialavori (Conicet)
Intransitivity and causation in the division between English vs. Romance


Vincenzo Nicolò Di Caro (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
Deontic periphrastic constructions and defective paradigms
in the Sicilian dialects


LUNCH + POSTERS (Van Wijkplaats, coffee room groundfloor)


Alexandru Nicolae
(Iorgu Iordan - Al.
Rosetti Institute of Linguistics/ University of Bucharest)
Solving a puzzle:
discontinuous DPs and the syntax of definiteness in (old) Romanian


Steffen Heidinger & Edgar Onea (University of Graz)
The accessoriness hierarchy and focus affinity in Spanish


Kim Groothuis (University of Cambridge)
The fine structure of the Sardinian inflected infinitival clause:
verb movement and word order patterns


Lorena Núñez Pinero (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) &
Jelke Bloem (University of Amsterdam)
Parenthetical optatives (God keep them safe!) exist!


Marco Bril & Andrea Roijen (Utrecht University)
The effects of syntactic complexity and working memory capacity on gender
processing in L2 French: a self-paced reading experimen


Matthew Burner (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
The Mass/Count distinction:
a lexically decomposed approach to mass neuter in Central Asturian


Federica Breimaier (University of Zürich)
Is the neuter gender class really stable in Macerata?
A comparison between crowdsourced and fieldwork data


Torregrossa, Jacopo (University of Frankfurt),
Maria Andreou & Christiane Bongartz (University of Cologne)
Gender agreement in Greek in the production of Greek-Italian bilingual children: a task effect?


Alexandra Lawn & Jesse Harris (UCLA)
Not all cues are equal:
retrieving gender and number in Brazilian Portuguese sluiced sentences


Special Session: Gender in Romance


Lucie Janků & Michal Starke (Masaryk University, Brno)
Class meets gender in Italian and Spanish: a nanosyntactic account



Whitney Chappell (The University of Texas at San Antonio)
Mexican Spanish speakers perceive hyperarticulated [v]
differently in male and female voices


Thom Westveer (University of Amsterdam),
Emma Zanoli, Giuliana Giusti (Ca' Foscari University of Venice) &
Petra Sleeman (University of Amsterdam)
On a structural difference between quantified and superlative partitives: evidence from French and Italian grammaticality judgements on gender agreement




Keynote: Heather Burnett
(CNRS – UMR 7110, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7)
Understanding gender bias in French pronoun production using
formal semantics, computational psycholinguistics, and feminism

17:30 Drinks at LUCL Wijkplaats 4, 2nd floor
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