[LFG] LFG Bulletin, July 2017

Louise Mycock louise.mycock at gmail.com
Sun Jul 9 09:22:16 UTC 2017

July 2017
Next issue: September 2017



1. LFG17: The 22nd International Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference, University of Konstanz, Germany
2. Call for bids for hosting LFG18
3. Donations
4. LFG course online
5. Drafts for comments 
6. Recent LFG work 
7. Online resources 
8. Boilerplate
9. Goodbye!



25 July 25 - 27 July 2017
University of Konstanz, Germany

Conference website: https://typo.uni-konstanz.de/lfg2017/


Tuesday 25th July, Venue: Brigantinus, Konstanz

08.45 - 09.15 Registration
09.15 - 09.30 Regine Eckardt (Head, Department of Linguistics): Welcome
09.30 - 10.30 Invited Talk: Peter Sells 'C-Structure heads and the limits of head mobility'
10.30 - 11.15 Agnieszka Patejuk and Adam Przepiórkowski 'Filling the gap'
11.15 - 11.45 Break
11.45 - 12.30 Miriam Butt, Tina Bögel and Farhat Jabeen 'Polar kya and the Prosody-Syntax-Pragmatics Interface'
12.30 - 13.15 Joseph Lovestrand and John Lowe 'Rethinking Projection in Phrase Structure'
13.15 - 14.30 Lunch (and late registration)
14.30 - 15.15 Alex Alsina and Eugenio M. Vigo 'Agreement: interactions with case and raising'
15.15 - 16.00 Paloma Carretero García 'Agreement In Asturian'
16.00 - 16.30 Break
16.30 - 17.15 Maris Camilleri and Louisa Sadler 'Negative Sensitive Indefinites in Maltese'
17.15 - 18.00 Tibor Laczkó 'Modelling (in)definiteness, external possessors and (typological) variation in Hungarian possessive DPs'
19.00 BBQ Get-Together

Wednesday 26th July, Venue: Brigantinus, Konstanz

09.00 - 10.00 Invited Talk:	Geoff Pullum	'The syntactic theory we all really want: some desiderata'
10.00 - 10.45 Adam Przepiórkowski 'Hierarchical lexicon and the argument/adjunct distinction'
10.45 - 11.15 Break
11.15 - 12.00 Agnieszka Patejuk 'A gapping analysis of lexicalised comparative constructions'
12.00 - 12.45 Mary Dalrymple, Dag Haug & John Lowe 'Integrating LFG’s binding theory with PCDRT'
12.45 - 15.00 Lunch
12.45 - 15.00 POSTER SESSION
Oleg Belyaev, Anastasia Kozhemyakina and Natalia Serdobolskaya 'In defense of COMP: Complementation in Moksha Mordvin'
Maris Camilleri and Louisa Sadler 'Posture Verbs and Aspect: A View from Vernacular Arabic'
Matthew Gotham 'Glue Semantics and locality'
Stephen Jones 'Developing a computational model of language processing using LFG'
John Payne and Siavash Rafiee Rad 'A conceptual structure approach to Persian complex predicates'
Mateusz Tworzewski 'Arbitrary Control in Polish Copular Constructions'
Jessica Zipf and Stefano Quaglia '“Bare” wh-items vs why in Italian'
15.00 - 15.45 Helge Lødrup 'Norwegian pseudocoordinations with the verb drive ‘carry on’: Control, raising, grammaticalization'
15.45 - 16.30 Hannah Booth, Kersti Börjars, Miriam Butt and Christin Schätzle 'Dative Subjects and the Rise of Positional Licensing in Icelandic'
16.30 - 17.00 Break
17.00 - 18.30 ILFGA Business Meeting
Conference Dinner

Thursday 27th July, Venue: Brigantinus, Konstanz

09.30 - 10.15 Michael Putnam and Lara Schwarz 'Shared Syntax: Bilingual Blends and Mixes in LFG-GSC'
10.15 - 11.00 Jamie Y. Findlay 'Multiword expressions and lexicalism'
11.00 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 12.15 Mark-Matthias Zymla and Sebastian Sulger 'Cross-Linguistically Viable Treatment of Tense & Aspect in Parallel Grammar Development'
12.15 - 13.00 Ash Asudeh and Ida Toivonen 'A Modular Approach to Evidentiality'
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch


14:00 - 14:15 Welcome
14:15 - 15:00 R. Nordlinger (U. Melbourne) and F. Meakins (U. Queensland) 'Possessor agreement in the Ngumpin languages of northern Australia'
15:00 - 15:45 A. Zaenen (Stanford U.), E. Engdahl (U. Gothenburg) and J. Maling (Brandeis U.) 'Subject properties in presentational sentences in SVO languages'
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 - 17:00 O. Belyaev (Lononosow Moscow State U.) 'Information structure conditions on the agreement controller in Dargwa'
17:00 - 17:45 B. Arsenijević (U. Niš) and M. Gračanin-Yuksek (Middle East Technical U.) 'The agreeable hospitality of conjoined subjects'
17:45 - 18:00 Discussion of the afternoon papers
19.00 ParGram Meeting and Dinner
19.00 Department of Linguistics BBQ

Friday 28th July, Venue: University of Konstanz


9:00 - 9:45 K. Haude (CNRS) 'Direct-inverse and the “subject” in Movima (isolate, South-West Amazon)'
9:45 - 10:30 G. Jacques (CNRS) 'Direct-inverse, accusativity and ergativity in Japhug (Gyalrongic, Sino-Tibetan; Sichuan, China)'
10:30 - 11:15 A. Alsina and E. M. Vigo (Pompeu Fabra U.) 'Fixing LFG to account for direct-inverse agreement: The case of Plains Cree'
11:15 - 12:00 Discussion of the morning papers and general discussion
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
11.30 - 17.00 XLE Tutorial (Miriam Butt, Tracy Holloway King, Sebastian Sulger), Lunch and Coffee Break included



From Tibor Laczkó, ILFGA Secretary-Treasurer:

"The Executive Committee (EC) is inviting bids for hosting LFG18.

The general practice of ILFGA is that the conference rotates among three parts of the world: (i) North and South America; (ii) Europe and Africa; (iii) Asia, Australia, and the Pacific. Given the locations of recent conferences, we should in theory be looking for bids from the Americas for 2018.

However, taking into account the current political situation in the USA, the EC has unanimously decided that LFG18 should not take place there (because it may be impossible for some potential participants of the conference to enter the country), nor have we been able to find alternative locations elsewhere in the Americas.

Therefore, we invite bids from all other parts of the world.

Therefore, if you think you might be interested in hosting LFG18 (regardless of your geographical location), please get in touch with the ILFGA Secretary-Treasurer, Tibor Laczkó, at < tibor_laczko "at" yahoo "dot" com >." Please also note that, as usual, you can make a bid at the Business Meeting at LFG17 in Konstanz in the form of a short (ppt) presentation. If you cannot make it to Konstanz, you can send Tibor the ppt and he will present it for you."



From Tibor Laczkó, ILFGA Secretary-Treasurer:

The Executive Committee is inviting donations.

Basically, we use this money to support student presenters at LFG conferences. In Konstanz there will be seven of them.

If you are willing to donate, please come and see LFG Secretary-Treasurer, Tibor Laczkó, during the conference.



From Miriam Butt:

"An LFG course can be found at:


That page provides a link to the recordings, but they can also be accessed directly via this link:


Grammar Development course to follow"



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Please submit basic article/project information and (a) a URL if the item is available online or else (b) your contact email.



6.1 Publications

Bond, Oliver (2016). 'Negation Through Reduplication and Tone: Implications for the Lexical Functional Grammar/Paradigm Function Morphology Interface'. Journal of Linguistics 52.2: 277-310.

Dyvik, Helge, Paul Meurer, Victoria Rosén, Koenraad De Smedt, Petter Haugereid, Gyri Smørdal Losnegaard, Gunn Inger Lyse, and Martha Thunes  (2016). 'NorGramBank: A ‘Deep’ Treebank for Norwegian'. In Nicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Thierry Declerck, Marko Grobelnik, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Asunción Moreno, Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis (eds.), Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC’16). ELRA: Portorož, Slovenia. 3555–3562
The treebank described in this publication is available through INESS http://clarino.uib.no/iness

Findlay, Jamie Y. (2016). 'Mapping theory without argument structure'. Journal of Language Modelling 4(2): 293-338. http://jlm.ipipan.waw.pl/index.php/JLM/article/view/171/0

Haug, Dag T. T. (2017). 'Backward control in Ancient Greek and Latin participial adjuncts'.  Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 35(1):  99-159.

Haug, Dag T. T. and Tatiana Nikitina (2016). 'Feature Sharing in Agreement'. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 34.3: 865-910.

Lowe, John J. (2017). 'Transitive Nouns and Adjectives: Evidence from Early Indo-Aryan'. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Nikitina, Tatiana and Dag T. T. Haug (2016). 'Syntactic Nominalization in Latin: A Case of Non-Canonical Subject Agreement'. Transactions of the Philological Society 114.1: 25-50. 

Sadler, Louisa (2016). 'Agreement in Archi: An LFG Perspective'. In Oliver Bond, Greville G. Corbett, Marina Chumakina, and Dunstan Brown (eds.), Archi: Complexities of Agreement in Cross-Theoretical Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

6.2 PhD\Masters

Biswas, Alex (2017). 'Inflectional Periphrasis in LFG'. MPhil thesis, University of Oxford.

6.3 Conference Proceedings

LFG conference papers are available electronically at:



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International Lexical Functional Grammar Association:

More about LFG:

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This will be my last LFG Bulletin. Many thanks to all who have sent items for inclusion over the last 9 years. Without you, the Bulletin would not exist!


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