The syntax and semantics of internal arguments

October, 24-25, 2019

Organizers : Alina Tigău (University of Bucharest) and Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne).

Rationale and goals: This workshop represents a joint venture between the University of Bucharest and the University of Cologne and is one of the events unfolding within the framework of the research project Internal Arguments in Romance hosted by the University of Cologne since 2017 (  Its aim is to bring to the fore recent theoretical and experimental research in syntax, semantics and pragmatics, with a focus on topics such as argument structure, the projection of internal (and external) arguments, the  syntax and semantics of Differential Object Marking (DOM),  accusative and dative pronominal clitics, Clitic Doubling (CD), incorporation and the status of arguments, case assignment a.o.

Some of the questions we would like to address would be the following:

  1. How are internal arguments hierarchically projected?
  2. How do they get their case assigned? Does case assignment depend on their DP/KP/NP type? Do the mechanisms of DOM or CD have a say in this respect?
  3. Is there a correlation between the syntax and the semantics of  DP/KP/NP types?

The workshop will take place in the University building on 7-13 Pitar Moș Street, 010451, district no. 1,  Bucharest

Attendance is free of charge and no registration is needed. However, for organizational reasons, if you plan to attend we would appreciate an e-mail to For those wishing to participate to the conference dinner a fee of 50 Eur/200 RON will be required.


Artemis Alexiadou (HumboldtUniversität zu Berlin)

Marta Donazzan (Université de Nantes)

Tabea Ihsane (Université de Genève)

Cecilia Poletto (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main )

Susann Fischer (Universität Hamburg)

  • Deadline for abstract submission: September 30th, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: October 5th, 2019
  • Workshop: October 24-25, 2018



How to get to Bucharest by car, train or plane.
From Bucharest Airport you may take bus 783 to Piața Romană and the University building is just 10 minutes away on foot:

We invite abstracts for 30 minute talks (with a10 minute discussion included).

Abstracts should be no longer than 2 pages in a font size no less than 12pt including examples and references. Abstracts should be anonymous, since double-blind review will be adopted: contact details (Author’s name and affiliation) and the title of the presentation should be included in the accompanying email.


You can download the CFP announcement from here.


Please send your abstract (PDF format) to


 Thursday, 24.10. 2019

Time interval Talk
9.30 – 10.00 Welcome
10.00 – 11.00 Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and ZAS) On the syntax of the partitive/accusative alternation in (the diachrony of ) Greek
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30 Tabea Ihsane (Université de Genève) Arguments with a so-called “partitive article”: The subject-object asymmetry in the light of Francoprovençal data
12.30 – 13.15 Katalin Kiss (Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) Case in languages with fused grammatical functions and discourse roles
13.15 – 15.00 Lunch
15.00-16.00 Cecilia Poletto (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am MainOn the relation between quantification objects and adverbs
16.00 – 16.45 Alexandra Cornilescu and Alina Tigau (University of Bucharest) On some morphosyntactic properties of Romanian DOM
16.45 – 17.15 Coffee Break
17.15 – 18.00 Brian M. Gravely (University of Georgia) VSO and VOS orders: DOM and object shift in Galician)
18.00 – 18.45 Peđja Kovačević (University of Novi Sad) Not all object experiencers are the same: evidence from SE anti-causatives with Serbian psych verbs)


19.00 Conference dinner


 Friday, 25.10. 2019


Time interval Talk
9.00-10.00 Marta Donazzan (Université de Nantes), Klaus von Heusinger (Universität zu Köln), Clémentine Raffy (Universität zu Köln) Causative constructions and their arguments – the case of French laisser)
10.00-10.45 Rita Manzini and Ludovico Franco (University of Florence)  Labelling and argument of (structural) obliques: Pseudo-partitives and DOM
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 12.15 Susann Fischer (Universität Hamburg) On experiencers and other dative arguments in Catalan
12.15 – 13.00 Valeria Generalova (Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf) An RRG approach to case assignment in Altaic causative constructions
13.00 – 13.45 Alexandra Cornilescu (University of Bucharest)  On clausal arguments
13.45 – 15.30 Lunch

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