The Interfaces of Adjective and Adverb in Romance and English

Graz (Austria), June 5 -7  2014

Conference venue
Department of Romance Philology, Room 03.088
University of Graz, Merangasse 70
8010 Graz, Austria


Registration fee is 30 euros (and includes the reception on Thursday evening at the Villa Malwine and the social event on Friday afternoon). To register please send an email with your affiliation to adjective.adverb||at||
Please pay the registration fee with cash and at the conference site.

(click here for pdf) and abstracts (click here for pdf)

Thursday, June 5

9:00-9:30: Welcome and introduction

9:30-10:10: Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge) INVITED SPEAKER
Parameters in Romance Adverb Agreement

10:10-10:50: Blanca Croitor (The Romanian Academy Bucharest) / Carmen Mirzea Vasile (The Romanian Academy & University of Bucharest)
Agreement of Romanian superlative adverbs


11:10-11:50: Giuseppina Silvestri (University of Cambridge & University of Trieste)
Adverb (and participle) agreement and split intransitivity in Northern Calabria dialects

11:50-12:30:  cancelled
Davide Ricca
(Università di Torino) INVITED SPEAKER
Do we need “agreeing adverbs” in Italian? Short adverbs vs. (co)-predicative adjectives


14:20-15:00: Silvio Cruschina / Eva-Maria Remberger (University of Vienna)
Before the complementizer: Adverb types and root clause modification

15:00-15:40: Teresa R. Ramalle (University Complutense of Madrid)
The predicative relation in adverbs and adjectives: a structural approach


16:00-16:40: Avel•lina Suñer (Universitat de Girona)
Bare adjectives and VP layers


18:00: Reception at Villa Malwine  (Johann-Fux-Gasse 30, 8010 Graz)

- cancelled
Bernhard Hurch
(University of Graz)
Hugo Schuchardt and the frontiers of Romance philology

- Buffet


Friday, June 6

9:00-9:40: Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona University) INVITED SPEAKER
A register perspective on the diachronic development of simple versus derived adverbs in English

9:40-10:20: Salvador Valera (Universidad de Granada) INVITED SPEAKER
On subject-relatedness in English ‘-ly’ adverbs


10:40-11:20: Adrian Chircu (Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca)
Alternatives in the Romanian Language to Romance Adverbs Ending in –mente

11:20-12:00: Lorena Medina Gómez / Luisa Josefina Alarcón Neve / Juliana De La Mora Gutiérrez (Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro)
Descriptive and functional analysis of the pair sólo and solamente in oral Mexican Spanish

12:00-12:40: Concepción Company Company (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) INVITED SPEAKER
Struggle or complementarity? Adverbial adjectives and -mente adverbs: similar or different syntactic contexts?

**Coffee & Snack**

13:00-13:40: Anna Gazdik (University of Graz) PROJECT PRESENTATION
A historical dictionary of invariable adjectives in French: lexicographical and theoretical challenges

14:00: Social event


Saturday, June 7

9:00-9:40: Rosa María Ortiz Ciscomani (University of Sonora)
From Adjective to Adverbial Modal Locutions in Spanish

9:40-10:20: Ventura Salazar-García (University of Jaén)
Adverbial scope and flexibility in Spanish


10:40-11:20: Dan Van Raemdonck (Université libre de Bruxelles - Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Are intrapredicative Adjectives Adverbs?

11:20-12:00: Anne Abeillé (Université Paris 7) INVITED SPEAKER
The categories Adjective and Adverb in the Grande Grammaire du français

12:00: Closing remarks

Invited speakers
Anne Abeillé (Université Paris 7)
Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona University)
Concepción Company Company (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge)
Davide Ricca (Università di Torino)
Salvador Valera Hernández (Universidad de Granada)

Scientific committee
Anne Abeillé (Université Paris 7); Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona University); Concepción Company Company (Universidad Autónoma de México); Steffen Heidinger (University of Graz); Martin Hummel (University of Graz); Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge); Davide Ricca (Università di Torino); Salvador Valera Hernández (Universidad de Granada)

Call for papers

Deadline for abstract submission: November 15, 2013
Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2013

We invite submissions for 30 min talks (plus 10 min for discussion) on topics related to the interfaces of adjective and adverb in Romance and English. We are especially interested in papers that present new data on the topics laid out in the conference description and papers relating the data with current linguistic theory in the domains of word class distinctions, language change, Sprachausbau, linguistic variation, oral and written language.

Abstracts must be anonymous and at most 2 pages in length including references and data in A4 or US letter format (12 pt Times New Roman, single-spaced). Abstracts should be submitted to [in the field "Abstract" as a plain text file AND in the field "Upload paper" as a PDF file (.pdf)].
The language of the conference is English and all presentations will be held in English.

Financial support
- Vizerektor für Forschung und Nachwuchsförderung / University of Graz
- Dekant der Geisteswissenschaftlichen Fakultät / University of Graz
- Land Steiermark [Wissenschaft & Forschung]
- Stadt Graz
- Professor Dr. Hugo Schuchardt'sche Malvinenstiftung

Conference description (click here)

Organization and contact
Martin Hummel & Steffen Heidinger
Research Group "The Interfaces of Adjective and Adverb in Romance"
Department of Romance Philology
University of Graz / Austria