2nd Call for Papers Workshop “The many facets of agreement”

Date: 03 October-2019 – 05 October-2019

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Meeting Email: dai@rom.uzh.ch

Convenors: Michele Loporcaro, Alice Idone, Tania Paciaroni, Serena Romagnoli, Chiara Zanini

Web Site: http://www.dai.uzh.ch/conference

Linguistic Fields: General Linguistics; Linguistic Typology; Romance Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax

Call Deadline: 10 May 2019

Call for Papers:

The theme of this conference is “The many facets of agreement”.

Agreement is a pervasive phenomenon in many languages of the world (Corbett 2006:1), the object of unrelenting typological work (e.g. Matasović 2018), and a constant preoc­cupation of linguists of all persuasions both in the functional-typological approach (e.g. Nichols 2018, Forker 2018, Haig and Forker 2018) and in the formalist camp (e.g. Baker 2008, Preminger 2014). Yet, studies in the field still appear to be seeking a balance between large-scale generalizations and the detailed investigation of typological rara (i.e. traits that are “so un­common across languages as not even to occur in all members of a single […] family or diffusion area”, Plank 2000, cited by Cysouw and Wohlgemuth 2010:1). Notably, closer consideration of the latter may lead one to challenge the former: see e.g. Loporcaro (2015:105-8) for discussion of this issue, partly drawing on Italo-Romance rara now widely accessible through the DAI and analyzed in depth in Paciaroni and Loporcaro (2018).

With a view on furthering discussion in this area, the conference invites abstracts for 20-minute presentations with a typologically-oriented focus on agreement. We are particularly interested in papers dealing with the analysis, both synchronic and diachronic, of (fragments of) the agreement system of un(der)studied languages/language varieties. We also encourage contributions concerned with theoretical issues (e.g. on the insights competing theories may offer in relation to specific agreement phenomena) and with methods for the study of agreement.


Baker, Mark C. 2008. The syntax of agreement and concord. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Corbett, Greville G. 2006. Agreement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cysouw, Michael and Jan Wohlgemuth. 2010. The other end of universals: theory and typology of rara. In Jan Wohlgemuth and Michael Cysouw (eds). Rethinking universals. How rarities affect linguistic theory. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 1–10.

Forker, Diana. 2018. Gender agreement is different. Linguistics 56(4): 865–894.

Haig, Geoffrey and Diana Forker. 2018. Agreement in grammar and discourse: A research overview. Linguistics 56(4): 715–734.

Loporcaro, Michele. 2015. The impact of morphology on change in agreement systems. In Jürg Fleischer, Elisabeth Rieken and Paul Widmer (eds). Agree­ment from a diachronic perspective. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 104–126.

Matasović, Ranko. 2018. An areal typology of agreement systems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Nichols, Johanna. 2018. Agreement with overt and null arguments in Ingush. Linguistics 56(4): 845–863.

Paciaroni, Tania and Michele Loporcaro. 2018. Overt gender marking depending on syntactic context in Ripano. In Sebastian Fedden, Jenny Audring and Greville G. Corbett (eds). Non-canonical gender systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 147–175.

Plank, Frans 2000. Das grammatische Raritätenkabinett. A leisurely collection to entertain and instruct. Manuscript. Universität Konstanz. http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/proj/ Sprachbau/rara.html.

Preminger, Omer. 2014. Agreement and its failures. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Abstract submission details:

Anonymous abstracts should not exceed 500 words (12-point Times New Roman font, with single spacing) including examples, excluding references. They should be submitted in electronic form (PDF or Word document) as attachment to dai@rom.uzh.ch

The email should specify author(s)’ name(s) and affiliation.

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 10th May 2019

Notification of acceptance: Friday 31st May 2019

Queries about the conference can be sent to this email: dai@rom.uzh.ch

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