Congreso, coloquio o simposio

Infoling 12.45 (2021)
Título:Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adjectives/Adverbs and Participles/Prepositions (WAASAP)
Entidad organizadora:University of Greenwich
Lugar de celebración:Greenwich, Reino Unido
Fecha de inicio:16 de junio de 2022
Fecha de finalización:17 de junio de 2022
Circular Nº:3
Contacto:María J. Arche, Antonio Fábregas, Rafael Marín,

WAASAP is an international Workshop series celebrated biannually that focuses on the aspect and argument structure of adjectives, adverbs, participles and prepositions. In the time of its existence, it has developed into a referential forum of discussion of the theory of predicative non-verbal categories.


Past editions have taken place at the University of Greenwich (2012), The Artic University of Norway at Tromsoe (2014), The University of Lille 3 (2016), and the University Pompeu Fabra (2018). This year’s edition is hosted by the University of Greenwich in London to celebrate how it all started.


WAASAP welcomes research on the aspectual and argument structure of nonverbal categories, with a focus on adjectives, participles, prepositions and adverbs. The topics that we are interested to include, but are not restricted to, are the following:

  • (i) To what extent one can find correlates between the argument and aspectual structure of verbs and those of adjectives and prepositions, for instance in what relevant senses one can differentiate between classes of adjectives according to the interpretations they impose to their subjects, how one should analyse the prepositional complements of adjectives and adverbs or whether the figure / ground structure of prepositional structures has a parallel in the verbal domain and other empirical domains.
  • (ii) How the aspectual primitives in verbs –dynamicity, eventivity, duration, telicity– have correlates in the non-verbal domain, for instance through general path structures, scales and boundedness at different levels
  • (iii) What types of syntactic and semantic parallelisms and contrasts can be identified between verbal predicates and non-verbal predicates, for instance in phenomena like copular sentences, voice structures, raising predicates or control structures
  • (iv) How the aspectual information emerges compositionally in syntactic combinations of verbs and adjectives (cf., degree achievements, other classes of deadjectival verbs) or verbs and adpositions (cf. the conative alternation and other lexical alternations involving adpositional marking, the structure of locative and movement verbs)
  • (v) How the argument structure of verbs and adjectives or adpositions combine together in complex syntactic structures (eg., in secondary predication contexts involving adjectives, adpositions or adverbs)
  • (vi) How the argument and aspectual structure of non verbal categories are manifested typologically, with a particular focus on sign language
  • (vii) The acquisition and loss of the argument and aspectual structure of non verbal categories, in contrast when appropriate with the equivalent properties in the verbal domain
Área temática:Morfología, Semántica, Sintaxis

Thursday 16th June:
9:00-9:30  Registration
9:30-9:40  Welcome
9:40-10:40 Opening Plenary by Patricia Cabredo (CNRS & Université Paris 8)
GIVE serial verbs and prepositions in Haitian and Martinican
10:40-11:00  Coffee break 
11:00-11:40 Mizuho Miyata & Yoshiki Mori (University of Tokio)
Interaction of phasal semantics of aspectual adverbs with tense-aspect information in Japanese: Mô versus Sudeni
11:40-12:20  Dennis Wegner (University of Wuppertal)
Verbal and adjectival participles in imperative and declarative root configurations
12:20-13:00 Isabel Crespí (Queen Mary University of London)
Pure and resultative states in Catalan: revisiting ‘truncated’ participles
13:00-14:40   Lunch
14:40-15:20   Emily Hanink & Andrew Koontz-Garboden (University of Manchester)
Property concept roots and the semantics of categorization
15:20-16:00  Alfredo García-Pardo (Purchase College)
Towards a typology of by-phrases: Evidence from Spanish
16:00-16:20   Coffee break 
16:20-17:00 Kristie Denlinger & Stephen Wechsler (University of Texas at Austin)
A frequency-based account of kind-denoting participle modifiers in English
17:00-17:40 Martine W. Gallardo (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Periphrastic passives and aspect in Italian

Friday 17th June:
9:30-10:10 Makoto Kaneko (Aoyama Gakuin University)
An analysis of Russian perfective negative imperatives in terms of the causal model
10:10-10:50 Tibor Kiss, Jutta Pieper, Katharina Börner (Linguistic Data Science Lab, Ruhr-University Bochum)
On the position of event-internal modifiers in German clause structure
10:50-11:20 Coffee break
11:20-12:00 Cristina Sánchez López (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) & Margot Vivanco (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)
Pseudo-copular verbs as the origin of the IL/SL distinction in Spanish
12:00-13:00 Closing plenary by John Beavers (University of Texas at Austin)
Scalar meaning in the roots of verbs and adjectives
13:00-13:15 Closing remarks

Svetlana Vogeleer (UCLouvain & Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles) & Jacqueline Guéron (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Tough-constructions and (lexical) aspect

Comité organizador

María J. Arche (University of Greenwich)

Antonio Fábregas (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)

Rafael Marín (CNRS - Université de Lille)

Plazo de envío de propuestas: hasta el6 de febrero de 2022
Notificación de contribuciones aceptadas:15 de marzo de 2022

Fecha de publicación en Infoling:24 de mayo de 2022
Rafael Marín
CNRS - Université de Lille