Conference, Workshop, or Colloquium

Infoling 5.34 (2022)
Title:Evidential Strategies in Romance Languages (EviStRom)
Organizing Institution:Universidad de Alcalá
Lugar de celebración:Online y Alcalá de Henares, España
Event Date:26 de October de 2022
Announcement Number:1
Contact Information:Grupo Lingüística Teórica UAH,

This hybrid workshop aims to contribute to both the empirical description and theoretical analysis of evidential strategies in Romance languages. 

We welcome all communication proposals that contribute:

  • new detailed empirical descriptions of the evidential strategies used in Romance languages,
  • new analyses that shed light on the general and relevant questions still open in this field of study. 

Specifically, the workshop seeks to bring together researchers who can establish a dialogue in relation to the following questions: 

  • In which linguistic levels are evidential strategies articulated in Romance languages? What kinds of lexical categories may encode evidential meaning? Are there specific syntactic structures from which evidential content is constructed? Does evidentiality arise by the semantic extension of other categories, such as tense or aspect? How do pragmatic mechanisms interact with syntactic-semantic computation in the expression of evidentiality? Is evidentiality a phenomenon that arises by interaction among various linguistic components?
  • With respect to particular linguistic units or mechanisms expressing evidentiality, what are the relations between evidential and non-evidential interpretations associated with such unit or mechanism?
  • What are the patterns of grammaticalization affecting evidential strategies? Does evidentiality connect different linguistic levels by virtue of processes of grammaticalization? Is there a continuum between languages that only use evidential strategies of some kind (e.g., lexical) and languages with a morphological encoding of evidentiality?
  • To what extent is evidentiality a specific and uniform category in Romance languages? What are the relations and boundaries with other notions such as modality, mirativity, or perspectivization? What primitive theoretical notions are necessary to account for the observed phenomena? Is it possible to reduce evidentiality to other more basic notions such as time (learning time)?
  • How can facts concerning Romance languages contribute to the mere definition of the concept of evidentiality (understood either restrictively as ''source of information'' or ''mode of access to information'' / ''type of evidence'' that the speaker has for their assertion, either more comprehensively as a category overlapping with epistemic modality, or even integrated into broader categories such as epistemicity, perspectivization, or stance? 
  • How can contrasts between languages or between varieties of a language contribute to answer the above questions? And data on the comprehension and production of evidential meaning by native and non-native speakers? What theoretical and empirical contributions can the study of contact varieties (e.g. Spanish and Portuguese contact varieties in America) offer?

Call for Papers. Submission Guidelines: 

  • Talks will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.
  • Submissions are restricted to one single-authored and one co-authored abstract at most.
  • Abstracts should be anonymous.
  • Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including examples and references. Page format: A4, 2.5 cm margins on all sides, at least 12 pt Times New Roman font, single line spacing
  • Abstracts must be sent as word and pdf files (please, name the files as surname.pdf / surname.doc) to the following e-mail address:
  • Please indicate whether you are going to participate in person or by remote telematic means.
  • As soon as we receive your abstract, we will send you a confirmation email. 
Área temática:Pragmática, Sintaxis
Program Details

Invited Speakers

  • Alexandra Aikhenvald - CQUniversity Australia
  • Liliana E. Sánchez - University of Illinois at Chicago
Comité científico

Marta Albelda (U. de Valencia)
Asier Alcázar (U. of Missoury)
Alice Corr (U. of Birmingham)
Bert Cornillie (KU Leuven)
Gabriele Diewald (U.  Hannover)
Violeta Demonte (U. Autónoma de Madrid)
Olga Fernández Soriano (U. Autónoma de Madrid)
Mercedes González Vázquez (U. de Vigo)
Anja Henneman (U. Potsdam)
Dámaso Izquierdo Alegría (U. de Navarra)
Gijs Mulder (Radboud University)
Juana I. Marín Arrese (U. Complutense de Madrid)
Teresa Oliveira (U. Nova de Lisboa)
Gabriela Scripnic (U. Dunarea de Jos Galati | UGAL)
Mario Squartini (U. di Torino)
Sandhya Sundaresan (U. Leipzig)

Plazo de envío de propuestas: hasta el1 de June de 2022
Notificación de contribuciones aceptadas:30 de July de 2022

Fecha de publicación en Infoling:12 de May de 2022
Pilar Pérez Ocón
Universidad de Alcalá