CRISSP is proud to present the eleventh instalment of the Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL), devoted to the syntax and semantics of aspect.
BCGL 11: The syntax and semantics of aspect
Brussels, December 10-11, 2018.
We are pleased to announce that the following invited speakers have agreed to give a talk at BCGL 11:
- Berit Gehrke (Humboldt Universität, Berlin)
- Roumyana Pancheva (University of Southern California)
- Gillian Ramchand (The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø)
The properties and representations of aspect have been studied extensively from both syntactic and semantic perspectives, as well as their interfaces. As for the syntax, a central question is how aspectual notions such as telicity, duration, cause and change are represented in syntax. Approaches range from the minimalist structure of Erteschik-shir & Rapoport (2005), to a more fine-grained functional structure as proposed by Ramchand (2008), or with a clear differentiation between outer (external, presentational) and inner (internal, Aktionsart) aspect, as proposed by Travis (2010). The semantics of aspect has also been widely studied. As in the syntax, a distinction is often made between outer and inner aspect, with tense scoping over grammatical (outer) aspect, and grammatical aspect scoping over aspectual class (inner aspect). This layered structure makes it possible to investigate (crosslinguistic variation in) the interaction between the lexical features of the verb, the semantics of the predicate-argument structure, the expression of progressive and perfective/imperfective aspect, and other elements in the sentence which can carry aspectual information (e.g. certain adverbs/adverbial phrases, negation). The aim of this workshop is to explore these and related issues.
The submission deadline for abstracts is September 15, 2018.