Workshop on referential hierarchies in three-participant constructions

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20-22 May 2011, Lancaster University, United Kingdom - Part of the Referential Hierarchies in Morphosyntax (RHIM) Project
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Papers should focus on the effects of referential factors - such as animacy, information structure, definiteness, anaphoricity (pronoun vs. noun), person and number - on the expression of three-participant events in one or more languages. These effects may target word order, agreement marking, direction marking, case/adpositional marking, and may involve various types of splits and alternations.

Topic of interest include:

Three-participant constructions that deviate from the prototypical 'give' type, in terms of the referential properties of the participants and/or in terms of the lexical verbs;

  1. The interaction between the referential properties of multiple (i.e. two or three) participants;
  2. The interaction between the effects of referential properties of participants on the one hand, and lexical semantics of verb classes or individual verbs on the other hand;
  3. The relationship between the effects of referential factors on intransitive and transitive constructions on the one hand, and on ditransitive constructions on the other hand;
  4. Differences between the effects of referential factors on different types of marking: word order, agreement, direction marking, and/or case and adpositional marking;
  5. Referential effects in derived three-participant constructions (as opposed to non-derived ones);
  6. Frequency data obtained from corpora of spoken and/or written language;
  7. The effects of language contact and language change on the above phenomena.

Abstract submission

We invite abstracts for 20 minute papers. Abstract should be maximum 500 words, excluding title, references, and examples. Abstracts should be anonymous, and should be attached in Word and PDF format to an e-mail specifying author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), abstract title, and contact information, and sent to

Deadline for submission is 15 January 2011. Notification of acceptance will be sent out before 15 February 2011.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Eva van Lier:

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