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Information Structure and Subordination: South America and Beyond -

Program & Abstracts

Registration is not required but visitors will have to pick up guest passes at the MPI reception before the first talk.

Location: Rm 1.63, The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen


Format: 25 minute presentations with 10 minute discussion

Day 1: South America April 27


9:00: Coffee, Tea and Welcome.

9:30-10:30 Plenary: Luciana Storto: Non-finiteness in Karitiana (Tupí-Arikém, Brazil)

10.30-11:00 Coffee

11.00-11:35 Rosa Vallejos Yopán: (Non)-contrastive focus constructions in Kokama-Kokamilla (Peru)

11.35-12:10 Ana Paula Brandao: Relative clauses in Paresi-Haliti (Arawak, Brazil)

12.10-12:45 Ana Vilacy Galucio: Reference tracking in complex clauses in Mekens (Tupí-Tupari, Brazil)

12:45-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14.35 Lucía Golluscio: Converbs in Vilela (Lule-Vilela, Argentina)

14.35-15.10 Katharina Haude: Adverbial clauses and discourse anaphora in Movima (unclassified, Bolivia)

15.10-15:40 Tea

15:40-16:15 Jean-Christophe Verstraete: Some links between information structure and subordination, and their functional basis

16.15-16.50 Helder Ferreira: Clause-chaining in Yanomama (Yanomaman, Brazil): topic continuity, switch-reference and reference tracking

16.50-17:25 Pieter Muysken: Subordination in southern Quechua (Quechuan)


Dinner: There will be a conference dinner held at Ankara,19:00 on Wednesday.

Day 2: Beyond April 28


9:30-10:30 Plenary: Robert Van Valin: Information structure in complex sentences

10:30-11.00 Coffee

11:00-11:35 Erwin Komen:  Chechen extraposed relative clauses and contrastive focus

11:35-12.10 Oliver Bond: Cognate nominal constructions and focus manipulation

12:10-12:45 Saskia van Putten: Left-dislocation and complement sentences in Avatime (Niger-Congo)

12.45-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14:35 Leila Behrens: Grammaticalization and pragmaticalization of a construction: the Hungarian focus revisited

14:35-15:10 Jeremy Hammond: Topic and subordination in Whitesands (Oceanic)

15:10-15:45 Patxi Laskurain: Focus fronting in the Spanish of the Basque country

15.45-16:00 Tea

16.00-17.00 Plenary: Stavros Skopeteas: Clausal complements and information structure in Yucatec Maya

17:00-17:45 Final discussion



PDFs of the abstracts can be found here:

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