Invited talk at Universidade Católica Portuguesa

On October 14, 2019, I had the pleasure to be invited by professor Augusto Soares da Silva to present at a small workshop on Cognitive / Construction Grammar at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in Braga, Portugal, along with Dr. Joana Jacinto and Dr. Maitê Moraes Gil. The slides of my talk, entitled ‘Alguns (potenciais) pontos cegos ontológicos e epistemológicos no quadro teórico da Gramática das Construções,’ are now available for download.

A joint presentation at SLE52

harry potter (2)On August 21-24, 2019, Cristiano Broccias and I will be jointly presenting a paper at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE52), which will take place at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Our contribution will be entitled ‘Extravagant Harry Potter adverbs in American English: Synchronic and diachronic considerations’ and will be part of the Extravagant Morphology workshop, organized by Dagmar Haumann and Matthias Eitelmann.

What are ‘Harry Potter adverbs’? They are subject-oriented –ingly adjuncts, typically found in fiction (as in the Harry Potter series). They are formed out of verbs that can be predicated of the matrix subject either subjectively or objectively. In the former case, the verbal base (e.g., plead) pertains to the speaker’s subjective assessment of the process profiled by the matrix verb (e.g., look) as a clue to the emotional state the clausal trajector is or, rather, seems to be (e.g., ‘Neville looked pleadingly at Harry, Ron and Hermione,’ i.e., ‘Neville {seemed to be /*was} pleading Harry, Ron and Hermione’). In the latter case, the verbal base (e.g., [(not)] move) describes a process unfolding simultaneously with that profiled by the matrix verb and predicated of the clausal trajector (e.g., ‘[H]e stared unmovingly at the sea,’ i.e., ‘He {*seemed not to be/was not} moving (as he stared at the sea).’

The abstract and the slides of our talk will be uploaded on this website shortly after the conference.

A joint presentation at BICLCE8

speaking in GermanyCristiano Broccias and I will present a contribution at the 8th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE8), which will be held at the University of Bamberg, Germany on September 26-28, 2019. Our contribution will be entitled, ‘The material VVing construction: A corpus-based investigation.’ Stay tuned!

SHESL-HTL slides available

screenshot 2019-01-24 18.50.07The slides of the presentation I gave at the Colloque de la Société d’Histoire et d’Epistémologie des Sciences du Langage, entitled ‘Sifting through the pages of WORD: The International Linguistic Association as a promoter of academic pluralism,’ are now available for download. The event took place at Université Paris Diderot on January 24-26, 2019. It was really an honor to join SHESL and be part of such an interesting conference.

Workshop slides available

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It is now possible to download the slides of the talk Cristiano Broccias and I gave at the International Workshop on the Diachrony of Ditransitives, which was held at the University of Eastern Piedmont on November 29-30, 2018. It was really an honor to take part in such an interesting meeting. A city like Vercelli, so rich in history and culture, also represented an ideal venue for such an event.

Presenting at SHESL-HTL 2019

ILA foundersI have been accepted for presentation at the conference for the 40th anniversary of the Société d’Histoire et d’Epistémologie des Sciences du Langage (SHESL-HTL 2019), which will be held at Université Paris – Diderot, France on January 24-26, 2019. My contribution will be entitled ‘Sifting through the pages of WORD: The International Linguistic Association as a promoter of academic pluralism.’ As usual, I will post the slides shortly after the conference. Stay tuned!

A new joint presentation

AelfricOn November 29-30, 2018, Cristiano Broccias and I will jointly present a paper at the International Workshop on the Diachrony of Ditransitives, which will be held at the University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy. Our contribution will be entitled ‘Revisiting the history of the English dative alternation: An attraction-based account.’ I will upload the slides shortly after the workshop; meanwhile, the program of the meeting is already available for download.