Call for papers: Going Romance 31

Going Romance is the European conference series that focuses on Romance languages from the perspective of current linguistic theorizing. In the three decades of its existence, it has developed into the major European discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages where current ideas about language in general and about Romance languages in particular are discussed.

The 31th Going Romance symposium will be held from 7 December 2017 to 9 December 2017 in Bucharest, Romania at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest. The conference includes two days of general sessions, for which papers on all aspects and disciplines of Romance linguistics are invited, and a workshop: Substratum and adstratum in the development of Romance morphosyntax (convenors: Adina Dragomirescu, Adam Ledgeway and Alexandru Nicolae).

Conference website

Keynote speakers
Donca Steriade (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge)

Call for Papers

Main session
We invite presentations which combine theory and data, set in a formal framework with a solid empirical basis in all areas of Romance linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. This year’s conference especially aims at addressing issues in Romance diachronic and diatopic (and, to a lesser extent, diastratic, diaphasic, and diamesic) variation and microvariation, with the more general methodological goal of determining the relevance of linguistic variation for a better understanding of the structure of language. In this context, the Romance languages represent a fertile test-bed for the analysis of linguistic variation through their relatively well-known history, their common (and attested) ancestry, and the rich array of data available in traditional sources (linguistic atlases, corpora, monographic descriptions, etc.).

Workshop: Substratum and adstratum in the development of Romance morphosyntax
(convenors: Adina Dragomirescu, Adam Ledgeway and Alexandru Nicolae)
The effects of the substratum languages spoken by the indigenous populations of the Romanized territories (e.g. the Gaulish substratum of French) and of the adstratum languages with which the newly coined Romance languages came into contact (e.g. Old (Church) Slavonic viz. Romanian) on the morphosyntactic development of the Romance languages have not been explored in a systematic fashion to date. The workshop intends to bring together researchers interested in the early morphosyntactic history of the Romance language, and aims at answering questions / raising issues like the following: (i) while it is a well-known fact that the phonology and lexical stock of the Romance languages were affected by substratum languages and by early contact, the degree to which the grammar of the early Romance languages was influenced is still largely obscure; (ii) what are the phenomena / linguistic structures which have been affected by early contact?; (iii) are we dealing with deep/macroparametric effects or with superficial/microparametric phenomena?; (iv) are there situations of parametric overlapping/convergence?; and (v) what is the relevance of areal (Sprachbund) features in the early morphosyntactic development of the Romance languages?
There will be both oral presentations (25 + 10 minutes) and poster presentations.

Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two A4 pages, including references and examples, with margins of at least 1 inch, font size 12, single-spaced. The file should be anonymous both in the body of the text and in the filename. Please make sure all fonts and figures are correctly rendered.

Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author. Please indicate in your submission whether your abstract should be considered for the main session or for the workshop. Abstracts are invited for oral presentations or poster presentations.

The abstract should be sent as an e-mail attachment in both PDF and Word format to the following email address: . Submissions will be accompanied by a separate file containing: title, author’s name and address, affiliation and email address.

Deadline for abstract submission: 25 July 2017
Notification of acceptance: 15 September 2017

A small number of accommodation grants will be offered to young researchers (PhD candidates) by The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest. More details will be available after the notification of acceptance.

All authors who present their work in the Main Session will be invited to submit their paper for a volume of selected contributions to be published by John Benjamins. A publication for the workshop contributions is also foreseen.