Call for papers: SelectionFest 2017

SelectionFest 2017, Nov. 10-11, 2017.
Location: ZAS, Berlin

Selectionfest 2017 is a workshop aimed at bringing together linguists investigating mechanisms of selection, organized by the Research Unit on (Experimental) Syntax and Heritage Languages at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, with support from AL 554/8-1 (DFG Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis 2014 to Artemis Alexiadou)

Workshop website:

Invited Speakers:

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2017
  • Notification of acceptable: August 10, 2017
  • Workshop: November 10-11, 2017


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Call for Papers

The workshop aims to bring together researchers working on the selectional properties of predicates in an attempt to bring together the two lines of research mentioned above, as well as the specific topics below. We welcome theoretical, experimental, computational and typological work that bears on the selectional properties of predicates and the elements they embed. A non-exhaustive list of topics includes the following:

  • Division of labour between semantic and syntactic selectional mechanisms (Grimshaw 1979).
  • Question embedding and polarity (Adger and Quer 2001; Eckardt 2007; Schwabe and Fittler 2009; Mayr 2017).
  • Factivity and selection (Kiparsky and Kiparsky 1970; Kastner 2015).
  • Embedding and aspect (Todorović 2015; Lekakou and Quer 2016).
  • The semantics of declarative vs.interrogative clausal embedding (Lahiri 2002; Theiler 2014; Uegaki 2015; Theiler, Roelofsen, and Aloni 2016).
  • Re-examination of elimination of c-selection (Pesetsky 1982) in light of challenges to traditional Case theory (Marantz 1991; McFadden 2004; Baker 2015).
  • How selection interacts with case, control, finiteness and embedded clause-size (Sundaresan and McFadden 2009; Stiebels 2010; Wurmbrand 2014).
  • The correlation between embedding predicate and type of embedded complement (Takahashi 2010; Moltmann 2013).
  • Formalizations of selection and their theoretical or empirical consequences (Adger 2013; Bruening 2013; Collins and Stabler 2016).
  • Which elements impose selectional restrictions (Harley 2014; Merchant 2016).
  • Computational modeling (White and Rawlins 2016a) and computational resources (White and Rawlins 2016b; Stiebels et al. 2017).
  • Event structure and selection (Grano 2016; Rawlins and White 2017).

Submissions should be anonymous, and submitted via Easychair. Please ensure that your abstract fulfills the following requirements:

  • .pdf format
  • Two pages + any additional space required for references.
  • Times, 12pt.
  • 1-inch/2.5cm margins.
  • A4 paper.
  • Any examples interspersed throughout, not gathered at the end.

Submission link: