Call for Papers: IGG 44

The 44th Incontro di Grammatica Generativa (IGG, Generative Grammar Meeting) will be held in Rome (Università degli Studi Roma Tre) on March 1-3, 2018. The IGG represents the most important Italian venue for discussions on every aspect of generative grammar and formal linguistics. The conference will deal with any topic in generative grammar and the formal study of language, including linguistic submodules and their interfaces, language acquisition and psycholinguistics.

The conference will host oral presentations and poster sessions. The official language is English.

Submission Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017.

Conference website:


The IGG44 Conference will host the Workshop on Existential Constructions (WEC-SIR), part of the SIR 2014 Project on Comparing Nominal Predication at the Interfaces: a cross-linguistic study (PI:Francesca Ramaglia; project code:RBSI140Q5F). The WEC-SIR will take place on March 1st (afternoon session) and 2nd (morning session).

Invited Speakers

Main Session

Adriana Belletti (Università di Siena)
Guglielmo Cinque (Università ‘Ca’ Foscari’ Venezia)
Timothy Stowell (UCLA University)


Richard Kayne (New York University)
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)


As in previous editions of IGG, the “Fondazione Marica De Vincenzi Onlus” will offer an award of € 500 to the best paper by an Italian researcher without a tenure-track position (e.g. a doctoral or post-doctoral studentship, or a non-permanent research contract) selected for IGG.

Candidates for the award must be of Italian nationality but can reside anywhere, and must be first authors of a paper accepted and presented at IGG44.

All interested parties meeting the requirements must specify their intention to compete for the award when submitting their abstract and provide (through EasyChair) an additional text describing their research (maximum 2 pages, same format as the IGG abstract).

The selected candidate will be announced at IGG44.

Call for Papers:

Abstracts for the Main session are welcome on any topic in Generative Grammar, nevertheless, preferred topics for papers can be:

Mapping natural language to syntax (cartographic topics) and related controversial issues.
Theoretical issues and empirical interfaces on L1 and/or L2 acquisition.
The syntax-semantics interface: theoretical and cognitive implications.
The syntax-prosody interface: fieldwork, corpus-based studies and elicited data.
Big data, experiments and gradient judgments: controversial issues and proposals for solutions.
Language evolution and the nature of the language faculty.

Authors are also invited to submit their abstract for the Workshop on Existential Constructions (WEC-SIR), combined with the IGG44 and taking place on March 1st (afternoon session) and 2nd (morning session) 2018.

Existential Constructions provide an issue of intensive and relevant research in the literature, as their modular and interface-based study can shed light on the functioning of human language, including cognitive aspects, the nature of predication and the information-structural quality of marked constructions.

For details concerning suggested research topics follow this link.

Authors are asked to submit their abstracts (for both the main session and the Workshop) in PDF format via EasyChair using this link:

Abstracts should not exceed two pages in length (12-point type, Times New Roman, single line spacing, 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins) including: examples and tables (integrated in the text, rather than collected at the end of the abstract), references, title, three keywords/phrases that best describe the abstract content.

Submissions must be anonymous and should not reveal the identity of the author(s) in any form, including the file name of the abstract: references to the author(s)’ previous work should be made in the third person.

Submission are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author or two joint abstracts per author, considering the Main session and the Workshop as a unique event. Submission for either the Main Session or the Workshop will be indicated (as an obligatory requirement) on the relevant EasyChair page.

When submitting, please also indicate whether your abstract should be considered for presentation only, for poster only or for both.

Finally, selection for the Marica De Vincenzi Award must be also indicated (providing the relevant additional document, cf. details on the home page).

The talks will be 20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion.
The official language of the conference will be English.