Conference: SLE 2017

50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2017)

The 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea will be held in Zurich, Switzerland on 10 – 13 September 2017 at University of Zurich, Switzerland.


Meeting Website:

SLE website:


Important Dates

25 November 2016: workshop proposals submission deadline
15 December 2016: notification of workshop acceptance
15 January 2017: deadline for submission of all abstracts
31 March 2017: notification of paper acceptance
1 April 2017: early bird registration starts
1 May 2017: full fee registration starts
31 May 2017: closing registration date for participants with a paper
1 August 2017: closing registration date for participants without a paper, and for co-authors of papers where at least one author has already registered.


List of Workshops

Accommodation in verbal and nonverbal behavior

Convenors: Wolfgang Kesselheim & Agnes Kolmer (University of Zurich). PDF


Advances in diachronic Construction Grammar – Debating theoretical tenets and open questions

Convenors: Lotte Sommerer (Universität Wien, English Department) & Elena Smirnova (Université de Neuchâtel, German Department). PDF


Bare nouns vs. partitive articles: Disentangling functions

Convenors: Tabea Ihsane (University of Geneva & University of Zurich) & Elisabeth Stark (University of Zurich). PDF


Beyond Information Structure

Convenors: Dejan Matić (University of Graz) &  Pavel Ozerov (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). PDF


Cognitive approaches to coherence relations: New methods and findings 

Convenors: Cristina Grisot & Sandrine Zufferey  (University of Bern) PDF


Confronting codeswitching theories  with corpus and experimental data  

Convenors: Evangelia Adamou (CNRS, France) & Felicity Meakins (U-Queensland, Australia). PDF


Definiteness, possessivity and exhaustivity: Formalizing synchronic and diachronic connections

Convenors: Anne Carlier (Université Lille 3), Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin (Université Paris 7 Diderot), Monique Dufresne (Queen’s University), Natalia Serdobolskaya (Russian State University for the Humanities/Moscow State University of Education) & Alexandra Simonenko (FWO/Ghent University). PDF


Ditransitive constructions in Germanic languages: Diachronic and synchronic aspects

Convenors: Timothy Collemann (Ghent University), Melanie Röthlisberger (KU Leuven) & Eva Zehentner (University of Vienna). PDF


Emerging engagement: Descriptive and theoretical issues 

Convenors: Henrik Bergqvist (Stockholm University) & Dominique Knuchel (University of Bern). PDF


First language acquisition in the languages of the world:  Differences and similarities

Convenors: Damián E. Blasi​ (University of Zürich, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) & Jekaterina Mazara1​ and Sabine Stoll (University of Zürich). PDF


Linguistic categories, language description and linguistic typology 

Convenors: Giorgio Francesco Arcodia & Paolo Ramat PDF


Linguistic typology and cross-linguistic psycholinguistics 

Convenors: James Myers (National Chung Cheng University) & Tsung-Ying Chen (National Chung Cheng University) PDF


Matter borrowing vs pattern borrowing in morphology 

Convenors: Francesco Gardani, Rik van Gijn, Stefan Dedio, Florian Sommer, Manuel Widmer (all Zurich University) & Florian Matter (Bern University). PDF


Modelling the acquisition of foreign language speech: Old meets new

Convenors: Magdalena Wrembel & Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań) PDF


New approaches to Contrastive Linguistics: Empirical and methodological challenges

Convenors: Renata Enghels & Marlies Jansegers (Ghent University). PDF


Niches in morphology 

Convenors: Anja Hasse (University of Surrey), Rik van Gijn, Tania Paciaroni & Sandro Bachmann (University of Zurich). PDF


Non-canonical postverbal subjects

Convenors: Delia Bentley (University of Manchester) & Silvio Cruschina (University of Vienna) PDF


Non-linguistic causes of linguistic diversity

Convenors: Dan Dediu (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands),  Steven Moran (University of Zurich) & Antonio Benítez-Burraco (University of Huelva, Spain). PDF


Participles: Form, Use and Meaning (PartFUM)  

Convenors: Olga Borik (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) & Berit Gehrke (CNRS-LLF / Paris Diderot) PDF


Rethinking evidentiality

Convenors: Martine Bruil (Leiden University), Bert Cornillie (KU Leuven) & Manuel Widmer (Zürich). PDF


Revisiting discourse markers and discourse relations in functional-cognitive space: Models and applications across languages, registers and genres 

Convenors: María de los Ángeles Gómez González & Francisco Gonzálvez García (University of Almería). PDF


The grammar of names 

Convenors: Antje Dammel (University of Freiburg),  Johannes Helmbrecht (University of Regensburg),  Damaris Nübling (University of Mainz), Barbara Schlücker (University of Bonn) & Thomas Stolz (University of Bremen). PDF


The interaction between borrowing and word formation

Convenors: Pius ten Hacken(Innsbruck)  & Renáta Panocová (Košice). PDF


Vowel reduction and loss and its phonological consequences

Convenors: Cormac Anderson (Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena) & Natalia Kuznetsova (Institute for Linguistic Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg). PDF


What is in a morpheme? Theoretical, experimental and computational approaches to the relation of meaning and form in morphology

Convenors: Stela Manova (University of Vienna), Harald Hammarström (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena)& Itamar Kastner (Humboldt University of Berlin). PDF


When “noun” meets “noun”

Convenors: Steve Pepper (University of Oslo) & Francesca Masini (University of Bologna) PDF


Why is ‘Why’ unique? Its syntactic and semantic properties

Convenors: Gabriela Soare, Joanna Blochowiak, Luigi Rizzi (University of Geneva & University of Sienna) & Ur Shlonsky (University of Geneva). PDF