Workshop: Theme vowels in V(P) Structure and beyond (ThV2021)

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers interested in the grammatical properties of theme vowels and thematic formatives, focusing not only on their morpho-phonology (as in the more traditional historical-comparative literature), but also on their contribution at the levels of argument structure, syntax and semantics. Contributions from generative as well as from formal approaches to morphology are particularly welcome. The issues at the heart of this workshop include, but are not limited to the following:

  • syntactic and post-syntactic interaction of thematic formatives with categories in the VP/vP
  • role played by thematic formatives in argument structure (alternations) and in semantic composition
  • dynamics of the interplay between thematic formatives and phonological structure
  • patterns of allomorphy involving thematic formatives (either as a trigger or as a target)
  • patterns of allosemy involving thematic formatives
  • parallels and differences between thematic formatives in V(P) and N(P)
  • (constraints on) distribution of thematic formatives in lexical categories
  • origin and dismantlement of thematic formative systems
  • re-structuring of thematic formative systems in language contact  

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts (anonymous, max. 2A4-pages inclusive of examples, tables, figures and references) for regular talks (45 minutes presentation + 15 minutes discussion) must be submitted via the EasyChair submission webpage.

Invited speakers

  • Itamar Kastner (University of Edinburgh) and Fabienne Martin (HU, Berlin)
  • Ora Matushansky (CNRS/Paris VIII)
  • Isabel Oltra-Massuet (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona)
  • Michal Starke (Masaryk University, Brno)

Organizing committee

  • Stefano Quaglia (Institut für Romanistik, University of Graz)
  • Boban Arsenijević (Institut für Slawistik, University of Graz)
  • Svitlana Antonyuk-Yudina (Institut für Slawistik, University of Graz)
  • Stefan Milosavljević (Institut für Slawistik, University of Graz)
  • Marko Simonović (Institut für Slawistik, University of Graz)
  • Petra Mišmaš (University of Nova Gorica)
  • Predrag Kovačević (University of Novi Sad)


All questions about submissions should be emailed to

Detailed workshop description

A detailed description of the workshop can be downloaded here