M. Teresa coedits the Oxford Handbook of Negation

M. Teresa coedits the Oxford Handbook of Negation

New chapter by Xavier

New chapter by Xavier

Feifei will defend her PhD thesis

Feifei will defend her PhD thesis

Workshop: Functional categories and expressive meaning. Call for papers

Workshop: Functional categories and expressive meaning. Call for papers

Functional categories and expressive meaning

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

September 9-10, 2019


Part of the funded research project "The interpretation of functional categories" (FFI2017-82547-P).


Confirmed speakers:


Andreas Trotzke (UAB) & Xavier Villalba (UAB)



We invite contributions related (but not limited) to the following topics:

  • Exclamation speech acts have commonly been analyzed as expressing the attitude and/or emotion of the speaker towards a fact or a degree (Castroviejo 2008; Rett 2011), but the connection of prime examples of this speech act type (e.g., exclamatives) to so-called expressives (damn, fucking) has not been developed in full. For instance, do exclamatives share typical properties of expressives? Should they also be analyzed by means of a multidimensional semantic framework? Also, many questions that exceptional types of both exclamatives (Villalba 2003) and exclamations more generally pose for approaches working with functional categories have not been addressed.
  • Recent work has connected established syntactic work on information structure to research on the so-called expressive dimension of language by investigating their similarities, differences, and interactions (Cruschina 2012; Trotzke 2017). In particular, phenomena like mirative focus or emphatic fronting raise the more general question if there is a syntactic layer and (a set of) functional categories that are designated for expressive content and/or so-called not-at-issue meaning. Another interesting topic is whether both exclamative clauses and other syntactic means to express mirativity build on the same functional structure of the left periphery.
  • Last not least, we would also like to address fundamental semantic issues related to the workshop’s topic that have barely been asked from the perspective of the syntax-semantics interface: For instance, what is the relation between ‘(non)veridicality’ and emotivity? Recent work has investigated this question in the context of mood choice and emotive predicates (Giannakidou 2016), as well as in the domain of complementizers that carry expressive content (Giannakidou & Yoon 2011).

All in all, our workshop aims at providing new insights into the question to what extent grammatical reflexes of the expressive dimension of language exist, and we consider this an innovative enterprise, given that the common assumption in modern linguistics (still) is that emotions play a marginal or even no role at all when we look at the human language faculty from a syntactic perspective.


Submission guidelines:

We invite submissions of anonymous abstracts for 30-minute talks (20 presentation + 10 discussion). Submissions should not exceed two A4 pages (incl. references + examples), 12pt. single spaced, with 2.5cm (= one-inch) margins on all sides. Either PDF or Word format is accepted. Please upload your abstracts at:

by the deadline listed below.


Submission deadline: June 15, 2019

Notification: July 1, 2019

Workshop: September 9-10, 2019

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