Programme and abstracts Workshop On Copulas Across Languages


Thursday 18 June      9:00–9:45 Registration

9:45–10:00 Welcome

10:00–11:00 Opening Plenary by Tonjes Veenstra (ZAS, Berlin)
Copulas as Last Resort Roots

11:00–11:30 Coffee break 

11:30–12:05 Denis Creissels (University of Lyon) and Catherine Taine-Cheikh (LACITO, CNRS, Paris)
From 'see' verbs to copulas: a little-known grammaticalization path

12:05–12:40   Nelia Alexandre and Anabela Gonçalves (Centre of Linguistics, University of Lisbon)
Copular constructions in Portuguese as a second language (PL2) by Chinese learners: Do typological differences matter?

12:40–13:15 Kwang-sup Kim (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)
Copula as a Nominative Case Marker

13:15–15:00 Lunch and poster session

15:00–15:35   Jitka Bartošová and Ivona Kučerová (McMaster University, Hamilton, ON)
On Person, animacy, and copular agreement in Czech

15:35–16:10 Isabelle Roy (Univ. Paris 8 / CNRS) and Ur Shlonsky (U. Geneva)
On predicative copular sentences, event interpretation and (the absence of) agreement

16:10-16:45  David Willis (University of Cambridge)
Two predicate-phrase heads in Welsh copular clauses

16:45–17:00  Break     

17:00–18:00 First Day Closing Plenary by Elly van Gelderen (Arizona State University)
Problems of Projection and the Copula Cycle


Friday 19 June 9:30–10:05  Nicoletta Loccioni (University of California Los Angeles)
Specificational copular constructions as inverse clauses: evidence from Maragoli

10:05-10:40 Luis Sáez (Complutense University of Madrid)
About the copula of certain Caribbean Spanish focus constructions

10:40-11:15 Olga Borik (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
The role of copula in periphrastic passives in Russian

11:15–11:45   Coffee break

11:45–12:05 Anna Bondaruk (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin)
Agreement with the post-verbal DP in Polish dual copula clauses

12:05-12:40  Susana Béjar, Arsalan Kahnemuyipour, Jessica Mathie and Tomohiro Yokoyama (University of Toronto)
Number Matching in Copular Clauses

12:40-13:15 Silja Hlín Guðbjörnsdóttir (Communication center for the deaf and hard of Hearing, Iceland), Rannveig Sverrisdóttir (University of Iceland), Kristín Lena Þorvaldsdóttir (Communication center for the deaf and hard of hearing, Iceland), Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson (University of Iceland).
A sign language copula

13:15–14:30 Lunch

14:30–15:05 Devyani Sharma (Queen Mary, University of London)
English-based copula variation in Britain: Past, present, and future

15:05–15:40 Tracy Conner (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Ellipsis Licensing and Constraints on Copula Optionality in African American English

15:40–16:00  Coffee break

16:00–17:00 Closing plenary, Lisa Green (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
The Copula, Aspect, and Variation in African American English (abstract to follow)


Teresa O'Neill (CUNY Graduate Centre)
Separating Finiteness from Tense in copular sentences


Hannah Gibson and Lutz Marten (SOAS, University of London)
Copulas in existential constructions in Swahili

Eugenia Mangialavori Rasia (National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET))
P incorporation and Spanish copulas: it may be not so different from dancing a jig

Teresa O'Neill (CUNY Graduate Centre)
Separating Finiteness from Tense in copular sentences

Nicholas Welch (University of Toronto)
Copulas and light verbs as a unified category

Workshop On Copulas Across Languages is hosted by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Greenwich.