We welcome submissions concerning work relating to theoretical and experimental perspectives on the syntax, semantics and/or pragmatics of subordinate clauses in generative linguistics. Some examples of specific topics that interest us are the following:


  • clausal embedding strategies in under-studied languages (Furbee 1973);

  • root phenomena and/or main clause phenomena in subordinate clauses (Hooper & Thompson 1973, Green 1976, Heycock 2006, Haegeman 2014);

  • selectional restrictions of embedding predicates (Basse 2008, de Cuba 2014);

  • degrees of syntactic and semantic integration of subordinate clauses (Holler 2008, Frey 2012);

  • factive and presuppositional embedded clauses (Karttunen 1971, Kiparsky and Kiparsky 1977, Kastner 2015);

  • embedded speech acts and the performative hypothesis (Ross 1970, Krifka 2001).


Submission Guidelines

Abstracts, including data and references, must not exceed two A4 pages in length and must conform to the following format: 2.5 cm or 1 inch margins, single line spacing, font size no smaller than 12pt, Times New Roman.

An individual may submit at most one single and one co-authored paper. All abstracts must be sent to the email address below. Please include the following information in both your email and your paper: abstract title, full name and institutional affiliation. Only submissions in .pdf format will be accepted.


Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission: 05 April 2017 (23:59 GMT)

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 April 2017

Conference: 24 May 2017


Basse, Galen (2008). "Factive Complements as Defective Phases". In N. Abner and J. Bishop (eds.), Proceedings of the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, pp. 54–62. Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA.


de Cuba, Carlos (2014). "In Defense of the Truncation Account for Main Clause Phenomena". In Proceedings of the 2014 Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association.


Frey, Werner (2012). "On Two Types of Adverbial Clauses Allowing Root-Phenomena". In L. Aelbrecht, L. Haegeman and R. Nye (eds.), Main Clause Phenomena: New Horizons, pp. 405-429. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam.


Furbee, Louanna (1973). "Subordinate Clauses in Tojolabal-Maya". In C. Corum, T. C. Smith-Stark and A. Weiser (eds.), You Take the High Node and I'll Take the Low Node: Papers from the Comparative Syntax Festival The Differences between Main and Subordinate Clauses, pp. 9-22. Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago.

Green, Georgia M. (1976). "Main Clause Phenomena in Subordinate Clauses", Language 52(2).


Haegeman, Liliane (2014). "Locality and the Distribution of Main Clause Phenomena". In E. O. Aboh, M. T. Guasti and I. Roberts (eds.), Locality, pp. 186-222. Oxford University Press: Oxford.


Heycock, Caroline (2006). "Embedded Root Phenomena". In M. Everaert and H. van Riemsdijk (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Syntax, pp. 174–209. Blackwell, Boston.

Hooper, Joan B. and Sandra A. Thompson (1973). "On the Applicability of Root Transformations", Linguistic Inquiry 4(4).

Holler, Anke (2008). "German Dependent Clauses from a Constraint-Based Perspective". In C. Fabricius-Hansen and W. Ramm (eds.), ‘Subordination’ versus ‘Coordination’ in Sentence and Text: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective, pp. 187-216. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam.

Kastner, Itamar (2015). "Factivity Mirrors Interpretation: The Selectional Requirements of Presuppositional Verbs", Lingua 164.


Karttunen, Lauri (1971). "Some Observations on Factivity", Research on Language & Social Interaction 4(1).


Kiparsky, Paul and Carol Kiparsky (1970). "Fact". In M. Bierwisch and K. E. Heidolph (eds.), Progress in Linguistics, pp. 143-173. Mouton, The Hague.

Krifka, Manfred (2001). "Quantifying into Question Acts", Natural Language Semantics 9(1).

Ross, John R. (1970). "On Declarative Sentences". In R. A. Jacobs and P. S. Rosenbaum (eds.), Readings in English Transformational Grammar, pp. 222–272. Ginn, Waltham, Mass.