Past events

 International Workshop on Discourse Particles 

University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) 

Vitoria-Gasteiz, October 8th, 2020 

This workshop aimed to bring together linguists working on discourse or modal particles in any linguistically relevant field (diachrony, semantic-pragmatics, syntax). Studies that look into the role particles play in clause typing, as well as approaches that account for particles expressing evidentiality, epistemicy and modality were presented during this workshop. 

One of the goals of the workshop was to investigate the syntactic behaviour of such particles, namely their syntactic nature, position and interaction with other constituents. Additionally, this one-day workshop aimed to provide an opportunity to present and discuss the relation between discourse/ modal particles and the formation of utterance meaning; we were particularly concerned with those particles which, apart from occurring in declarative contexts, are also used in questions. 

Below you will find the abstracts selected for the workshop as well as the handouts or powerpoints presented during the workshop.

Organizing committee:

  • Arantzazu Elordieta (UPV/EHU)

  • Xabier Artiagoitia (UPV/EHU)

  • Sergio Monforte (UPV/EHU)

This workshop is part of the project PGC2018-100686-B-I00 Analysis of some functional particles (modal, negative, complementizer) in Basque grammar, funded by Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

On the adverbial origin of German modal particles

  • ​Ömer Demirok & Balkız Öztürk (Boğaziçi University): 

Attitude Sensitive Complementizers in Laz

  • Regine Eckardt & George Walkden (University of Konstanz): 

Unembedded whether-questions as pedagogical questions in Old English 

Modal Particles between Syntax and Semantics

  • Kepa Korta & Larraitz Zubeldia (University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU): 

Meaning and use of evidential/modal particles in Basque

  • Aitor Lizardi-Ituarte (University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU): 

Outer Particles vs Tags: Distinction in homophony 

  • Nicola Munaro (Ca' Foscari University):  

On the contextual anchoring of discourse-markers 

Sentence-final particles in Mandarin Chinese as heads in a multi-layered CP

  • Manel Pérez-Saldanya (University of Valencia)

& José Ignacio Hualde (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): 

The grammaticalization of the discourse particle esque in Spanish

  • Johannes Schneider (University of Leipzig): 

A framework for German discourse particles