Call for papers: IATL 30

General Session:

Submissions are invited for 30 minute presentations of previously unpublished research in all areas of theoretical linguistics.

Thematic Session – Predication and Modification:

Submissions are invited for papers presenting previously unpublished research on all topics related to the syntax and semantics of predication and modification. Predication is traditionally defined as a relation between a subject and predicate. The syntax and semantics literature on the topic of predication debates the structure and interpretation of verbal and non-verbal predication, and its constituent elements – the subject, the predicate, and the existence of a syntactic category that relates the two. In contrast, modification is an optional relation between any constituent and a modifier, but the characterization of a given relationship as predicational or modificational is not always self-evident. Some questions of theoretical interest are: Is there a fixed set of structural configurations (or even a single one) in which predication must be realized? What types of predications are purely semantic and what types require a syntactic substrate? Under what conditions can modifiers be intersective or nonintersective? Is there a derivational relation between attributive and predicative modifiers? What are the distinctions between secondary predicates and adverbials and how are these represented? Is the individual-level / stage-level distinction purely semantic in nature, or is it represented in the syntax? We invite papers on these and related topics.

Invited Speakers:

  • Rajesh Bhatt (UMass, Amherst)
  • Ora Matushansky (CNRS/Université Paris-8/UiL OTS/Utrecht University)

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts should be no longer than two pages, including examples and references. Page format: A4, 2,54cm (one inch) margins on all sides, 12-point font, single line spacing. Submissions are restricted to at most one single-authored and one co-authored abstract.

Please submit abstracts to the IATL EasyChair site:

Please register at the site as an author, and when you receive a password, you can enter the site and submit your abstract. The abstract should be submitted in PDF format through the ‘Upload Paper’ section near the bottom of the page. (Note: Higher up on the page, in the ‘Title and Abstract’ section, there is a box for a plain-text abstract. Since we do not require a shorter abstract, you may simply retype the title of the paper in the abstract box.)

Deadline: February 28, 2014

Important Dates:

  • February 28, 2014: Abstract submission deadline
  • Early May, 2014: Notification of acceptance to authors
  • October 20-21, 2014: IATL 30 Conference

IATL 30 web site:

If you have questions or encounter any problems, please contact Gabi Danon at