Perspectives on Discourse, Grammar, and Transitivity

International Workshop

Vigo, November 15, 2013


9:00-9:30 Welcome to participants
9:30-10:30 Martin Haspelmath (MPI-EVA, Leipzig):
"Transitivity cross-linguistically: some results from the Valency Patterns Leipzig database" (abstract)
10:30-11:30: Lorraine Leeson (Trinity College Dublin / Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania)
& John I. Saeed (Trinity College Dublin):
“Exploring the cognitive underpinning in the construal of passive events in Irish Sign Language (ISL)” (abstract)
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-13:00 Jan-Ola Östman (University of Helsinki):
“Construction Discourse as a way to approach context in linguistics systematically” (abstract)
13:00-14:00 Joanne Scheibmann (ODU, Norfolk):
“Analytical considerations in usage-based studies of (inter)subjectivity: Pronominal expressions in English interactive discourse” (abstract)
14:00-15:30 Lunch break
15:30-16:30 Victoria Vázquez Rozas (USC, Santiago de Compostela) & José MŞ García-Miguel (UVigo):
“Transitivity, intransitivity and discourse genre” (abstract)
16:30-17:30 Lise Fontaine (Cardiff University):
“There and back again: on the relevance of referring expressions to transitivity and discourse” (abstract)
17:30-18:00 Poster session and coffee
18:00-18:45 General Discussion


  • Carla Bouzada Jabois: Referential status and discourse distribution of verbal absolute constructions: a corpus study
  • Carmen Cabeza Pereiro, An approach to eye-gaze in Spanish Sign Language (LSE): some notes through corpus annotation work
  • Laura Collazo Durán, Functional and critical analysis: assembly discourse in the “15-M movement”
  • Jorge Diz Ferreira, Code-switching in conversation: analyzing the interaction of emigrants from Gondomar to Vigo
  • Jan Křivan, Information structure and usage-based explanations of Czech possessive constructions
  • Bárbara Marqueta Gracia, On the evolution of Spanish psych-verbs
  • Maxi Pauser, Non-native Language Learning: Multilingual Discourse Analysis and Grammar Teaching