45th LSRL
Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages

45th LSRL

May 6-9, 2015

Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

Special Session: Romance Languages in Contact

Invited Speakers
Almeida Jacqueline Toribio (University of Texas at Austin)
Christina Tortora (The Graduate Center - CUNY)
Esther Torrego (Universidad del País Vasco)
Jairo Nunes (Universidade de São Paulo)
Karlos Arregi (University of Chicago)

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

NEW DEADLINE: November, 08th

Notification of acceptance: by December, 31st

Main Session: All areas of Romance Linguistics
Special session: Romance languages in contact

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes for discussion) on any aspects of Romance linguistics. The language of the symposium is English.

For the special session, abstracts should focus on grammatical variation and/or change induced by language contacts involving Romance languages.

Abstracts should be no more than two pages in lenght (including data, references etc), 12 point-type. All margins should be at least one inch wide (2.5 cm). Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author.

Abstracts should be submitted in PDF form via EasyAbs at the address below. Specify in your abstract document whether your submission is for the main session or the special session.

Submit abstract via EasyAbs

Special Session

Special Session

The special session will focus on grammatical variation and/or change induced by language contacts involving Romance languages, including but not restricted to:

  • Portuguese and Bantu languages in Africa and Brazil;
  • French and English in Canada;
  • Portuguese/Spanish and Amerindian languages in the Americas.



Wednesday, May 6th 2015
3:00 - 5:00 pm Registration
Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL)
5:00 - 5:30 pm Opening remarks
Room: Auditório do Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL)
5:30 - 6:30 pm Plenary
Esther Torrego (UPV/EHU)
Null pro in big DP
Chair: Charlotte Galves
Room: Auditório do Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL)
7:00 - 9:00 pm Welcome Reception Casa do Professor Visitante (CPV)
Thursday, May 7th 2015
9:00 - 10:00 Plenary
Jairo Nunes (University of São Paulo)
Breaching phi-barriers
Chair: Juanito Avelar
Room: Nova York (CPV)
10:00 - 10:30 Coffe break
  Session 1
Chair: Gabriela Matos
Room: Nova York (CPV)
Session 2
Chair: Angel Jimenez-Fernandez
Room: Londres (CPV)
Session 3
Chair: Andres Saab
Room: Tokio (CPV)
10:30 - 11:00 Labelle, Marie (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Negative spread and negative doubling in French
Giusti, Giuliana (University Ca'Foscari Venice); Iovino, Rossella (University Ca'Foscari Venice)
A Comparative Analysis of Psychological Verbs in Latin and Italo-Romance
Carvalho, Janayna (University of São Paulo/Universitat Stuttgat)
Bare singular nouns and null impersonals: the case of NumP in Brazilian Portuguese
11:00 - 11:30 Deprez, Viviane (Rutgers University, CNRS L2C2); Tubau, Susagna (University Autonoma of Barcelona); Cheylus, Anne (CNRS, L2C2); Espinal, Maria Teresa (University Autonoma of Barcelona)
Where there is Concord, there can be Discord: An experimental investigation of Catalan
Patrícia Rodrigues (UFPR)
Aspect in non-finite complements of perception verbs
Miller, Lauren (Purdue University)
The Effects of AoA and Linguistic Experience: A comparison of L2 and HS acceptance, interpretation and production of Spanish articles
11:30 - 12:00 Beritognolo, Gustavo (Université du Québec à Montréal)
The Spanish negative prefix des-
Cançado, Marcia (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)
The syntactic-semantic behavior of psych verbs in Brazilian Portuguese
Sleeman, Petra (University of Amsterdam); Ihsane, Tabea (University of Geneva)
Gender mismatches in partitive constructions in French
12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch
  Session 4
Chair: Monica Irimia
Room: Nova York (CPV)
Session 5
Chair: Petra Sleeman
Room: Tokio (CPV)
Session 6
Chair: Márcia Cançado
Room: Londres (CPV)
02:00 - 02:30 Alboiu, Gabriela (York University); Hill, Virgina (University of New Brunswick SJ)
Obligatory Control in Old Romanian: the push-and-pull cycle of Fin
Charnavel, Isabelle (Harvard University)
Exempt Anaphors and Logophoricity in French
Fabregas, Antonio (University of Tromsø); Jimenez-Fernandez, Angel (University of Seville); Tubino, Mercedes (Western Michigan University)
What's up with dative experiencers
02:30 - 03:00 Dufresne, Monique (Queen's University); Tremblay, Mireille (Université de Montréal); Dechaine, Rose-Marie (University of British Columbia)
The disappearance of null D in French: tracking paradigmatic change
Cabrelli Amaro, Jennifer (University of Illinois at Chicago); Goodin-Mayeda, Elizabeth (University of Houston)
L2 English effects on L1 Brazilian Portuguese perceptual stability: Evidence from illusory vowels
Garcia-Pardo, Alfredo (University of Southern California)
Event-related modification in Spanish stative passives
03:00 - 03:30 DiSciullo, Anna Maria (Université du Québec à Montréal); Somesfalean, Stanca (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Object pronouns in the evolution of Romanian: a biolinguistic perspective
Perrotti, Lauren (Penn State University); Carlson, Matthew (Penn State University); Dussias, Paola (Penn State University); Brown, Matthew (Penn State University)
Exposure to English can change Spanish speakers' processing strategies in Spanish
Kaminszczik, Sonia (CONICET-UBA); Saab, Andres (CONICET-UBA)
Reflexivization patterns in Spanish ditransitive constructions: Implications for theta-Theory
03:30 - 04:00 MacDonald, Jonathan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Maddox, Matthew (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Anti-causative, passive and impersonal se: the role of pro from Latin to Spanish
Nevins, Andrew (University College London); Freitas, Maria Luisa (University of Campinas); Damulakis, Gean (UFRJ)
Defective Verbs in Portuguese: Where Phonology Steers the Learner
Mardale, Alexandru (INaLCO de Paris & SeDyL UMR 8202 CNRS)
Romanian DOM revisited
4:00 - 4:30 pm Coffe break
4:30 - 5:30 pm Plenary
Karlos Arregi (University of Chicago)
How to sell a melon: Postsyntactic mesoclisis in Spanish imperatives
Chair: Filomena Sandalo
Room: Nova York (CPV)
5:30 Business Meeting
Room: Nova York (CPV)
Friday, May 8th 2015
  Session 7
Chair: Haike Jacobs
Room: Tokio (CPV)
Session 8
Chair: Virginia Hill
Room: Nova York (CPV)
Session 9
Chair: Viviane Deprez
Room: Londres (CPV)
09:00 - 09:30 am Gilbert, Madeline (Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná – Pato Branco); Rohena- Madrazo, Marcos (Middlebury College)
Revising the Canon: Lenition and Deletion of Coda (-?) in Buenos Aires Spanish
Andriani, Luigi (University of Cambridge)
Adjectival positions in Barese
Colaço, Madalena (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa); Matos, Gabriela (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa)
Specifying coordination and causal explicative clauses in Portuguese
09:30 - 10:00 Henriksen, Nicholas (University of Michigan); Garcia-Amaya, Lorenzo (University of Michigan)
Vowel laxing and vowel harmony in Eastern Andalusian Spanish
Irimia, Monica A. (University of York)
Evidentials as a separate class: The view from Romanian
Amaral, Patricia (Indiana University); Del Prete, Fabio (Universitè de Toulouse Le Mirail CLLE-ERSS, CNRS & Universitè de Toulouse 2)
Modality, presupposition and discourse: the meaning of EP afinal and It. alla fine
10:00 - 10:30 Dalola, Amanda (University of South Carolina); Bullock, Barbara (University of Texas at Austin)
An acoustic profile of phrase-final vowel devoicing in Continental French
Carvalho, Janayna & Scher, Ana Paula (USP)
Refining the structure of unmarked middles: evidence from Brazilian Portuguese
Bertrand, Anne (Université de Montréal)
The Semantics of Exclamatives in Québec French
10:30 - 11:00 am Coffe break
11:00 - 12:00 Plenary
Almeida Jacqueline Toribio (University of Texas at Austin)
Code-switching research: then and now
Chair: Charlotte Galves
Room: Nova York (CPV)
12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch
Special Session: Romance Languages in Contact
Room: Nova York (CPV)
  Chair: Laura Álvarez-López
2:00 - 2:30 pm Coetzee, Andries (University of Michigan/North-West University, South Africa); Garcia-Amaya, Lorenzo (University of Michigan); Henriksen, Nicholas (University of Michigan); Wissing, Daan (North-West University, South Africa)
Rhythmic transfer in language contact: Spanish and Afrikaans in Patagonia
2:30 - 3:00 Baird, Brandon O. (Middlebury College)
Gender, dialectal, and structural variation in the transfer of suprasegmental features of Spanish-K'ichee' (Mayan) bilinguals
3:00 - 3:30 Quartararo, Geraldine (Stockholm University)
Evidentials in interaction: the case of digamos in La Paz Spanish
3:30 - 4:00 Lipski, John (Pennsylvania State University)
Does gender agreement carry a production cost?: Spanish gender vs. Palenquero
4:00 - 4:30 pm Coffee Break
  Chair: John Lipski
4:30 - 5:00 Álvarez-López, Laura (Stockholm University)
Morphosyntactic analysis of Afro-Brazilian Cupópia: a symbiotic mixed language?
5:00 - 5:30 Trovato, Adriano (University of Texas at Austin)
The acoustic and auditory differences between [v] and [β] among bilinguals in El Paso
5:30 - 6:00 pm Manzini, Rita (Universitá degli Studi di Firenze); Savoia, Leonardo (Universitá degli Studi di Firenze); Ludovico Franco (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Linkers in the Aromanian of South Albania, in comparison with Romanian and Albanian
6:00 - 6:30 pm Torun Reite & Anna Jo-And (University of Stockholm)
Mozambican Maputo Portuguese – towards greater instability or stability?
Saturday, May 9th 2015
9:00 - 10:00 am Plenary
Christina Tortora (Graduate Center - CUNY)
When a piece of phonology becomes a piece of syntax: The case of subject clitics
Chair: Ruth Lopes
Room: Nova York (CPV)
10:00 - 10:30 am Coffe break
  Session 10
Chair: Nicholas Henriksen
Room: Tokio (CPV)
Session 11
Chair: Jonathan MacDonald
Room: Nova York (CPV)
Session 12
Chair: Giuliana Giusti
Room: Londres (CPV)
10:30 - 11:00 am Jakobs, Haike (Radboud University)
Liquid dissimilation and hiatus resolution in Latin phonology
Matos, Gabriela (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa)
TP ellipsis with polarity particles in Portuguese
Hill, Virginia (University of New Brunswick SJ)
Allocutive agreement in Romanian imperatives
11:00 - 11:30 am Artés, Eduard (CLT – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Theme vowels and Impoverishment in Pallarese Catalan
Teixeira de Sousa, Lilian (UFBA)
Multiple sentential negation in Brazilian and European Portuguese
11:30 - 12:00 am Gonzalez, Carolina (Florida State University); Weissglass, Christine (University of Virginia's College at Wise)
Similarity and rate of acquisition in L2 Spanish: The case of word boundaries
Irimia, Monica Alexandrina; Longobardi, Giuseppe; Michelioudakis, Dimitris; Radkevich, Nina (University of York)
Case, PRO-features and nominal linkers: the evidence from Romanian
Brambatti Guzzo, Natalia (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
Recursion in Brazilian Portuguese complex compounds
01:00 pm Confraternization Lunch Estação Marupiara



Early registration: until March 2nd

Faculty and Post-Docs: 250 BRL

Students: 80 BRL

Late registration: after March 2nd

Faculty and Post-Docs: 350 BRL

Students: 120 BRL


Please, submit your registration via the Registration form.

The payment for the registration fee is to be made upon arrival at the onsite registration desk. Payment must be in cash (we will not be able to accept credit cards).

If you intend to attend the conference, but is not presenting a paper, you also need to register.

Confraternization Lunch

If you are joining our Confraternization Lunch (Saturday, May 9th at 1:00 pm) at Estação Marupiara, use the form below.

Please, notice that April 20th is the last day to send in the form, since the restaurant needs to know how many attendees will come.

115 BRL (3-course meal with drinks – with a sample of “caipirinha” – and tax included)

The payment for the lunch will be collected in cash during the onsite registration period.

Please, select only one option for the entrée.

If you have any food restrictions, there is a slot for you to make the necessary observations in the form.


Green salad with diced fresh mango and Brazil nuts with orange and blue cheese dressing


(i) Tenderloin steak on mustard and tarragon sauce accompanied by Brazil nuts risotto

(ii) Grilled white fish with cashew nuts and sesame seeds crust accompanied by a banana and “coalho” cheese risotto and pepper jelly (served apart)

(iii) Vegetarian option: Brazil nuts gnocchi with mixed mushroom ragout


Cheese ice-cream with guava paste topping + “cocada” + “brigadeiro”

Confraternization Lunch Form



The LSRL45 will take place at FUNCAMP – Casa do Professor Visitante, within the main campus of the University of Campinas.

Taxi cabs from downtown Campinas to the venue are a 20 minute drive and cost about 45 BRL.

Buses are also available from Campinas Bus Station (332) and Central Terminal (330) to the campus. Both go through the city center and take about 45 minutes from downtown to the campus. A card is required. You can purchase one at the bus terminals and recharge it when necessary. Each ride costs 3,50 BRL.

The links below provide more information about the University of Campinas and the city of Campinas

University of Campinas


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Please feel free to print out our LSRL45 Flyer and post it in your department!



The two best accommodation options for participants of the conference are Hotel Matiz Barão Geraldo (for information in English, click here), which is very conveniently located, close to the conference venue, and Casa do Professor Visitante, where the conference will be held.

For those who prefer to stay in downtown Campinas (about 20 minutes by taxi and 45 minutes by bus to the University of Campinas), a number of hotels are available. Some options are listed below:

Ibis Campinas

Mercure Campinas Hotel

Leon Park Hotel e Convenções

Dan Inn Cambuí

L’Hirondelle Hotel

Monreale Hotel Classic

Noumi Plaza Hotel

Euro Suit Hotel

Tryp Campinas Hotel

Hotel Sonotel Glicério

Campinas Flat Service

Local Information

Local Information

Passport and Visas

Delegates are advised to contact the nearest Brazilian embassy or consulate for information about the passport and visa requirements.

Climate and Clothing

In May it is autumn in Brazil, and the average temperature varies from 16 to 28°C in Campinas. Occasional showers and lower temperatures may occur. The organizers suggest that you bring a jacket or pullover. Weather information and forecast: www.climatempo.com.br

Local Currency/Money exchange

Brazilian Real (R$ / BRL) is the official currency in Brazil.

Major international credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants.


In Campinas the electrical voltage is 110V. Information about plugs and sockets is available here.

Getting to Campinas

Getting to Campinas

Campinas is about 90 km from the city of São Paulo. The two simplest ways to get there are either by landing at São Paulo International Airport (Guarulhos/Cumbica), and taking a transfer bus to Campinas (it takes about 2h to Campinas downtown), or by landing at Campinas International Airport (Viracopos).

For those arriving at the São Paulo International Airport (Guarulhos/Cumbica):

  • There is a shuttle bus at Terminal 2, Wing C (Lira Bus/VB Turismo). The timetable (only in Portuguese) can be seen here from the São Paulo International Airport to Campinas Bus Station or Campinas downtown (those are the two stops). The tickets costs about 30 BRL, and the ride takes about 2h, depending on traffic in Sao Paulo.
  • Taxi cabs are also available from São Paulo International Airport to Campinas, and costs about 420 BRL.

For those arriving at Viracopos International Airport, in Campinas:

  • There is a shuttle bus linking the Airport to the Campinas Bus Station or downtown (the two stops available) . The timetable (only in Portuguese) can be seen here. The tickets costs about 10 BRL, and the ride takes about 25 minutes.
  • A taxi cab can be taken to Campinas downtown. It takes about 25 minutes and costs around 70 BRL. If you are coming to Barão Geraldo – the district where UNICAMP is located at – the taxi ride costs around 100BRL.
How to get to the conference venue: click here



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