The A0 Workshop

Ajectives is what we study and, in order to bring everyone else who studies them, the Adjectives project is organising the A0: The Adjective as a Lexical Category workshop. We will use this space to post all relevant information.

With an outstanding line-up of invited speakers, exciting social programme and an idyllic setting in the Slovenian Alps, A0  hopes to bring together a wide array of experts.

The deadline has been extended until 20th July. We can’t wait for your abstracts!

Call for papers

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The A0 Workshop will take place in   Bled, Slovenia  from    11 to 13 October 2018   on the Adjective as a lexical category. This Workshop is part of “The categorial status of adjectives: from theory to typology, and back again” project (University of Cyprus internal grant no. 8037P-61022), which endeavours to break new linguistic ground by examining the categorial status of adjectives both in terms of typological rigour and theoretical precision.

The aim of the A0 Workshop is to bring together scholars, both established and emerging ones, as well as students. Bled itself, one of the most scenic locations in Central Europe, seems to be ideal in making the whole experience pleasurable as well as productive. Moreover, Bled is ideally situated near several international airports and served by a number of good rail connections.

A0 is open to attend for anyone interested. We particularly welcome students, both international and from the region; we will be happy to offer assistance with practicalities such as travel and accommodation.

Four invited speakers have already confirmed participation (in alphabetical order):

  •      Boban Arsenijević, University of Graz
  •      Hagit Borer, Queen Mary University of London
  •      Xuhui Hu, Peking University
  •      Richard Larson, Stony Brook University
We invite submissions dealing with any aspect of the nature of adjectives both from theoretical (semantic, syntactic, morphological) and from typological viewpoints. Some questions that submissions could – but need not – address include the following:

  • Are adjectives universal? Do they belong to the same ilk as nouns and verbs?
  • What cross-linguistic generalisations can be drawn about adjectives as a category?
  • Is there a principled, grammar-internal, way to distinguish between intersective and subsective readings of adjectives?
  • Do adjectives possess a functional spine of their own – what is sometimes called an Extended Projection?
  • What is the role of agreement (concord, ezafe etc.) in the predicative and in the attributive functions of adjectives?
  • How important is the role of scalarity and Degree in our understanding of the nature of adjectives?

At this stage we are inviting submissions for 30-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion); depending on the quantity and the quality of submissions, a poster session might also be added to accommodate them.

Abstracts should not exceed 2 (two) A4 pages, including examples, diagrams, and references, with a minimum of 2.5 cm margins, in 11 point typeface. Submission will be handled through Easychair and undergo double-blind peer review.

1 July Deadline for abstracts
10 August Notifications
10 September Early registration deadline
11-14 October A0 workshop (Bled, Slovenia)


All information regarding the logistics, including travel, accommodation etc., will be posted here in due course.


The programme will be posted here.

Social Programme

Exciting information about the social aspects of the workshop will be listed here.


We hope the workshop will coalesce into a thematic volume. Information to be posted.


Do not hesitate to contact us via email provided on this website.