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.

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
11-13 October A0 workshop (Bled, Slovenia)

Location & Logistics

The workshop will take place at Hotel Kompas, Bled.

Bled is conveniently located and connected with rail and bus services. Additionally, there are several international airports within 2h driving distance. From Ljubljana Airport,  Bled can be reached within 20 minutes.

The following page contains some relevant information. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us with any questions.


Thursday (11/10)Friday (12/10)Saturday (13/10)Alternates
1:00 PM
1:15 PM
Richard LarsonAdjectives and Concord
2:15 PM
Alexander Pfaff: Positional Predicates: A Tale of Agreement, Peripherality and Partitivity
3:00 PM
Coffee break
3:30 PM
Leonardo Savoia, Rita Manzini, Benedetta Baldi and Ludovico Franco: Evaluative suffixes in Italian adjectives
4:15 PM
Moreno Mitrović: First-Phase Semantics and the categorial composition of adjectives (alternate, due to cancellation)
5:00 PM
Volker Struckmeier: Attributive agreement in German(ic) implements “complex” attributive structures
9:00 AM
9:30 AM
Boban ArsenijevićAdjectives, adverbs and prepositions: three categories or only one?
10:30 AM
Rita Manzini, Ludovico Franco and Leonardo SavoiaLinkers and predication: Core syntax, not externalization
11:15 AM
Linnaea Stockall, Christina Manouilidou, Kyriaki Neophytou and Alec Marantz: The Derivation of Greek Deverbal Adjectives in Real Time
12:00 PM
1:30 PM
Noah Nelson and Heidi Harley: Deverbal  adjectival “passives” of ability in Hiaki
2:15 PM
Hisashi Morita and Takashi IkedaA syntactic account of Greenberg’s (1963) correlation between the head parameter and the word order of relative clauses
3:00 PM
Coffee break
3:30 PM
Matic Pavlič: Attributive and predicative use of adjectives in Slovenian Sign Language
4:15 PM
Petra Mišmaš, Lanko Marušič and Rok Žaucer: Looking for an extralinguistic source of the strict order of adjectives
5:00 PM
Xuhui HuProperty concept, possession, and adjectives
8:00 PM
Conference dinner
9:00 AM
Remo Nitschke: The Extended Projection of German Adjectives
9:45 AM
Woraprat Manowang: Distinguishing Adjectives from Intransitive Verbs in Thai
10:30 AM
Priscila Adenuga: The Nominal Attributive Modifiers (NAMs) in Ògè
11:15 AM
Evelina Leivada and Marit Westergaard: Is there a universal hierarchy for adjective ordering?
12:00 PM

  • Nicolas Fiorini & Moreno Mitrović
    Machine Learning the Typology of Adjectives: filling & predicting the gaps

Social Programme

The conference dinner will take place on Friday (12/10) at 8pm at Špica restaurant.

If you would like to attend the dinner but haven’t registered, please contact the organisers.

On Saturday (13/10), following the end of the regular programme, there will be a reception at Bled Castle at 2:10pm. Transportation from the Hotel Kompas to the castle is scheduled for 2pm. If you would like to join, please contact the organisers. The reception, including the admission charge for the castle, are complimentary.

After the reception, the organisers have arranged for a private boat trip to the island. As we will walk down the castle hill toward the lake, comfortable footwear is advised (although the footpath Ian paved).


We hope the workshop will coalesce into a thematic volume. Information to be distributed at the end of the workshop.


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