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First workshop of SMART CS in 2021 will be held by Dr Eva van Lier, Dr Rik van Gijn, Dr Pegah Faghiri, and Katherine Walker. The workshop will also host keynote speakers Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Gerrit Jan Kootstra (Radboud University Nijmegen), among other speakers!

Event details of Lexical Restrictions on Grammatical Relations
Start date 29 March 2021
End date 30 March 2021
Time 09:00

In many languages grammatical relations are to some extent lexically restricted, in the sense that certain verbs or verb classes take different argument coding frames than others. While such constraints are well studied for case marking, they have also been reported for grammatical relations defining other types of constructions, including a range of voice- and valency-related constructions and some clause-combining constructions. This hybrid (on-line/on-site) workshop aims to unite scholars from different (sub)disciplines, bringing together descriptive, comparative, corpus-based, and experimental studies, as well as studies that compare linguistic data with genetic and/or socio-historical evidence. Together, we hope to further our understanding why lexical restrictions should exist, how they are processed and acquired, and why/how/where they persist in languages.

Shedding light on these issues requires not only a cross-linguistic understanding of lexical restrictions in language use, but also thinking beyond the linguistic system proper. This includes addressing questions about the cognitive nature of lexical restrictions, e.g. about their role in language processing or language acquisition, but also about their cultural-historical behavior in different genealogical and areal contexts.

With this workshop, therefore, we aim to stimulate the conversation between different (sub)disciplines, bringing together descriptive, comparative, corpus-based, and experimental studies, as well as multi-disciplinary studies that compare linguistic data with genetic and/or socio-historical evidence.

Organizers: Eva van Lier (, Rik van Gijn (, Pegah Faghiri ( Katherine Walker (

Keynote speakers:
- Gerrit Jan Kootstra (Radboud University Nijmegen)
- Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Program Information:

The workshop will be fully online (via Zoom) and the program can be found here: You can also register on this website (without fee) in order to receive a zoom link.

Times are Central European Time (UTC +1).

9:00 – 9:30
Welcome and introduction

9:00 – 10:30
Keynote: Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Lexical restriction on diathetical operations of promotion and demotion.

11:00 – 11:30
Yu-Chen Wu (National Taiwan University)
Ka/ma patient-like verbs in Budai Rukai.

11:30 – 12:00
Yi-Yang Cheng (UC Santa Barbara)
Aspect-conditioned agent marking in Kanakanavu.

12:00 – 12:30
Christian Döhler (Leibniz Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin)
A corpus view on morphological templates in Komnzo.

13:30 – 14:00
Ömer Demirok & Balkız Öztürk (Boğaziçi University)
Classifying lexically transitive verbs in Laz.

14:00 – 14:30
Rik van Gijn (Leiden University), Martine Bruil (Leiden University), Justin Case (University of Ottawa), Simon Claassen (Leiden University), Karolina Grzech (University of Valencia) & Nora Julmi (Leiden University)
Lexically driven patterns of contact in alignment systems of language of the North-central Andean foothills.

14:30 – 15:00
Marloes Oomen (University of Amsterdam)
Verb type in German Sign Language and transitivity in spoken languages.

15:30 – 16:00
Julia Krebs, Evie Malaia & Ronnie Wilbur (Salzburg University, University of Alabama, Purdue University)
Verbal semantic classes and argument encoding in Austrian Sign Language.

16:00 – 16:30
Lukas Denk (University of New Mexico)
Lexical restrictions on grammatical relations in Ket.

9:30 – 10:30
Keynote: Gerrit Jan Kootstra (Radbout University Nijmegen)
Structural priming in bilingual contexts: Testing the interplay between lexicon and syntax in unilingual and code-switched language use.

Rodolfo Basile, Denys Teptiuk & Mariann Bernhardt (Turku University, Tartu University)
Lexical restrictions in Erzya partitive(-like) constructions with quantifiers.

11:30 – 12:00
Ksenia Shagal & Nataliia Ozerchuk (Helsinki University)
Lexical verb meaning & relativizing capacity: The Finnish negative participle.

12:00 – 12:30
Niklas Wiskandt (HHU Düsseldorf)
Anticausatives of object experiencer: verbs in German, Spanish and beyond.

13:30 – 14:00
Ben Ambridge (University of Liverpool)
Lexical restrictions with semantic motivations: Evidence from twelve alternations across eight languages.

14:00 – 14:30
Guglielmo Inglese (KU Leuven)
Middle voice systems and lexical restrictions: a diachronic perspective.

14:30 – 15:00
Oliver Bond & Tatiana Reid (University of Surrey)
Lexical restrictions on associated motion verbs.

15:30 – 16:30
Discussion and farewell