Workshop on Functional Discourse Grammar

Interfaces in Functional Discourse Grammar

University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain, 12-13 September 2019

The seventh International Workshop on Functional Discourse Grammar (IW-FDG-2019) will take place at the University of Oviedo, Spain, on 12-13 September 2019. As on previous occasions, the workshop will be devoted to a specific aspect of the theory – in this case the interface conditions between the different levels of representation – and serves two major aims: (i) the development and improvement of the theory of FDG (Hengeveld & Mackenzie 2008) and (ii) the publication of an edited volume on interfaces in FDG consisting of the papers discussed during the workshop. Previous workshops have all resulted in the publication of a special issue of a respected journal. To realize these aims, a special procedure is followed in the preparation and organization of the workshop.


Lucia Contreras García, Grammar in 4D
Avelino Corral Esteban, Voice and valency changing operations
Daniel García Velasco, Contextualism and Formulation in FDG
Riccardo Giomi, Reflexives and reciprocals
Kees Hengeveld & J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Interfaces in FDG
Evelien Keizer, High-level mismatches
Matthias Klumm, Discourse Markers in FDG and SFG
Hella Olbertz, Rhetorical questions
Marieke Olthof & Kees Hengeveld, Noun incorporation
M. Carmen Portero, English measurement constructions
Klaas Seinhorst , Phonology, phonetics and their interfaces
Thomas Schwaiger, Serial verb constructions
Elnora ten Wolde, Postmodal modifications in English

The topic

A matter of much concern in modular approaches to grammar is the interface conditions between levels of representation. It is generally assumed that a certain degree of compatibility is required among autonomous representations and that principles can be formulated that constrain grammar interfaces. The presentation of Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG) in Hengeveld and Mackenzie (2008) does not deal with interface conditions but the authors stress their importance for the future advancement of FDG. Although any contributions dealing with interfaces in FDG are welcome, the following list of topics may serve as an indication of the kind of issues that could be addressed:

1. Which conditions restrict the possible combinations of levels of representation?
2. Which correspondences between levels are necessary for a well-formed representation?
3. Which mismatches between levels are allowed in the grammar and which ones are not?
4. What are the differences between a modular and a derivational approach to grammar for the treatment of particular linguistic phenomena?
5. Are interface conditions universal or language-specific?
6. Which linguistic phenomena are better understood when the interaction between levels is taken into account?

Interfaces are particularly important when there are mismatches between levels. Without excluding the many other relevant phenomena, we list a number of such mismatches by way of example, organized by pairs of levels:

Interpersonal/Representational: zero anaphora, cross-reference.
Representational/Morphosyntactic: alignment and grammatical relations, fusion, incorporation, compounding.
Morphosyntactic/Phonological: morpho-phonological processes, cliticization.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the interaction between the four levels of representation in FDG from both a theoretical and an applied perspective. Contributions investigating any of the aforementioned topics are welcome. Representatives of other frameworks will be invited to provide feedback on these contributions such that the developments in comparable theories can be fully taken into account.

The workshop

During the workshop, each paper will be discussed in great detail during a number of chaired sessions. Contributors will be asked to react to the comments they have received on their paper, after which other participants can ask questions and make suggestions. The aim of this procedure is twofold: it will help to improve the final versions of the papers and it will allow us to create a unified set of papers, which will enhance the chances of publication as a special issue or a thematic volume.

Organizing Committee

Daniel García Velasco, chair (University of Oviedo)
Lucía Contreras García (University of Oviedo)
Ana Ojea (University of Oviedo)

Programme Committee

Daniel García Velasco, chair (University of Oviedo)
Lucía Contreras García, (University of Oviedo)
Kees Hengeveld (University of Amsterdam)

How to reach us

The email address for all matters related to the workshop is