• 23 mai 2024 > 24 mai 2024
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Workshop announcement

The Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes (LLING) will host a 2-day workshop on "Syntactic expletives and (non-)compositionality" at Nantes Université on 23-24 May 2024.


The workshop is devoted to syntactic expletives in a broad sense, that is any morphosyntactically realized material that can be treated as semantically empty, or only weakly contentful. The talks will address the following questions, among others:

  • What are some criteria for deciding if an element is semantically bleached/empty?
  • How can varying degrees of semantic contentfulness be handled empirically and theoretically?
  • How do models of the syntax/semantics interface that are canonically compositional accommodate syntactic elements that are not fully interpreted?

Invited speakers

  • Elena Anagnostopoulou (University of Crete)
  • Ash Asudeh (University of Rochester)
  • Uli Sauerland (ZAS Berlin)
  • Hedde Zeijlstra (University of Göttingen)


Click here for the workshop program.


Nantes Université Campus Tertre
Room C248, bâtiment Censive (building #12 on this map)


If you would like to attend the workshop in person, or participate via Zoom, or for any further information, please send an e-mail to
Mis à jour le 18 mai 2024.