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Existential constructions:
An investigation into the Italo-Romance dialects

         Manchester Symposium on Existentials

28-29 June 2012


The research team of the AHRC-funded project Existential constructions: An investigation into the Italo-Romance dialects is pleased to announce the Manchester Symposium on Existentials, which will take place at the University of Manchester on 28-29 June 2012.

Despite receiving a great deal of attention in the specialist literature, existential constructions still raise a number of important questions. The Symposium aims to create a platform for discussion of existential constructions in a cross-linguistic perspective. All theoretical approaches are welcome. The keynote speakers will be:

Itamar Francez, University of Chicago
Andrew Koontz-Garboden, University of Manchester


Abstracts are invited for 20-minute presentations, followed by 10 minutes discussion time, on any aspect of existential constructions in natural languages. Authors are asked to submit their abstracts by email to: francescomaria.ciconte@manchester.ac.uk

Abstracts should not exceed one A4 page in length, 12pt type, and must be anonymous. Please, include the following information in the body of your email message: 1. Name(s) of author(s); 2. Affiliation(s); 3. E-mail address(es); 4. Title of the abstract.

Abstracts should be submitted no later than 15 March 2012; notification of acceptance will be received by 31 March 2012.


Registration is free, but those wishing to attend, whether presenting or not, should send an email to silvio.cruschina@manchester.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Organisers and Contacts
Delia Bentley (delia.bentley@manchester.ac.uk)
Francesco Maria Ciconte (francescomaria.ciconte@manchester.ac.uk)
Silvio Cruschina (silvio.cruschina@manchester.ac.uk)