Workshop on Aspect in Embedded Clauses


May 11th and 12th, 2015

Invited Speakers:

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
Atle Grønn (University of Oslo)


Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin


The aim of the workshop is to explore the special behavior of aspect (broadly construed) in embedded contexts. The presentations at the workshop will investigate how embedding affects and constrains the marking of aspectual distinctions and the interpretation of aspectual categories, both relative to the matrix clause and in general.

A great deal of work has been done on the special properties of embedded clauses with respect to tense -- e.g. on sequence-of-tense phenomena, double-access readings and the restricted marking and interpretation of tense in various types of non-finite clauses -- but relatively little has been done specifically on how aspect interacts with clausal embedding. However, it is clear that patterns of interest, in part parallel to those exhibited by tense, are found here as well. E.g., just as tense marking and interpretation are restricted in non-finite clauses, at least some such clauses disallow marking of aspectual distinctions, and others place restrictions on the Aktionsart of their main predicate. Furthermore, in languages with rich aspectual systems, aspect marking in embedded clauses plays a crucial role in determining temporal and event-structural relationships between matrix and embedded eventualities.