Monday 16 March 2015


09.30-10.00  Thórhallur Eythórsson (University of Iceland) & Jóhanna Barðdal (UGent)

How to identify cognates in syntax? Taking Watkins’ legacy one step further

10.00-10.30  Michael Frotscher (UGent)

Explaining the ʻgiveʼ – ʻtakeʼ alternation in the Indo-European languages

10.30-11.00  Alwin Kloekhorst (Leiden University)

The Anatolian and the Proto-Indo-European stop systems




11.30-12.00  Leonid Kulikov (UGent)

The early Vedic particle gha and its Slavic cognates: evidence for grammaticalization paths of causal and consecutive connectors

12.00-12.30  Tatsiana Nikitsenka (UGent)

Regular semantic shifts in pragmatically-marked words

12.30-13.00  Esther Le Mair (UGent)

Non-canonical subject marking in Old Irish


Lunch (registration required)


14.00-14.30  Jóhanna Barðdal (UGent), Carlee Arnett (UCDavis), Stephen Mark Carey (UMMorris), Thórhallur Eythórsson (University of Iceland), Gard B. Jenset (Oxford University), Guus Kroonen (Copenhagen University) & Adam Oberlin (The   Lynsley School)

Dative Subjects in Germanic: A computational analysis of lexical semantic verb classes across time and space

14.30-15.00  Ulrike Verdonck & Miriam Taverniers (UGent)

Spontaneous event marking in Swedish from a diachronic perspective

15.00-15.30  Anne Breitbarth (UGent)

Exceptive negation in Middle Low German




16.00-16.30  Ritsuko Kikusawa (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)

More on identifying cognate structures: comparing applicative systems in Austronesian languages

16.30-17.00  Laurie Reid (University of Hawai’i)

Language-contact diffusion and the position of Iraya among Philippine languages




17.10-17.40  Doesjka Tilkin (UGent)

Runic inscriptions containing Latin: some preliminary finds

17.40-18.10  Giovanni Galdi (UGent)

On the ‘perspective’ use of incipio + infinitive in Imperial Latin


Reception (registration required)




Tuesday 17 March 2015


09.30-10.00  Lucien van Beek (Leiden University)

The palatalization of labiovelars in Greek: new etymological evidence

10.00-10.30  Filip De Decker (Ludwig Maximilians University Munich)

The augment in epic and lyric poetry: Homer, Hesiod and Pindar

10.30-11.00  Mark Janse (UGent)

What women want: speaking names, talking birds and other obscure obscenities in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata




11.30-12.00  Serena Danesi (University of Bergen)

The distribution of subject properties in Ancient Greek

12.00-12.30  Klaas Bentein (UGent)

Minor complementation patterns in Post-Classical and Byzantine Greek: a socio-historical approach

12.30-13.00  Metin Bağrıaçık (UGent): Ki as a spurious complementizer in Pharasiot Greek


Lunch (registration required)


14.00-14.30  Brian D. Joseph (Ohio State University)

Hybridization in language contact

14.30-15.00  Timothy Colleman (UGent)

On semantic shifts in Dutch and Afrikaans ditransitive constructions (and why construction grammarians should care)



Guided Tour