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.

Procedure and deadlines:

15 January 2019: deadline for submission of an extended abstract (around 1500 words or four pages). Abstracts have to be directly related to the topic of the workshop (see below). Only one abstract will be accepted per author (with the exception of co-authored abstracts). Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by the members of the programme committee. The abstract should provide sufficient detail to assess the contents of the paper that will be based on it.
15 February 2019: authors will be informed of the outcome of the selection procedure. Authors of selected abstracts will be added to a closed discussion list, to provide a platform for sharing and exchanging ideas, suggestions, data, etc.
1 July 2019: complete first drafts due. Each draft will be reviewed by three other participants of the workshop and will be read by the remaining participants in preparation of the workshop.
1 September 2019: internal reviews due. Comments will be collected/summarized by the editors and will be distributed among the participants in the workshop.
12-13 September 2019: each paper will be discussed in detail during the workshop in a number of chaired sessions.

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 abstract

Anyone interested in participating in the workshop is kindly requested to let us know as soon as possible (at, so that we know at an early stage how many participants we may expect. Extended abstracts (1500 words or four pages) on the aforementioned general topic need to be submitted by 15 January 2019 to Please note that by sending in an abstract you express your willingness to take part not only in the workshop but also in the various preparatory activities specified above.

The workshop

During the workshops, 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.


We are at the moment applying for funds in order to provide some financial support for participants in the workshop. Although we are hopeful that we will be able to obtain some funding, we recommend that participants do not refrain from applying for funding from their own universities or research organizations when they see an opportunity to do so.


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