Workshop on Linguistic Variation at the Interfaces II

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
November 18th-19th, 2021

Research project:Microparameter networks in Romance Variation (FFI2017-87140-C4-1-P), Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades


The main aim of this workshop is to widen our understanding of the empirical phenomena displaying linguistic variation, their relevance for the design of the overall grammatical architecture and the current status of parameter-based perspectives on variation.

Descriptive-formal generative approaches to variation are founded on the hypothesis that language variation is channeled by an input-based decision-making process leading to a cascade of binary options (parameters), ultimately yielding a network. Typically, such approaches offer a rather limited scenario of networks (cf. Baker 2008, Biberauer & Roberts 2015, a.o.), whose complexity may reflect constraints imposed to the Faculty of Language, be these of the 3rd Factor type (cf. Chomsky 2005) or anchored to the various interfaces. This relatively wide view allows us to address both language “variation” and language “contact” among phylogenetically and non-phylogenetically related varieties in a comprehensive fashion.

Invited Speakers

Roberta D’Alessandro
Utrecht University

Ricardo Etxepare

Isabel Oltra-Massuet
Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Michelle Sheehan
Anglia Ruskin University



Ángel J. Gallego (UAB)
Jaume Mateu (UAB)
Luis Eguren (UAM)
Olga Fernández Soriano (UAM)
Isabel Pujol (UdG)
Francesc Roca (UdG)
Cristina Sánchez López (UCM)

Workshop webpage