The Conference on Complex Predicates in Iranian Languages took place in Paris covering analyses of complex predicates in languages belonging to the Iranian language family, in a range of different frameworks including formal discussions, corpus linguistics, and historical approaches.
Conference Abstracts and Presentations
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Complex predicates are generally defined as predicates that are composed of more than one grammatical element (either morphemes or words), each of which contributes part of the information ordinarily associated with a single head.
The issues raised by complex predicates cut across various subfields of linguistics. Complex predicates show both phrasal and lexical properties and thus pose challenges for theories of word formation, the morphology-syntax interface, as well as lexical semantics. The interaction between predicate formation and argument structure is another important area of research.
In addition, the study of complex predicates has consequences for a theory of the syntax-phonology interface.
The purpose of the conference is to bring together those working on complex predicates in different Iranian languages in order to understand the similarities and differences within this language family and to discuss possible typologies, grammaticalization strategies, computational representations, problematic issues, and the merits of different approaches and analyses.