Welcome to the 47° Incontro di Grammatica Generativa

47° Incontro di Grammatica Generativa

Dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche (DISUM)

Università di Catania

February 24-26, 2022

The Incontro di Grammatica Generativa is the annual Italian conference on generative linguistics, now at its 47th edition. IGG47 will be hosted in a blended format by the Department of Humanities (DISUM) of the University of Catania , from 24 to 26 February 2022 .

For the main conference, we invite abstracts for 30-minute talks (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussion) or for posters on any topic related to generative grammar, from a theoretical and/or experimental perspective.

In addition to the main conference, there will be a satellite workshop on ”Language and migration”. The official language is English.

Invited speakers

Main conference

  • Adriana Belletti (Università di Siena)
  • Giuliana Giusti (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
  • Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS; New York University)


  • Roberta D’Alessandro (Universiteit Utrecht)

Call for Papers

Main conference

For the general conference, we invite abstracts for 30-minute talks (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussion) and for posters on any topic related to generative grammar, from a theoretical and/or experimental perspective. The official language is English.

Workshop: Language and Migration (February 24th 2022)

Migration is crucial to repertoire modification and language change. Recent advances in (micro)contact analysis can be usefully integrated with the study of synchronic and diachronic corpora and with evidence from typological, comparative and historical linguistics.

We decided to dedicate the workshop of the 47th IGG to these issues, which also tie nicely with the research themes developed at the hosting department DISUM within the frame of the interdisciplinary project MigrAIre.

In particular, the following questions will be addressed:

  • To what extent is it possible to predict the output of linguistic contact on the basis of cognitive, structural, geographical, social and cultural factors?
  • What is the weight of (i) the differences between the languages in contact and (ii) the duration of their coexistence in the same area?

Such an integrated approach can give us the opportunity to address these questions and also shed new light on more general aspects of human language, language acquisition/L2 learning and interaction between the components of grammar. Submissions are invited on issues related to language and migration along the lines indicated above, from both theoretical and applied perspectives.

The workshop will take place in the morning of February 24th. The official language of the workshop is English.

Instructions for Submission

Authors may be involved in at most two abstracts and may be the sole author of at most one abstract. Please specify, in the “abstract” field of the submission form, (i) whether you are submitting an abstract for the general conference, for the workshop, or for both; and (ii) whether you have a preference for either oral or poster presentation. Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages (12-point, Times New Roman, single line spacing, 2.5cm margins) including examples, tables, references.

Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=igg47

Submission deadline: December 6th 2021

Notification of acceptance: January 15th 2022

Deadline for confirmation: January 20th 2022


(Central European Time)

Thursday 24 February 2022

Greetings – Gaetano Lalomia, Deputy Head of the Department of Humanities
 Workshop on “Language and migration” (Chair: Salvatore Menza)  
9.30Keynote speaker: ROBERTA D’ALESSANDRO, Predicting the output of language contact: the view from microcontact
10.30Andrea Ceolin, Guido Cordoni, Cristina Guardiano, Monica Irimia, Dimitar Kazakov, Giuseppe Longobardi and Giuseppina Silvestri, Who likes to travel alone? Movements of populations and languages across Eurasia
11.30Zetao Xu, Optionality: an output of language contact (online)
12.00Caterina Tasinato and Emanuela Sanfelici, Word Order and Auxiliary Selection in L1 Italian and L1 French L2 Italian: two sides of the same coin? (online)
12.30Roberta Spelorzi, Giuditta Smith, Antonella Sorace and Maria Garraffa, Generational attrition: first language attriters and heritage speakers on production of Italian clitic pronouns (online)


Lunch Break
 Session 1  (Chair: Ilaria Frana)


Keynote Speaker: PHILIPPE SCHLENKER, Icono-logical Semantics.
16.00Coffee break + Poster Session 1


Francesca Foppolo and Martina Abbondanza, RC-attachment preferences in Italian: the effect of number, gender and animacy
17.30Caterina Marino, Carline Bernard and Judit Gervain, Word frequency is a cue to lexical category for 8-month-old infants (online)
18.00Justine Mertz, Giuseppina Turco and Carlo Geraci, Categorical Perception in French Sign Language (LSF)

Friday 25 February 2022

 Session 2 (Chair: Jan Casalicchio)
9.00Ekaterina Georgieva, Emerging Ds, possessives and partitives: evidence from Meadow Mari (online)
9.30Silvia Terenghi, Integrating deictic co-speech gestures in demonstratives
Paola Crisma, Cristina Guardiano and Giuseppe Longobardi, Case at the interfaces: Genitive and beyond
10.30Coffee Break + Poster Session 2


Keynote Speaker: GIULIANA GIUSTI, 7 types of definite article in Italian  
13.00Lunch break  
 Session 3 (Chair: Carlo Cecchetto)
15.00Michela Ippolito, Francesca Foppolo and Francesca Panzeri, Does the mano a tulipano gesture mark non-canonical questions? 
15.30Charlotte Hauser and Caterina Donati, The link between question, clefts and free-relatives: answers from SL data
Michela Ippolito, Expanding the inventory of biased questions (online)


Tommaso Balsemin and Cecilia Poletto. Meaningless movements? NP reversal in Old Italian as a window into the DP phase (online)
17.30Irina Burukina, Nominal predication in periphrastic perfect  (online)


Business Meeting + Fondazione Marica de Vincenzi Award
20.30Social Dinner (ristorante Be Quiet, via Monte Sant’Agata 6, Catania)

Saturday 26 February 2022

 Session 4 (Chair: Giuliana Giusti)
9.00Katerina Thomopoulou and Ángel J. Gallego, Constraints on V-IO-DO and V-S-DO in Romance IOs as “VP Subjects”: A Labeling Theory approach
9.30Emanuela Sanfelici, Sira Rodeghiero and Jacopo Garzonio, On the attachment site of adverbial causal clauses in Italian (online)
Rita Manzini, Left-Right asymmetries in Romance adjectives (online)


Keynote speaker: ADRIANA BELLETTI, Theoretical implications and the role of acquisition results
12.00Veronica Bressan, Scalar implicatures like object A’-dependencies: feature inclusion in early grammars
Nicola D’Antuono, The syntax and semantics of Irish Demonic Negation (online)
13.00Concluding Remarks

Poster Session 1

Giulia Bettelli, Maria Teresa Guasti and Fabrizio Arosio, The effectiveness of morphosyntactic priming in early L2 Italian children

Gioia Cacchioli. The Tigrinya zə- prefix: a morphological reflex of successive-cyclic movement

Chiara Dal Farra, Silvia Silleresi, Artemis Alexiadou, Maria Teresa Guasti and Uli Sauerland, The uses of clitic si in Child Italian: a corpus study

Filippo Domaneschi, Bianca Cepollaro and Isidora Stojanovic, Literally “a jerk”. An experimental study of the semantics of negative expressives

Caterina Donati and Carlo Cecchetto, What is the head of a sentence? Problem solved!

Laure Ermacora, Rime-elision and liaison in Francoprovençal: How syntax conditions phonology

Paolo Morosi and M.Teresa Espinal, Di+art, Specificity and Islandhood

Poster Session 2

Maria Garraffa, Charlotte Kershaw and Valentina Brunetto, ‘To be’ or not ‘to be’: An analysis of copula omission in patients with Broca’s aphasia

Janek Guerrini, “Seem like a N” constructions and genericity

Marloes Oomen, Carlo Geraci and Mirko Santoro, Neg-raising in three sign languages

Ur Shlonsky, Bantu inversion: How “low” focus movement and smuggling circumvent Relative Minimality violations

Elisa Maria Stellino and Yves D’Hulst, The syntactic and semantic puzzle of nominal reduplication in Sicilian

Elena Fornasiero, Classifiers as DOM? A preliminary analysis of object marking in LIS (online)

Isabel Crespí, On the event structure of resultative verbs: evidence from passives (online)

Ion Tudor Giurgea, Article drop in Romanian, a Case-based account (online)

Yangyu Sun and Wenli Tang, When Sentence-Final Particles are not Final: Right Dislocation as Evidence Against a Last Resort Analysis (online)

Natasha Kasher and Aviya Hacohen, Even Russian perfective accomplishments don’t always denote event culmination: Evidence from psycholinguistics (online)

Alternate Speakers:

Caterina Donati and Carlo Cecchetto, What is the head of a sentence? Problem solved!

Isabel Crespí, On the event structure of resultative verbs: evidence from passives


Please use the link below to register to IGG47. Registration is free of charge, but necessary to attend the conference (whether on-line or in-person). If you register for ‘online attendance’, you will receive a link and instructions on how to connect to the conference. Please note that all talks will be streamed, whereas for the posters only those marked as ‘online’. The posters that will be presented during the in-session poster session will not be streamed. 


Covid 19-measures

In order to comply with COVID-19 safety measures imposed by the Minister of Health, access to all indoor spaces (included the conference site) is granted only to people with ’super green pass’ (a digital vaccination certificate proving that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid 19). Please note that a filtering face piece mask (FFP2) must be worn at all times at the conference site.

For more information regarding travelers from abroad please check the government site:


Organizing committee

Rita Abbamonte

Valentina Bianchi

Anna Cardinaletti

Silvio Cruschina

Jan Casalicchio

Vincenzo Nicolò Di Caro

Tiziana Emmi

Ilaria Frana

Salvatore Menza

Luigi Rizzi

Iride Valenti

Contact person

Salvatore Menza (info AT igg47.it)

Local organizing team: Marilena Adamo, Serena Di Muni, Thea Faro, Ottaviana La Rosa, Roberto Indovina


Dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche (DISUM), Piazza Dante 32, I-95124, Catania, Italy.

Aula Magna “Santo Mazzarino”



  • From the airport: Bus Autolinee Urbane AMT “ALIBUS” – toll-free number 800 018 696 – www.amt.ct.it. First journey from the airport at 4.40 (regular journeys every 25 minutes until 24.00).
  • From the Central Station: take bus 902, get off at Via Vittorio Emanuele, past the Roman Theatre; then walk from Via Quartarone to Piazza Dante.
  • From Piazza Borsellino: take bus 503 and get off at Piazza Dante.

BY SUBWAY from the Central Station: get off at “Stesicoro” stop, then walk south along Via Etnea until it crosses Via A. di Sangiuliano; then, turn right and continue along Via A. di Sangiuliano towards Piazza Dante (journey time: 10 minutes).

TAXI: tel: 095 330966


There is no designated conference hotel.
Here is a short list of possible accommodation (we make no claims regarding quality and availability)

Dimora De Mauro ****
Via Gesualdo Clementi 5
95124 Catania
Tel: +39 095 7159270 | 335 8112939
Email: reception@dimorademauro.com
Website: https://www.dimorademauro.com/

La Collegiata ***
Via Vasta 10
95126 Catania
Tel: +39 315256
Email: info@lacollegiata.com
Website: https://www.lacollegiata.com/

Crociferi B&B ***
Via Crociferi 81
95124 Catania
Tel: +39 095 7152266
Email: info@bbcrociferi.it
Website: https://www.bbcrociferi.it

Liberty Hotel ****
Via San Vito 40
95124 Catania
Tel: +39 095 311651
Email: info@libertyhotel.it
Website: https://www.libertyhotel.it/

Gattopardo House ***
Via Minoriti 10
95124 Catania
Tel: +39 095 5186129
Email: info@gattopardohouse.com
Website: https://gattopardoroomscatania.it

Best Western Hotel Mediterraneo ***
Via Dottor Consoli 27
95124 Catania
Tel: +39 095 325330
Email: info@hotelmediterraneoct.com
Website: https://www.hotelmediterraneoct.com

Marica De Vincenzi Award

As in previous editions of IGG, the Fondazione Marica De Vincenzi ONLUS will offer an award of € 500 to the best paper selected and presented at the IGG47 by an Italian researcher without a tenure-track position.

Eligible candidates must be of Italian nationality (but can reside anywhere), and must be first authors of a paper accepted and presented at IGG47.

All interested parties meeting the requirements are requested to specify their intention to compete for the award) by sending an email to the conference address by 3rd February 2022 providing an additional text describing their research (maximum 2 pages, same format as for the IGG abstract).