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International conference

Going Romance 2012
6-8 december 2012
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (KULeuven)

Workshop (8 december) “Cleft sentences in Romance and Germanic”

We are grateful to the following organisations for their financial support:

Call for papers

Key-note speakers

  • Christina Tortora (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
    Clausal domains and clitic placement generalizations in Romance
  • Manuel Leonetti (Universidad de Alcalá)
    Spanish VSX
  • Adriana Belletti (CISCL, Università degli Studi di Siena)
    Focussing on Clefts

Conference Description

Going Romance is the European conference series that focuses on Romance languages from the perspective of current linguistic theorizing. In the two decades of its existence, it has developed into the major European discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages where current ideas about language in general and about Romance languages in particular are discussed. This year, for the first time, the conference will be held in Belgium, at the KU Leuven.

The conference includes two days of general sessions, for which papers on all aspects and disciplines of Romance linguistics are invited, and a workshop “Cleft sentences in Romance and Germanic”. For the workshop, we invite contributions on cleft sentences in Romance, possibly, but not necessarily, in comparison with cleft sentences in Germanic. We explicitly welcome contributions from all types of theoretical frameworks. Questions to be addressed in the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Are there specific differences between cleft sentences in Romance and Germanic?
  • Which are the prosodic, semantic, information structural and syntactic properties of non-prototypical instances of clefts, such as presentational clefts?
  • To which extent do these non-prototypical instances of clefts challenge existing analyses of clefts, which are mostly based on it-clefts and their counterparts in other languages?
  • Are clefts best analyzed by integrating information structure in syntax (as in cartographic analyses) or by strictly eparating information structure and syntax?

All authors who present their work at the conference will be invited to submit their paper for the peer reviewed volume in the Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory series, published by John Benjamins.

Guidelines for abstract submission

  • Abstracts are invited for 25-minute presentations plus 10 minutes for discussion.
  • Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages, including references and examples, with margins of at least 1-inch (2.5 cm), Times New Roman font size 12, single spaced. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author.
  • Abstracts should be in English.
  • The anonymous abstracts should be anonymized and sent as e-mail attachments to, both in PDF and Word format.
  • Mention in the subject field: Abstract + {general session OR workshop} + last name + first name
  • Join separately a Word file containing: title, author's name and address, affiliation and e-mail address, and preference for general session or workshop.
  • Deadline for submission = July 17th, 2012

Guidelines for posters

Poster walls measure 100 x 200 cm. We suggest you use a maximum width of 90 cm for your poster. Please bring tape for fixing the poster on the board. Pushpins can not be used.

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Important dates

  • July 17, 2012: deadline for abstract submission (by e-mail)
  • Sept 9, 2012: notification of acceptance
  • Nov 15, 2012: deadline for registration
  • Dec 6-8, 2012: conference

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Scientific committee

We would like to thank the following linguists for their willingness to take part in the abstract review process. Without their invaluable contribution, our conference would not be possible.

Cecilia AndornoUniversità degli Studi di Torino
Paola BenincàUniversità degli Studi di Padova
Claire BeyssadeCNRS-ENS-EHESS
Giuliano BocciUniversity of Geneva
Norah BonehHebrew University of Jerusalem
Victoria Camacho TaboadaUniversidad de Sevilla
Carlo CecchettoUniversità di Milano-Bicocca
Bert CornillieUniversity of Leuven
Joao CostaUniversidade Nova de Lisboa
Claudia CroccoUniversity of Gent
Lieven DanckaertUniversity of Ghent – GIST
Kristin DavidseKU Leuven
Cécile De CatUniversity of Leeds
Anna-Maria De CesareUniversity of Basel
Nicole DelbecqueUniversity of Leuven
Violeta DemonteConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales
Elwys De StefaniUniversity of Leuven
Caterina DonatiSapienza University of Rome
Frank DrijkoningenUiL OTS Utrecht University
Andreas DufterLMU München
Ricardo EtxepareIKER/CNRS
Donka FarkasUniversity of California Santa Cruz
Olga Fernández SorianoUniversidad Autónoma de Madrid
Irene FrancoLeiden University - LUCL
Ángel J. GallegoUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Liliane HaegemanUniversity Ghent – GIST
Caroline HeycockUniversity of Edinburgh
Dany JaspersCRISSP HUBrussel FormL KULeuven
Angel Jiménez-FernándezUniversidad de Sevilla
Ellen-Petra KesterUniversity of Utrecht
Christopher LaenzlingerUniversity of Geneva
Karen LahousseUniversity of Leuven
Béatrice LamiroyUniversity of Leuven
Bert Le BruynUniversity Utrecht
Stefania MarzoUniversity of Leuven
Benjamin MassotLMU München
Ignazio Mauro MirtoUniversità di Palermo
Amaya MendikoetxeaUniversidad Autónoma de Madrid
Gemma Rigau Centre de Lingüística Teòrica, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Carlo Enrico RoggiaUniversité de Genève - Universität Basel
Johan RooryckLeiden University - LUCL
Jan SchrotenUiL OTS Utrecht University
Ioanna SitaridouUniversity of Cambridge, Queens' College
Petra SleemanUniversiteit van Amsterdam
Hans SmessaertKU Leuven
Gabriela SoareUniversity of Geneva
Jacopo TorregrossaUniversità di Verona
Vidal Valmala Elguea University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU)
Jeroen van CraenenbroeckCRISSP HUBrussel
Guido Vanden WyngaerdHUB-CRISSP/KU Leuven
Marleen VanpeteghemUniversity of Ghent
Dieter VermandereUniversity of Antwerp
Leo WetzelsVrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Local organizing committee


  • Karen Lahousse
  • Stefania Marzo
  • Piet Mertens


  • Béatrice Lamiroy
  • Tom Velghe
  • Nicole Delbecque
  • Bert Cornillie
  • Elwys De Stefani
  • Claudia Crocco (Univ. Ghent)
  • Dieter Vermandere (Univ. Antwerp)
  • Claire Meul
  • Veerle Hompes
  • Kristien Wuytack
  • Gaétan de Saint Moulin
  • Natalia Pericchi

Research Unit French, Italian and Comparative Linguistics (Franitalco)
Research Group Cognitive and Applied Spanish Linguistics
Information on Going Romance in general


For any further question, please contact us by e-mail:

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Conference programme

The final program is available here.

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Faculty of Arts
Blijde-Inkomststraat 21
3000 Leuven
Justus Lipsius zaal (Level 8, 9th floor, Room 08.16)

Click here to find a map with the Location of the faculty in the city of Leuven.
When you leave the railway station, the Faculty is just one kilometer away. Take the main street (Bondgenotenlaan) that faces the railway station and the monument. After a few minutes you will pass by the statue of Justus Lipsius. Take the second street on your left behind the statue and continue up Leopold I straat. After 400m you'll reach Ladeuzeplein, a wide open square with the university's main library on your left. The street (Arendstraat) to the left of the library leads you to a small square called Erasmusplein. Here you see a parking space with some trees. The faculty is the huge greyish building just behind it.

Travel advice

Leuven is situated on the main railways lines crossing Belgium. Leuven can be reached with a direct train (about 15 minutes) from the airport Brussels-National Airport (airport code BRU). Check timetables for the train at this website.

If you fly into Charleroi Airport ("Brussels South", airport code CLR), there is a bus service to the railway station Brussel Zuid (Bruxelles Midi). From Brussels there are direct trains to Leuven (approx. 30 mins). You can consult the NMBS website for timetables.

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Conference Dinner

The conference dinner, with a typically Belgian menu, will be organized on Friday evening at the restaurant De Troubadour, in the center of Leuven and at walking distance from the conference site and most hotels. If you want to join us for the dinner, please mention that, as well as your menu choice (vegetarian or not) in the e-mail you send us to inscribe yourself. Payment will be done on spot.

Menu (38 euros)


Pumpkin soup

Flemish beef stew with French fries
/ Vegetarian vidé with French fries
/ Salmon with mousseline and French fries

Apple pie with ice cream and whipped cream
/ Dame blanche (vanilla ice cream with hot chocolate sauce)


Wine and water included

Please indicate your choice for meat, fish or vegetarian dish at the registration (thursday morning).


Conference fee

  • 90 euros, for payments made before November 15, 2012, following the procedure below.
  • 110 euros, for payments made after November 15, 2012.


1. Please send an email to the email address of the congress with the following information :

  • Title, First name, Last name
  • email address
  • Affiliation
  • Postal address, Zip code, City, Country
  • Private address, if payment made from your private bank account
  • Conference dinner: yes/no. Vegetarian: yes/no.

2. Make the payment either by bank transfer or by credit card

2a. Bank transfer. Please use the following bank account :

  • (in Belgium): 734-0066603-70, Account owner: KULeuven, Name of bank: KBC
  • (international):
    IBAN = BE60 7340 0666 0370

indicating the following structured reference code : 400/0007/01065 and the name of the participant.

It is absolutely essential that you provide this reference in the payment, otherwise the payment will get lost.

2a. Credit card. Please use this link, and indicate the name of the participant.

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Leuven offers a broad range of accommodation possibilities, including hotels, bed & breakfasts and hostels. Please make reservations directly with the hotel of your choice, or using a website such as

For an overview of hotels in Leuven, please visit the webpage of the Leuven Tourist Office.

The following hotels, as well as the youth hostel, are all within walking distance of the conference site or the railway station.

  • Near the faculty
    • Binnenhof
    • Theaterhotel
    • Mercure
  • Near the railway station
    • Park Inn
    • Etap
    • Industrie
    • La Royale
    • Mille Colonnes
    • Jeugdherberg De Blauwput (Youth hostel)
  • In the city
    • Kloosterhotel
    • De Biestpoort
    • Ibis hotel
    • New Damshire

Copy center and printing shops

  • Alkam Copy De Raaf
    Ravenstraat 25, 3000 Leuven
  • Alpha Copy BVBA
    Tiensestraat 89, 3000 Leuven
  • Saenen Exclusive/Color Planet
    Tiensestraat 118, 3000 Leuven
  • Printing Shop Copy Centers
    Vlamingenstraat 2, 3000 Leuven
  • Color Image BVBA
    Naamsesteenweg 9, 3001 Heverlee (Leuven)

Restaurants near the conference venue

A selection of restaurants near the faculty building.

Website: Piet Mertens