Verbal Prefixes and Particles.


Theme Session / Workshop - Final call for Papers


At the 47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
11-14 September 2014 Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

The prefixes (preverbs, coverbs etc.) and particles (adpositions, intransitive prepositions etc.) associated with verbal constructions, such as those in the Slavic and Germanic languages, represent one of the most complex fields of linguistics. At once central to the aspectual system and verbal semantics, understanding their interdependent role in both the grammar and the lexicon is crucial to language description.

This theme session seeks to bring together empirical linguists working in the field of verbal prefixes and particles in Slavic and Germanic languages. The theme session is open to any theoretical orientation but will focus on empirical research.


A non-exclusive list of suggested areas include:

- Comparative and typological studies
- Studies on the interaction of aspect and Aktionsart
- Construction-based research
- Interaction of pragmatics and grammar
- Near-synonymy of prefixed verbs or verb + particle combinations
- Polysemy of prefixes and particles/prepositions
- Sociolinguistic and stylistic variation


For further information, email:

Agnieszka Będkowska-Kopczyk (
Dylan Glynn (
Lilli Parrott (


Mini-Abstracts / Statements of Intent:

Abstracts must be submitted twice. First a short abstract (300 words) will be submitted to the theme session convenors. A second a longer abstract (500 words) will be submitted to the conference itself next year.

The short pre-abstract is just to allow us to put together the submission for a theme session / workshop at the conference.


It is essential that the abstracts follow strict guideless for structure.

1. Introduce briefly the problem / question / hypothesis.

2. Summarise briefly the method / data

3. Summarise briefly the results or expected results.


Please submit mini abstracts in a modifiable file format such as .rft, .doc, .docx or .odt

Submit abstracts to the convenors mentioned above.



Short Abstract for theme session: 28nd Nov. 2013

Acceptance to theme session: 29th Nov. 2013

'Real' abstract for SLE: 15th Jan 2014

Acceptance to SLE: 31st March 2014