Monserrat Martínez Vázquez delivered a lecture on the syntax and semantics of reaction object constructions (Levin 1993) in English and Spanish. These structures include non-subcategorised objects which express a reaction which is realised by means of the verbal action (Pauline smiled her thanks = ‘Pauline expressed her thanks by smiling’).
The Second ELC International Postgraduate Conference on English Linguistics (ELC2) was held at the University of Vigo (Spain) on 30-31 October 2009. The objective of the conference was to provide linguistics postgraduate students with an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting.
The First Vigo-Newcastle-Santiago-Leuven Workshop on ‘The Structure of the Noun Phrase in English: Synchronic and Diachronic Explorations’ (NP1) was held at the University of Vigo (Spain) on 2-3 October 2009.
Gert Webelhuth taught a seminar on "Sign-based Construction Grammar: an overview and application", by invitation of the LVTC research group, in which he introduced the philosophy underlying the constructional approaches and described Sign-based Construction Grammar.
Liliane Haegeman conducted the seminar “Cartography, intervention and the left periphery in English”, in which she paid attention to the revision of Rizzi’s cartography as well as to consequences which the placement of adverbials has for the syntax of the clause.
Prof Bas Aarts (Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at the Department of English Language and Literature, University College London) kindly accepted our invitation to conduct a seminar on "Mixed constructions in English" in May 2007.
Prof Hubert Cuyckens, professor of English language and linguistics at the University of Leuven (Functional Linguistics Leuven Research Group), visited the LVTC research unit and taught the research seminar "Aspect of clause complementation in English" at the University of Vigo in November 2006.