CoCoLaC symposium at Metsätalo


Mechanisms of clause linking: Theoretical and typological perspectives

Helsinki, Tuesday 23 August 2016

Clause linking, or the ability to combine multiple predications into one grammatically complex whole, is an essential aspect of mature and efficient language use and has been studied widely from both a typological and a (first or foreign) language acquisition perspective. In this context, the research groups CLIN / Multi-L (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) and CoCoLaC (University of Helsinki, Finland) co-organize a one-day symposium called Mechanisms of clause linking: Theoretical and typological perspectives.

It wishes to unite research from both strands by focusing on different mechanisms of clause linking in a variety of target languages, whether from an acquisitional point of view or not. This will, hopefully, allow junior as well as senior researchers to share their methods and findings, and possibly provide an interesting contrastive view of clause linking across a wide span of languages. The plenary speaker will be prof. dr. Georges Daniel Véronique from the Université Aix-Marseille (France).

We would like to invite you to join us for this one-day symposium, to take place on Tuesday 23 August 2016 at the University of Helsinki (Metsätalo, lecture hall 7). Participation is free of charge, yet we kindly ask you to register before 20 August 2016 by sending an e-mail to or

The schedule is as follows:

9.00 – 9.15

Welcoming words

9.15 – 10.15

Plenary session: Referential domains, informational structure and clause combining in French L2 narratives
prof. dr. Daniel Véronique (Université Aix-Marseille)

10.15 – 10.45

The development of clause linking in L2 French and English: A Role and Reference Grammar perspective
dr. Manon Buysse (Vrije Universiteit Brussel & University of Helsinki)

10.45 – 11.05

Coffee break

11.05 – 11.35

The lexis-grammar interface as breeding ground for innovations: Verbcomplementation in second language varieties of English
Samantha Laporte (Université Catholique de Louvain)

11.35 – 12.05

Clause limits, clause linkage and the lexicon: An example from Swedish as a foreign language
Martje Wijers (Ghent University)

12.05 – 14.00

lunch break

14.00 – 14.30

Connector-usage in Finnish learners’ L2 Swedish at CEFR-levels A1, A2 and B1 from a systemic-functional perspective
Veijo Vaakanainen (University of Turku)

14.30 – 15.00

Finnish causal connectives and their French translation equivalents
Mikko Haule (University of Helsinki)

15.00 – 15.30

Subordinate modal verbs construing interclausal cohesion: The case of pouvoir (‘can’) in French and pitää (‘should / have to’) in Finnish
dr. Rea Peltola (Université de Caen)

15.30 – 16.00

Discussion and concluding remarks