Virtual Workshop

Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing travel restrictions, we have converted this event into an online event. All talks and the poster session will take place on 11-12 December 2020 in a virtual format.

Details on how to participate will be announced shortly.


The Department of Romance Studies of the University of Vienna is happy to announce that the workshop ‘Empirical Research on Portuguese’ will be held virtually on 11-12 December 2020. In recent years, empirical questions are becoming more and more central in many areas of linguistic research. The empirical testing of theoretical predictions and the empirical deduction of hypotheses are no longer merely a possibility, they are starting to become a necessity. This is no longer only true for empirically oriented fields, even in theories that traditionally relied on introspection, the trend of taking methodological and empirical questions in consideration is gathering pace. This development offers great potential but also confronts us linguists with new challenges.

The aim of the workshop is to put a focus on empirical approaches to the study of Portuguese. The goals are to address the advantages and disadvantages of established empirical methods and to discuss how Portuguese linguistics can profit from the combination of methods and other novel approaches that up until today have not been used extensively for the study of this language. The workshop will feature talks on topics ranging from corpus to experimental linguistics by the following speakers:

  • Ana Maria Martins (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Esther Rinke (Universität Frankfurt)
  • Alina Villalva (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Albert Wall (Universität Wien)
  • Carmen Widera (Universität Konstanz)
  • Ernestina Carrilho (Universidade de Lisboa) (cancelled)

Call for Posters

The workshop will additionally feature a poster session. We invite abstract submissions for poster presentation addressing a topic of Portuguese grammar from an empirical perspective. Please upload your anonymous two-page abstract (A4, 2.5cm margins on all side, 12pt font) on Easyabs.  Abstracts can be submitted in Portuguese or English. The highest rated abstract among those selected will be awarded a spot for oral presentation. Please state in your abstract if you do not wish to be considered for oral presentation.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission for posters: 16 October 2020 (extended)
  • Decision on poster acceptance: 31 October 2020  6 November 2020
  • The workshop will take place on 11-12 December 2020, online, hosted in Vienna, Austria