The general topic of the symposium is complex sentences, in particular coordination and subordination, their grammar and pragmatics. Complex sentences can be formed using various structural means. Conjunctions, particles, various case marking systems, juxtaposition, and non-finite forms are typical means used to indicate coordination and subordination. The methods used in forming complex sentence structures vary between languages. Indeed in one and the same language, several methods can be used side by side. One goal of the symposium is to investigate the complexity of structural means used to express coordination and subordination in the languages spoken in Europe and northern and central Asia, as well as the historical development of different strategies.
In coordinating structure, two conjuncts are hierarchically at the same level, in a whole-whole equivalence relation, whereas in subordination, the juncts are in a whole-part relationship, and in most cases, one of the juncts is embedded. Complexity and cohesion of grammatical relationships in coordinating and subordinating structures, and the dynamics and variety in syntactic relationships caused by discourse-pragmatic reasons forms another main goal of the symposium. Special attention will be given to the different kinds of theoretical and methodological approaches used in investigating complex syntactic structures.