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Full Title: Switch Reference, State of the Art and Where to Go from Here?

Location: Split, Croatia
Start Date: 18-Sep-2013 - 21-Sep-2013
Contact: Rik van Gijn
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Switch Reference, State of the Art and Where to Go from Here?
46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
Conveners: Rik van Gijn (University of Zürich), Jeremy Hammond (MPI Nijmegen), Robert D. Van Valin (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf & MPI Nijmegen)

Next year it will be 30 years since the publication of John Haiman & Pam Munro's seminal book Switch reference and universal grammar. Since its publication, many new studies of switch reference in different languages have been published, which have confirmed, but more often criticized or expanded Haiman & Munro's findings. Nevertheless, Haiman & Munro's (1983) collection of papers is in many ways still *the* reference work on the topic. In part, this confirms the strength of the book, but in part it is also the result of the fact that no similar descriptive edited volume, with up-to-date information has ever been published since Switch reference and universal grammar. Monographs on the topic (e.g. Stirling 1993, Finer 1984) or with large components on the topic (e.g. Foley & Van Valin 1984, Van Valin & LaPolla 1997, Kibrick 2011) are written from the perspective of particular theories. Although we do not want to diminish in any way the value of these publications, we believe it is time for a descriptive update of Haiman & Munro (1983). We would like to start this project by organizing a workshop at the SLE conference in 2013 in Split.


Finer, Daniel. 1984. The formal grammar of switch-reference. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, Mass.
Foley, William A & Robert D. Van Valin. 1984. Functional Syntax and Universal Grammar. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press.
Haiman, John & Pamela Munro. 1983. Switch Reference and Universal Grammar: Proceedings of a symposium on switch reference and universal grammar, Winnipeg, May 1981. (Ed.) John Haiman & Pamela Munro. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Kibrik, Andrej A. 2011. Reference in Discourse. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Stirling, Lesley. 1988. Switch-Reference and Logophoricity in Discourse Representation Theory. University of Edinburgh.
Van Valin, Robert D. & Randy J. LaPolla. 1997. Syntax: structure, meaning, and function. Cambridge, U.K.; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Linguistic Subfield: Morphology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology
LL Issue: 23.3922

This is a session of the following meeting:
46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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