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Full Title: To Be or Not To Be? The Verbum Substantivum and its Functions from Synchronic, Diachronic, and Typological Perspective

Short Title: WSP BE SLE 2014
Location: Poznań, Poland
Start Date: 11-Sep-2014 - 14-Sep-2014
Contact: Michail Kotin
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.sle2014.eu
Meeting Description: 47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
11 - 14 September 2014
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Workshop Proposal:

To be or not to be? The verbum substantivum and its functions from synchronic, diachronic, and typological perspective

Organized by:

Prof. Dr. Michail L. Kotin
University of Zielona Góra & Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań, Poland

The main purpose of the intended workshop is to confront various approaches to the verbs of the ‘be’-group and of the ‘be’-constructions from the synchronic, diachronic, diatopic, and typological perspective. The following issues will be the subjects of the planned discussion:

1) The genetic origins of the ‘be’-roots in various languages
2) The historical development of the semantics and the functions of the ‘be’-verbs
3) The analysis of the syntactic properties of the ‘be’-verbs
4) The confrontation of languages based on different properties concerning occurrence, semantic variation, functional specifics, gramamticalization paths, etc. of the ‘be’-verbs
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology
LL Issue: 24.4558

This is a session of the following meeting:
47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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