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Full Title: Workshop on Evidentiality, Mirativity and Modality

Location: Madrid, Spain
Start Date: 06-Oct-2014 - 08-Oct-2014
Contact: Anastasios Tsangalidis
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: A workshop on Evidentiality, Mirativity and Modality is to be submitted for consideration within the International Conference on Evidentiality and Modality in European Languages 2014, to be held at the
Facultad de Filología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

The aim of this workshop is to focus on the relation between mirativity and evidentiality. Ever since DeLancey’s work on Lhasa Tibetan, mirativity has been promoted as a cross-linguistic category which encodes information that is “new or surprising to the speaker”. However, there has been much debate on whether such a category is relevant to cross-linguistic analysis and even to Tibetan. Lazard, for instance, challenges DeLancey’s theory on the grounds that inference, hearsay and unexpected observation are all facets of the mediative category. Hill rejects both the category of mirativity and DeLancey’s analysis of Tibetan data, claiming that the particle ḥdug encodes sensory evidence, not new information. It seems, then, that the category of mirativity cannot be taken for granted. The goal of this workshop will be:

(i) To reassess the relation between mirative meaning and evidentiality as well as modality in European languages. More specifically, we wish to explore the question whether mirativity can be seen as a legitimate semantic category on its own or whether it is always a possible extension of evidential meaning.
(ii) To determine whether mirativity is a valid concept in languages which encode surprise not in a separate morphosyntactic category, but in specific constructions

Contact Persons:

Agnès Celle & Anastasios Tsangalidis &

Subject language(s): Any European language

The language of the workshop will be English.

Registration for the workshop is done as part of the normal conference registration process:

Early bird registration opens: 1 June 2014
Registration (full fee): 1 July 2014
Registration closes: 7 October 2014

Conference Fees (including coffee breaks, Wi-Fi access, and a conference pack):

Early Bird Registration (from 1 June to 30 June 2014):

- Regular participants: 120 Euros
- Students (with valid ID): 70 Euros

Late Registration:

- Regular participants: 150 Euros
- Students (with valid ID): 100 Euros
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Typology
LL Issue: 25.850

This is a session of the following meeting:
International Conference on Evidentiality and Modality in European Languages 2014

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