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Full Title: Linguistic Approaches to Tense, Aspect, Modality, Evidentiality, based on the Novel L’Etranger (“The Stranger”) by Albert Camus, and Its Translations

Short Title: Etranger-TAME
Location: PARIS, France
Start Date: 16-Nov-2017 - 18-Nov-2017
Contact: Eric Corre
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Meeting Description: This conference is aimed primarily at studying the use of verb inflectional classes (so-called “tiroirs verbaux”, Damourette & Pichon) in the novel The Stranger (L’Etranger) by Albert Camus, in particular the narrative use of the French passé composé (“compound past”), but also of the imperfect and pluperfect, in a monolingual comparative approach, but also from a contrastive cross-linguistic perspective, comparing the aspectual-temporal forms used by other languages in the published translations of the novel. The purpose of the conference will be thus to throw light on the TAME systems of languages as typologically diverse as possible, and to do so with a single “small” authentic literary corpus of mid-twentieth century French. All theoretical approaches of linguistic investigation are welcome – formal theories (generative grammar, formal semantics, lexicalist-driven theories) as well as usage-based theories (cognitive, functionalist, construction, utterer-centered, approaches).


Maison de la recherche, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 (November 16 and 18)

INALCO (November 17)

Plenary Speakers:

Jacques Brès, Université de Montpellier.
Laurent Gosselin, Université de Rouen.
Alice Kaplan, Université de Yale.
Sandra Smith, Université de Cambridge.
Henriette de Swart, Université d'Utrecht.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Translation
LL Issue: 28.653

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