|Full Title:||Complex Sentences International Workshop|
|Start Date:||16-Nov-2013 - 17-Nov-2013|
|Meeting Email:||click here to access email|
CSI is an informal workshop with invited speakers on the analysis of complex sentences. Papers were invited on any topic in the broad domain of complex sentences, but particularly ones that deal with the following questions, from typological, comparative or historical perspectives, or using data from less well-documented languages or varieties:
The Typology of Complex Sentences:
It is obvious that traditional dichotomies like coordination versus subordination, or adverbial versus complement clauses are less than adequate in many ways. How can we develop alternatives that are both descriptively more adequate and theoretically more interesting? What data and methods should we bring to bear on this question?
The Semantics and Pragmatics of Complex Sentences:
Complex sentences play a central role for many questions at the interface between semantics and pragmatics, like presupposition, factivity, scope relations and lexical versus construction-level meaning. Many of these concepts are central in analyses of well-described languages, but they figure much less prominently in typological work and in grammars of less well documented languages. Are these concepts generally relevant? How can we develop semantically more sensitive analyses of complex sentences in typology and documentation?
The Diachrony of Complex Sentences:
There is a good deal of literature on the pathways that lead into complex sentences, especially subordinate-type structures. But we know much less about the pathways that lead out of the complex sentence domain. One prominent example is 'insubordinate' constructions, which have the same shape as subordinate constructions but are used as independent main clauses. How can we integrate these structures into the study of complex sentences, and how can we bring the literature on complex sentences to bear on the analysis of insubordination?
Information on registration:
Participation is free of charge, but registration via the online form available on the website is requested by 5 November. The conference dinner is payable in cash on site by participants who have registered for it.
The CSI workshop is immediately preceded by the third international workshop The Structure of the English Noun Phrase (NP3, 14-15 November). The programme and further information is available on the same website:
|Linguistic Subfield:||General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation|
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