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Tue Mar 14 2000

Confs: Languages of the Mediterranean Area

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  1. MED-TYP Workshop, Languages of the Mediterranean Area: Typology and Convergence

Message 1: Languages of the Mediterranean Area: Typology and Convergence

Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 12:13:31 +0100 (NFT)
From: MED-TYP Workshop <>
Subject: Languages of the Mediterranean Area: Typology and Convergence

(see program below)

Dear Linguists,

We are pleased to announce that a workshop on "Languages of the
Mediterranean Area: Typology and Convergence" will be held in Tirrenia,
Pisa, from June 1st to June 3rd. The workshop is sponsored by the European
Science Foundation and organized by the Department of Linguistics of the
University of Pisa.

Well-known typologists have been invited and have accepted to give talks
on areal typology, its methods and results - with particular reference to
the Mediterranean case. Members of the Italian research project on the
typology of Mediterranean languages (Med-Typ) will report on their
research activities.

If you are interested in the workshop, please check our web site at the
following URL:

A short presentation of the Med-Typ project is available at the following

For any further question, please do not hesitate to contact us at the
following address:

Best regards,

For the organising committee,

Elisabetta Magni (
Andrea Sanso' (


International Workshop on "Languages in the Mediterranean Area: Typology
and Convergence"


Thursday June 1st 2000
Session I: "The Mediterranean as a Contact Area"

9.00-9.30: Opening remarks - Romano Lazzeroni (University of Pisa)

9.30-10.10: TBA - Marco Mancini (University of Viterbo)

10.10-10.50: "Linguistic crosscurrents in the Central Mediterranean. Malta as 
a focal point" - Joseph Brincat (University of Malta)

10.50-11.10: Coffee break

11.10-11.50: "No Sprachbund beyond this line! On the age-long discussion
of how to define a linguistic area" - Thomas Stolz (University of Bremen)

11.50-12.30: "On defining the notion of areal coefficient: the diagnostic
v of quantitative criteria" - Stefania Giannini, Stefania Scaglione 
(University for Foreigners, Perugia)

12.30-13.00: Discussion

13.00-14.30: Lunch break

Session II: Spatial Deixis and Demonstratives

14.30-15.10: "The morphosyntactic properties of demonstratives in
cross-linguistic perspective" - Holger Diessel (Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig) 

15.10-15.50: "Spatial deixis in the Mediterranean languages" - Marina
Benedetti (University for Foreigners, Siena), Paolo Di Giovine (University
of Rome, "La Sapienza"), Elisabetta Magni (University of Bologna), Davide
Ricca (University of Turin), Andrea Sanso' (University of Pavia)

15.50-16.10: Coffee break

Session III: The Typology of Noun Phrase

16.10-16.50: "Noun phrase structure in the languages of the
Mediterranean" - Silvia Luraghi (University of Pavia), Livio Gaeta
(University of Turin)

16.50-17.30: "On the selective elaboration of nominal or pronominal
inflection" - Frans Plank (University of Constance)

17.30-18.10: "A parametric model of nominal variation in some
Mediterranean languages" - Giuseppe Longobardi (University of Trieste)

18.10-18.40: Discussion

Friday June 2nd 2000

Session IV: The Expression of Possession

9.00-9.40: "Adnominal possession in the European languages" - Maria
Koptievskaja Tamm (University of Stockholm)

9.40-10.20: "Remarks on marginal possession: are feelings owned?" -
Gianguido Manzelli, Paolo Ramat, Elisa Roma (University of Pavia)

10.20-11.00: "Adnominal possession around the Mediterranean" - Orin
Gensler (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)

11.00-11.20: Coffee break

Session V: Quantification

11.20-12.00: "Total/universal quantifiers and definite articles in
Mediterranean languages" - Ignazio Putzu (University of Pavia)

12.00-12.40: "Indefinite and negative pronouns in a typological and areal
perspective" - Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary
Anthropology, Leipzig)

12.40-13.10: Discussion

13.10: Lunch

15.00: Excursion to Lucca

21.00: Social dinner

Saturday June 3rd 2000

Session VI: T-A-M Systems

9.00-9.40: "Tense and aspect around the Mediterranean" - Leon Stassen
(University of Nijmegen)

9.40-10.20: "Tense and aspect systems in modern arabic varieties. A
typological change?" - Barbara Turchetta (University of Viterbo), Savina
Zanardo (University of Venice)

10.20-11.00: "Mood and modality - Cross-linguistic issues" - Johan van der
Auwera (University of Antwerp)

11.00-11.20: Coffee break

Session VII: Clause Structure

11.20-12.00: "Japanese-type relative clauses in the languages of the
Mediterranean" - Bernard Comrie (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary 
Anthropology, Leipzig)

12.00-12.40: "Relativization patterns in Mediterranean languages" - Sonia
Cristofaro (University of Verona), Anna Giacalone Ramat (University of

12.40-13.10: Discussion

13.10-14.30: Lunch break

14.30-15.10: "Aspects of sentential complementation around the
Mediterranean" - Giorgio Banti (IUO, Naples)

15.10-15.50: "Trees, features, universal grammar, and typology in a 
computational perspective: the case of some Mediterranean languages" -
Giacomo Ferrari (University of East Piemonte, Vercelli)

15.50-16.10: Coffee break

Session VIII: Other Issues

16.10-16.50: "Towards a typology of intensifiers and reflexive anaphors" -
Ekkehard Koenig (Free University of Berlin)

16.50-17.30: "Development and spread of augmentative suffixes in the 
Mediterranen area" - Nicola Grandi (University of Pavia)

17.30-18.10: "Object Marking around the Mediterranean: preliminary
findings" - Albert J. Borg, Manwel Mifsud (University of Malta)

18.10-19.00: Closing remarks - Paolo Ramat (University of Pavia)
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