LINGUIST List 12.1437

Mon May 28 2001

Calls: North East Ling Society, Adpositions/Movement

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  1. Christine Susskind, North East Linguistic Society (NELS 32)
  2. Hubert Cuyckens, Adpositions of Movement

Message 1: North East Linguistic Society (NELS 32)

Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 11:57:30 -0400
From: Christine Susskind <>
Subject: North East Linguistic Society (NELS 32)

*******SECOND CALL********

The 32nd Conference of the North East Linguistic Society will be
organized by the CUNY Graduate Center and New York University in New
York City, October 19-21, 2001.

Invited speakers:
Janet Dean Fodor & Richard Kayne

We invite anonymous abstracts for posters and twenty-minute talks on
any aspect of theoretical linguistics. Abstracts for cross-language
studies of prosodic phrasing or microparametric variation are
especially solicited.

Abstracts should be at most one page, with one-inch margins, typed in at
least 11-point font; a second page is permitted for data and references.
Submissions are restricted to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author.

using the NELS32 E-mail address <>. Please use
the subject header "abstract", and include the abstract in the body of 
your message in plain text format (no file attachments) followed by the 
author information: name, title of abstract, area of specialization (phonology,
syntax ...), poster or main session, affiliation(s), mailing & E-mail address.

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Message 2: Adpositions of Movement

Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 13:37:17 +0200
From: Hubert Cuyckens <>
Subject: Adpositions of Movement

Catholic University of Leuven
January 14-16, 2002


In the past two decades, the study of adpositions (prepositions and
postpositions) has grown steadily: (i) adpositions have undoubtedly taken
up a central position in cognitive linguistic/semantic research; (ii)
semantic aspects of adpositions have received considerable attention in
language acquisition studies and in natural language processing; (iii)
adpositions have never stopped playing a role in studies that are
predominantly syntactic in orientation.

Early (semantic) studies largely focused on adpositions expressing spatial
relations; furthermore, there seemed to be a preference for the analysis of
adpositions' static usages. Later, research into adpositions shifted its
focus to temporal and abstract usages, and also encompassed usages
expressing movement. Still, a good deal of work focused on the static
usages of prepositions (cf. the analysis of the 'basic' prepositions in,
on, and at, and their cognates); furthermore, most of this research was
synchronic in orientation and was concerned with the analysis of
adpositions in a single language. Recently, linguistic studies have been
giving renewed attention to diachronic variation and change and to
typological variation; both of these re-discovered areas have given new
momentum to the study of adpositions (and of spatial grams in general), and
have opened up interesting avenues of new research.

The aim of this conference is to bring together new and original research
on adpositions and spatial grams expressing movement. Papers discussing
typological or diachronic aspects will be especially welcomed, but we
encourage contributions from various angles in order to be able to present
as comprehensive a picture as possible on this area of research.

These are possible topics for contributions on adpositions (which we will
use as short for prepositions, postpositions, affixes, case-markings, and
- diachronic or typological approaches to adpositions of movement;
- grammaticalization of adpositions of movement;
- adpositions of movement in first and/or second language acquisition;
- syntactic aspects of adpositions of movement;
- adpositions of movement in natural language processing;
- the relationship between static and dynamic (or movement) usages of
adpositions: (i) are static usages cognitively more basic than dynamic ones
? (ii) do static adpositions show different grammaticalization paths than
dynamic ones ? (iii) do static usages precede dynamic ones diachronically
and/or acquisitionally ? (iv) do languages with few spatial grams have a
preference for static or dynamic adpositions?
- the 'division of labor', if any, between adpositions of movement and
motion verbs?
- polysemy in adpositions of movement;
- cognitive linguistic approaches to adpositions of movement.

Papers can be presented in English, French, or Dutch.


The abstract should be maximum 500 words, including a maximum of 5
references. When printed out, the title and body should fit on a single
page of 12-point type, with. 1 inch or 2.5 cm. margins. Electronic
submissions (MS Word, RTF) are encouraged:
(i) In the body of your email message, mention name and affiliation, postal
address, email address, the title of your paper and three keywords.
(ii) Send your abstract in a separate attachment, only mentioning the title
of your paper. 

Send your abstract to the following email address:

If you are unable to send your abstract electronically, please send 5
copies of your abstract to the address below, accompanied by a separate
sheet indicating name, address and affiliation of the author(s) together
with the title of the abstract and three keywords.

The deadline for abstracts is SEPTEMBER 15, 2001, with notification of
acceptance by September 30.
Prospective attendants who would like to have their abstracts reviewed
early, i.e., by July 15, should submit their abstracts before June 30, 2001.

More information (registration, practical information, plenary speakers)
will be made available shortly on the following website:

Hubert Cuyckens
Department of Linguistics
University of Leuven
Blijde-Inkomststraat 21
B-3000 Leuven
Tel: +32-16-324817
Fax: +32-16-324767


Hubert Cuyckens (Catholic University of Leuven)
Mich�le Goyens (Catholic University of Leuven)
Walter de Mulder (Universit� d'Artois)
Patrick Dendale (Universit� de Metz)
Tanja Mortelmans (University of Antwerp)

This conference is organized under the auspices of the Belgische Kring voor
Lingu�stiek / Cercle Belge de Linguistique (Linguistic Society of Belgium).
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