LINGUIST List 12.1695

Sat Jun 30 2001

Calls: Caucasian linguistics, Adpositions of Movement

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Message 1: Caucasian linguistics

Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 13:57:21 +0400 (MSD)
From: ����� ������ <>
Subject: Caucasian linguistics

Eleventh Caucasian Colloquium
Call for papers

The board of the Societas Caucasologica Europaea is pleased to
announce that Moscow State University in collaboration with the
Institute of Linguistics, RAS, will be hosting the 11th Colloquium,
from 20 through 22 June, 2002.

Scholars working in the field of Caucasian linguistics are invited to
submit abstracts for 30 minute presentations, including at least 10
minutes for discussion. Abstracts can be submitted in English, German,
French, and Russian. They should not exceed one page and should be in
at least 12-point type with one-inch (2.5 cm) margins all
around. Since accepted abstracts are to be reproduced in the meeting
handbook, they should be printed in clear type. Please send two
copies, one containing the author's name and affiliation, one without
the author's name. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15
December 2001. You will be notified if your paper has been accepted
for presentation by 1 February 2001.

Please send your abstracts on the following address:

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
1st Building for Humanities
Moscow State University
Vorobjovy Gory
Moscow RF-119899

and by e-mail

The conference fee of 70$ for participants from Russia 
and Georgia is reduced to 200 roubles.

Information about accommodation will be given in the 
next circular.
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Message 2: Adpositions of Movement

Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001 13:39:50 +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 not only
given new momentum to the study of adpositions, but have also opened up
interesting avenues of new research in the study of other grammatical
categories expressing spatial information (affixes, case-markings,
particles, directionals).

The aim of this conference is to bring together new and original research
on adpositions and, more generally, on grammatical categories 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.

Below is a list of possible topics for contributions. While the focus of
this conference is on adpositions of movement, we will also consider
contributions on the other grammatical categories of movement. In the list
below, then, the term 'adpositions' should be understood as short for
'adpositions and other grammatical markers of movement'.
- 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.
Indicate also whether you need any special equipment (such as video
projector and laptop).
(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 July 10, 2001.


Soteria Svorou (San Jose State University)
"Construing spatial relations in grammar"

Colette Grinevald (Universit� de Lyon2 & CNRS)
"Directionals do it because adpositions don't:
Movement and trajectory in some Mayan languages"

Chris Sinha (University of Southern Denmark at Odense)
"The acquisition of adpositions (by languages and by children)"

Christiane MARCHELLO-NIZIA (Ecole Normale Sup�rieure Fontenay-St Cloud)
"Pr�positions fran�aises en diachronie: Une cat�gorie en question"

Ludo Melis (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
"La cat�gorisation syntaxique des relateurs directionnels"


First Name:
Postal Address:


(Please tick:)

[ ] I will attend the International Conference on "Adpositions of
Movement" and I will pay the registration fee of

 [ ] 80 Euros (3200 Belgian Francs) before 1 December 2001
 [ ] 100 Euros (4000 Belgian Francs)
 [ ] after 1 December 2001
 [ ] on site

 [ ] I will only attend the conference on

 [ ] Monday, January 14 
 [ ] Tuesday, January 15 
 [ ] Wednesday, January 16 

 and will pay 40 Euros (1600 Belgian Francs) per day

The registration fee includes coffee breaks, abstract booklet, conference
folder, and a reception on Monday, January 14.

[ ] I am registering for the conference dinner (4-course meal; wine,
water, and coffee included) on Tuesday January 15 and will pay an
additional 60 Euros (2400 Belgian francs)
 [ ]I would like a vegetarian meal

[ ] I will attend the reception on Monday, January 14 (included in the
registration fee).

Mode of payment:

 * by credit card
 * by bank transfer (for participants with a Belgian bank account only)

[ ] Please charge my credit card for the total amount of Euros ______.

 Name of Cardholder:
 Card No.:
 Expiration Date:
 Cardholder's Address:

[ ] I wil pay the total amount of Euros ______ (or ________ BEF) into
bank account no. 432-0001711-11 of K.U.Leuven, PA Prof Cuyckens-Goyens

Please email this form and send it to
print this form and send or fax to:
 Hubert Cuyckens
 Department of Linguistics
 Blijde-Inkomststraat 21
 B-3000 Leuven
 Fax: 32-16-324767

All this information will be available shortly on our website:

Hubert Cuyckens
Department of Linguistics
Catholic 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 & University of Antwerp)
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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