LINGUIST List 12.2678

Fri Oct 26 2001

Calls: Benefactive Marking

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  1. Jae Jung Song, Workshop on benefactive marking

Message 1: Workshop on benefactive marking

Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 12:35:55 +1300
From: Jae Jung Song <>
Subject: Workshop on benefactive marking

Workshop on benefactive marking in Oceanic
languages and languages of Eastern Nusantara

9th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics
8-11 January 2002
ANU. Canberra, Australia.

Recent research on Oceanic languages and languages of Eastern
Nusantara (Eastern Indonesia and East Timor) has shown that there is a
richer variety of benefactive marking than has hitherto been
realised. The strategies range from simple juxtaposition of clauses
(in the absence of any formal marking for benefaction) via polysemous
constructions to specialized benefactive morphology.

The objectives of this workshop are to explore the range of strategies
used to express benefactive functions and to develop a typology of
benefactive constructions for this area. We also hope that the issues
addressed during the workshop will highlight the need for more
detailed data and help to raise the profile of benefactive marking in
future grammatical descriptions.

Among the points of interest for this workshop are:
- types of benefactive constructions and their distribution
- degrees of grammaticalization
- grammaticalization paths to benefactive marking
- semantic subtypes (benefactive, malefactive, behalf, etc.)

We invite presentations on any aspect of the description and the
theoretical and historical analysis of benefactive marking in Oceanic
and Eastern Nusantara languages. (Abstracts on other Austronesian
languages are also welcome and will be included if time permits).

Expressions of interest should reach us by November 15th 2001.

Workshop organisers:

Anna Margetts & Jae Jung Song

Dr Jae Jung Song
Linguistics Programme
Department of Communication Studies
School of Language, Literature and Performing Arts
University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin
Tel: +64 3 479 8103; Fax: +64 3 479 8558

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