LINGUIST List 12.529

Mon Feb 26 2001

Calls: History of Linguistics, Modality in English

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  1. Gerda Hassler, "The History of Linguistics in Texts and Concepts"
  2. Roberta Facchinetti, Conference on Modality in English: approaching deadline

Message 1: "The History of Linguistics in Texts and Concepts"

Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 22:41:26 +0100
From: Gerda Hassler <>
Subject: "The History of Linguistics in Texts and Concepts"



International Conference on
"The History of Linguistics in Texts and Concepts"

To be hosted by the Faculty of Philosophy of Potsdam University

Potsdam (Germany)
November 15-17 , 2001

Conference co-ordinator: Prof. Dr. Gerda Ha�ler (

Contact address: Dr. Uwe Dietzel (

Web site:

Mailing Address:
Universit�t Potsdam
Institut f�r Romanistik
Linguistik und Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft
PF 60 15 53
D-14415 Potsdam
Telephone: +49 331 977 2015
Fax: +49 331 977 2193

The faculty of philosophy is happy to announce its forthcoming conference on
the History of Linguistics in Texts and Concepts. We invite papers in a
number of different areas of interest concerning the history and methodology
of linguistics. The conference is open to all interested persons. Conference
languages will be English, French, German and Spanish. The conference papers
will be published. The conference will take place on the 'historical campus'
of Potsdam University, near the New Palace on the grounds of Sanssouci park.
We are currently looking for ways to finance the participation of young
scholars from European countries.

In recent years, two kinds of publications on the history of linguistics
have considerably increased in number: 1) Referential works, such as
dictionaries of authors and terms, including summaries of mainstream schools
and theories, and works considered as manuals or the "summing up" of the
knowledge of certain epochs or traditions in the history of linguistics; 2)
Articles which relate a discovery, for example, an author hitherto neglected
by historiographers, a handwritten grammar used in just one school, or an
unrecognized theory. Without denying the importance of this kind of
historiographical work, the reconstruction of the history of linguistics
seems to demand another approach, which may be called the study of the
history of linguistics in texts and concepts. How do basic concepts of
linguistic thought develop and what are the features that make a particular
text stand out from other texts?

We invite the submission of papers on any epoch in the history of linguistic
thought, and on any tradition. Preference will be given to papers that

- Research on particular authors and outstanding texts;
- The analysis and description of the linguistic concepts of a certain
epoch, their relationship in argumentation, and the basic notions involved;
- Research on linguistic terminology and its history;
- Relations between authors and traditions;
- Current research projects being conducted on one of these topics.

Research with this emphasis will share an understanding of the history of
linguistics which is based on problems and theories, but it will also make
possible an examination of the social, institutional and mediating
conditions of the origin of theories, their interdisciplinary connections,
and the means of exchange. Taking into account the importance of the
text-based nature of investigations of conceptual history, we wish to avoid
teleological interpretations, but at the same time seriously encourage
contributions on the prehistory of current notions in linguistics and
language theory. One of the most important objectives of the conference is
encouraging the dialogue between linguistics and its historiography.

Important dates:

May 15, 2001: Deadline for submission of abstracts (a half page) along with
the title of the conference paper.

June 15, 2001: Distribution of information on the conference program,
accommodations in Potsdam, and other practical information for participants.

July 15th, 2001: final registration.
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Message 2: Conference on Modality in English: approaching deadline

Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2001 08:38:37 +0100
From: Roberta Facchinetti <>
Subject: Conference on Modality in English: approaching deadline

 "Modality in Contemporary English"
 International Conference, 6-8 September 2001,
 University of Verona, Italy

 APPROACHING DEADLINE: 28th February 2001

The conference aims at fostering interaction between scholars from 
theoretical backgrounds but with a common interest in English modality, 
specific reference to the Present-day, hence promoting discussions,
exchanging ideas and reporting recent progress on a variety of issues
related to this field.

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Paper proposals are welcomed on all aspects of verbal and non-verbal
modality in Present-day English. We particularly solicit work describing 

research in the following fields: 

 modality and language teaching
 syntax and semantics of modal elements
 modality and phonetics / prosody
 modality and sociolinguistics
 modality and pragmatics
NB: papers that will report on comparisons between the expression of 
modality in
English and in other languages will be particularly welcomed.

Authors should submit an anonymous abstract of at most 3 A4 pages, 
including figures/tables and references, together with a separate page 
specifying the author's names, affiliation, surface mail address, and 
e-mail address.
We strongly encourage electronic submission (.doc, .txt, .rtf, .pdf), 
preferably as an attachment. Please, send abstracts to: 
Prof. Roberta Facchinetti ( If sent by surface 
mail (see address below), please include disk. 

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Notification of acceptance: 30th March, 2001
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For further information, please contact:
Prof. Roberta Facchinetti
Faculty of Education
University of Verona
Via S. Francesco, 22
37129 VERONA
tel.: +39 045 8028-465/-790
fax: +39 0363 815356=20
kFrom Sat Feb 24 16:38:12 2001
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