LINGUIST List 13.3332

Tue Dec 17 2002

Calls: Acquisition of Aspect/Systemic Functional Ling

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  1. gagarina, Acquisition of Aspect, Berlin Germany
  2. B.L.Davies, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Leeds UK

Message 1: Acquisition of Aspect, Berlin Germany

Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 13:02:31 +0000
From: gagarina <>
Subject: Acquisition of Aspect, Berlin Germany

Workshop on the Acquisition of Aspect

Location: ZAS - Research Centre for General Linguistics, Berlin
Date: 09-May-2003 - 11-May-2003 
Call Deadline: 20-Feb-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: 
Natalia Gagarina, Dagmar Bittner and Jürgen Weissenborn

Contact Email:,,

Linguistic Subfield(s): Language Acquisition 

Meeting Description: 

Contemporary research on the acquisition of aspect is characterised by
the high variability of theoretical and empirical approaches. The
Workshop aims at clarifying some of the issues which have received
different treatments in the literature so far, like, for example, the
order of the emergence of aspect and tense and their distinction in
the early stages of language acquisition; the role of aspect in the
acquisition of verb grammar in general, and verb categories in
particular. Within these two general issues, the Workshop will
provide a forum for the discussion of more specific questions, like
the emergence of grammatical and lexical structures expressing
aspectual oppositions and the emergence of aspect as a grammatical
category. Issues concerning the relationship between inherent verb
semantics and tense-aspect marking are important for further stages of
aspectual development. The interaction of semantic and grammatical
features in the expression of aspect is of utmost interest, since the
category of aspect stands at the cross-road of the lexicon and
grammar. Related to this issue is the role of +/- Boundedness, +/-
Telicity and of similar semantic-conceptual features in the
development of aspectual oppositions.

We are especially interested in papers which address these issues from
a cross-linguistic, typologically varied perspective and investigate
different types of data: spontaneous and elicited, as well as
experimental. Papers focussing on methodological questions related to
the topic of the workshop are also welcomed .

Natalia Gagarina 
Dagmar Bittner 
Jürgen Weissenborn

No Workshop Fee

Submission Details

Abstracts should be up to 500 words in length (max. 1 page) and should
outline the research question as well as the language(s) and the age
range of children studied. Electronic submission is strongly
encouraged. Please, include the abstract in the body of the message
(do not send attachments!). Two copies of abstracts (one anonymous)
should be sent to Natalia Gagarina: <> and
Dagmar Bittner: <> with 'Aspect-2003' in the
Subject line of the email.

Important Dates
Deadline for Submissions: 20 February, 2003
Notification of Acceptance: 15 March, 200
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Message 2: Systemic Functional Linguistics, Leeds UK

Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 10:26:56 +0000
From: B.L.Davies <>
Subject: Systemic Functional Linguistics, Leeds UK

The 15th Euro-International Systemic Functional Linguistics Workshop

Short Title: EISFLW15
Location: University of Leeds, UK
Date: 20-Jul-2003 - 23-Jul-2003 
Call Deadline: 14-Feb-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: Bethan Davies
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics 

Meeting Description: 

The theme of this systemic workshop will be contrast. Systemic
Linguistics posits language as a series of choices, and different
choices imply contrasting texts. Contrast could be investigated from
many distinct perspectives: from differences in code (language), to
differences in modalities, genres/text-types, or in parts of the
system network. We especially welcome papers which use the idea of
contrast as their focus, as a way of testing assumptions or
practicalities of systemic theory, or as a basis for using SFL to
characterise and distinguish texts. We also welcome papers on other
theoretical or applied issues from an SFL viewpoint, or papers from
those who are interested in ideas of contrast and wish to engage with
an SFL perspective.

Papers should be designed to fit into a 35 minute time slot, with 25
minutes for presentation, and 10 minutes for questions and
discussions. Abstracts of 200 words are requested by 14th February

Offers of Workshops are also welcome. These can be offered for either
full or half days. You may offer both a paper and a workshop.

Please see the conference webpage for further details.
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