LINGUIST List 14.1770

Tue Jun 24 2003

Calls: Syntax/Germany; Caribbean Langs/Culture

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  1. andre, Dative and similar cases
  2. walicek, SARGASSO, a Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture

Message 1: Dative and similar cases

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 10:33:45 +0000
From: andre <>
Subject: Dative and similar cases

Dative and similar cases 
Date: 25-Feb-2004 - 26-Feb-2004
Location: Mainz, Germany
Contact: Andr� Meinunger
Contact Email: 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 
Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2003

Meeting Description:

Dative and similar cases -
workshop held during the Annual Meeting of the German Society of
Linguistics (DGfS) 2004 in Mainz (Germany), February 25-26

We invite abstracts for presentations at a short workshop held during
the Annual Meeting of the German Society of Linguistics (DGfS) 2004 in
Mainz, February 25-26.

There are eight slots of 30 (20+10) minutes to be filled, supplemented
by a one-hour discussion group on the following day. We welcome
submissions for presentations in German or English.

Workshop description:

A lot of research has been devoted to determining the syntax and
semantics of indirect objects in German and other languages. Despite
these efforts, no consensus has been reached in key areas of analysis.

On the syntactic side, the following matters are controversial: dative
nominals as arguments or adjuncts, the dative as a structural case,
the array of unmarked word order patterns found with datives, the
similarity of dative nominals with prepositional phrases, quirky
case/inverse linking, or binding phenomena involving dative
nominals. The semantic analysis of dative nominals typically struggles
with the following problems: dative nominals as linking to a single
thematic role vs. dative nominals as instantiating many different
thematic roles, dative nominals as linking to the main eventuality as
opposed to a secondary eventuality. While these phenomena are diverse,
there is a certain degree of cohesion in the literature: Many
researchers are aware of several of the above-mentioned issues and aim
at an overarching analysis. Another area in which datives likewise
figure prominently is typically treated in a very different tradition:
The discussion of so-called possessor raising, external possession and
extra argumentality has often detached itself from the above
topics. One reason for this lies in the difference among frameworks
and their pet issues: Chomskyan Generativism vs. approaches in the
tradition of Relational Grammar vs. (functional) typology. Another
reason is provided by the fact that, from the typological point of
view of external possession, datives are just one kind of structural
realization of a more general phenomenon.

The workshop strives to bring together linguists of diverse
theoretical persuasions to assemble a state-of-the-art picture of
research into datives, into similar morphological cases, and into
phenomena that are semantically or functionally similar while
displaying a divergent constructional make-up (e.g.,
applicatives). The organizers aim at a balanced representation of
theoretical papers on the one side, and of submissions concentrating
on empirical generalizations and/or cross-linguistic coverage.

Important deadlines:
Submission of abstracts: August 15th, 2003
Notification of acceptance: September 30th, 2003

Please submit abstracts via e-mail (MS-Word or pdf) to the following

Daniel Hole/LMU M�nchen				
Schellingstra�e 3/RG					
80799 M�nchen					
Tel.: 089/2180-2061; Fax: -3871			

Andr� Meinunger/ZAS
J�gerstra�e 10-11
10117 Berlin
Tel.: 030/20192-404; Fax: -402

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Message 2: SARGASSO, a Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 19:38:37 +0000
From: walicek <>
Subject: SARGASSO, a Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture


SARGASSO, a Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture
Edited at the University of Puerto Rico, R�o Piedras, Department of
Deadline: November 22, 2003 

SARGASSO is now accepting submissions and book reviews for an upcoming
issue to be entitled ''Creolistics and Creole Exceptionalism:
Linguistics and Caribbean Languages.''

Research on the languages of the Greater Caribbean is a field of
inquiry that has always been and continues to be shaped by knowledge
production in other areas. One of the most provocative assertions
made in recent years concerning the study of Caribbean languages is
the notion of Creole Exceptionalism (cf. DeGraff). This concept
exposes the ideological environment from which the idea of a Creole
emerges. It is a concept that has potential implications for
virtually every line of research within Creolistics. The SARGASSO
editorial committee is seeking submissions which, either explicitly or
implicitly, engage the idea of Creole Exceptionalism. We welcome work
by graduate students and researchers who recently have been awarded
doctoral degrees, as one of the goals of this issue is to encourage,
bring together, and promote new and fresh perspectives.

We invite contributions on a variety of topics; these include but are
not limited to:
Language Acquisition, Creole Genesis, Perceptual Dialectology,
Substrate & Superstrate Influences, Formalism vs. Functionalism,
Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, TMA, Phonology, Syntax, The Use of
Creole in Caribbean Literary Discourse, Postcolonial Approaches to
Language, Sociolinguistics, The History of Creolistics, Language
Planning, Language Shift, Standardization, Grammaticalization

Essay submissions should be 10-15 pages in length and double-spaced.
With essays, please include an abstract of 120 words or less. Reviews
should be approximately 1,000 words. Books for review need not focus
specifically on the Caribbean but should be published in 2001 or later
and be pertinent to the study of Creoles and / or other Caribbean
languages. Submissions are accepted in English, French, Papiamentu,
or Spanish.

Essays and reviews should conform to APA guidelines or to the MLA
style guide. Electronic submissions as attachments in Word,
WordPerfect or Rich Text Format are appreciated. Papers sent through
the postal system should include a SASE and a copy in RTF format on

Electronic submissions, inquiries, and other questions should be
mailed to: Please indicate Sargasso
Submission in the subject line.

Secondary email contact address: 

Send postal submissions to: 
PO Box 22831 
University of Puerto Rico Station 
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-2831 

Please circulate.

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