LINGUIST List 15.555

Thu Feb 12 2004

Calls: General Ling; General Ling/Norway

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  1. jytak, Journal of Universal Language
  2. torgrim.solstad, Demoting the Agent: Passive and Other Voice-related Phenomena

Message 1: Journal of Universal Language

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 04:47:33 -0500 (EST)
From: jytak <>
Subject: Journal of Universal Language

Journal of Universal Language 	

Call Deadline: 29-FEB-2004 
The Final Call for the Journal of Universal Language(5:1)

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Message 2: Demoting the Agent: Passive and Other Voice-related Phenomena

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 11:14:18 -0500 (EST)
From: torgrim.solstad <>
Subject: Demoting the Agent: Passive and Other Voice-related Phenomena

Demoting the Agent: Passive and Other Voice-related Phenomena 

Date: 25-Nov-2004 - 27-Nov-2004
Location: Oslo, Norway
Contact: Torgrim Solstad
Contact Email: 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics ,Linguistic Theories
,Pragmatics ,Semantics ,Syntax ,Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-May-2004 

Meeting Description:

The workshop aims at bringing together researchers representing
different perspectives on passives and other voice-related
phenomena. Demoting the Agent: Passive and other Voice-related

1st Call for Papers

Workshop at the University of Oslo
November 25-27, 2004

Invited Speakers

Elisabet Engdahl, Göteborg University
Suzanne Kemmer, Rice University
Anneliese Pitz, University of Oslo
Sten Vikner, University of Aarhus

The passive has constituted an important area of research in modern
linguistics since the introduction of transformational grammar. Though
there is little controversy of what constitutes the relevant data,
several quite different perspectives on passive constructions have
been developed. Whereas formal syntacticians and semanticist have
focused on the contrast in argument structure concerning the
active-passive diathesis, functionalist approaches have mostly dealt
with differences in discourse participant prominence and other
distinctions related to what one might term as information structure.

There has also been an increasing interest in more typologically
diverse data which has lead to research in other voice-related
phenomena such as medium constructions and antipassives. No general
agreement has been reached on the treatment of any of these phenomena,

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers representing
different perspectives on passives and other voice-related
phenomena. Unifying theoretical approaches will be especially
appreciated. Some of the diversity in the research in the field can be
seen as related to, but not limited to the following:

- formal linguistic perspectives
- functional linguistic perspectives
- syntax-semantics: compositionality
- pragmatics: non-explicitness concerning agentivity
- information structure

We want to encourage multi-language perspectives, especially those
contrasting two or more languages. Papers dealing with data from
parallel corpora are welcome.

Partial reimbursement may be possible for those speakers who cannot
attend the workshop otherwise.

Submission Procedure

All authors should submit an anonymous abstract. The length of
abstracts for talks should be at most 2 single-column pages, including
examples and references. All submissions should also include a
separate cover page specifying the author's name, affiliation,
address, and e-mail address and title of the paper.

The abstracts should be submitted electronically in one of the
following formats: Word/RTF, ASCII, Postscript or PDF. They should be
sent to the following e-mail-address:

All submitted papers that are received in time will be refereed by the
programme committee and may be accepted for full presentation (45 min
+ 15 min for discussion) at the workshop and publication in the
pre-workshop proceedings, or for a poster presentation.

Important Dates

Abstracts due: May 15
Acceptance notice: June 15
Final versions due for proceedings: October 15
Workshop dates: November 25-27

Program committee

Elisabet Engdahl, Benjamin Lyngfelt, Anneliese Pitz, Torgrim Solstad,
Kjell Johan Sæbø


The workshop is organised by Torgrim Solstad, University of Oslo and
Benjamin Lyngfelt, Göteborg University

Funding: Research project ''Languages in contrast''
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