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LINGUIST List 18.2235

Wed Jul 25 2007

Calls: General Ling/Germany; Socioling/USA

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Stefan Hinterwimmer, Topicality
        2.    Gabriel Rei-Doval, Language and Identity in the Iberian Middle Ages

Message 1: Topicality
Date: 25-Jul-2007
From: Stefan Hinterwimmer <stefan.hinterwimmerrz.hu-berlin.de>
Subject: Topicality
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Full Title: Topicality

Date: 27-Feb-2008 - 29-Feb-2008
Location: Bamberg, Germany
Contact Person: Stefan Hinterwimmer
Meeting Email: stefan.hinterwimmerrz.hu-berlin.de

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2007

Meeting Description

Topicality, Workshop at the 30th annual meeting of the Deutsche
Gesellschaft fuer Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), Bamberg, 27-29 February 2008.

Organized by Cornelia Endriss (Universitaet Osnabrueck, Institut fuer
Kognitionswissenschaft), Stefan Hinterwimmer (Humboldt Universitaet Berlin,
Institut fuer deutsche Sprache und Linguistik) and Sophie Repp (Humboldt
Universitaet Berlin, Institut fuer deutsche Sprache und Linguistik).

Workshop at the 30th meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS),
Bamberg, Germany
February 27-29, 2008

Second Call for Papers

Workshop description

This workshop investigates interpretative and formal aspects of topicality
in individual languages as well as cross-linguistically. Its goal is both a
more precise and a more comprehensive understanding of the notion of
According to the probably most current view, topics are what a sentence is
about (= aboutness). However, the notion of topic is many-facetted and
topics have been suggested to have other interpretative functions as well.
For instance, they are thought to serve as discourse addresses.
Furthermore, they often have been associated with discourse givenness but
since indefinites in many languages can also occur in topic positions this
latter view must be questioned. In addition to the aspects just mentioned
there are interpretative functions which have been associated with
topicality that are not directly topical in the sense of aboutness such as
frame setting or the structuring of contrastive discourses. On top of that,
it has been argued that topicality can have truth-conditional effects, e.g.
in the interpretation of indefinites and quantificational adverbs.
Topics are marked with different means in different languages:
syntactically, prosodically, with morphological markers. Topic markers and
topic marking constructions have also been observed to serve uses other
than topic marking. The Japanese marker wa, for instance, or the Korean
marker nun can also mark contrastiveness. Left dislocation in German shares
this characteristic. Furthermore, in many languages - e.g. Tagalog,
Vietnamese, Turkish - a topic marker is used to mark the antecedent of
conditionals, which suggests that this antecedent might be topical.
Finally, topic markers cannot only occur in matrix clauses but also in
embedded clauses. Since this is unexpected from the point of view of
discourse organisation the precise interpretation of such ''topic-marked''
structures calls for closer inspection.

Building on these observations, the workshop aims at exploring the various
ingredients in the interpretation of topicality. Part of this is an
investigation of the means of topic marking and the relation between
topicality and other functions of topic markers, which cannot be
interpreted as (directly) topical, such as the mentioned contrastiveness.

Submission Details

Authors are invited to submit an anonymous abstract, max. 2 pages, 12 pt.,
examples and references included, pdf-format to the following E-mail address:
topicality_lists.hu-berlin.de (replace the underscore by the usual sign).
Name(s), affiliation(s), and title of the abstract should be included in
the body of the email.
Submission deadline: August 15, 2007

Workshop Format
The talks will be 20 minutes (30 minute slots).

Workshop Organizers
Cornelia Endriss (Osnabrück)
Stefan Hinterwimmer (Humboldt University Berlin)
Sophie Repp (Humboldt University Berlin)

Important Dates
Submission deadline: August 15, 2007
Notification: September 15, 2007
Workshop: February 27-29, 2008
Message 2: Language and Identity in the Iberian Middle Ages
Date: 24-Jul-2007
From: Gabriel Rei-Doval <reidovaluwm.edu>
Subject: Language and Identity in the Iberian Middle Ages
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Full Title: Language and Identity in the Iberian Middle Ages

Date: 08-May-2007 - 11-May-2008
Location: Kalamazoo (Michigan), USA
Contact Person: Gabriel Rei-Doval
Meeting Email: reidovaluwm.edu
Web Site: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Portuguese (por)
Spanish (spa)

Call Deadline: 17-Sep-2007

Meeting Description

The session seeks to bring the disciplines of linguistics, literature and
cultural studies into dialogue on the topic of the relationship between language
and identity in Medieval Iberia

Call for Papers
43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.
8-11 May, 2008

The Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies is sponsoring the following two
sessions at the 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies:

II. Language and Identity in the Iberian Middle Ages: This session reflects the
growing interest in Medieval Iberia as a pluri-linguistic and multi-cultural
space, in which different cultures and languages coexist, more or less
peacefully. The session seeks to bring the disciplines of linguistics,
literature and cultural studies into dialogue on the topic of the relationship
between language and identity in Medieval Iberia. Papers on any of the different
languages of Medieval Iberia and the interrelationship between language and
personal or cultural identity will be welcome. If you wish to present a paper in
these session, please submit a 200-word abstract of your paper in English or
Spanish via email to Gabriel Rei-Doval at reidovaluwm.edu by Sept 17, 2007.
All participants must also turn in an Abstract Cover Sheet which will be
available in pdf form at the congress website
(http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/index.html). All materials must be
received by September 17, 2007.

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