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LINGUIST List 18.572

Wed Feb 21 2007

Calls: Lang Acquisition,Psycholing/UK; Gen Ling/Austria

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

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        1.    Theo Marinis, Child Language Seminar 2007
        2.    Eva-Maria Remberger, Mood and Modality in Romance

Message 1: Child Language Seminar 2007
Date: 21-Feb-2007
From: Theo Marinis <t.marinisreading.ac.uk>
Subject: Child Language Seminar 2007

Full Title: Child Language Seminar 2007
Short Title: CLS 2007

Date: 18-Jul-2007 - 20-Jul-2007
Location: Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Theo Marinis
Meeting Email: cls2007reading.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.reading.ac.uk/cls/cls2007.html

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

30th Child Language Seminar
18-20 July 2007
University of Reading, England

Final Call for Papers - 30th Anniversary of the Child Language Seminar

Child Language Seminar
18-20 July 2007
University of Reading, England

Submission deadline is 1 March 2007

We are pleased to announce that in 2007 the Child Language Seminar will take
place from 18-20 July 2007 at the University of Reading. It will be hosted by
the School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences and is being organised by
Theo Marinis & Vesna Stojanovik (Department of Clinical Language Sciences),
Carmel Houston-Price & Graham Schafer (Department of Psychology), and Brian
Richards (Institute of Education).

New Information - Keynote presentations:

To mark the 30th Anniversary of the CLS, this year we have added a half-day (18
July) with two thematic sessions, while keeping the remaining two days (19-20
July) open to all avenues of research on child language development. The
thematic sessions will be on topics related to the keynote presentations. The
exact topics of the thematic sessions will be decided on the basis of the
abstracts we will receive.

Keynote presentations:

Anne Baker & Jan de Jong: The nature of bilingual Specific Language Impairment
Department of Language and Literature
Universiteit van Amsterdam

Dorothy Bishop: Unraveling causal links between deficits in children with
language disorders
Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford

Philip Dale: What genetics can offer the study of language acquisition? and what
it can't
Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences
The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Catherine Snow: Teaching all-purpose academic vocabulary to middle-grade
students: Wielding a subtle school-reform lever
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard University

More information about the conference may be found at:


Details for submission of abstracts may be found at:

Message 2: Mood and Modality in Romance
Date: 20-Feb-2007
From: Eva-Maria Remberger <eva.rembergeruni-konstanz.de>
Subject: Mood and Modality in Romance

Full Title: Mood and Modality in Romance

Date: 23-Sep-2007 - 27-Sep-2007
Location: Vienna, Austria
Contact Person: Eva-Maria Remberger
Meeting Email: eva.rembergeruni-konstanz.de
Web Site: http://www.romanistentag.de

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2007

Meeting Description:

Workshop 'Mood and Modality in Romance' within the scope of the 30th Deutscher
Romanistentag (Biannual Meeting of the German Society for Romance Studies),
University of Vienna, 23 Sep 2007 - 27 Sep 2007

The concept of modality, originating from philosophy of language (cf. Wright
1951), has not only been very productive in the description of modal verbs and
particles in the Germanic languages (cf. Kratzer 1991, Fabricius-Hansen 2002),
but, as recent studies show, also in the analytic approach to the category of
'mood' (cf. Giorgi & Pianesi 1997, Quer 1998) and the 'modal use' of temporal
categories (cf. the contributions in Birkelund 2003) in Romance.
In this research area, one can observe a tendency towards model formation (e.g.
Quer 1998, Giannakidou 1998) in the framework of formal modal semantics (cf.
Chierchia & McConnel-Ginnet 22000, Lohnstein 2000) as well as the endeavour to
establish a coherent formal language which looks promising for a homogeneous
description of linguistic (not only verbal) categories in general. However,
there is a great variety of theoretical and methodical approaches in a research
field where semantics, (morpho-) syntax and pragmatics overlap. It is,
therefore, an attractive issue to explore this field in search of an adequate
methodology which allows for the analysis of specific manifestations of mood and
Our session intends to discuss syncronic and diacronic phenomena in the Romance
languages which are related to 'mood and modality'. Especially, the plurality of
approaches in the description and analysis of these issues will be taken into
account. Contributions to the following aspects/problems are planned:

- How do the modal systems of single Romance languages look like synchronically?
- On which diacronic background are these systems based? What are the convergent
and what the divergent patterns in the development of the categories mood and
modality from Latin to Romance?
- Which morphological peculiarities do the Romance languages have with respect
to mood and modality? Which explanatory approaches or theoretical models are
relevant here?
- How do the basic modalities, necessity and possibility, manifest themselves,
and about the derived ones (e.g. epistemic, volitional etc. modality)?
- How do mood and modality interact with the categories aspect and tense?
- Which role do mood (cf. also the so called 'sentence mood') and modality play
in the discussion referring to the interfaces between morphosyntax, semantics
and pragmatics?
- How do generative approaches treat mood and modality, cf. especially the
discussion on the left periphery and the split-CP-approach of Rizzi (1997),
which was mainly entertained on the basis of Romance data?
- What is the contribution of the Romance languages to the formal model of modal

Bringing together different theoretical approaches and applying them to the
manifold variety of Romance data shall give us instructive results for research
in the field of mood and modality. Talks can be delivered in any Romance
language as well as in German or English. We plan to publish the conference
proceedings. Abstracts should include title of contribution, name(s),
affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es) of author(s) and must not exceed one page,
including references. Please submit your abstract as an e-mail attachment (both
word and pdf files) to the following two addresses:

Deadline for abstract submission: 28 February 2007

The workshop forms part of the XXX. Deutscher Romanistentag. All participants
are requested to register for the conference (online registration is possible
through the conference website http://www.romanistentag.de/040_anmeldung.htm).
Please note that in accordance with the DRV guidelines no speaker is allowed to
give a talk in more than one workshop during the conference.

Eva-Maria Remberger (Konstanz) and Martin Becker (Stuttgart)


Birkelund, Merete et al. (2003): Aspects de la modalité. Tübingen: Niemeyer.
Chierchia, Gennaro/McConnel-Ginnet, Sally (22000): Meaning and Grammar.
Cambridge, Mass./London: MIT, 2000
Fabricius-Hansen, Cathrine (2002): Modus, Modalverben, Modalpartikel. Trier: WVT
Giannakidou, Anastasia (1998): Polarity sensitivity as (non) veridical
dependency. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1998.
Kratzer, Angelika (1991). ''Modality.'' In: von Stechow, Arnim/Wunderlich,
Dieter (1991): Semantik. Ein internationales Handbuch der zeitgenössischen
Forschung. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 639-650.
Lohnstein, Horst (2000): Satzmodus - kompositionell: zur Parametrisierung der
Modusphrase im Deutschen. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.
Quer, Josep (1998): Mood at the interface. The Hague: Holland Academic Graphics.
Giorgi, Alessandra/Pianesi, Fabio (1997): Tense and aspect: from semantics to
morphosyntax. New York et al.: Oxford University Press.
Rizzi, Luigi (1997): ''The fine structure of the left periphery.'' In: Liliane
Haegeman (ed) (1997): Elements of Grammar: Handbook in Generative
Syntax./Dordrecht: Kluwer, 281-337.
Wright, Georg H. von (1951): An essay in modal logic. Amsterdam: North Holland

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