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LINGUIST List 19.197

Thu Jan 17 2008

Calls: General Ling,Typology/Italy; General Ling/Portugal

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        1.    Andrej Malchukov, Impersonal Constructions
        2.    Núcleo de Jovens Investigadores (FCSH-UNL), 3° Fórum de Partilha Linguística


Message 1: Impersonal Constructions
Date: 15-Jan-2008
From: Andrej Malchukov <andrej_malchukoveva.mpg.de>
Subject: Impersonal Constructions
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Full Title: Impersonal Constructions

Date: 17-Sep-2008 - 20-Sep-2008
Location: Forli, Italy
Contact Person: Andrej Malchukov
Meeting Email: andrej_malchukoveva.mpg.de

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 08-Feb-2008

Meeting Description

This workshop, planned as a theme session at the 41st annual meeting of the
Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), is intended to bring together scholars
interested in various aspects of the structure of impersonal constructions, both
in individual languages and cross-linguistically. Contributions dealing with
less studied languages are particularly welcome.

Call for Papers

Workshop Proposal
Impersonal Constructions: a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Organizers: Anna Siewierska and Andrej Malchukov

Dear List members,

This is a call for papers for a workshop on Impersonal constructions: a
cross-linguistic perspective that we plan to organize within the next annual
meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), to be held in Forlì, Italy,
September 17-20, 2008 (http://sle2008.sitlec.unibo.it).

Since SLE policy for workshops and theme sessions requires us to submit the
proposal to the SLE program committee before February 15, 2008, we ask the
prospective contributors to send us the title of their contribution and a
very short abstract no later than 8th of February, 2008. We will ask for longer
abstracts once we have negotiated with the conference organizers the number of
slots available.
Abstracts should be sent to both organizers to the following e-mail addresses:

a.siewierskalancaster.ac.uk
andrej_malchukoveva.mpg.de

The notification of acceptance of an abstract for the workshop is 28th of
February.
The final notification of acceptance on the part of the SLE committee is
the 31st of May 2008. If the theme session is accepted it is our intention
to publish a selection of the papers with an international publisher.

Anna Siewierska and Andrej Malchukov


Workshop Topic

Impersonal Constructions: a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Impersonal constructions (such as Latin Me pudet lit. 'me shames', German
Mich friert lit. 'me freezes', or Russian Svetaet 'It dawns') have been a
traditional topic of research in Indo-European studies (see, e.g.,
Seefranz-Montag 1984; Lambert 1998; Bauer 2000). Yet this research with a
few exceptions has not been extended cross-linguistically. There seem to be
several, different reasons for this all of which cause problems for the
cross-linguistic identification of impersonal constructions. The first
reason relates to the term impersonal, which has remained controversial and
is understood in a variety of different ways by different authors: as
pertaining to constructions lacking a subject; as embracing constructions
lacking a lexical subject (this allows for treating constructions like 'It
dawns' as impersonal); as covering constructions featuring subjects with
generic or arbitrary reference rather than definite reference. These uses
of the term impersonal are not unrelated though. We will define impersonal
constructions broadly as constructions lacking a referential subject, which
is consistent with the traditional usage of the term impersonal. The second
reason for the lack of cross-linguistic studies of impersonals is that
impersonal constructions are rather heterogeneous in terms of the verb
types involved. As repeatedly noted in the literature, among the verb types
that most commonly pattern impersonally are weather-verbs, psych verbs, as
well as verbs used in presentational constructions. Yet, in spite of this
heterogeneity, these constructions also show an overlap, which justifies
their joint consideration (e.g., the same predicates may be involved in
weather constructions and psych predicates: cf. German: Es friert 'It is
cold' and Mich friert lit. 'me freezes'). Another reason for the relative
neglect of impersonals in typological investigations is that, impersonal
verbs can be either basic or derived (impersonal passives; cf. the
impersonal participles in -no/-to in Polish; Siewierska 1984). Yet, again
both types show a significant overlap: in fact, Givón (2001) regards
impersonal construction such as Man sagt in German as a kind of impersonal
passive (cf. Khrakovky 1974). Finally, the term impersonal is based on the
concept of subject, which may be not readily applicable to languages of
different alignment (e.g., ergative languages). However, as noted by Lazard
(1998 et passim), similar phenomena can be attested in ergative languages
with respect to encoding of the P argument, a construction called
''anti-impersonal''. Furthermore, the role of impersonal constructions in
the rise of different alignment types has been recently recognized (see,
e.g., contributions by Donohue, Mithun, Malchukov to Donohue & Wichmann
(eds.) 2008 on the rise of the active-stative languages).
The workshop is intended to bring together scholars interested in various
aspects of the structure of impersonal constructions, both in individual
languages and cross-linguistically. The discussion of theoretical issues will be
appreciated to the extent that it helps to elucidate the empirical data. The
topics to be addressed include but are not limited to:
- impersonal constructions in individual languages (contributions dealing
with less studied languages are particularly welcome)
- lexical properties of the constructions (i.e., what types of predicates
pattern impersonally)
- syntactic properties of these constructions (i.e., does any argument
display subject properties)
- morphological properties (basic and derived impersonal verbs (impersonal
passives)
- borderline cases/extensions of impersonal uses (cf. Siewierska 2004 on
the impersonal uses of personal pronouns, and personal uses of impersonal
pronouns)
- cross-linguistic and diachronic studies of impersonal constructions

References

Bauer, B. 2000. Archaic syntax in Indo-European: the spread of transitivity
in Latin and French. Berlin: de Gruyter.
Donohue, M. & S. Wichmann (eds). 2008. Typology of languages with semantic
alignment. Oxford University Press.
Givón, T., 2001. Syntax. A Functional-Typological Introduction, vol. 2.
John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
Khrakovsky, V. S. 1974. ''Passivnye konstrukcii'' [Passive constructions].
In A. A. Kholodovich (ed.) Tipologija passivnyx konstrukcij [Typology of
passive constructions], Leningrad: Nauka, 5-45.
Lambert, P.-Y. 1998. L'impersonnel. In J. Feuillet (ed.). Actance et
valence dans les Langues de l'Europe. Berlin: Mouton, 295-347.
Lazard, G. 1998. Actancy. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter
Seefranz-Montag, A. 1984. Subjectless sentences and syntactic change. In:
J. Fisiak (ed.). Historical syntax. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 521-533.
Siewierska, A. 1984. The Passive: A Comparative Linguistic Analysis.
London: Croom Helm.
Siewierska , A. 2004. Person. (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics).
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Message 2: 3° Fórum de Partilha Linguística
Date: 15-Jan-2008
From: Núcleo de Jovens Investigadores (FCSH-UNL) <jiclunlfsch.unl.pt>
Subject: 3° Fórum de Partilha Linguística
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Full Title: 3° Fórum de Partilha Linguística
Short Title: Linguistic Sharing Forum

Date: 14-Jul-2008 - 15-Jul-2008
Location: Lisbon -Lisboa, Portugal
Contact Person: Núcleo de Jovens Investigadores (FCSH-UNL)
Meeting Email: jiclunlfsch.unl.pt
Web Site: http://clunl.onlinetrace.com/PT/?id=787&mid=7

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 14-Apr-2008

Meeting Description

3° Fórum de Partilha Linguística/ 3rd Linguistic Sharing Forum
Centro de Linguística da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (CLUNL).

Call for Papers

In July of 2006 and 2007 took place, in FCSH-UNL, the First and the Second
Linguistic Sharing Forum, organized by the Núcleo de Jovens Investigadores
(Young Investigators), which gathers all the MA students, MA, PhD students and
recently PhDs of the Centro de Linguística da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (CLUNL).
http://clunl.onlinetrace.com/PT/?id=787&mid=7
For the Terceiro Fórum de Partilha Linguística/ Third Linguistic Sharing Forum,
CLUNL's Young Investigators invite their fellows of all Portuguese and foreign
Universities, whose works are related with studies about languages and/or
language (Linguistic, Language Sciences, Language Philosophy, Literature,
Anthropology, Sociology,...), to participate in this multidisciplinary
conference, presenting their investigation.
The Terceiro Fórum de Partilha Linguística / Third Linguistic Sharing Forum will
take place:

July 14th and 15 th of 2008
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. de Berna, 26-C, 1069-061 Lisboa - Portugal

All those interested in the participation of the Terceiro Fórum de Partilha
Linguística/ Third Linguistic Sharing Forum ought to submit their proposals
according with the following calendar and regulation:

Calendar
April 14th of 2008 - last day for inscription and abstract sending
May 15th of 2008 - information of the selected proposals

Regulation
1. Works should be presentations or posters.

2. Presentations should be in Portuguese or in English.

3. Presentations should not overtake 20 minutes, followed of a 10 minutes debate.

4. All interested colleagues should send their Work Presentation Proposal to
Núcleo de Jovens Investigadores's e-mail: jiclunlfcsh.unl.pt.

5. The proposals should have written the following information:
a) Theme and/or presentation title
b) Type of presentation - Poster / Presentation
b) Author(s)
c) E-mail
d) Institution
e) Investigation area(s)
f) Degree or degree classes in course

6. The presentation proposals should be composed by:
Presentation title without author(s) name(s)
Abstract (in Portuguese or English)
- word number, 250 max.
- Times New Roman font, 12 font size
- single line spacing
- 2,5 cm left and right indentation and 3 cm before and after spacing

7. The abstracts should be sent in Word and be named fpl (Fórum de Partilha
Linguística) followed by author(s)'s initials (example: Ana Silva = fplas.doc).

8. All Presentation proposals will be evaluated by a reading committee.

9. The selected abstracts will be reproduced in the official program of the 3°
Fórum de Partilha Linguística / 3rd Linguistic Sharing Forum.

The Second Linguistic Sharing Forum participants were invited to present their
works for publication in CLUNL's Estudos Linguísticos/Linguistic Studies, after
judgement of a reading committee appointed by the magazine and/or by the Núcleo
de Jovens Investigadores.

The Núcleo de Jovens Investigadores will publish the Actas do Terceiro Fórum de
Partilha Linguística on-line, with the articles of the interested colleagues.

To enlighten any doubts or obtain additional information, do not hesitate to
contact conference organization:

Terceiro Fórum de Partilha Linguística
Núcleo de Jovens Investigadores
Departamento de Linguística
Faculdade Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Avenida de Berna, 26 C
1069-061 Lisboa
Portugal
E-mail: jiclunlfsch.unl.pt
Site Internet: http://clunl.onlinetrace.com/PT/?id=787&mid=7

3° Fórum de Partilha Linguística

Call for Papers

Em Julho de 2006 e 2007 realizaram-se, na FCSH-UNL, o Primeiro e o Segundo Fórum
de Partilha Linguística, respectivamente, organizado pelo Núcleo de Jovens
Investigadores. Este núcleo reúne todos os mestrandos, mestres, doutorandos e
recém-doutorados do Centro de Linguística da Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
http://clunl.onlinetrace.com/PT/?id=787&mid=7
Para o Terceiro Fórum de Partilha Linguística os Jovens Investigadores do CLUNL
convidam os colegas de todas as Universidades portuguesas e estrangeiras, cujos
trabalhos se relacionam com estudos sobre línguas e/ou linguagem (Linguística,
Ciências da Linguagem, Filosofia da Linguagem, Literatura, Antropologia,
Sociologia,...), a participarem neste colóquio multidisciplinar, dando a
conhecer as suas investigações.
O Terceiro Fórum de Partilha Linguística terá lugar em:

14 e 15 de Julho de 2008
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. de Berna, 26-C, 1069-061 Lisboa

As pessoas interessadas em participar no Terceiro Fórum de Partilha Linguística
devem submeter a sua proposta de acordo com a calendarização e o regulamento
seguintes:

Calendarização
14 de Abril de 2008 - Data limite para inscrição e envio de resumo
15 de Maio de 2008 - Informação, aos proponentes, sobre a selecção das propostas.

Regulamento
1. Os trabalhos poderão ser apresentados sob a forma de comunicações ou de cartazes.

2. As comunicações poderão ser apresentadas em português e inglês.

3. As comunicações não deverão ultrapassar 20 minutos, seguidos de 10 minutos de
discussão.

4. Todos os interessados deverão enviar as Propostas de apresentação de
trabalhos para o endereço do Núcleo de Jovens Investigadores: jiclunlfcsh.unl.pt.

5. As propostas devem conter as seguintes informações:
a) Tema e/ou título da apresentação
b) Modalidade de apresentação - Cartaz / Comunicação
b) Autor(es)
c) Endereço de correio electrónico
d) Instituição
e) Área(s) de investigação
f) Grau ou curso que frequenta

6. As propostas de Comunicação deverão ser acompanhadas de um resumo, com o
seguinte formato:
Título da comunicação sem referência ao nome dos autores
Texto do resumo (em português ou inglês)
- número de palavras, máximo 250
- letra Times New Roman, 12 pontos
- espaço entre linhas simples
- margens laterais de 2,5 cm e superior e inferior de 3 cm

7. O resumo deverá ser enviado em ficheiro Word e deverá ser nomeado fpl (Fórum
de Partilha Linguística) seguido das iniciais do(s) autor(es) (exemplo: Ana
Silva = fplas.doc).

8. Todas as Propostas de apresentação de trabalhos serão avaliadas por um comité
de leitura.

9. Os resumos seleccionados serão reproduzidos no programa oficial do 3° Fórum
de Partilha Linguística.

Os participantes do Segundo Fórum de Partilha Linguística foram convidados a
apresentar os seus trabalhos para publicação na revista do CLUNL Estudos
Linguísticos/Linguistic Studies, mediante apreciação dos mesmos por júri da
revista e/ou indicado pelo Núcleo de Jovens Investigadores.

O Núcleo de Jovens Investigadores publicará, on-line, as Actas do Terceiro Fórum
de Partilha Linguística com as participações dos colegas interessados.

Para esclarecer dúvidas ou obter informações adicionais, não hesite em comunicar
com os organizadores do colóquio:

Terceiro Fórum de Partilha Linguística
Núcleo de Jovens Investigadores
Departamento de Linguística
Faculdade Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Avenida de Berna, 26 C
1069-061 Lisboa
E-mail: jiclunlfsch.unl.pt
Site Internet: http://clunl.onlinetrace.com/PT/?id=787&mid=7









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