From: Marcin Kilarski <kilarskiamu.edu.pl>
Subject: Workshop Session on Noun Classification
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Full Title: Workshop Session on Noun Classification
Date: 02-Sep-2009 - 05-Sep-2009
Location: Gniezno, Poland
Contact Person: Marcin Kilarski
Meeting Email: kilarskiamu.edu.pl
Web Site: http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/plm
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Typology
Call Deadline: 01-May-2009
This workshop session on noun classification is organized as part of the 40th
Poznan Linguistic Meeting (PLM2009), to be held in Gniezno on 2-5 September 2009.
Workshop Organizers: Marcin Kilarski, Yishai Tobin
Confirmed Participants: Ellen Contini-Morava (University of Virginia), Marcin
Kilarski (Adam Mickiewicz University), Yishai Tobin (Ben-Gurion University of
the Negev), Elena Even (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), Julia Buus
Florentine (University of Oxford)
Call for Papers
All languages employ some means of classifying lexico-grammatical concepts such
as noun classes, classifiers, quantifiers and grammatical number. These systems
of classification can take diverse and varied morphosyntactic forms and have
relative degrees of lexicalization and grammaticalization.
Noun classification systems, including noun classes and classifiers, shape many
aspects of language structure: in particular, they help expand the lexicon of a
language and contribute to the structuring of discourse by way of reference
tracking and management. Their role in lexical and grammatical structure is
demonstrated by the correlates with human cognition, perception as well as
social and cultural patterns.
In this workshop we would like to focus on the following issues concerning noun
a) the role of assignment criteria in noun class languages and their
b) the semantic and pragmatic functions of noun classification and their
implications for lexical and grammatical structure;
c) the acquisition of noun class and classifier systems; and finally,
d) the interface between noun classification and number, as evidenced by the
common expression of noun class and gender, and the complementary relationship
between the processes of unitization and pluralization.
The data will be drawn from a wide range of genetically and typologically
different language families such as Bantu, Indo-European, Semitic, Sino-Tibetan,
Japanese and Iroquoian.
Papers will be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion. Please submit your
abstract as a file attachment (preferably pdf) to Marcin Kilarski
(kilarskiamu.edu.pl). The length of the abstract should not exceed 500 words.
The deadline for submission is May 1st.
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