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LINGUIST List 20.2267

Tue Jun 23 2009

Calls: Historical Ling, Morphology, Semantics, Syntax, Typology/Germany

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        1.    Silvia Kutscher, Morphosyntax and Semantics of Spatial Relators

Message 1: Morphosyntax and Semantics of Spatial Relators
Date: 22-Jun-2009
From: Silvia Kutscher <silvia.kutscherculture.hu-berlin.de>
Subject: Morphosyntax and Semantics of Spatial Relators
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Full Title: Morphosyntax and Semantics of Spatial Relators
Short Title: DGfS_Space

Date: 24-Feb-2010 - 26-Feb-2010
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Silvia Kutscher
Meeting Email: silvia.kutscherculture.hu-berlin.de

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Semantics; Syntax;
Typology

Call Deadline: 30-Aug-2009

Meeting Description:

The perception of space is one of the fundamental properties of human cognition.
Consequently, it has often been stated that the conceptualisation and linguistic
expression of spatial relations is based on universal spatial concepts such as
'in' / [inclusion] and 'on' / [surface]. When comparing various languages one
finds,however, a great variety of expressions which can possibly not be reduced
to common semantic concepts such as those (cp. Levinson/Meira 2003). In
addition, when investigating diachronic corpora, one finds paths of change with
respect to grammaticalisation and lexicalisation which show that even closely
related languages may develop quite different systems of spatial expressions.
The aim of our workshop is, therefore, to investigate how spatial concepts
manifest themselves semantically as well as morphosyntactically and
synchronically as well as in historic perspective to gain a deeper insight into
the typology of spatial expressions. Hence, questions like the following are at
the center of
interest:

- Development of systems of spatial expressions
- Semantic structure of systems of spatial relators
- Secondary loss of spatial semantics via lexicalisation (e.g. English 'give
up', German 'auf-h├Âren')
- Interaction of different kinds of spatial relators, e.g. the simultaneous use
of prepositional phrase and locative adverb in German (auf den Tisch drauf)
- Cross linguistic comparison of systems of spatial expressions.

We invite linguists working synchronically as well as diachronically. Both
empirical as well as more theory-oriented papers are welcome.

Please send a one page abstract in pdf format to the following address no later
than 30 August 2009: silvia.kutscherculture.hu-berlin.de

The time allotted is 20 minutes for the talk and 10 minutes for discussion. You
will be informed about whether your paper is accepted on 15 September 2009.
Workshop languages will be German and English.

The workshop is part of the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Germany
(DGfS)
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