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Sun Jul 05 2009

Calls: Morphology, Semantics/Germany

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        1.    Ljudmila Geist, Workshop Indefiniteness Crosslinguistically (32nd DGfS)

Message 1: Workshop Indefiniteness Crosslinguistically (32nd DGfS)
Date: 03-Jul-2009
From: Ljudmila Geist <Ljudmila.Geistling.uni-stuttgart.de>
Subject: Workshop Indefiniteness Crosslinguistically (32nd DGfS)
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Full Title: Workshop Indefiniteness Crosslinguistically (32nd DGfS)

Date: 23-Feb-2010 - 26-Feb-2010
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Ljudmila Geist
Meeting Email: ljudmila.geistling.uni-stuttgart.de

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics

Call Deadline: 12-Jul-2009

Meeting Description:

This workshop aims at investigating interpretative and formal aspects of
indefiniteness in individual languages as well as crosslinguistically.

Crosslinguistically, an NP may be marked as indefinite by different means. In
addition to the prototypical indefiniteness markers, e.g. the indefinite article in
languages such as English or German, there are markers like 'some' and
indefinite 'this' in English or 'irgendein' and 'so'n' in German. It is a matter of
debate what facets of indefiniteness such markers express in comparison to the
indefinite article. A more complete picture of the exact function of indefiniteness
markers can be reached by taking into account languages like Moroccan Arabic
and Uzbek, which employ two distinct indefinite articles, or languages like
Russian, in which indefiniteness is grammaticalized in the complex system of
indefinite pronouns. In his influential typological study, Haspelmath (1997)
determines different functions indefinite pronouns may display in different
languages.

Since this seminal work that was restricted to indefinite pronouns, there have
been important steps towards an understanding of the semantic and pragmatic
properties of different indefiniteness markers in general (e.g. by Farkas (2002)
and Ionin (2006) for English; Jayez & Tovena (2006) for French; Martí (2007) for
Spanish; Ebert, Ebert & Hinterwimmer (to appear) for German; Geist (2008), Geist
& Onea (2007) for Russian, and von Heusinger & Klein (2008) for Uzbek). Such
fine-grained analyses of indefiniteness markers in particular languages now
provide a basis for cross¬linguistic comparison with the aim to determine
universal types and crosslinguistically applicable concepts of indefiniteness.

Call for Papers:

We welcome submissions in which the following issues are addressed:

-Comparative studies on the linguistic coding of indefiniteness;
-Systems of indefinite pronouns: semantic fine-grained distinctions and
pragmatic functions;
-Interrelations of indefiniteness with other phenomena like specificity,
information structure, aspect, and modality;
-The diachronic rise of indefinite articles and the degrees of
grammaticalization of indefiniteness markers in different languages.

Abstracts should be anonymous and at most 2 pages in length. Please send your
abstracts electronically in pdf- and doc-format to indefiniteness 'at' ling.uni-
stuttgart.de, and include your name, affiliation and the title of the abstract in the
body of the e-mail. Submissions will be reviewed by two reviewers.

Submission deadline: July 12, 2009
Notification: September 3, 2009

Organizers: Cornelia Ebert (Osnabrück), Ljudmila Geist (Stuttgart)

Scientific Committee: Christian Ebert (Bielefeld), Martin Haspelmath (Leipzig),
Stefan Hinterwimmer (Berlin), Luisa Martí (Tromsø), Edgar Onea (Stuttgart),
Arndt Riester (Stuttgart), Carla Umbach (Osnabruck), Ralf Vogel (Bielefeld), Klaus
von Heusinger (Stuttgart)
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