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LINGUIST List 20.3741

Tue Nov 03 2009

Calls: General Ling, Semantics, Typology/Lithuania

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        1.    Philippe De Brabanter, Future Tense(s) / Future Time(s)

Message 1: Future Tense(s) / Future Time(s)
Date: 02-Nov-2009
From: Philippe De Brabanter <phdebrabyahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Future Tense(s) / Future Time(s)
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Full Title: Future Tense(s) / Future Time(s)

Date: 02-Sep-2010 - 05-Sep-2010
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Contact Person: Philippe De Brabanter
Meeting Email: phdebrabyahoo.co.uk

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Semantics; Typology

Call Deadline: 12-Nov-2009

Meeting Description:

Convenors:
Philippe De Brabanter (Université Paris 4-Sorbonne - Institut Jean Nicod)
Mikhail Kissine (FNRS, Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Saghie Sharifzadeh (Université Paris 4-Sorbonne)

Contact: phdebrabyahoo.co.uk

Call for Papers

Description:
Among tenses and linguistic expressions that anchor events and situations in
time, those that refer to the future occupy a special place. The most obvious
reason is the 'open' or 'indeterminate' character of the future: at least from
our present point of view, the future course of events is not fixed while there
is arguably only one past. This problem has exercised the minds of all those who
have attempted to provide a semantic account of future temporal reference. Not
surprisingly, this has led numerous linguists to argue that (at least certain)
linguistic markers of futurity belong to the category of modality rather than to
the tense system proper. And it is true, typically in Germanic languages, that
the central markers of futurity have often developed diachronically from modal
verbs.

However, the semantic indeterminacy of future reference is just one among many
fascinating questions. These include (the list is not exhaustive):
- pastness in the future
- futurity in the past
- 'distance' in the future (near vs. remote future)
- the use of future tense or other verbal forms marking future time in
subordinate clauses
- the use of verbal forms usually marking future time to mean other things than
reference to future time.

In this workshop, we would like to promote a fresh look at the future by
bringing together semanticists, typologists, cognitive linguists and other
linguists interested in all things future. We encourage scholars from various
theoretical traditions to submit papers. We also wish to reach across
traditional languages lines and welcome submissions that examine similarities
and differences between Romance or Germanic languages on the one hand, and other
language groups on the other.

We ask potential participants to send us provisional titles and short
descriptions no later than 12 November so as to allow us to submit our workshop
proposal to the SLE Scientific Committee before 15 November 2009.

In case of acceptance of our proposal, all abstracts will have to be submitted
by the end of December via the 'submit abstract' form to be found on the SLE
website.
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