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LINGUIST List 21.2125

Thu May 06 2010

Confs: Morphology, Semantics, Syntax/France

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        1.    Patricia Cabredo Hofherr, Workshop on Impersonal Human Pronouns

Message 1: Workshop on Impersonal Human Pronouns
Date: 28-Apr-2010
From: Patricia Cabredo Hofherr <pcabredouniv-paris8.fr>
Subject: Workshop on Impersonal Human Pronouns
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Workshop on Impersonal Human Pronouns

Date: 28-May-2010 - 28-May-2010
Location: Paris, France
Contact: Patricia Cabredo Hofherr
Contact Email: pcabredouniv-paris8.fr
Meeting URL: http://www.umr7023.cnrs.fr/-Journee-d-etude-pronoms-.html

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Invited Speakers:

- Verner Egerland (Lund)
- Anders Holmberg (Newcastle)
-Jarich Hoekstra (Nordisches Institut der CAU, Kiel)

The workshop focuses on the morphological, syntactic and semantic properties of
impersonal human pronouns such as English 'one', French 'on', Germanic 'man/men'.

The questions addressed include the following:
- While the typical contexts for these pronouns seem to be generic, a subset of
languages, e.g. French and Germanic, allows the use of these pronouns in
episodic contexts. What are the differences between episodic and generic uses of
impersonal human pronouns? Why do some pronouns not admit episodic uses?
- Why do impersonal human pronouns often have defective (French 'on') or
suppletive oblique forms?
- What are binding properties of impersonal human pronouns?
- How do impersonal human pronouns differ from impersonal uses of personal
pronouns (in particular 2nd person), and from the human subject implicit in the
interpretation of impersonal verb forms?

Anders Holmberg (Newcastle): Varieties of Generic Pronouns


Verner Egerland (Lund): Impersonal Human Pronouns in Scandinavian and Elsewhere


Jarich Hoekstra (Nordisches Institut der CAU, Kiel): On the Impersonal Pronoun
men in Modern West Frisian

Julia Pozas Loyo (Queen Mary London & UMR 7023 CNRS/Paris 8): The Rise and Fall
of Impersonal Pronouns in Spanish


Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (UMR 7023 -CNRS/Paris-8 & Surrey Morphology Group):
Binding Properties of Generic and Episodic Readings of Impersonal Human Pronouns

Ces journées sont organisées avec le soutien des organismes suivants (We
gratefully acknowledge the support of):

- UMR 7023 CNRS / Paris 8 Structures formelles du langage


- Projet Calcul de la référence nominale : langues avec et sans articles de la
Fédération ''Typologie et universaux linguistiques'', CNRS FR 2559,

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