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LINGUIST List 21.4106

Sat Oct 16 2010

Calls: Semantics, Syntax, Russian/Russia

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        1.     Sergey Say , Constructional & Lexical Semantic Approaches to Russian

Message 1: Constructional & Lexical Semantic Approaches to Russian
Date: 14-Oct-2010
From: Sergey Say <serjozhkayahoo.com>
Subject: Constructional & Lexical Semantic Approaches to Russian
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Full Title: Constructional & Lexical Semantic Approaches to Russian

Date: 24-Mar-2011 - 26-Mar-2011
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Contact Person: Sergey Say
Meeting Email: rusconstrgmail.com

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax

Subject Language(s): Russian (rus)

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2010

Meeting Description:

Like the first conference in the series, this second meeting focuses on the
problems of Russian syntax. Its central issue is the relation between formal
properties of various syntactic constructions in Russian and their semantic,
pragmatic and discourse properties. Participants are encouraged to discuss
not only regular syntactic patterns, but also 'marginal' types of constructions
that are often at (or beyond) the fringes of syntactic description and offer a
challenge to theoretical understanding.

Call For Papers

Inquiry into the syntax of Russian has long been associated with the study
of semantic and pragmatic properties of syntactic units. Simplifying
somewhat, two types of approach have emerged in the study of complex
syntactic units: 'bottom-up' ('lexical semantic approach') and 'top-down'
('constructional approach'). The lexical semantic approach takes as its
starting point combinatorial potential of individual lexemes; in particular, the
distribution of syntactic patterns is often claimed to reflect subtleties of
lexical semantics (cf. the work by Yurij D. Apresjan and Moscow semantic
school in general). According to this approach, semantic and syntactic
properties of complex constructions are derivable from semantic and
combinatory properties of their component parts. The central unit in the
constructional approach is a construction - a complex form-meaning pairing
for which semantic and syntactic features are not predictable from the
properties of the component parts. The primary task in the investigation of a
construction is to establish its syntactic, semantic and pragmatic properties
as those of an independent discourse unit, while its component parts are
generally analyzed on the basis of the contribution they make to the whole.
Within 'Western' linguistic tradition, this type of approach is typical of various
kinds of Construction grammars (Ch. Fillmore, A. Goldberg, etc.); however,
many studies within Russian traditional syntax are often based on similar
(though sometimes implicit) theoretical assumptions. The conference is not
directly associated with any particular theoretical platform. However, we
hope that the multifaceted discussion of various empirical data will bring us
to a better understanding of theoretical issues related to the syntax of
Russian (and beyond); in particular, we encourage discussion of the highs
and lows of bottom-up and top-down approaches to syntactic phenomena.

The aim of the conference is to gather researchers who are interested in
the topic irrespective of their official status; we encourage the participation
of young researchers, including students. Abstracts presenting work in
progress are also welcome, provided there are already some empirical
findings to be presented at the conference. This year we are going to
arrange a special session on diachronic studies based on corpus data.
Abstracts should not be longer than two pages (3600 characters, including
examples and references) and should be sent as .pdf or .doc attachments
to the following address: rusconstrgmail.com. The deadline for submission
is December 15, 2010. Please indicate the information about the author(s)
(name,affiliation, e-mail / tel.) in the body of the letter. The working
languages of the conference are English and Russian, abstracts can be
written in either language. Participants will be allocated 20 minutes for
presentation, plus 10 minutes for discussion. We will notify of the
acceptance / rejection before January 5, 2011. After the conference we
hope to prepare a volume of selected full-length articles based on the
papers from the conference.

Invited Speakers
Mirjam Fried (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague);
Tatjana Evgenjevna Janko (Russian State University for the Humanties,
Jurij Pavlovich Knjazev (St. Petersburg State University);
Johanna Nichols (University of California, Berkeley) - to be confirmed;
Barbara Partee (University of Massachusetts Amherst);
Daniel Weiss (Universit├Ąt Z├╝rich)

Organizing Committee
Sofja Oskolskaja
Maria Ovsjannikova
Sergey Say
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