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LINGUIST List 22.2056

Fri May 13 2011

Calls: Typology/Australia

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        1.     Stef Spronck , Modality in the Indigenous Languages of Australia/PNG

Message 1: Modality in the Indigenous Languages of Australia/PNG
Date: 12-May-2011
From: Stef Spronck <stephan.spronckanu.edu.au>
Subject: Modality in the Indigenous Languages of Australia/PNG
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Full Title: Modality in the Indigenous Languages of Australia/PNG

Date: 02-Dec-2011 - 04-Dec-2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
Contact Person: Stef Spronck
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://als2011-modality.linguist.univ-paris-diderot.fr/

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Call Deadline: 23-Jun-2011

Meeting Description:

Modality remains one of the most understudied topics in research on the
majority of Indigenous languages. Two primary reasons for this situation
are that modal categories are notoriously hard to elicit and that their
morphological realisation is often highly heterogeneous. The fact that
modality tends to interact in complex ways with other grammatical
categories such as tense, aspect and mood further adds to the difficulty of
providing a comprehensive account of modality in newly described languages.

In recent years, however, modality has received increased interest from
both field researchers and theoretical linguists working on Indigenous
languages, especially for languages in the Americas (see e.g. Rullmann et
al., 2008; Faller, fc; and a recent workshop at Leiden University (March
25-26, 2010)). Indigenous languages in Australia and Papua New Guinea are
also becoming a major focus of attention, however (see e.g. Rumsey, 2001;
Verstraete 2005, 2006; McGregor & Wagner, 2006; Klamer (to appear); and
ongoing work by members of the TAMEAL project:
(http://tameal.linguist.univ-paris-diderot.fr).

This workshop aims to bring together researchers working on modality in
Indigenous languages, to build on this emerging research and to indicate
new directions for studying modality in the languages of Australia and PNG.

The workshop will specifically address the problems of 'discovering' modal
categories: How to discuss modality in the field (see e.g. Matthewson,
2004; San Roque et al., in prep.)? How to elicit modality in a systematic
way? Secondly, the workshop will tackle the problem of the
theoretical/typological identification and study of modal forms. What are
the categories most frequently found in the languages of Australia and PNG?
What are their semantics and pragmatics? And how do they relate to other
grammatical categories?

(See conference website for references)

Call for Papers:

Topics for presentation may include (but are not restricted to):

- The functions of irrealis marking in a particular linguistic area
- The polysemy of mood and modality markers, and how to treat it at the
semantics/pragmatics interface
- Interactions between modality and other TAM marking in a particular
language, or in a crosslinguistic perspective
- Experience with fieldwork tasks for eliciting modality
- Patterns and frequency of modal marking in spontaneous speech
- Historical reconstructions of modal paradigms in a particular linguistic area
- Typological parallels between individual languages and cross-linguistic
observations outside of Australia/PNG
- Semantic domains of possibility, necessity, intention, desire etc. and
their encoding

Although the focus of the workshop is on languages from Australia and Papua
New Guinea, more typologically and methodologically/theoretically oriented
papers are also invited.

Abstracts should be anonymous, no longer than 200 words + 100 words for
examples and references and should be submitted through the ALS conference
website:

http://langfest.anu.edu.au/index.php/als/ALS2011/schedConf/cfp

The deadline for abstract submission has been exteded to 23 June.

Presenters of abstracts accepted for presentation will be asked to
distribute 5-page short versions of their papers among participants of the
workshop one week before the conference and the conveners intend the
contributions to the workshop to be included in a publication on the
workshop's theme.

Scientific Committee:

Prof. Dr. Johan van der Auwera (University of Antwerp)
Dr. Patrick Caudal (C.N.R.S./Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7/U.W.A)
Prof. Dr. Alan Dench (University of Western Australia)
Prof. Dr. Nicholas Evans (Australian National University)
Dr. Martina Faller (Univesity of Manchester)
Prof. Dr. William Foley (University of Sydney)
Prof. Dr. Angelika Kratzer (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Prof. Dr. William McGregor (Aarhus University)
Dr. Lila San Roque (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Prof. Dr. Alan Rumsey (Australian National University)
Dr. Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Conveners:

Patrick Caudal, pcaudallinguist.jussieu.fr
Tom Honeyman (ANU), tom.honeymananu.edu.au
Stef Spronck (ANU), stephan.spronckanu.edu.au

Further Information:

For further information and updates, please contact one of the conveners.




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