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LINGUIST List 22.242

Fri Jan 14 2011

Calls: Dravidian, Munda, Tibeto-Burman, Morphology, General Ling/Norway

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        1.     Sandhya Sundaresan , Finiteness in South Asian Languages

Message 1: Finiteness in South Asian Languages
Date: 12-Jan-2011
From: Sandhya Sundaresan <sandhya.sundaresanuit.no>
Subject: Finiteness in South Asian Languages
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Full Title: Finiteness in South Asian Languages
Short Title: FiSAL

Date: 09-Jun-2011 - 10-Jun-2011
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Contact Person: Sandhya Sundaresan
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://castl.uit.no/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=199:-finiteness-in-south-asian-languages-&catid=76:conferencesaworkshops

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Morphology

Language Family(ies): Dravidian; Indo-Aryan; Munda; Tibeto-Burman

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2011

Meeting Description:

Finiteness is a topic that influences and interacts with virtually every syntactic and interface property in linguistics. It deals directly with the core functional properties of a clause such as its tense, aspect and mood and with the way in which these are anchored to the outside world (anaphorically, deictically or somewhere in-between). In addition, finiteness also affects, directly or in more mediated fashion, nominal reference within a clause particularly as it pertains to the syntactic subject. Thus, issues such as the morpho-phonological (c)overtness of a subject, its case/Case and degree of syntactic-semantic anaphoricity could be seen as a function of the finiteness of the clause as a whole. South Asian languages offer fertile ground for investigation in the realm of finiteness because, as is becoming increasingly well-known, they exhibit properties that challenge much conventional wisdom on the subject. Complex predication in Bangla (Ramchand 2008 and prior), long-distance agreement (Bhatt 2005) and correlative constructions (Dayal 1991) in Hindi/Urdu, topic, focus and scrambling (Mahajan 1999, Kidwai 2000) and diachronic aspect shifts (Condoravdi and Deo 2008) in Indo-Aryan, nominative anaphors in Dravidian (Amritavalli 1984, Woolford 1999, Lidz 2004), Dravidian hybrid nominalizations with both tense and Case marking (Amritavalli and Jayaseelan 2005), serial verb constuctions in Malayalam (Jayaseelan 2004), and overt nominative, nonfinite subjects in Sinhala (Gair 2005) and Dravidian (K.P. Mohanan 1982) are only some of the challenging phenomena discussed previously. Yet, this only scratches the surface -- many languages of the Indo-Aryan, Dravidian and other families in South Asia remain under-researched and under-publicized to this day. It is the goal of this conference to bridge this gap in empirical and theoretical coverage of these phenomena.

Invited Speakers:

Rajesh Bhatt, Veneeta Dayal, Ashwini Deo, K.A. Jayaseelan and Gillian Ramchand.

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for 40 minute slots on topics pertaining to finiteness, broadly construed as described in the main page, as manifested in languages spoken in South Asia and its diaspora. What kinds of quirky data do South Asian languages present which challenge current definitions and categorizations of finiteness? Can these new data help decide between competing theories (e.g. on the connection between subject distribution and clausal finiteness)? What can these languages tell us about the interactions between different facets of finiteness: tense, aspect, mood, agreement, negation, case/Case, and nominal reference? These are some of the questions we are interested in investigating.

We also plan to publish a volume of selected papers from the conference - this
is projected to appear as a special issue in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.

Format and Submission guidelines:

Submit your abstracts here: http://linguistlist.org/confcustom/fisal2011

Abstracts should be no more than 2 pages long (a4 or US letter-sized), in 11 pt. font, with 1-inch/2.5-cm margins. This includes all data (which can be interspersed throughout the text), and references. All abstracts should be submitted as PDF files.

Submissions should be anonymous and not reveal the identity of the author(s) in any form (e.g., references, file name of the abstract). Submissions are limited to one single-authored abstract and one joint-authored abstract per person.



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