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LINGUIST List 22.2675

Mon Jun 27 2011

Calls: General Linguistics/Czech Republic

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        1.     Eva Leheckova , Conjunctions vs. Contextualizers: Between Clauses and Discourse Units

Message 1: Conjunctions vs. Contextualizers: Between Clauses and Discourse Units
Date: 27-Jun-2011
From: Eva Leheckova <eva.leheckovaff.cuni.cz>
Subject: Conjunctions vs. Contextualizers: Between Clauses and Discourse Units
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Full Title: Conjunctions vs. Contextualizers: Between Clauses and Discourse Units
Short Title: ConCon

Date: 18-Nov-2011 - 19-Nov-2011
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Contact Person: Mirjam Fried, Eva Leheckova
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2011

Meeting Description:

The goal of this workshop is to address the poorly understood relationships between conjunctions and contextualizers (or certain types of discourse markers) in various languages. We aim at a close investigation of the grammatical and semantic properties and functions of these expressions, which often show a good degree of overlap between a purely syntactic function of structuring the relations between clauses and a more discourse-based function of structuring utterances in (primarily) spoken interaction. This complex topic continues to attract serious attention and has been now investigated from various perspectives, but many fundamental questions remain unanswered, especially in the context of cross-linguistic variability.

The questions that the workshop would like to address are:

1. What are the properties shared between conjunctions and contextualizers? What are the relevant features and functions that distinguish them?
2. How can we delimit categorial boundaries between the classes of conjuntions and contextualizers? How can we integrate categorial indeterminacy in the description of these categories?
3. How do languages differ with respect to the distribution and function of conjunctions and contextualizers?
4. How does the evolution of particular expressions influence their meaning and function?

Registration fee: Є20, Є10 students

Call for Papers:

The workshop is open to papers that are based on empirical research, focus on various languages, take into account both written and spoken language, are cognitively and functionally oriented, investigate the topic either from a synchronic or diachronic perspective, including contributions on grammaticalization of conjunctions or contextualizers.

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute presentations, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author. Abstracts should be sent anonymously to: conconff.cuni.cz with 'Abstract' in the subject line. In the body of the message, please include the names of the author(s), affiliation(s), abstract title and an e-mail address. Abstracts should be submitted in both Word and PDF formats, with all non-standard fonts embedded in it. Abstracts should be typed in 12 pt font, with 1 inch (2,5 cm) margins on all sides, and be limited to one page of text, with an additional page for data and references.

There will be an opportunity to publish a selection of papers, details to be specified during the workshop.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission: 31 August, 2011
Notification of acceptance: 10 September, 2011

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