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LINGUIST List 22.3967

Tue Oct 11 2011

Calls: Historical Ling, Typology, General Ling/France

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        1.     Catherine Moreau , From Reality to Irreality

Message 1: From Reality to Irreality
Date: 10-Oct-2011
From: Catherine Moreau <cerlico.bxu-bordeaux3.fr>
Subject: From Reality to Irreality
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Full Title: From Reality to Irreality
Short Title: 26th CerLiCO Conference

Date: 01-Jun-2012 - 02-Jun-2012
Location: Bordeaux, France
Contact Person: Frederic Lambert
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.mshs.univ-poitiers.fr/cerlico/cerlico.htm

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 28-Oct-2011

Meeting Description:

Cercle Linguistique du Centre et de l'Ouest

Bordeaux University, France
Friday 1st - Saturday 2nd June 2012

From Reality to Irreality
Diversity of Languages and Metalinguistic Representations

In their Grammaire française (1962), J. Martin § J. Lecomte define the indicative mood as « the mode of reality » (p.246). Such a definition actually serves as a basis for a scalar approach of reality that can be found in most traditional grammars, which usually make the distinction between potentiality, possibility and irrealis (past or present). It is the relevance and the limits of such degrees that the Bordeaux Conference offers to revisit through the latest trends in linguistic research.

Call for Papers:

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

1) Historical and critical analyses of the descriptive concepts, terminology and metalinguistic constructions having marked out the evolution of the representations of reference to reality and its variations in Western and other traditions since Antiquity.

2) The model of representation of reality provided by the grammars of contemporary French, seems to be based on the grammars of classical Greek and Latin, in which the scale of reality is presented as a grammaticalized set, but what about other languages? Typological or comparative approaches are welcome.

3) Among the phenomena to be addressed, the following may be quoted: verbal tenses and modes, adverbs, hypothetical systems, syntactic tools (embedding, correlation, coordination, parataxis), discourse markers (eg. suppose; what if?), particles or connectors (in fact; in reality), the notion of endorsement by a speaker, the notions of reality, possibility and potentiality such as they operate in natural languages (semantical, pragmatical, discursive aspects), the construction of an imaginary situation, of possible worlds and mental spaces in discourse.

Any linguistic framework is welcome but will have to be explicitly introduced if need be.

Each presentation will be allowed 25 minutes, plus 15 minutes for discussion. The Conference will include a poster session, and there will be about 15 presentations altogether.

The Proceedings will be published in 2013 in Travaux Linguistiques du CerLiCO, Vol. 26, Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

Submissions should include, in addition to the author's institutional affiliation and e-mail address, an anonymous abstract of around 500 words/3,000 characters, plus references. Authors should specify whether they wish to present a paper or a poster. The abstracts will be posted on the CerLiCO website and sent to participants on registration for the Conference.

Submissions should be sent in electronic format no later than 28 October 2011 to:

Catherine Moreau, Jean Albrespit and Frédéric Lambert: cerlico.bxu-bordeaux3.fr

Information about the Conference will be posted on the CerLiCO website:


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