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Mon Oct 17 2011

Confs: General Linguistics/Germany

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        1.     Werner Abraham , Modes of Modality

Message 1: Modes of Modality
Date: 17-Oct-2011
From: Werner Abraham <werner.abrahamlmu.de>
Subject: Modes of Modality
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Modes of Modality

Date: 10-May-2012 - 12-May-2012
Location: Munich, Germany, Germany
Contact: Elisabeth Leiss
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.lmu.de/modality2012

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Modes of Modality (two conferences)

Munich, 10-12th May 2012, German Linguistics Department, LMU Munich
The aim of both conferences ('Function(s) of modality' and 'Modality, Typology, and Universal Grammar') is to uncover the range of functions and patterns of modality as they are currently known and discussed. The main questions are: What is modality? What are the subtypes of modality? And what are the main characteristics of these subtypes concerning their degree of complexity and their hierarchical order?


Elisabeth Leiss (Munich) and Werner Abraham (Vienna & Munich)

Conference 1 (May 11-12, 2012):

Modality, Typology, and Universal Grammar

The conference aims at a universal definition of modality or 'illocutionary force' that is strong enough to capture the whole range of the different subtypes and varieties of modality in different languages of the world. The conference is part of a research project on 'Un-Cartesian Linguistics'. The aim of this project is to design an alternative approach to Cartesian/ Rationalist models of Universal Grammar. It is a functional approach being rooted in the UG of Modist Universal Grammar of the late 13th century and revived much later by Charles S. Peirce and Roman Jakobson. The aim of the conference is thus to treat modality as part of Universal Grammar, however by avoiding the dead ends of naïve formalism as well as of simplistic anti-functionalism or miss-understood functionalisms. Conference language: English.

Invited Speakers:

Foong Ha Yap (Hong Kong), Patrick Grosz (MIT & Tübingen), Malte Zimmermann (Humboldt-University, Berlin)

Conference 2 (May 10-11, 2012):

Function(s) of Modality (Meeting of the working group 'Modalität im Deutschen')

The meetings of the international working group on 'Modality in German' (Arbeitskreis für 'Modalität im Deutschen') focus on different subareas of modality. This time, the aim is to obtain an overall view and provide a definition for the function(s) of modality and its subtypes in German which is able to stand the test in cross-linguistic comparison and to provide a solid basis for the understanding of modality within the architectural structure of grammatical categories. Conference languages: German, English.

Invited Speakers:

Gabriele Diewald (Hannover), Michail Kotin (Zielona Gora)

For more details on both conferences, see the announcement and call for papers URL www.lmu.de/modality2012

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