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LINGUIST List 22.4070

Tue Oct 18 2011

Calls: Typology, 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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Full Title: Modes of Modality

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

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2012

Meeting Description:

Modes of Modality (two conferences)
Munich, 10-12 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?

Conveners:

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)

Call for Papers:

Modality, Typology and Universal Grammar:

We invite papers on universal definitions of modality or 'illocutionary force'. Cartographic approaches to modality are as welcome as functional and other approaches, as long as they are scientific in the sense that they are working on generalizations concerning modality as part of the faculty of the human language, thus not being reduced to ad-hoc claims concerning individual languages only. The contributions should provide generalizations on modality that are robust enough to account for cross-linguistic varieties of modality, but that are also concrete and precise enough to be potentially falsifiable.

The topics invited should cover at least one of the following domains:

- The syntax of modality
- The semantics of modality
- The pragmatics of modality
- Covert modality
- Lexical versus grammatical coding of modality
- Modality in matrix clauses versus dependent clauses
- Epistemicity and evidentiality
- Modal verbs across languages
- Modal particles and their counterparts across languages
- 'Modalized languages' (such as Japanese) versus languages with 'sparse modality'
- Modality in pronominals
- Modality in relation to other categories such as mood, tense, aspect, and person
- Modality and Theory of Mind/other's mind

Function(s) of Modality:

The aim of this conference is to encompass the whole functional area of modality in German in order to understand the particular subcomponents in their relationship to one another. Participants of previous meetings are called on to comment on results of previous conferences in an overall view and, at the same time, open up novel perspectives for research.

Previous Topics:

- Modal verbs
- Modal particles
- Epistemicity and evidentiality
- Lexical and grammatical coding of modality
- Grammaticalisation of modality
- Mood and modality
- Translation of modality
- Modality and temporality

Possible New Topics:

- Modality in pronominals
- Modality in dependent clauses
- Modality and aspectuality

Guidelines for Submissions:

The abstract submitted should comprise no more than 500 words and should be anonymous. An extra cover sheet should contain name and address of the author as well as the title of the abstract.

Please send your abstract to elisabeth.leisslmu.de.



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