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LINGUIST List 22.4793

Thu Dec 01 2011

Confs: English, Pragmatics/Austria

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        1.     Reinhard Heuberger , Pragmatics of Aspect in Varieties of English


Message 1: Pragmatics of Aspect in Varieties of English
Date: 01-Dec-2011
From: Reinhard Heuberger <Reinhard.Heubergeruibk.ac.at>
Subject: Pragmatics of Aspect in Varieties of English
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Pragmatics of Aspect in Varieties of English

Date: 16-Apr-2012 - 17-Apr-2012
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Contact: Gabriella Mazzon
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.uibk.ac.at/anglistik/symposium2012.html

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

Aspect is one of the linguistic categories in which varieties of English seem to differ to a great extent; this concerns certainly the formal elements involved and their strictly aspectual values, but also the possible overtones conveying stance, attitude, and other pragmatically significant values, as in paradigmatic cases like the ‘irritation/impatience’ overtone of ‘You're always complaining’, where the apparent incompatibility between the progressive aspect and the habitual/iterative value of always is overrun precisely to convey this subjective element of attitude.

The often-mentioned, but rarely investigated in detail, ‘over-extension’ of the progressive aspect to stative verbs in many varieties of English could be linked to this phenomenon, as could other expressions combining specific tense-aspect reference with specific subjective values, such as the hot-news perfect of Irish English.

Keynote Speakers:

Bernd Kortmann, University of Freiburg (title to be announced)
Raymond Hickey, University of Duisburg Essen (title to be announced)

The conference will take place in the historic main building of the University of Innsbruck. On the evening of the 16th, there will be a conference dinner at a typical Austrian restaurant (at a price of about 45€ per person). Information on travel arrangements and accommodation can be obtained here.

Convenor: Gabriella Mazzon, Full Professor for English Linguistics, Institut für Anglistik, Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck (Gabriella.Mazzonuibk.ac.at)

The conference programme can be downloaded here:

http://www.uibk.ac.at/anglistik/symposium2012.html



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