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LINGUIST List 23.1057

Fri Mar 02 2012

Calls: Linguistic Theories, Typology/Netherlands

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Date: 01-Mar-2012
From: Tyler Peterson <t.r.g.petersonhum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: The Nature of Evidentiality
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Full Title: The Nature of Evidentiality
Short Title: TNE 2012

Date: 14-Jun-2012 - 16-Jun-2012
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Contact Person: Tyler Peterson
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://hum.leiden.edu/lucl/tne-2012

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2012

Meeting Description:

The purpose of this conference, which will be held from June 14 to June 16, 2012 at Leiden University, is to bring together researchers working on various language families and from various subdisciplines of linguistics to discuss the linguistic nature of evidentiality. We welcome any descriptive, theoretical, comparative or historical perspective, as long as one or more of the following topics is addressed:

Theory: the nature of the network of relationships between evidential categories, and the descriptors that are needed to accurately map these relationships.

Description: fresh data or novel analyses that throw a new light on theoretical and typological assumptions about evidentiality.

Criteria: rigorous syntactic, morphological, and semantic tests for describing the differences between evidential categories.

Evidential systems: the nature of the interaction of various evidential markers within a given evidential system.

Beyond evidentiality: the relationships of evidentials with other linguistic categories such as tense, aspect, and modality.

Invited Speakers:

Rose-Marie D├ęchaine (UBC)
Ferdinand de Haan (Oracle)
Daniel J. Hintz (SIL)
Matthias Schenner (ZAS Berlin)
Peggy Speas (UMass, Amherst)

In addition to the main conference, we are also hosting a one-day workshop on June 13 dedicated to semantic fieldwork and evidentials. In the past 25 years research on evidentiality has greatly expanded its cross-linguistic scope, and we know/now have many fine-grained descriptions of evidentials in individual languages. This research has led to the development of many empirical, experimental, and theoretical tools for documenting evidentiality. These advances have also revealed the challenges in adequately describing evidentials. As such, the purpose of this workshop is to bring field researchers together who work on evidentiality, and to provide a forum for exchanging methodologies and experiences in probing evidential meaning. If you are interested in making a short presentation at the pre-workshop, please include a one-paragraph abstract along with your main conference abstract. There are a limited number of presentation slots, but we hope to accommodate as many people as possible.

Conference website: http://hum.leiden.edu/lucl/tne-2012
Questions should be directed to evidentialitygmail.com.

Organizing Committee:

Johan Rooryck (LUCL)
Tyler Peterson (LUCL)
Monica Lau (LUCL)
Willem Adelaar (LUCL)

Call for Papers:


We are accepting abstracts on any of the topics above only through the Easychair abstract submission system, which can be found at:


Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data and references, and have at least 11-point font on either A4 or letter paper with one-inch (2.5cm) margins. Abstracts must be anonymous and submissions are limited to 2 per author, at least one of which is co-authored. The deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2012.

Selected talks are/will be 30 minutes long: 20 min for presentation and 10 min for discussion.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: March 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2012
Registration deadline: May 15, 2012
Conference: June 14 to June 16, 2012

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