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LINGUIST List 23.1928

Wed Apr 18 2012

Confs: Typology, General Ling/France

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Date: 16-Apr-2012
From: Yvonne Treis <yvoennchegmail.com>
Subject: Expressions of Similarity from an Africanist and Typological Perspective
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Expressions of Similarity from an Africanist and Typological Perspective

Date: 16-Jul-2012 - 17-Jul-2012
Location: Paris, France
Contact: Yvonne Treis
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://llacan.vjf.cnrs.fr/fichiers/similarity2012/index_en.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Typology

Meeting Description:

The laboratory Langage, Langues et Cultures d’Afrique Noire (LLACAN) of the French National Research Centre (CNRS) and the INaLCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) is organising an international workshop on expressions of similarity in African languages from a typological perspective.

While comparative constructions have been fairly well studied both from an Africanist (see e.g. Heine 2003) and from a typological point of view (see e.g. Stassen 1985, 2011; Dixon 2008), similative constructions like those in ex. 1-2 have so far attracted little attention in the typological literature and even less so in the description of African languages.

(1) He fights like a lion.
(2) She swims like a dolphin.

Haspelmath & Buchholz (1998) survey similative and equative constructions in European languages and Fortescue (2010) deals with expressions of similarity from a semantic-cognitive perspective. We are, however, not aware of any studies dealing with similative constructions in African languages in any depth. Our workshop thus aims at broadening and enhancing our knowledge of expressions of similarity in Africa. The research presented will take synchronic and diachronic aspects of similative constructions into account and be embedded in a typological context.

We have invited the following keynote speakers:

- Denis Creissels (Université de Lyon): ‘Similative constructions as a possible source of modals’
- Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig): ‘Equative constructions in world-wide perspective’
- Wolfgang Schulze (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): ‘Projection, similarity, and transformation: the cognitive semantics of LIKE-concepts in East Caucasian and their grammaticalization potential’

Le laboratoire Langage, Langues et Cultures d’Afrique Noire (LLACAN) du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) et de l’Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) organise un colloque international sur les expressions de similarité dans les langues africaines dans une perspective typologique.

Alors que les constructions comparatives ont été relativement bien étudiées tant d’un point de vue africaniste (cf. par ex. Heine 2003) que d’un point de vue typologique (cf. par ex. Stassen 1985, 2011 ; Dixon 2011), les constructions similatives comme celles des exemples (1)-(2) ci-dessous attiraient jusqu’à présent peu d’attention dans la littérature typologique et encore moins dans la description des langues africaines.

(1) Il se bat comme un lion.
(2) Elle nage comme un dauphin.

Haspelmath & Buchholz (1998) analysent les constructions utilisées pour la comparaison de similarité et d’égalité dans les langues européennes, tandis que Fortescue (2010) traite des expressions de similarité dans une perspective sémantico-cognitive, mais nous n’avons connaissance d’aucune étude concernant les constructions de similarité en langues africaines d’une une manière approfondie. Ce colloque se donne pour but d’élargir et d’améliorer notre connaissance des expressions de similarité en Afrique. Les recherches dont les résultats seront communiqués au colloque concerneront les aspects synchroniques et diachroniques des constructions similatives et s’inscriront dans une perspective typologique.

Orateurs Invités :

Nous avons invité les orateurs suivants :

- Denis Creissels (Université de Lyon): ‘Similative constructions as a possible source of modals’
- Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig): ‘Equative constructions in world-wide perspective’
- Wolfgang Schulze (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): ‘Projection, similarity, and transformation: the cognitive semantics of LIKE-concepts in East Caucasian and their grammaticalization potential’


Monday 16 July 2012 / Lundi 16 juillet 2012

9:00-9:30
Coffee / Café

9:30-10:00
Introduction by the organisers / Introduction par les organisatrices
(Yvonne Treis & Martine Vanhove)

10:00-10:45
Keynote speech
Martin Haspelmath (Leipzig): 'Equative constructions in world-wide perspective'

10:45-11:00
Coffee break / Pause café

11:00-11:30
Silvia-Zaugg-Coretti (Zurich): 'Expressions of similarity in Yemsa'

11:30-12:00
Chloé Darmon (Lyon): 'The similative morpheme -ŋä in Xamtanga: Functions and grammaticalisation targets'

12:00-12:30
Kamal Naït-Zerrad (Paris): 'Constructions similatives en berbère : variation et grammaticalisation'


12:30-14:00
Lunch / Déjeuner

14:00-14:45 Keynote Speech
Wolfgang Schulze (Munich): 'Projection, similarity, and transformation: the cognitive semantics of LIKE-concepts in East Caucasian and their grammaticalization potential'

14:45-15:15
Bernard Caron (Villejuif): 'Le simulatif à l'intersection du quotatif et du similatif : les morphèmes ɗan et (ku)tu en zaar, langue tchadique du Nigéria'

15:15-15:45
Coffee Break / Pause café

15:45-16:15
Yvonne Treis (Villejuif): 'Similative morphemes as possible sources of purpose clause markers '

16:15-16:45
Doris Richter gen. Kemmermann (Cologne): 'Similative constructions in Isubu (Bantu A20)'

16:45-17:15
Abinet Sime (Addis Ababa): 'Grammaticalization of msl 'be like, resemble' in North Ethiosemitic'

20:00
Conference Dinner / Dîner

Tuesday 17 July 2012 / Mardi 17 juillet 2012

9:00
Coffee / café

9:30-10:15
Keynote speech
Denis Creissels (Lyon): 'Similative constructions as a possible source of modals'

10:15
Katia Chirkova (Paris): 'Le codage des expressions de similarité dans les langues du sud-ouest de la Chine'

10:45-11:00
Coffee break / Pause café

11:00-11:30
Stefan Weninger (Marburg): 'The diachronic origin(s) of the multifunctional equative morpheme kämä in Classical Ethiopic'

11:30-12:00 Nicolas Aubry (Villejuif): 'Les expressions de similarité en yorùbá: étude sur un corpus diachronique'

12:00-12:30
Joachim Crass (Addis Ababa): 'The multifunctionality of similative markers in Libido'

12:30-14:00
Lunch / Déjeuner

14:00-14:45
Ekkehard König (Berlin): 'The deictic identification of similarity'

14:45-15:15
Paulette Roulon-Doko (Villejuif): 'L'expression de la similarité en Gbaya (R.C.A.)'

15:15-15:45
Coffee Break / Pause café

15:45-16:15 Christian Rapold (Leiden): 'The encoding of the similative and related meanings in Khoekhoe'

16:15-16:45
Martine Vanhove (Villejuif): 'Similative constructions in Beja'

16:45
General discussion / Discussion générale



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