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LINGUIST List 23.3840

Thu Sep 13 2012

Calls: Semantics, Typology, Historical Ling, General Ling/Australia

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 12-Sep-2012
From: Andrea Schalley <a.schalleygriffith.edu.au>
Subject: Aspect Across Languages: Divergence and Convergence
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Full Title: Aspect Across Languages: Divergence and Convergence

Date: 05-Dec-2012 - 07-Dec-2012
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact Person: Andrea Schalley
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://sites.google.com/site/als2012uwa/home/workshops/aspect

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Semantics; Typology

Call Deadline: 20-Sep-2012

Meeting Description:

The level of complexity and importance of aspectual systems in languages, compounded by the diversity of approaches to representing aspect, make aspect an extremely interesting topic for discussion. In this workshop, we would like to engage in this discussion from a cross-linguistic perspective. Although many authors have thoroughly addressed and investigated issues surrounding aspect, there still remains a lack of uniformity in regard to the theoretical notion of aspect (Beavers, 2008, in press; Borer, 2005; Comrie, 1976; de Swart, 1998; Dowty, 1979; Filip, 2008; Klein, 1994; Krifka, 1998; Vendler, 1967, amongst others). Aspect can roughly be delimited as describing the speaker's perspective on the internal organisation of an action, event or state, which not only covers temporal perspectives, but might also include characteristics such as progressive, habitual, repetition, momentary, bounded, perfective etc. (Bybee, Perkins, & Pagliuca, 1994; Dahl, 1985; Smith, 1997; Talmy, 2000; Verkuyl, 1993).

The workshop is held as part of the Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (https://sites.google.com/site/als2012uwa/home).

Program Committee:

Helen Arnot, Griffith University, Australia
John Beavers, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Östen Dahl, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Stefan Engelberg, Institute for the German Language (IDS) Mannheim, Germany
Hana Filip, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
Mark Harvey, University of Newcastle, Australia
Beth Levin, Stanford University, USA
Robert Mailhammer, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Rachel Nordlinger, University of Melbourne, Australia
Andrea Schalley, Griffith University, Australia
Ruth Singer, University of Melbourne, Australia

Workshop Organisers:

Andrea Schalley
Helen Arnot

Final Call for Papers:


Topics of interest in this workshop include but are not limited to:

- Definitions and classifications of aspectual notions
- Diachronic perspectives on aspect
- Aspectual coding in specific languages, i.e. single-language treatments of aspect
- Comparisons of aspect across different languages

We invite abstracts of up to 500 words. Please submit your abstract at:


Papers will be of 30 minutes duration, consisting of a 20 minute lecture-style presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions/responses.

Abstracts should be submitted online and will be reviewed by at least two reviewers drawn from the Program Committee. Please ensure that your abstract meets the specific guidelines (cf. the webpage).

Note that only ALS members are eligible to present at an ALS conference. Non-members presenting papers must take up membership by the beginning of the conference.

We particularly invite contributions that focus on the premise that aspectual categories reflect conceptual structures and which make these structures explicit. In addition, we welcome analytical and comparative studies of aspect across languages as well as discussions and presentations that help to clarify the current knowledge base of aspect terminology. Authors with problematic and non-standard examples as well as with work in progress are encouraged to contribute.

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