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LINGUIST List 23.710

Sat Feb 11 2012

Calls: Semantics, Syntax, Pragmatics/France

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        1.     Martine Sekali , Mapping Expected/Unexpected Meaning in Language

Message 1: Mapping Expected/Unexpected Meaning in Language
Date: 10-Feb-2012
From: Martine Sekali <sekaliu-paris10.fr>
Subject: Mapping Expected/Unexpected Meaning in Language
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Full Title: Mapping Expected/Unexpected Meaning in Language
Short Title: GReG- P.L.S. III

Date: 25-Jan-2013 - 26-Jan-2013
Location: Paris Ouest Nanterre, France
Contact Person: Martine Sekali
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://anglais.u-paris10.fr/spip.php?article1830

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-May-2012

Meeting Description:

To build on the epistemology developed in the previous GReG Conferences (PLS. I and PLS. II), the GReG PLS III Linguistics Conference proposes to investigate the mapping of linguistic parameters involved in the elaboration of meaning. For its third conference, the GReG Research Group wishes to gather researchers from various theoretical frameworks in linguistics to analyze the linguistic parameters involved in the elaboration of expected/unexpected meaning. What are the linguistic processes at work in the elaboration of semantic representations which are identified as salient, unexpected, counter-expected, or associated with a modality of inter-subjective discordance?

The conference aims to define these semantic « re-routing » processes in linguistics:

- Linguistic processes of opposition and restriction (My brother who lives in Canada is bald), negation (I'm not your mother), argumentative or controversial reassertion (I do love you), negotiation of meaning, counter orientation (He's a cop but he isn't a bastard), etc.
- The impact of prosody on this type of assertive modality and subjective endorsement
- Adverbs, (ex: still, yet etc.), or lexemes (verbal, nominal, adverbial, postpositions) which define a three-term dynamic in elaboration of meaning
- The positive or negative evaluation of events with respect to an expected scenario, ex: should, would, etc.
- Orientation, choice, semantic forking, alternative branching: will vs may, if vs whether, hope vs wish, unless, etc., counterfactual vs. potential values, etc.
- Parentheses, appositions (Voici quelques bananes, à usage (alimentaire) collectif)
- Ellipses and a-syndetic relations, 'anticipatory' utterances (expected meaning)
- Suspensive clauses: Hands up or…
- Discourse markers such as you know, I mean… which define inter-subjective relations and semantic adjustments
- Linguistic marking of irony, humour, implicit linguistic constructions
- Stonewalling, spin, and deliberate non-construction of meaning

In all occurrences of these phenomena, at least three questions should be asked: what exactly is expected or unexpected within these semantic representations, the actual validation of the predication, the modality of this validation, its location relative to time, space and speakers? To whom is the semantic representation considered unexpected or expected? What are the markers and constructions which instruct these operations, and how do these operations interact?

Associated with this, we wish to investigate the way in which an intermediate/parallel referential space is set up (whether explicit or implicit), which serves as counterpoint for these representations. The nature of this semantic zone will be studied, as well as the linguistic parameters which are responsible for its very presence and the elaboration/deviation of its content. As far as the nature and definition of these third terms (or intermediate meanings) is concerned, we shall seek to differentiate the extra-linguistic assumptions (topoï), which depend on the subjects' knowledge of the world, from intermediate representations which are constructed 'online' by and within language. For this conference we will only focus on the latter.

Call for Papers:

This conference will adopt a purely linguistic approach to these phenomena (grammar, morphology, syntax, semantics, cognition, prosody, discourse) and all analyses should be based on authentic corpora. Those submissions which take into account the interfaces between the different afore-mentioned dimensions of language will be favoured.

The languages of the conference are French and English. The proposals can bear on any specific language.


Deadline for abstract submission: May 15, 2012

Abstracts, which can be in English or French, should be no longer than one page (3000 signs), including examples and references, and be followed with 4 keywords. Abstracts should give a clear indication as to their link with the topic of the conference, the corpus under investigation, the method used and a few results.

Each proposal will be examined anonymously by two members of the scientific committee. Names of author(s) should not be given in the abstract.

Abstracts should be sent as electronic files (word .doc or PDF format) to both of the following addresses: sekaliu-paris10.fr and anne.trevisewanadoo.fr.

Subject of the message: 'GReG.PLS.III Conference'
Specify in the body of the message:

- Name of author(s)
- Title of paper
- Institution
- Email
- Telephone number(s)


Submission of proposals: May 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance: end of June 2012
Conference: 25-26 January 2013

Scientific Committee:

Jean Albrespit (Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour)
Alain Deschamps (Université de Paris Diderot)
Christine Dimroth (Université d'Osnabrück, Allemagne)
Lionel Dufaye (Université de Paris Est Marne la Vallée)
Eric Gilbert (Université de Caen Basse Normandie)
Lucie Gournay (Université de Paris Est Créteil)
Henriette Hendrix (University of Cambridge, UK)
David Hornsby (University of Kent, UK)
Wolfgang Klein (Max Planck Institute, Pays-Bas)
Maarten Lemmens (Université de Lille 3)
Dominique Maingueneau (Université de Paris Est Créteil)
Monique de Mattia (Université de Provence)
Jean-Marie Merle (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis)
Aliyah Morgenstern (Université de Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Catherine Paulin (Université de Franche Comté)
Graham Ranger (Université d'Avignon)
William Sayers (Cornell University, USA)
Sandrine Sorlin (Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier 3)
Sarah de Vogüe (Unversité Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense)

Contacts: sekaliu-paris10.fr, anne.trevisewanadoo.fr
Conference organizers: GReG members, M. Sekali, A. Trévise
Webpage of the conference: http://anglais.u-paris10.fr/spip.php?article1830

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