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LINGUIST List 24.2753

Mon Jul 08 2013

Calls: General Linguistics/Germany

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

Date: 08-Jul-2013
From: Volker Struckmeier <volker.struckmeieruni-koeln.de>
Subject: DGfS Workshop 2014: The Syntax and Semantics of Particles
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Full Title: DGfS Workshop 2014: The Syntax and Semantics of Particles

Date: 05-Mar-2014 - 07-Mar-2014
Location: Marburg, Germany
Contact Person: Volker Struckmeier
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Aug-2013

Meeting Description:

Particles, focus particles as well as discourse (modal) particles, have received much attention in semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, and in research on grammaticalization. Focus particles have been extensively studied in formal semantics, and discourse particles have been thoroughly investigated from a pragmatic perspective. However, many languages that are known for their rich inventory of discourse particles have not been explored in detail up to this point - and even for (relatively) well-researched particles, there is surprisingly little consensus about their formal representation. Our workshop aims to address these empirical and theoretical shortcomings.

As for the issue of linguistic categories, observations about the categorial status of particles have divided the field: Some authors propose to analyze particles as adjuncts and subsume them under the adverb category (e.g. Jacobs, Büring and Hartmann, Cardinaletti, M. Zimmermann). Others show that this analysis is problematic with regard to properties such as constituency and word order facts or the clitic status of particles in some languages that would warrant the assumption that particles are special types of syntactic heads (e.g. Bayer and Obenauer, van Gelderen, Munaro and Poletto, Struckmeier). Given the heterogeneous historical origins of particles, an alternative position could deny particles a syntactic category altogether (e.g. Roussou). Important evidence can also be adduced with regard to the interaction of clause type properties, information structure, and illocutionary force with discourse particles in compositional semantics/pragmatics. Moreover, since discourse particles seem to be linked to the ‘expressive’ dimension of meaning (e.g. Kratzer, Gutzmann), a current research topic is how to account for the expressive content of specific particles in formal semantics.

Confirmed Speakers:

Anna Cardinaletti (Venice)
Hans-Martin Gärtner (Budapest)

Workshop Organizers:

Josef Bayer (Konstanz)
Volker Struckmeier (Cologne)

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions that present language-specific, cross-linguistic/comparative, or diachronic research on the empirical properties of particles in combination with theoretical proposals in syntax and semantics that seek to integrate these properties into a rigorously constrained theory of grammar. By sharpening our understanding of this highly problematic but also extremely challenging set of elements, we hope to contribute to a better understanding of the theoretical and empirical properties of linguistic categories.

Submission Details:

We invite submissions of anonymous abstracts for 30 or 60 minute talks including discussion. Submissions should not exceed one page, 12pt. single spaced, with an optional additional page for examples and references. Either PDF or Word format is accepted. Please upload your abstracts at http://linguistlist.org/confservices/particles2014 by the deadline listed below.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 20 August 2013
Notification: 15 September 2013
Workshop: 5-7 March 2014

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