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LINGUIST List 24.2972

Mon Jul 22 2013

Confs: Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Typology, Linguistic Theories/Finland

Editor for this issue: Caylen Cole-Hazel <caylenlinguistlist.org>

Date: 21-Jul-2013
From: Leena Kolehmainen <leena.kolehmainenuef.fi>
Subject: Subject: Cognitive, Typological and Functional Approaches
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Subject: Cognitive, Typological and Functional Approaches

Date: 12-Sep-2013 - 14-Sep-2013
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Contact: Leena Kolehmainen
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.linguistics.fi/subject/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Meeting Description:

Subject: Cognitive, Typological and Functional Approaches
Organized by the Linguistic Association of Finland in Helsinki, September 12-13, 2013
Venue: Tieteiden talo (House of Sciences and Letters) located at Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki

Grammatical subject is a central notion in linguistic theories. Subjects have been studied across multiple theoretical frameworks, and defined from various perspectives, including, for example, feature-based (Keenan 1976), construction-based (Goldberg 1995), and cognitive-based (Langacker 2008). While there is no doubt that in many languages subjects constitute a core element of grammar, there is no general agreement on how to define them in and across languages, what conditions the way in which subjects are expressed, and what functions they have in discourse. Furthermore, there are numerous languages that lack the idea of a grammatical subject altogether, and the assignment of semantic roles to the constituents of discourse is conditioned by pragmatics and discourse structure.

The aim of this symposium of the Linguistic Association of Finland is to bring together linguists from different fields who work on subjects within cognitive, functional, typological, and interactional approaches. Research is expected to be data-driven, and the discussion of theoretical issues is appreciated to the extent that it helps to elucidate the data and remains accessible to linguists working within other theoretical approaches as well.

The invited speakers are:

Jóhanna Barðdal (University of Bergen)
Pekka Posio (University of Helsinki)
Catherine E. Travis (Australian National University, Canberra)

Registration Fee:

100 EUR
Members of the association: 80 EUR
Students: 50 EUR

Programme

Thursday, September 12, 2013

9.30-10.30
Registration

10.30-10.45
Opening words

10.45-12.00
Keynote: Catherine Travis (Australian National University)
Exploring proposed cross-linguistic tendencies: A variationist approach to subject realization

12.00-13.00
Lunch

13.00-14.30
Parallel sections:

Section a
13.00-13.30
Gloria Vázquez (Universitat de Lleida) & Ana Fernández Montraveta (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Analysis of the annotation of syntactic subjects in the Spanish corpus SENSEM

13.30-14.00
Lorena Sainz-Maza Lecanda (Ohio State University)
The behavior of null and overt subjects in Basque Spanish

14.00-14.30
Chiyo Nishida & Cinzia Russi (University of Texas at Austin)
Preverbal subjects in Italian and Spanish

Section b
13.00-13.30
Nikolett F. Gulyás (Eötvös Loránd University)
Nothing personal: Subject demotion in impersonal constructions of some Finno-Ugric languages

13.30-14.00
Jyri Lehtinen (University of Helsinki)
The fate of subjects in causativization: Uralic counterexamples to the Case Hierarchy

14.30-15.00
Break

15.00-16.00
Parallel sections:

Section a
15.00-15.30
Elke Nowak (Siegen University)
Ergativity, pronominal arguments and the polysynthetic nature of Inuktitut (Eskimo)

15.30-16.00
Naonori Nagaya (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Tagalog subjects revisited

Section b
15.00-15.30
Avelino Corral Esteban (Universidad Autonóma de Madrid)
What is the syntactic function of the cleft pronoun?

15.30-16.00
Wataru Nakamura (Tohoku University)
Deriving the notions of subject and topic from semantic roles

16.00-16.15
Break

16.15-17.30
Keynote: Pekka Posio (University of Helsinki)
Pronominal subjects and lexical retention: Variable expression of first person subjects in Spanish and Portuguese

Conference dinner

Friday, September 13, 2013

9.30-11.00
Parallel sections:

Section a
9.30-10.00
Elena Bratishenko (University of Calgary)
Morphological variation in Old East Slavic Dative absolute constructions

10.00-10.30
Ilja Seržant (University of Konstanz)
Subjecthood and the nominative case in Lithuanian

10.30-11.00
Merlijn De Smit (University of Turku)
Promotional and non-promotional passives in Old Finnish

Section b
9.30-10.00
Esa Itkonen (University of Turku)
Notes on subjecthood in Amazonia

10.00-10.30
Igor Nedjalkov (Institute for Linguistic Studies)
Subjects in Evenki constructions with weather verbs (in comparison with other Tungusic languages)

10.30-11.00
Gilbert Lazard
The notion of subject

11.00-11.15
Break

11.15-12.15
Parallel sections:

Section a
11.45-12.15
Marja-Liisa Helasvuo (University of Turku)
Subject features and number: Perspectives from Finnish conversational interaction

11.45-12.15
Léa Huotari (University of Helsinki)
Are syntactic subjects more human in translation? A case-study in two small bi-directional corpora between the language pair French-Finnish

Section b
11.15-11.45
Kyongjoon Kwon (Sungkyunkwan University)
Demoted in syntax but strong in force agents

11.45-12.15
Liina Lindström & Virve Vihman (University of Tartu)
The modal subject in Estonian necessive constructions

12.15-13.15
Lunch

13.15-14.30
Keynote: Jóhanna Barðdal (University of Bergen)
Bottom-up and top-down approaches to subjecthood

14.30-15.00
Break

15.00-16.30
Parallel sections:

Section a
15.00-15.30
Anton Zimmerling (Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities)
Oblique subjects in Slavic and Germanic languages

15.30-16.00
Tomohiro Yanagi (Chubu University)
On the subject status of dative nominals in to-infinitival clauses in earlier English

16.00-16.30
Laura Arman (University of Manchester)
Welsh impersonal verbs and their arguments

Section b
15.00-15.30
Ewa Zakrzewska (University of Amsterdam)
Postverbal nominal subjects in Bohairic Coptic: Information structure, accessibility, synchrony and diachrony

15.30-16.00
Don Killian (University of Helsinki)
Subject from a Northeast African perspective: The case of Uduk

16.00-16.30
Angela Bartens (University of Turku) & Eeva Sippola (University of Aarhus)
Subject null arguments in creole languages

16.30-16.45
Closing words



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