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LINGUIST List 24.3993

Fri Oct 11 2013

Calls: Typology, General Linguistics/UK

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 10-Oct-2013
From: Sebastian Fedden <s.feddensurrey.ac.uk>
Subject: Gender and Classifiers: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives
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Full Title: Gender and Classifiers: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives

Date: 17-Jan-2014 - 17-Jan-2014
Location: Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Sebastian Fedden
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2013

Meeting Description:

Dissemination workshop
Gender and classifiers: cross-linguistic perspectives

Gender and classifiers are usually thought of as mutually exclusive systems of noun categorization. In a gender system, as for example in Italian or German, nouns are assigned one or more genders on a semantic or formal basis, and the genders of the language can be defined by sets of markers on agreement targets. In a classifier system, as we find it in Chinese or Vietnamese for instance, a noun appears with a semantically compatible classifier in certain contexts, e.g. quantification with a numeral.

But recent research has turned up more and more languages (mostly Papuan, South American, and Australian) in which the two co-occur together, yielding overlapping and interacting systems of classification. This is an exciting and new area of enquiry which promises to expand our understanding of the semantics and morphology of classification, and of cognitive categories in general.

Date: 17 January 2014
Organized by the Surrey Morphology Group at the University of Surrey,
Guildford, UK

Invited Speakers:

Professor Maria Polinsky (Harvard University)
Professor Gunter Senft (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)

2nd Call for Abstracts:

The main questions guiding this workshop are:

(i) which types of system can be found together in a single language and
(ii) where systems combine are they each going to be close to canonical examples of their type or are they required to be principled deviations from the ideal.

Given our interest in both types of system, we also welcome papers on the typology of noun categorization more generally.

People wishing to present a paper at the workshop are invited to submit a one-page anonymous abstract in electronic form (pdf or Word document) to Sebastian Fedden at the following address:

s.fedden AT surrey.ac.uk

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 November 2013

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