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LINGUIST List 24.4558

Thu Nov 14 2013

Calls: Syntax, Historical Ling, Typology, Semantics, General Ling/Poland

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

Date: 14-Nov-2013
From: Michail Kotin <michailkotin1gmail.com>
Subject: To Be or Not To Be? The Verbum Substantivum and its Functions from Synchronic, Diachronic, and Typological Perspective
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Full Title: To Be or Not To Be? The Verbum Substantivum and its Functions from Synchronic, Diachronic, and Typological Perspective
Short Title: WSP BE SLE 2014

Date: 11-Sep-2014 - 14-Sep-2014
Location: Poznań, Poland
Contact Person: Michail Kotin
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.sle2014.eu

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

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2014

Meeting Description:

47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
11 - 14 September 2014
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Workshop Proposal:

To be or not to be? The verbum substantivum and its functions from synchronic, diachronic, and typological perspective

Organized by:

Prof. Dr. Michail L. Kotin
University of Zielona Góra & Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań, Poland

The main purpose of the intended workshop is to confront various approaches to the verbs of the ‘be’-group and of the ‘be’-constructions from the synchronic, diachronic, diatopic, and typological perspective. The following issues will be the subjects of the planned discussion:

1) The genetic origins of the ‘be’-roots in various languages
2) The historical development of the semantics and the functions of the ‘be’-verbs
3) The analysis of the syntactic properties of the ‘be’-verbs
4) The confrontation of languages based on different properties concerning occurrence, semantic variation, functional specifics, gramamticalization paths, etc. of the ‘be’-verbs

Call for Papers:

Workshop proposals dealing with various topics concerning the ‘be’-verbs in the word languages, especially from typological/contrastive and/or diachronic/genetic perspective with a special regard to language change, re-analyses and unidirectional processes (grammaticalization) are expected. Furthermore, cross-language studies on denoting the ‘be’-concept and its use by metaphoric and metonymic shifting are welcome. In the research field of word formation resp. derivation issues on various types of nominalization of the ‘be’-verbs can be the subject of the proposed papers, too.


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