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LINGUIST List 24.4785

Wed Nov 27 2013

Calls: Typology, Morphology, General Linguistics/Poland

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

Date: 27-Nov-2013
From: Irina Nevskaya <nevskayaem.uni-frankfurt.de>
Subject: Typology of the Languages of Europe and Northern and Central Asia
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Full Title: Typology of the Languages of Europe and Northern and Central Asia
Short Title: LENCA

Date: 13-Sep-2014 - 13-Sep-2014
Location: PoznaƄ, Poland
Contact Person: Irina Nevskaya
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Morphology; Typology

Call Deadline: 29-Nov-2013

Meeting Description:

The proposed workshop is meant to continue a series of workshops on the Languages of Europe and North and Central Asia (LENCA).

The kinds of topics we would like to see addressed include:

1. Typology of action nominals in languages of Europe and northern and central Asia (infinitives, masdars, supines, gerunds, participles, etc.) in the context of other non-finite verb forms in languages of Europe and northern and central Asia:

Infinitive properties and functions may differ throughout languages distinguishing this category. Therefore, it is not always clear when and why this or that form of a language can be defined as an infinitive. Nevertheless, linguists appear to have a certain set of criteria which allow them either to speak of infinitive forms in some languages, e.g. Russian, German, English, French, Turkmen, Altay, Khakas, Shor, Kazakh, Bashkir or Tatar, or to state the absence of such forms in Tuvan, Tofan, Mongolian, Evenki or Khanty.

Thus, problems we could address are as follows:

- What properties should a form have so that we could call it 'infinitive' (the 'minimal' set of features)?
- What morphological and syntactic properties possess the form/s defined as infinitive/s in target languages?
- What is/are the source/s for forming the infinitive/s in a language?
- What are the properties that distinguish infinitives and other types of action nouns (e.g. masdar, gerund, supine)?

2. Ownership and possessive in languages of Europe and northern and central Asia

The category of possession is often expressed by so-called possessive affixes in LENCA. Possessive affixes have numerous functions in Turkic languages, also that of marking the subject of the action expressed by a non-finite verb form, including infinitives. Possession as a grammatical category is not equal to the category of ownership. We would like to address various morphological, syntactic, and pragmatic issues connected with the categories of Possession and Ownership in LENCA.

Call for Papers:

At this point we would appreciate your response to the following two questions:

1. Would you be interested in participating in a 'Neo-LENCA' workshop at SLE 2014?
2. Can you please provide a 300 word (maximum) preliminary abstract of a paper you would like to submit to the workshop?

LENCA languages would include any languages of the following families: Indo-European, Uralic, Turkic, Mongolic, Tungusic, Korean, Japanese, Chukotko-Kamchatkan and the various language isolates that exist in the region. Because of typological similarity and areal influence, some may want to include Itranian, Tibeto-Burman, Dravidian and Austro-Asiatic languages in this broad field.

We need to receive 300 word abstracts by 29 November in order to meet the SLE-imposed deadline.


Irina Nevskaya - University of Frankfurt
Lars Johanson - University of Mainz
Thomas Payne - University of Oregon
Pirkko Suihkonen - University of Helsinki

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