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LINGUIST List 24.865

Mon Feb 18 2013

Calls: Semantics/France

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

Date: 17-Feb-2013
From: Olivier Simonin <o.p.simonin.03cantab.net>
Subject: Modality and Implicated Evaluation
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Full Title: Modality and Implicated Evaluation

Date: 28-Sep-2013 - 28-Sep-2013
Location: Perpignan, France
Contact Person: Olivier Simonin
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://vect.univ-perp.fr/crbst_60.html

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Call Deadline: 31-May-2013

Meeting Description:

A one-day symposium on Modality and implicated evaluation (a posteriori modalization) will be held at the University of Perpignan - Via Domitia on Friday, 27 September 2013, with the support of the research laboratories VECT - Mare Nostrum (Université de Perpignan) and CRIDAF (Paris 13).

The main focus of the symposium will be on modality and implicated evaluation - subjective, appreciative meanings connected to the expression of modality. Of particular interest will be instances in which speakers comment on (root/epistemic) modal judgments expressed while it is understood that the state-of-affairs (/situation) has been actualized or is counterfactual (i.e. when dealing with a posteriori modalization or ‘retrospective’ modality). Why should some modal meaning be expressed - modality pertaining to potentiality and uncertainty - while it is obvious that the state-of-affairs has been actualized or is counterfactual? Both possibilities can be illustrated with two textbook examples: To think he had to break a leg! ; You’re very lucky, you might have been killed. The basic modal notions of necessity and possibility are arguably to be found here, but they are used in such a way as to enable the speaker to convey additional, evaluative/appreciative meaning.

The connection between (implicated) evaluation, modality and this type of context might be used as a starting point for analysis, although this is not fully required for the symposium.

Guest speakers: Pierre Cotte; Paul Larreya

Larreya, Paul. 2009. Towards a typology of modality in language, in: R. Salkie, P. Busuttil, J. van der Auwera. Modality in English: Theory and Description, 9-30. (excerpts are available from Googlebooks)

Call for Papers:

Here follows a (non-exhaustive) list of topics that can be explored:

- Modality and appreciative (/evaluative) modality
- Value(s) and uses of particular modal auxiliaries or periphrases
- A posteriori modalization with one (/several) given type(s) of state-of-affairs
- The connection between the use of some linguistic forms (e.g. perfect infinitives and preterits occurring with modals), and counterfactuality
- Contextual factors triggering an interpretation of the state-of-affairs as having occurred or having failed to occur
- Analyses of modals and modality in corpora and in speech
- Theoretical discussion of the notions of a posteriori modalization and implicated evaluation, or a specific modal domain (necessity, norms, etc.) or counterfactual or actualized state-of-affairs

Paper proposals (not to exceed a single A4 sheet - bibliography included) should be sent to: o.p.simonin.03cantab.net or amelie.depierreuniv-perp.fr.

Deadline for submission: 31 May 2013

Scientific board: Viviane Arigne; Geneviève Girard-Gillet; Blandine Pennec; Olivier Simonin

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