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LINGUIST List 25.2696

Wed Jun 25 2014

Confs: Typology, Semantics, Syntax, General Linguistics/France

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>

Date: 25-Jun-2014
From: Pierre-Yves Modicom <pymodicomlaposte.net>
Subject: Mapping Possible Worlds: Modality Across Linguistic Categories
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Mapping Possible Worlds: Modality Across Linguistic Categories

Date: 17-Oct-2014 - 17-Oct-2014
Location: Paris, France
Contact: Pierre-Yves Modicom
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://modal-oct2014.sciencesconf.org/

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

Meeting Description:

The junior conference on Modality organized at the Paris Sorbonne University with the support of the Ciera (Interdisciplinary Group for French-German cooperation in the Humanities) is intended to bring together French- and German-speaking researchers from various theoretical backgrounds. Formal semanticists, language philosophers, typologists and philologists are welcome to exchange their views on modal meanings across theoretical boundaries.

Traditionally, linguistic research on modality has been focused on two word classes (parts of speech): modal verbs (e.g. Fr. pouvoir, devoir, Ger. können, müssen, sollen) and adverbial markers such as modal particles (Ger. ja, doch...) or modal sentence adverbials (Fr. sûrement, probablement, Ger. wahrscheinlich, sicher, bestimmt). In the last years, however, researchers have crossed these boundaries and studied modal meanings in other lexical and syntactic classes, such as adjective phrases or NPs/DPs.

Semantic boundaries have also been questioned. Modality sometimes seems to be an emerging, secondary phenomenon correlated to aspectual or temporal values, but also to existential presuppositions triggered by quantifiers or even to diathesis.

The conference will welcome contributions addressing these challenges for the theory of modality. The aim is to gather insights from all disciplinary (sub)fields on modality at the interfaces between several domains. The phenomena we are concerned with involve, but are not restricted to, modal constructions involving several parts of speech, non-canonical expressions of modality or emerging modal meanings, both in synchrony and in diachrony.


Pierre-Yves Modicom & Grégory Nardozza (both CELISO / U. Paris Sorbonne)

Contact: modal-oct2014sciencesconf.org

Advisory Committee, in Alphabetical Order:

Prof. Dr. Werner Abraham (LMU Munich), Prof. Martine Dalmas (CELISO / U. Paris Sorbonne), Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Leiss (LMU Munich), Dr. Hélène Vinkel-Roisin (CELISO / U. Paris Sorbonne).

With the support of Prof. W. Rotgé (chair, CELISO) et J.-P. Bartoli (chair, Sorbonne graduate school Concepts et Langages).


Mapping Possible Worlds : Modalities across linguistic categories
University Paris Sorbonne
Maison de la Recherche
28 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris

Friday, October 17, 2014

9:00 - 9:30
Welcome Speeches

9:30 - 11:00
New Approaches on Modal Verbs

09:30 - 10:15
› Représentation en mémoire et traitement online des verbes modaux français: données d'eye tracking - Cécile Barbet, Université de Neuchâtel

10:15 - 11:00
› All you need is another 'need': On the 'need' cycle in the history of German - Lukasz Jedrzejowski, Lehrstuhl für germanistische Sprachwissenschaft, U. Potsdam

11:30 - 1:00
Modality, Alignment, Diathesis

11:30 - 12:10
› Valeurs modales de l'antipassif en géorgien - Hélène Gérardin, UMR 7192 | Proche-Orient – Caucase : langues, archéologie, cultures

12:10 - 12:50
› Adjectifs modaux et diathèse - Grégory Nardozza, Centre de Linguistique en Sorbonne

12:50 - 14:20 : Lunch pause

14:20 – 16:00
From the Comparative Point of View:

14:30 – 15:15
› Das chinesische Modalverb yinggai an der Schnittstelle der Modalität und Aspektualität - Jyhcherng Jang, Lehrstuhl für germanistische Linguistik, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München

15:15 - 16:00
› Modalität im Japanischen. Eine diachronische Untersuchung über epistemische und deontische Ausdrücke - Yukari Kurita, Lehrstuhl für germanistische Sprachwissenschaft, LMU München

16:15 - 18:00
The General View:

16:15 - 17:00
› Aspects cognitifs, pragmatiques et syntaxiques du discours contrefactuel - Evelyn Hertenberger, Lehrstuhl für Romanistische Sprachwissenschaft, Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität Bonn, Centre de linguistique en Sorbonne

17:00 - 17:40
› Levels of modal engagement. First steps towards a functional theory of phases. - Pierre-Yves Modicom, Centre de linguistique en Sorbonne

7:00 - 10:00 Dinner in the neighborhood

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