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Full Title: Language of Reports. Reported Discourse in Latin and Ancient Greek

      
Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Start Date: 21-Jan-2013 - 22-Jan-2013
Contact: Corien Bary
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.ru.nl/ncs/thelanguageofreports
Meeting Description: Reports of what someone said or thought are interesting from both philosophical and linguistic perspectives. Introducing a non-actual context of utterance, they reveal the nature of indexicality (deixis) and facilitate context shifts, a phenomenon which is intimately related to the representation of perspective in language. Recent years have seen a growing interest in report constructions in Latin and Ancient Greek from a variety of subdisciplines and frameworks, including formal semantics, cognitive semantics and narratology. Semantic and pragmatic features that have been addressed in these studies include the choice between different kinds of complementation (Huitink 2010, Cristofaro 1996, 2008), the use of particles (Wakker 1997), logophoricity (Jøhndal 2012), the retention of tenses (Bary 2012), the linguistic features of character text (the NWO project Ancient War Narrative), and the unmarked switching between direct and indirect discourse (Maier 2012).

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers from various backgrounds working on attitude and speech reports in Latin and Ancient Greek in order to join forces and move the discussion forward.

Keynote Speakers:

Sonia Cristofaro (Universita di Pavia)
Emar Maier (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

Organisation:

This conference is supported by the NWO project Reports from the past, OIKOS (the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands), the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Greek and Latin Languages and Cultures of the Radboud University Nijmegen.
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Pragmatics; Semantics
Subject Language: Greek, Ancient; Latin
LL Issue: 23.3513


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