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Full Title: Aspect Across Languages: Divergence and Convergence

      
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Start Date: 05-Dec-2012 - 07-Dec-2012
Contact: Andrea Schalley
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: https://sites.google.com/site/als2012uwa/home/workshops/aspect
Meeting Description: The level of complexity and importance of aspectual systems in languages, compounded by the diversity of approaches to representing aspect, make aspect an extremely interesting topic for discussion. In this workshop, we would like to engage in this discussion from a cross-linguistic perspective. Although many authors have thoroughly addressed and investigated issues surrounding aspect, there still remains a lack of uniformity in regard to the theoretical notion of aspect (Beavers, 2008, in press; Borer, 2005; Comrie, 1976; de Swart, 1998; Dowty, 1979; Filip, 2008; Klein, 1994; Krifka, 1998; Vendler, 1967, amongst others). Aspect can roughly be delimited as describing the speaker’s perspective on the internal organisation of an action, event or state, which not only covers temporal perspectives, but might also include characteristics such as progressive, habitual, repetition, momentary, bounded, perfective etc. (Bybee, Perkins, & Pagliuca, 1994; Dahl, 1985; Smith, 1997; Talmy, 2000; Verkuyl, 1993).

The workshop is held as part of the Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (https://sites.google.com/site/als2012uwa/home).

Program Committee:

Helen Arnot, Griffith University, Australia
John Beavers, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Östen Dahl, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Stefan Engelberg, Institute for the German Language (IDS) Mannheim, Germany
Hana Filip, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
Mark Harvey, University of Newcastle, Australia
Beth Levin, Stanford University, USA
Robert Mailhammer, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Rachel Nordlinger, University of Melbourne, Australia
Andrea Schalley, Griffith University, Australia
Ruth Singer, University of Melbourne, Australia

Workshop Organisers:

Andrea Schalley
Helen Arnot
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Semantics; Typology
LL Issue: 23.3840


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