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Full Title: Subject: Cognitive, Typological and Functional Approaches

   
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Start Date: 12-Sep-2013 - 14-Sep-2013
Contact: Leena Kolehmainen
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.linguistics.fi/subject/index.html
Meeting Description: Subject: Cognitive, Typological and Functional Approaches
Organized by the Linguistic Association of Finland in Helsinki, September 12-13, 2013
Venue: Tieteiden talo (House of Sciences and Letters) located at Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki

Grammatical subject is a central notion in linguistic theories. Subjects have been studied across multiple theoretical frameworks, and defined from various perspectives, including, for example, feature-based (Keenan 1976), construction-based (Goldberg 1995), and cognitive-based (Langacker 2008). While there is no doubt that in many languages subjects constitute a core element of grammar, there is no general agreement on how to define them in and across languages, what conditions the way in which subjects are expressed, and what functions they have in discourse. Furthermore, there are numerous languages that lack the idea of a grammatical subject altogether, and the assignment of semantic roles to the constituents of discourse is conditioned by pragmatics and discourse structure.

The aim of this symposium of the Linguistic Association of Finland is to bring together linguists from different fields who work on subjects within cognitive, functional, typological, and interactional approaches. Research is expected to be data-driven, and the discussion of theoretical issues is appreciated to the extent that it helps to elucidate the data and remains accessible to linguists working within other theoretical approaches as well.

The invited speakers are:

Jóhanna Barðdal (University of Bergen)
Pekka Posio (University of Helsinki)
Catherine E. Travis (Australian National University, Canberra)

Registration Fee:

100 EUR
Members of the association: 80 EUR
Students: 50 EUR
Linguistic Subfield: Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology
LL Issue: 24.2972


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