LINGUIST List 21.4110

Sat Oct 16 2010

Calls: Morphology, Syntax/Spain

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        1.     Mirjam Fried , Ethical Datives and Related Constructions

Message 1: Ethical Datives and Related Constructions
Date: 15-Oct-2010
From: Mirjam Fried <>
Subject: Ethical Datives and Related Constructions
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Full Title: Ethical Datives and Related Constructions

Date: 08-Sep-2011 - 11-Sep-2011 Location: Logroño, Spain Contact Person: Mirjam Fried Meeting Email: Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Syntax

Call Deadline: 05-Nov-2010

Meeting Description:

Workshop 'Ethical Datives and Related Constructions' Within the 44th Annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) Logroño, Spain, 8-11 September 2010

Convenors: Mirjam Fried, Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague) Francesca Masini, Roma Tre University/University of Bologna

Call For Papers

Potential participants should send us a provisional title and a short abstract (max. 200 words) no later than November 5, 2010, so that we can submit the workshop proposal (including a preliminary list of participants) to the SLE Scientific Committee by November 15, 2010.

If the workshop is accepted, all abstracts will have to be submitted to the SLE by January 15, 2011 via the conference site (

The label Ethical Dative appears frequently in the literature on dative marking and on argument structure, as well as in traditional grammars of various European languages. It refers to a dative-marked personal pronoun that is not required by the valence of the verb and tends to be interpreted, broadly, as an expression of the referent's interest in the described event. Current understanding of the topic is rather sketchy and impressionistic, and Ethical Dative is far from being a well-defined grammatical category. A comprehensive cross-linguistic overview of the phenomenon is still missing and its contours, including its relationship to other dative constructions, are still to be traced. The goal of this workshop is to start filling this gap by bringing together scholars whose research concentrates on the issues surrounding certain pronominal datives in various languages and whose contributions can advance our understanding of this topic.

The workshop contributions are expected to shed light on Ethical Datives by providing more accurate and informative linguistic descriptions of relevant empirical material, thereby also leading toward a well-grounded characterization of Ethical Datives as a distinct linguistic category. Therefore, we welcome contributions that aim at getting:

a) a clearer idea about the spread of Ethical Datives and related constructions in the languages of the world; b) a better understanding of their 'form', such as the role of the case (e.g., why dative?), the clitic status of the form, the interaction with voice (reflexives, middles, etc.); c) a better understanding of the 'meaning' or 'function' pole of these constructions, e.g. the semantic roles involved (benefactive, malefactive, affectee, etc.), the interaction with argument structure and verb classes; pragmatic function(s) in discourse, possible textual restrictions; d) a better definition of the domain that properly delimits Ethical Datives with respect to related constructions, such as External Possessors, Middles, Ditransitives, Applicatives, Miratives; e) suitable theoretical proposals that would account for the attested patterns.

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