LINGUIST List 23.2907

Mon Jul 02 2012

Calls: Typology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics/France

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 01-Jul-2012
From: Patricia Cabredo Hofherr <>
Subject: Workshop on Impersonal Pronouns
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Full Title: Workshop on Impersonal Pronouns
Date: 08-Nov-2012 - 09-Nov-2012 Location: Paris, France Contact Person: Patricia Cabredo Hofherr
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2012

Meeting Description:

The workshop focuses on the morphological, syntactic and semantic properties of impersonal pronouns allowing human reference such as English one, they, you French on, ils, ça, tu, Germanic man/men (R-impersonals in Siewierska's terminology).

The workshop will be held at:

Salle de conférences, CNRS Pouchet59 rue Pouchet, 75017 Parismétro Guy Môquet ou Brochant (ligne 13)

Invited Speakers:

Friederike Moltmann (CNRS - IHPST)TBC

This workshop is part of the project 'Towards a typology of human impersonal pronouns (Typoimp)' (ANR-DFG).

2nd Call for Papers:

We encourage submissions exploring questions including - but not limited to - the following:

- What are the differences between episodic and generic uses of impersonal pronouns? Why do some pronouns not admit episodic uses? Is this contrast better understood in terms of inclusiveness (generic being inclusive while episodic impersonals are exclusive of the speaker)?- What readings are available for the different case-forms of the pronouns?- Why do impersonal human pronouns often have defective (French on) or suppletive (German man) oblique forms?- What are binding properties of impersonal human pronouns?- What semantic restrictions are found for impersonal readings (types of predicates, inclusive vs exclusive readings, role of locative expressions in the licensing of impersonal readings)?- How do impersonal human pronouns differ from indefinite pronouns like someone, impersonal uses of personal pronouns (3pl and 2sg/pl), and from the human subject implicit in the interpretation of impersonal verb forms and passives?

We invite submissions for 25 minute presentations (plus 10 minute discussions). Abstracts should be at most 2 pages in length (including examples and references) written in French or English.

Abstracts must be anonymous and should be sent by email (plain ASCII, rtf or pdf) to:

pcabredo //AT//

Please write the (first) author's name plus the word 'abstract' in the subject line of your message (e.g., 'Dupont abstract'), and include author name(s), affiliation, contact information and the title of the abstract in the body of the email. For co-authored papers indicate the email address that we should use for correspondence.

Abstracts should reach us by July 15, 2012.

For more information:


Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: July 15, 2012Notification of acceptance: August 31, 2012Workshop: November 8-9, 2012

Organising Committee:

Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (CNRS UMR 7023/Paris 8 & SMG)Volker Gast (Jena)

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