LINGUIST List 23.3119

Thu Jul 19 2012

Calls: Pragmatics, Semantics, Psycholinguistics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 19-Jul-2012
From: Annika Hübl <>
Subject: Shifting Perspectives - Fall School and Workshop
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Full Title: Shifting Perspectives - Fall School and Workshop
Date: 01-Oct-2012 - 05-Oct-2012 Location: Göttingen, Germany Contact Person: Annika Hübl
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 01-Aug-2012

Meeting Description:

Languages use several non-canonical forms of reported speech that are far from being investigated satisfactorily. Sign languages, for instance, show a modality-specific strategy of reporting thoughts and utterances that is referred to as role shift (see Lillo-Martin to appear, Herrmann/Steinbach 2007, Quer 2005). Moreover, literary texts make use of free indirect discourse, which seems to be a specific form of reported speech only found in literary narration (see Banfield 1982, Schlenker 2004 among others).

Although eminently different at a first glance, apparent parallels in the analyses of both phenomena can be discovered since keywords such as 'shifting contexts', 'shifting perspectives' and 'shifted reference' are highly relevant for role shift and for free indirect discourse.

We address advanced students (Ph.D. or M.A. level) in linguistics, psycholinguistics, literary studies and related fields. The interdisciplinary fall school aims at bringing students together with researchers who share their expertise in classes addressing the following topics:

Emar Maier (Theoretical Linguistics): The semantics and pragmatics of free indirect discourseThomas Weskott (Psycholinguistics): Experimental studies on free indirect discourseFrank Hakemulder (Literary Studies): (Psycho)narratological foundations of free indirect discourseJosep Quer (Sign Language Linguistics): Reports in the visual-gestural modality

Every class includes 4 lessons of 90 minutes from Monday, October 1, to Thursday, October 4. On Friday, October 5, a one-day workshop closes the fall school. At this workshop, the invited speakers as well as selected participants will present their current work.

2nd Call for Papers:

The fall school 'Shifting Perspectives - Non-canonical Forms of Reported Discourse in Spoken and Sign Languages' addresses advanced students (Ph.D. or M.A. level) in linguistics, psycholinguistics, literary studies and related fields.

If you want to participate in the fall school, you have two options:

(1) You can attend the fall school and the workshop without presenting a talk. In that case, please subscribe until August 1, by email to Please note that it is not possible to give a talk without participating in the fall school.

Please include your name, affiliation and your level of education (advanced M.A., Ph.D. 1st/2nd year, advanced Ph.D.) in the body of the email. In case you submit an abstract, please also mention the title of your presentation in your email.

The number of participants is limited to 20. There is no registration fee.

Letters of acceptance will be sent by August 15.

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