LINGUIST List 24.2417

Thu Jun 13 2013

Calls: General Linguistics/Austria

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 13-Jun-2013
From: Imke Mendoza <>
Subject: Workshop: Non-overt Subjects in a Cross-linguistic Perspective
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Full Title: Workshop: Non-overt Subjects in a Cross-linguistic Perspective
Date: 22-Nov-2013 - 24-Nov-2013 Location: Salzburg, Austria Contact Person: Imke Mendoza
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2013

Meeting Description:

Non-overt subjects have always been a puzzle for the description and analysis of natural languages. Their adequate treatment has become an issue of long-running debates within different theoretical frameworks of linguistics.

There are different kinds of non-overt subjects. Apart from subjects which are omitted owing to their topical status, the most obvious case is the phenomenon of pro-drop which has attracted a great deal of attention particularly in generative research. Then, there are constructions which apparently lack a ‘real’ subject NP, traditionally labelled as ‘impersonal’ or ‘subjectless constructions’. At least some of them also have been analyzed as comprising a zero subject. However, these cases are less clear-cut, since the constructions in question often allow for alternative descriptions, like possessing a non-canonical subject or being a genuine subjectless structure. Naturally, the actual analysis of a given construction depends on the definition of subject, the theoretical framework and the grammatical features of the respective language.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the diachronic and systematic relations between the different types of non-overt subjects from various theoretical and empirical angles.

The workshop is hosted by the 40th Austrian Conference on Linguistics (40. Österreichische Linguistiktagung, November 22-24 in Salzburg, Austria).

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts including the following topics:

- Loss of non-overt subjects
- Emergence of non-overt subjects
- Evidence from pidgins and creoles
- Non-overt subjects and language contact
- Relations between null subjects resulting from pro-drop and other non-overt subjects
- Relations between non-overt subjects and other grammatical phenomena (changes in verbal morphology, voice, word order etc.)
- Historical evidence for typological implications concerning non-overt subjects

Any theoretical approach, formal or functional, is welcome.

Please send your abstract (in English or German; no more than 300 words) by email to:

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: September 15, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be given not later than October 7, 2013.

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