LINGUIST List 25.3056

Sat Jul 26 2014

Calls: General Linguistics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 25-Jul-2014
From: Nicole Dehé <>
Subject: DGfS 2015 - AG 6: The Prosody and Meaning of (Non-)Canonical Questions Across Languages
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Full Title: DGfS 2015 - AG 6: The Prosody and Meaning of (Non-)Canonical Questions Across Languages

Date: 04-Mar-2015 - 06-Mar-2015
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact Person: Nicole Dehé
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 26-Aug-2014

Meeting Description:

The prosody and meaning of (non-)canonical questions across languages
Daniela Wochner, Nicole Dehé, Bettina Braun (U Konstanz) & Beste Kamali, Hubert Truckenbrodt (ZAS Berlin)

Invited Speakers:

Sigrid Beck
Nancy Hedberg

The workshop is integrated into the annual meeting of the German Linguistic Society in Leipzig and takes place there on March 4–6 2015. It is interested in the syntax, prosody, semantics and the interfaces of different questions and question types across languages.

Additional details concerning the planned content:

For canonical questions, the workshop is particularly interested in the relation between questions and focus in the different modules of grammar, and in the role of the intonation contour in different questioning types. Where do questions show question-specific stress or phrasing patterns? Where do wh-phrases show similarities to focused phrases? Why do the alternatives in alternative questions show focus prosody? Intervention effects are an important topic in the interaction between focus and wh-phrases and/or alternatives in alternative questions. Are there other interactions as well? What question-specific intonation contours or question-specific assignment of intonation contours do different languages show, and how is the variation to be understood?

The non-canonical questions that the workshop is interested in include those which (i) besides being used as requests for information, have further pragmatic dimensions; (ii) have non-interrogative syntax; and/or (iii) may be identified as non-canonical through their prosody, or any combination of these properties. Example types are declarative questions, tag questions, and rhetorical questions. We would like to see if various well-known –but not uncontroversial- properties of non-canonical questions stand up to closer scrutiny:

Are declarative questions and tags always confirmation-seeking rather than information-seeking? Do declarative questions always have rising intonation and why? How to approach the illocutionary force of assertion in rhetorical questions and to what extent can their prosody inform us? How do modal particles such as schon in German contribute to the rhetorical question pragmatics?

Call for Papers:

Please send abstracts (one page and one optional page of examples, graphics and/or references, reasonable font and margins) to by August 26, 2014. At the beginning of the abstract, please include name(s) of the author(s), their affiliation, and a contact email.

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