LINGUIST List 26.5290

Thu Nov 26 2015

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Semantics, Syntax, Typology/Mexico

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 25-Nov-2015
From: Lilián Guerrero <>
Subject: The Co-Expression of Motion and Non-Motion Events
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Full Title: The Co-Expression of Motion and Non-Motion Events

Date: 20-Aug-2016 - 20-Aug-2016
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Contact Person: Marine Vuillermet
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2016

Meeting Description:

The goal of this workshop is to explore not only associated motion systems, but the various strategies attested cross-linguistically to associate motion events to non-motion events. Our original interest was limited to associated motion morphemes; in order to study their discourse use, we designed a stimulus “A hunting story”, a wordless story combining motion and non-motion subevents (Vuillermet and Desnoyers 2013, available on request). This stimulus turned out to be good to capture the general diversity of modes of expression of combinations of (a)motion: it has so far been successfully used on/with a half dozen of languages (mostly Amazonian with no specific associated motion category), and it put forward varied strategies for co-expressing motion and non-motion events, such as SVCs, clause chaining or coordination.

The workshop will address the question of how languages deal with the linguistic co­expression of a motion and a non-motion event, seeking to cover all strategies: lexical, morphosyntactic, syntactic constructions, including multiclausal strategies (in contrast with the works previously mentioned). The workshop aims at bringing together specialists of typologically diverse languages to discuss the following questions: Do languages use only one strategy, or more than one, for the co-expression of motion & non-motion events? Do languages with similar typological profiles display the same strategies? If a language has more than one strategy, what are the reasons for the use of one over the other? Intra vs interspeaker variation? Pragmatics? Speech style / genre? Syntactic constraints (e.g. co-referential subjects) How grammaticalized / conventionalized is the strategy used? Is it used elsewhere in the grammar / in other situations, i.e. for the co-expression of non-motion events (e.g. serial verbs or clause chaining)?

Call for Papers:

We invite you to submit abstracts in English or Spanish of up to 300 words (excluding examples and references) related to the topic outlined above for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minute discussion). The abstract should be submitted as an anonymous email attachment to the organizers of the workshop:

Marine Vuillermet (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands):
​Carolyn O’Meara (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico):

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