LINGUIST List 27.1547

Mon Apr 04 2016

Confs: Anthropological Ling, Lang Doc, Semantics, Syntax, Typology/Denmark

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Date: 02-Apr-2016
From: Ditte Boeg Thomsen <ditte.boeghum.ku.dk>
Subject: Geographic Grounding: Place, Direction and Landscape in the Grammars of the World
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Geographic Grounding: Place, Direction and Landscape in the Grammars of the World
Short Title: GeoGram


Date: 30-May-2016 - 31-May-2016
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Contact: Ditte Boeg Thomsen
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://inss.ku.dk/english/calendar/geogram/

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation; Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Meeting Description:

The languages of the world offer their speakers different means of encoding location information and of grounding utterances spatially by pointing to the surrounding landscape. Languages vary both in the spatial concepts they require speakers to hold and in the degree of routine attention to landscape they demand. There is a now a wealth of findings from different spatial linguistic subsystems in many languages (Frames of Reference, topological relation markers, locative predicates, landscape terms, toponyms), and one aim of this seminar is to investigate cross-linguistic tendencies in the ways such spatial subsystems play together within single languages. Another aim is to examine the usefulness of the ethnophysiographic model suggested for landscape terminology when applied to other aspects of spatial language, such as spatial conjugations.

We invite contributions addressing the following three themes:

- The theme ''Coding strategies'' covers cross-linguistic variation and preferences in presenting place and direction information as either foreground or background information (lexical vs. grammatical), as core or periphery (argument vs. adjunct) and as independent or fused with other types of meanings (dedicated morphemes vs. portmanteaus).
- The theme ''Dependencies across subsystems'' explores the ways different parts of grammar and lexicon expressing location and direction either reinforce each other (supporting similar concepts and distinctions across scales and domains) or supplement each other (division of labour).
- The theme ''Place-marking systems as parts of ecological and cultural niches'' zooms out to the relationships between linguistic strategies for spatial reference and grounding, the landscapes these strategies are used in and the speech communities they serve, asking also whether their underpinning by traditional landbased practices makes them especially vulnerable in language endangerment contexts.

Invited Speakers:

Niclas Burenhult
Michael Fortescue
Gabriela Pérez Báez

Program:

Monday, 30 May:

8:45-9:00
Opening remarks

9:00-10:00
Keynote: Gabriela Pérez Báez

10:00-10:20 Coffee

10:20-10:45
Luke McDermott

10:45-11:10
Letizia Cerqueglini

11:10-11:35
Jonathon Lum

11:35-12:00
Jonas Nölle

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:50
Bill Palmer, Alice Gaby, Jonathon Lum & Jonathan Schlossberg

13:50-14:15
Randi Moore & Jürgen Bohnemeyer

14:15-14:40
Joe Blythe, Alice Gaby & Hywel Stoakes

14:40-15:05
William B: McGregor

15:05-15:30 Coffee

15:30-15:55
Henrik Hovmark

15:55-16:20
Aurelie Cauchard

16:20-16:45
Emilia Tuuri

Parallel special session on Cognitive Toponomy:

15:30-15:55
Peder Gammeltoft

15:55-16:20
Birgit Eggert

16:20-16:45
Carole Hough

16:45-17:10
David R: Simmons & Leslie Spence

18:30 Conference Dinner


Tuesday, 31 May

9:00-10:00
Keynote: Michael Fortescue

10:00-10:20 Coffee

10:20-10:45
Jan Heegård Petersen

10:45-11:10
Henrik Liljegren

11:10-11:35
Ditte Boeg Thomsen

11:35-12:00
Naja Blytmann Trondhjem

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00
Keynote: Niclas Burenhult

14:00-14:25
James Kari

14:25-14:50
Jozsef Szakos

14:40-15:10 Coffee

15:10-15:35
Clair Hill

15:35-16:00
Christian Döhler

16:00-16:25
Ricardo Maldonado & Sara Stradioto

16:30-18:00 Goodbye Reception

For titles of the talks, please see the detailed program at our webpage:
http://inss.ku.dk/english/calendar/geogram/program/

Deadline for registration: 15 April 2016
http://inss.ku.dk/english/calendar/geogram/registration-and-payment/


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