LINGUIST List 27.2339

Tue May 24 2016

Calls: Historical Ling, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax, Typology/Germany

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Date: 24-May-2016
From: Conference Organizers <>
Subject: Non-Canonical Verb Positioning in Main Clauses (DGfS 2017)
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Full Title: Non-Canonical Verb Positioning in Main Clauses (DGfS 2017)

Date: 08-Mar-2017 - 10-Mar-2017
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Contact Person: Sonja Müller
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 20-Aug-2016

Meeting Description:

In the last 15 years, the verb-second phenomenon in the Germanic languages has received particular interest and a lot of research has been devoted to its occurrence in dependent environments aiming at finding out whether, and if so, by which criteria it is licensed. However, not only dependent clauses display verb-order variation, there are also different options for positioning the finite verb in main clauses. For example, German declarative clauses (which have been the focus of attention) can display verb-first order. Furthermore, attention has been paid to declarative clauses which are claimed to show verb-third order. And the finite verb might also occur in final position in other types of non-embedded utterances. This workshop intends to study the formal and interpretative properties of main clauses which do not display the word order which is canonically expected of them.

Questions we like to address are e.g.: What are the conditions under which the above mentioned orders become possible or even necessary? Is their nature syntactic, semantic, information structural or stylistic? Are there genre-specific distributions? How similar are the licensing conditions for such 'deviating' orders across different (Germanic) languages and/or different historical stages within one language? What are the differences between verb-end and verb-first/-second structures in less well-studied non-assertive utterance types such as interrogatives or exclamatives? How can such variation be accounted for at all? How do such structures fit into systems of sentence mood/type or utterance types? How important is further linguistic material (such as modal particles, intonation, verbal mood)?

We aim at appealing to researchers who work synchronically or diachronically on cases of non-canonical verb positioning in main clauses. Theoretical as well as empirical approaches on any language displaying variations of this kind are welcome.

Invited Speakers:

1) Hubert Truckenbrodt (ZAS, Berlin) (confirmed)
2) Heike Wiese (Potsdam) (confirmed)

Workshop Details:

Organizers: Mailin Antomo (Göttingen) & Sonja Müller (Wuppertal)
Date: March 8-10, 2017
Venue: Saarland University, Saarbrücken

Call for Papers:

Submission Details:

We invite submissions of abstracts for 30 minute talks including discussion. Submissions should not exceed one page, 12pt. single spaced, with an optional additional page for examples and references. Either PDF or Word format is accepted. Please send your abstract to or by the deadline listed below.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission: August 20, 2016
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2016

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