LINGUIST List 27.822

Mon Feb 15 2016

Calls: General Ling, Historical Ling, Ling Theories, Syntax, Typology/Poland

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 14-Feb-2016
From: Katarzyna Janic <>
Subject: Correlations of valency-changing operations within and across languages
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Full Title: Correlations of valency-changing operations within and across languages

Date: 15-Sep-2016 - 17-Sep-2016
Location: Poznan, Poland
Contact Person: Katarzyna Janic
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2016

Meeting Description:

Many languages use verbal derivational morphology to mark valency-changing mechanisms such as causative, applicative, reflexive, anticausative, antipassive, and other (Dixon & Aikhenvald 2000; Haspelmath & Müller-Bardey 2004; Wunderlich 2015). The aim of this workshop is to explore the status and functioning of such morphology within language systems to find correlations among valency-changing mechanisms within individual languages and cross-linguistically, and to investigate their interaction with grammatical categories and/or with lexical-semantic features of verbs (Malchukov & Comrie 2015). We welcome papers focusing on detailed analysis in individual languages as well as contributions that discuss cross-linguistic generalizations. The perspective of the workshop is integrative, as we believe that an approach that integrates syntactic and semantic aspects and the way they correlate in discourse context will lead to a better understanding of how valency-changing mechanisms function in languages.

The following scholars indicated their interest in contributing to the workshop:

Seppo Kittilä, Helsinki University
Leonid Kulikov, Ghent University
Alexander Letuchiy Vinogradov, Russian Language Institute in Moscow
Natalia Levshina, Leipzig University
Jurgis Pakerys, Vilnius University
Alena Witzlack, Kiel University
Fernando Zúñiga, Bern University


Katarzyna Janic:
Nicole Nau:

Call for Papers:

The workshop aims to bring together functional, historical, cognitive and theoretical linguists, typologists and other specialists working on morphosyntactic variation and lexical semantics. Possible topics will include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Correlations between semantic verb classes and valency-changing mechanisms (e.g. digestive verbs and causative, or antagonistic verbs and the antipassive)
- Functional restrictions on valency-changing operations
- Correlations between valency-changing operations and grammatical categories
- Possible combinations of derivational processes (e.g. causative and applicative)
- Polysemy and the functional range of individual markers, or groups of markers
- Diachronic sources of valency-changing morphology
- The status of valency-changing mechanisms within a language and as a possible parameter for language typology (cf. Nichols et al. 2004; Haspelmath et al. 2014)
- The use of valency-changing devices in discourse

Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair system. Please check the PLM homepage for further details:

Important Dates:

A deadline for abstract submission to our session is 31 March 2016
Notification of acceptance for papers is due 24 April 2016

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