LINGUIST List 28.951

Tue Feb 21 2017

Calls: General Linguistics, Semantics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <kenlinguistlist.org>


Date: 20-Feb-2017
From: Carla Umbach <umbachzas.gwz-berlin.de>
Subject: Microvariation in Semantics
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Full Title: Microvariation in Semantics
Short Title: MicroSem

Date: 06-Sep-2017 - 06-Sep-2017
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Carla Umbach
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://microsem.wordpress.com/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 12-Mar-2017

Meeting Description:

Cross-linguistic research in semantics has yielded significant insights into how natural languages encode meaning. To date, prominent work in this tradition has tended to focus on contrasting typologically unrelated languages, as exemplified by Krifka (1995) on noun phrase semantics in English and Chinese, Matthewson (2001) on quantification in English and St'á'imcets, and Beck et al. (2009) on comparative constructions in 14 typologically diverse languages.

By comparison, relatively little work has considered more subtle semantic variation between closely related languages or dialects, an approach that has played an important role in syntactic theory (e.g. Henry 1995). Yet the small body of existing research of this sort has illustrated the value of a microvariationist perspective in highlighting the semantic facts of individual languages, and in shedding light on potential semantic universals. Examples of such work include Doetjes’ (2008) investigation of regularities and differences in degree and quantity modification in Romance and Germanic languages, Mayol & Castroviejo’s (2013) cross-Romance study of evaluative adverbs in questions, and Burnett’s (2012) work on adverbial quantification in two dialects of French, from which she derives implications for universals in quantifier meanings.

The goal of the workshop Microvariation in Semantics is to provide a forum for the presentation of research that investigates theoretical questions in semantics via the method of contrasting linguistic data from closely related languages and dialects.

We are pleased to have Heather Burnett (CNRS) as the keynote speaker at the workshop.

Microvariation in Semantics will be hosted by the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), as a satellite event to Sinn und Bedeutung 22.

Scientific Committee:

Heather Burnett (CNRS),
Eva Csipak (Universität Konstanz)
Jenny Doetjes (Universiteit Leiden),
Stephanie Solt (ZAS Berlin)
Lucia Tovena (Université Paris 7),
Carla Umbach (ZAS Berlin / Universität zu Köln)

Organizers:

Stephanie Solt
Carla Umbach

2nd Call for Papers:

Microvariation in Semantics
A satellite event of Sinn und Bedeutung 22
Berlin, September 6, 2017

Deadline: 12-Mar-2017

Cross-linguistic research in semantics has yielded significant insights into how natural languages encode meaning. Prominent work in this tradition has tended to focus on contrasting typologically unrelated languages. By comparison, relatively little work has considered more subtle semantic variation between closely related languages or dialects.

The workshop 'Microvariation in Semantics' will provide a forum for the presentation of research that investigates theoretical questions in semantics via the method of contrasting linguistic data from closely related languages and dialects.

We invite abstract submissions for 45-minute talks (including discussion) on topics relating to the theme of microvariation. We encourage contributions that combine empirical data with a formal semantics orientation.

Submissions should be anonymous and should not reveal the identities of the authors in any form. Abstracts must not exceed two pages (letter size or A4 paper, 2.5cm or 1 inch margins on all sides, 12 point font), including examples and references, and must be submitted electronically in PDF format via EasyChair.

Microvariation in Semantics is a satellite event to Sinn und Bedeutung 22. Double submission is permitted, but a single talk cannot be presented at both events. Authors will be asked to indicate at the time of abstract submission if the abstract has also been submitted to Sinn und Bedeutung.

Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=microsem2017

For further information and submission details see https://microsem.wordpress.com/


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