LINGUIST List 29.2980

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Calls: Gen Ling, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 20-Jul-2018
From: Berit Gehrke <>
Subject: Concessives vs. Adversatives: Opposing Opposition
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Full Title: Concessives vs. Adversatives: Opposing Opposition
Short Title: CAOO

Date: 06-Mar-2019 - 08-Mar-2019
Location: Bremen, Germany
Contact Person: Berit Gehrke
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2018

Meeting Description:

Concessive and adversative relations, introduced by adverbs (e.g. nevertheless), prepositions (in spite of), complementizers (e.g. while) and conjunctions (e.g. but), express a contrast to the element they are related to and raise different issues in syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Adversative clauses have been studied in relation to information and discourse structure (and the notion of contrast, e.g. Sœbø 2004, Umbach 2005, Jasinskaja 2012, Jasinskaja & Zeevat 2008, 2009, Zeevat 2012, Winterstein 2012), as well as in terms of argumentation theory (Anscombre & Ducrot 1983). Concessives, on the other hand, have been examined alongside causal and conditional clauses, notably by König (1986, 1994) and König & Siemund (2000), and recently also by Liu (in preparation), in investigating experimentally the connection between connectives and conditionals. However, concessives and adversatives have not been systematically compared and contrasted.

The goals of this workshop, which is part of the 41st annual meeting of the German linguistic society DGfS, are the following: (1) to debate formal semantic and pragmatic characterisations of adversative and concessive constructions; (2) to discuss analyses of constructions that include adversative or concessive semantics, such as scalar modifiers (at least, as discussed e.g. in Nakanishi & Rullmann 2009 and Biezma 2013); (3) to compare cross-linguistic, diachronic, experimental and theoretical approaches on the topic, and, (4), ultimately, to deepen our understanding of the semantic and pragmatic distinction between coordination and subordination, as well as the notion of opposition that underlies these semantic and pragmatic relations.

Further topics of interest include the import of mood marking (e.g. subjunctive vs. indicative, see e.g. Quer 1998), the question as to what is negated, the semantics-pragmatics of the elements involved in the expression of this relation (adverbs, prepositions, complementizers, conjunctions), the acquisition of concessive and adversative expressions (which are generally assumed to be acquired late), the diachronic development of such expressions (for example, many concessive adverbials are grammaticalized expressions, such as Spanish sin embargo 'nevertheless, lit. without + seizure', German trotzdem 'nevertheless, lit. despite + demonstrative', Catalan això no obstant 'nevertheless, lit. this not preventing'), or the number of meaning types conveyed in the expression of adversativity and concession (e.g. Iten 2000).

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations (25/20 + 5/10) that address any of the topics as stated in the Meeting Description or related questions. Abstracts should be anonymous and not exceed 2 pages (A4 or US Letter), including examples and references, using a 12pt font with 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins on all sides. Please send your abstracts electronically in pdf-format by August 15, 2018 to:

and include your name(s), affiliation(s) and the title of the abstract in the body of the e-mail.

Note: You can at most submit one individual and one co-authored paper to this particular workshop, and you are not supposed to present a talk at any of the parallel DGfS workshops, according to the rules of the DGfS (though co-authored talks might be excluded from this rule).

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