LINGUIST List 29.3435

Fri Sep 07 2018

Calls: Slavic Subgroup; Historical Ling, Semantics, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling/Poland

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Date: 06-Sep-2018
From: Piotr Sobotka <>
Subject: Diachronic Slavonic Syntax 4: Functional Organisation of Utterance in Diachronic and Comparative Perspective in Slavic Languages
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Full Title: Diachronic Slavonic Syntax 4: Functional Organisation of Utterance in Diachronic and Comparative Perspective in Slavic Languages
Short Title: DSSL 4

Date: 13-Jun-2019 - 15-Jun-2019
Location: Torun, Poland
Contact Person: Piotr Sobotka
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2018

Meeting Description:

The Committee of Linguistics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Faculty of Languages, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland, and the Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, will host a three-day workshop on diachronic Slavonic syntax, with special reference to the functional organisation of utterance as the minimal communicative unit in diachronic and comparative perspective in Slavic languages. The workshop is part of the workshop series Diachronic Slavonic Syntax (DSSL).

The workshop is dedicated to the study of the causes and mechanisms of syntactic change in Slavonic languages, with a special focus on the shifts in such areas of utterances as:

1. the functional perspective of the sentence expressed in terms of focus, theme, rheme, transition etc.,
2. syntactic markers of modality understood as a category covering indications either of a kind of speech act or of the degree of certainty with which something is said,
3. all extra-grammatical means of organising an utterance (cf. Daneš 1964: 228),
4. variations of the linear order of the sentence as the means of coding or constructing the meaning,
5. extra-sentence comments, including conjunctions, connectives, discourse particles
6. suprasegmental coding of the meaning

Functional approaches to the linguistic research, in particular in the field of syntax, are usually applied and tested to the contemporary linguistic phenomena. We propose to reflect on the functional aspects of Slavic syntax both in diachronic and comparative perspectives, taking into account reference to the influences of Greek and Latin. The aim is to promote recent developments in the field, be it empirical, theoretical or methodological, as well as the confrontation between contemporary theoretical approaches and the analysis of old Slavic texts.

The conference will feature keynote speeches by Svetlana M. Tolstaya (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow) and Björn Wiemer (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz).

Conference languages are English or Russian.

We invite submissions for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion).

Agnieszka Sloboda (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan)
Piotr Sobotka (Nicolaus Copernicus University)

2nd Call for Papers:

Abstracts must be anonymous, in PDF format, 1 page A4 or letter (plus possibly one additional page for examples and references), in a font size no less than 12pt, and with margins of 1 inch/2.5 cm. Please submit abstracts via Easyabs no later than September 30, 2018:

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