LINGUIST List 29.3737

Fri Sep 28 2018

Confs: General Linguistics, Language Documentation, Pragmatics, Semantics, Typology/Germany

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Date: 26-Sep-2018
From: Ana Krajinovic <>
Subject: Tense, Aspect and Mood Categories across Languages
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Tense, Aspect and Mood Categories across Languages
Short Title: TAMCAL

Date: 21-Aug-2019 - 24-Aug-2019
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact: Ana Krajinovic
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Pragmatics; Semantics; Typology

Meeting Description:

(Session of 52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea)

Convenors: Kilu von Prince, Ana Krajinović, Jozina Vander Klok

Interested participants should write a provisional abstract (max. 300 words) with their name and affiliation and send to by November 9, 2018.
For a full workshop description, please visit

There is a proliferation of terms in the study of tense, aspect and modality (TAM). But it is not always clear what the relation between those terms is.
In some cases, several terms appear to refer to phenomena that are functionally very similar. This might be the case with continuous and progressive aspect, or irrealis, potential and hypothetical mood. In other cases, one category might be a special case of another category, for example habitual sentences are sometimes described as a special case of generic statements (Krifka et al. 1995) or, more generally, of imperfective aspect (Comrie 1976). We would like to bring together perspectives from language documentation and language-specific description, typology, formal and functional approaches to semantics and pragmatics, as well as syntax and morphology to discuss relations between TAM terms cross-linguistically.

We also welcome contributions that specifically address discrepancies between linguistic subdisciplines, or to state it from another perspective, how different linguistic frameworks might constrain or create more freedom in their approach to accounting for TAM semantic properties. For instance, typologists often come to different conclusions from formal semanticists when it comes to the classification of TAM categories. Typologists tend to assume that cross-linguistic differences in the distribution of particular TAM expressions are based on their lexical semantic definition. By contrast, in formal semantics some of these differences can be derived from various language-internal structures and processes, such as paradigmatic effects.

We invite contributions from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, including language documentation and description, typology, semantics and pragmatics, syntax, and morphology. We particularly welcome submissions on understudied or underdocumented languages. Possible topics for submission include:

- Descriptive case studies of a specific TAM marker or paradigm;
- Typological studies of the distribution of certain categories;
- Formal and functional approaches to specific TAM categories;
- Formal and functional approaches to the grammaticalization/diachrony of specific TAM categories;
- Interdisciplinary studies that compare different approaches.

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