LINGUIST List 30.1324

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Calls: Gen Ling, Morphology, Pragmatics, Semantics, Typology/Austria

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Date: 19-Mar-2019
From: Muriel Assmann <>
Subject: Stress-free Focus Workshop
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Full Title: Stress-free Focus Workshop
Short Title: SFW

Date: 18-Oct-2019 - 19-Oct-2019
Location: Vienna, Austria
Contact Person: Muriel Assmann
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Morphology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Typology

Call Deadline: 09-Jun-2019

Meeting Description:

The Unalternative Semantics Team is very happy to announce the first Stress-free Focus Workshop at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Our project's goal is to connect up recent formal and typological work on the realization of focus in various languages with the formal semantics/pragmatics of focus. Our main interest is in analyzing focus in languages that use other means than stress and accent to realize focus, for example focus constructions, focus marking morphemes etc.

For more information see our website:

Invited speakers:
Katharina Hartmann (Frankfurt)
Kriszta Szendroi (University College London)

Call for Papers:

Deadline Extended to June 9, 2019

For this workshop we especially welcome works on languages which do not use stress to mark focus and/or contrast. We furthermore encourage research within the Unalternative Semantics framework (Büring 2015, 2016)

Topics of the workshop may include, but need not be limited to, submissions on:

- Descriptive overview of Information structure marking in lesser studied languages.
- Different ways of focus marking: Ways to model the influence of syntactic position, morphological marking (and prosodic marking) on the signalling of IS categories, across languages, but also in languages that combine several of these.
- IS ambiguities: Patterns in which the same form is compatible with different sizes, or even locations, of pragmatic focus/topic etc ('focus projection’). How to model these, and what patterns are attested ?
- IS Pragmatics: What are the pragmatic conditions on the use of IS categories, i.e. how do pragmatic rules make reference to such labels as `focus’, `topic’ etc.
- Interaction between focus marking and other categories such as aspect, mood, etc.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit your anonymous abstracts to
Pdf, 11pt Times New Roman, 2 pages including examples, but excluding references and graphics.
You should aim at 40 minutes presentation (30min+10min).

Deadline for abstract submission: 09.06.2019
Notification of acceptance: mid June


Muriel Assmann
Daniel Büring
Izabela Jordanoska
Max Prüller

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