LINGUIST List 30.1512

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Calls: Applied Ling, Disc Analysis, Gen Ling, Historical Ling, Semantics/France

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Date: 31-Mar-2019
From: christelle lacassain-lagoin <>
Subject: Possibility and Necessity - Concepts and Expressions of Modality
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Full Title: Possibility and Necessity - Concepts and Expressions of Modality

Date: 17-Oct-2019 - 19-Oct-2019
Location: Pau, France
Contact Person: Christelle Lacassain-Lagoin
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2019

Meeting Description:

Possibility and Necessity
Concepts and Expressions of Modality

In Honour of Paul Larreya

International conference
Université de Pau & des Pays de l’Adour (Pau, France)
17-19 October 2019

Research Centres ALTER, UPPA (EA 7504) et CLIMAS, UBM (EA 4196)

Discourse may be conceived as a space where subjects act and interact. We propose the study of this interaction between subjects from the perspective of modality, a notion which, in one of its most frequent definitions, corresponds to the fields of possibility and necessity. Questions will be addressed concerning the sharing, structuring, conception and representation of this space through the expression of modality, which covers various notions such as possibility, impossibility, necessity, contingency, certainty, probability and plausibility.

Looking in detail at the concepts of possibility and necessity will enable the study of diverse types of modality including the traditional distinction made between root modality and epistemic modality. Larreya has proposed to divide epistemic modality, sometimes known as “the modality of knowledge”, into two sub-categories: inferential modality (epistemic modality per se) and implicative modality, which may be considered as “a sort of semantic link between epistemic modality and deontic modality” (Larreya 1984: 173). This raises the questions, amongst others, of the division of the semantic domain of modality, of the relations between evaluative modality, on the one hand, and possibility and necessity, on the other hand, and of the links between epistemic modality, evidentiality and mirativity.

The aim of this conference is to enable interaction between specialists from different branches of linguistics – English, Spanish and French especially (psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, morpho-syntax, phonology, etc.). Contributions from specialists in other fields (psychology and philosophy in particular) would/will also be welcome.

Guest Speakers:

Pierre Cotte, Sorbonne Université
Patrick Dendale, University of Antwerp

2nd Call for Papers:

Please send your submissions (500 words), with a short bio-bibliography, to the three members of the organizing committee for 30 April 2019. Please indicate the title and the name(s) of the author(s) in your email and attach the abstract in text or .pdf formats giving the title only.

Talks may be given in English or French. Selected papers will be considered for publication.

Studies could describe the specific use of (different types) of markers in expressions of possibility and necessity, as well as the diversity of these markers. One may consider, in particular, modal auxiliaries, modal expressions and idioms, lexical modals, but also other parts of speech and constructions that contribute to the expression of a modal stance.

Several approaches may be considered, although the list is not exhaustive:

- epistemological approach: definition of the concepts of possibility and necessity in linguistics, which may be linked with fields from other disciplines;
- historical dimension: the emergence of modal markers, the loss of certain forms of modalization (subjunctive);
- specialized or non-specialized forms and constructions used in the expression of one of the two fields;
- prosodic approach to modality: interaction between markers of modality and prosodic markers;
- structuring the area of modality: the relationships between epistemic, root, inferential and implicational modalities; the link between these modalities and other concepts (evidentiality, mirativity, etc.); impervious or porous borders between the different fields;
- distinction or linking between different language attitudes that cover the notions of possibility and necessity (e.g. judgement, assessment, etc.);
- utterer attitude/stance and the pragmatic dimension;
- distinction between modality and modalization;
- dialectal approach: modality and grammaticalization in creole languages;
- types of markers and textual genres : the expression of modality in different genres – specialized discourse (judicial, medical, commerce and trade, etc.), autobiography, political discourse, discussions on forums and blogs, etc.;
- modality and teaching: expression of possibility and necessity in learning situations and second language acquisition;
- multimodal analysis and the expression of possibility and necessity by non-verbal means.

Organizing Committee:

Jean Albrespit – CLIMAS, UBM (
Christelle Lacassain-Lagoin – ALTER, UPPA (
Tracey Simpson – ALTER, UPPA (

Scientific Committee:

Jean Albrespit, Université Bordeaux Montaigne
Viviane Arigne, Université Paris 13
Johan van der Auwera, University of Antwerp
Kasper Boye, University of Copenhagen
Agnès Celle, Université Paris Diderot
Bert Cornillie, University of Leuven
Pierre Cotte, Sorbonne Université
Monique De Mattia-Viviès, Aix-Marseille Université
Patrick Dendale, University of Antwerp
Ilse Depraetere, Université Lille 3 Charles de Gaulle
Lionel Dufaye, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
Roberta Facchinetti, University of Verona
Grégory Furmaniak, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle
Christelle Lacassain-Lagoin, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour
Laure Lansari, Université Paris Diderot
Jean-Marie Merle, Université Nice Sofia-Antipolis
Juana Marín-Arrese, Complutense Madrid University
Fabrice Marsac, University of Opole
Johanna Miecznikowski, University of Lugano
Élise Mignot, Sorbonne Université
Bérengère Moricheau-Airaud, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour
Claude Rivière, Université Paris Diderot
Laurent Rouveyrol, Université Nice Sofia-Antipolis
Raphael Salkie, University of Brighton
Tracey Simpson, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour

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