LINGUIST List 31.2530

Mon Aug 10 2020

Confs: Romance; History of Ling, Ling Theories, Philosophy of Lang, Pragmatics, Typology/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 09-Aug-2020
From: Johannes Kabatek <>
Subject: Coseriu's Linguistics - Origin and Actuality
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Coseriu's Linguistics - Origin and Actuality
Short Title: COSERIU100

Date: 16-Jun-2021 - 19-Jun-2021
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Contact: Johannes Kabatek
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Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Typology

Language Family(ies): Romance

Meeting Description:

Eugenio Coseriu (1921-2002) was one of the most influential linguists of the 20th century. His language theory has had an important impact on contemporary Romance and General Linguistics. In several branches of linguistics (such as the theory of language change, pragmatics and text linguistics, variational linguistics or semantics), Coseriu’s proposals of the 1950s can be considered groundbreaking, however, even if several of his linguistic concepts have become part of the canon of linguistics, others have remained largely unknown at least outside the circle of Coseriu’s disciples.

The centenary of his birth in 2021 will be the occasion for the celebration of an international conference jointly organized at two Universities: Zurich (Switzerland) and Tubingen (Germany).

Call for Papers:

The aim of the conference is to:
- discuss the origin and the evolution of Coseriu's thought,
- discuss the influence of Coseriu's concepts on the evolution of linguistics of the 20th century and their ongoing presence,
- discuss the relationship of Coseriu's linguistics with respect to other theories and schools.

Apart from this general focus, each day of the conference will have a thematic focus in the following four areas:
- Language varieties
- Language change
- Pragmatics and text linguistics
- Norm and correction

Abstracts for oral presentations (30 minutes + 10 minutes discussion) and posters should be submitted before December 31 to

Conference languages: English, Romance languages, German.

On June 19, there will be an excursion to the University of Tübingen, including a visit to the Eugenio Coseriu Archives.

Plenary speakers: TBA

Other events that will take place during the conference:
- Book presentations
- Project presentations: Coseriu Archives, Edition Projects, Cseriu
- Round table: Coseriu's linguistics today
- Round table: Digital edition of letters

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