LINGUIST List 31.2775

Fri Sep 11 2020

Calls: Lang Acquisition/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <laurenlinguistlist.org>



Date: 10-Sep-2020
From: José AMENÓS-PONS <jamenosucm.es>
Subject: Grammar, Pragmatics and Evidentiality: a developmental perspective
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Full Title: Grammar, Pragmatics and Evidentiality: a developmental perspective

Date: 27-Jun-2021 - 02-Jul-2021
Location: Winterthur, Switzerland
Contact Person: Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://pragmatics.international/page/Winterthur2021

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

The development of the capacity to produce and interpret utterances is closely connected to the learner’s ability to consider thoughts about the objects, relations, and events that language encodes. Expressions of evidential meaning encode, or lead to the derivation, based on encoded meaning and inference, of the information source to which propositional content is attributed; the understanding of this kind of meaning also contributes to the ability to identify the degree of speaker certainty, and thereby, speaker commitment. The question of how evidentiality is acquired offers potential answers that are relevant to an ongoing debate about the precise relationship between linguistic and cognitive development with two clear divided camps. For some, the way L1 learners use (or fail to use) language may uncover whether a L1 learner has gripped or failed to grip the underlying concepts, in this case, the links between information sources, speaker certainty and commitment. For others, it has been claimed that what L1 learners say or do not say is governed not only by what they can and cannot think about but also by the internal mechanics of language acquisition that makes the discovery of the meanings for certain expressions easier than for others. The understanding and use of evidential has been shown to develop slowly, once children have acquired linguistic expressions of false belief and uncertainty, often considered to be the main components of theory of mind (Papafragou et al., 2007). Thus, a relevant question, in this regard, is the relative linguistic or conceptual complexity of information-source tracking involved in the expression and understanding of evidential meaning, theory of mind and of the linguistic means for attributing mental states.

This panel attempts to provide a forum in which to share research on pragmatic perspectives of the acquisition and expression of evidential meaning in cross-linguistically different evidential systems, especially in language pairings where at least one of the two languages does not encode evidentiality in specialised grammatical morphology. The interest of cross-linguistic studies lies in the fact that in some languages (for example, Turkish, Bulgarian or Persian), evidentiality is encoded in specialised morphemes, whilst others (such as Spanish or French) resort to processes of pragmatic enrichment of diverse linguistic devices (especially, tense and aspect morphemes) to express evidential meaning. Even though little is known about how evidential systems are acquired, existing research results suggest that the acquisition of evidentiality poses significant challenges for learners; it can be assumed that knowledge about first, second or bilingual acquisition, due to the varying configurations of evidential meaning, will have implications on the understanding of the language faculty and its relationship to cognition in general This panel offers opportunities to clarify which language internal or external factors (e.g., specific structural features, language dominance, language The development of the capacity to produce and interpret utterances is closely connected to the learner’s ability to consider thoughts about the objects, relations, and events that language encodes. Expressions of evidential meaning encode, or lead to the derivation, based on encoded meaning and inference, of the inproximity and input) constrain the results of language learning processes.

Call for Papers:

We aim to narrow gaps in our knowledge and form connections between researchers working with different languages and learners population. These breaches include theoretical or methodological gaps in our linguistic or empirical knowledge, or areas of research that have not been fully explored, language combinations and populations. Methodologically oriented papers that adopt any particular pragmatic and linguistic framework for research on the acquisition of evidentiality in any language combination will be most welcome.

Abstracts (250-500 words) must be submitted directly on the IPrA website (https://ipra2021.exordo.com/login), specifying that the submission is intended for the ''Grammar, Pragmatics and Evidentiality: a developmental perspective'' panel. For more information on submission, please visit https://pragmatics.international/page/Winterthur2021.




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