LINGUIST List 32.2359

Mon Jul 12 2021

Confs: Gen Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 12-Jul-2021
From: Jan Židek <>
Subject: Converbs from a cross-linguistic perspective workshop
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Converbs from a cross-linguistic perspective workshop

Date: 15-Jul-2021 - 15-Jul-2021
Location: Prague (Zoom), Czech Republic
Contact: Jan Židek
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The aim of the conference is to bring together students and early career researchers whose research addresses any topics relevant to linguistics and is grounded in empirical methods. We encourage presentations of original data oriented research concerned with different aspects of language structure and use, as well as discussions of relevant methodological issues.

Workshop ''Converbs from a cross-linguistic perspective'' topic:
In the last twenty years the concept of converbs has been slowly gaining traction and recognition among the wider linguistic community. The term converb is being used in place of several other older terms such as gerunds, deepričastie, adverbial participle, etc. There have been also various attempts to delimit the phenomenon, e.g. Haspelmath 1995, Ross 2016, that, however, do not agree on all aspects of the definition. Broadly speaking, converbs can be understood as adverbial verbal forms, though their actual function can vary both across languages and across constructions. We would like to discuss the following issues:

- Converbs as dependent adverbial form or a device for clause chaining?
- Coordination vs subordination (co-subordination?)
- Converbs on the margins (non-prototypical cases of converb usage)
- Use of converbs in mono-clausal multiverbal constructions (MMC)
- Is the notion of converbs cross-linguistically a useful label?

The meeting is an online version of the workshop intended to be part of Linguistics Prague 2020.

Program Information:

Program is available at:

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