LINGUIST List 32.1829

Wed May 26 2021

Calls: Gen Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 26-May-2021
From: Jan Židek <>
Subject: Converbs from a cross-linguistic perspective workshop
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Full Title: Converbs from a cross-linguistic perspective workshop

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

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 16-Jun-2021

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.

Second Call for Papers:

The workshop ''Converbs from a cross-linguistic perspective'' organized by the Prague Descriptive Linguistics group, originally planned to be held physically in April 2020 as part of the annual Linguistics Prague conference at Charles University, has been rescheduled to 2021/07/15 on the Zoom platform. The start is late evening JST / early morning ET to accommodate all the current participants' needs. We encourage those interested in the topic to apply via e-mail: , subject: workshop. Authors of the accepted papers will be notified by 2021/06/24. The format is to be semi-open with public attendance per speaker's request. The invited speaker is Florian Siegl - presenting his Constructional Auxilliaries.

The abstract must be anonymous (please include your affiliation into the email body, not the abstract). The length should not exceed 400 words (without references). Please use 12 point Times New Roman (Unicode) font, single line spacing and set margins to 2.5 cm all around. Abstracts should be submitted by 16 June 2021 in pdf or docx format. Presentation time for papers will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Original call:

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