conference announcement + CFP
Philippe De Brabanter
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Thu May 25 19:49:50 UTC 2006
Call for papers / Appel à communications
under the auspices of the Linguistic Society of Belgium, international conference on:
« The notion of commitment in linguistics »
« La notion de prise en charge en linguistique »
January 11-13, 2007 / 11-13 janvier 2007 /
University of Antwerp (Belgium) / Université dAnvers (Belgique)
Organisateurs / Organizers :
Patrick Dendale (Universiteit Antwerpen)
Danielle Coltier (Université du Maine, Le Mans)
Abstract Deadline : June, 20 2006
Date limite de soumission : 20 juin 2006
The notion of commitment
(Non-)Commitment ((non-)prise en charge in French) is a notion which is fairly often used in the analysis of certain types of linguistic phenomena (sometimes under the guise of other labels, such as performativity) e.g. in the analysis of speech acts, of semantic categories such as modality, evidentiality and subjectivity, of different forms of reported speech, and of certain tenses and moods. But it is hardly ever the subject of explicit investigation in its own right.
Goal of the conference
The aim of this conference is to bring together research which crucially draws on the notion of (non-)commitment in one or another way, in an attempt to achieve a better understanding of the nature and the extension of the notion itself. It welcomes theoretical and empirical contributions addressing the issue in its own right or in terms of its role in any relevant linguistic or conceptual phenomenon, using any kind of methodological approach, and coming from any kind of theoretical background. One section of the conference will be devoted to typological contributions, next to other sections dealing with grammatical or lexical markers or strategies of (non-)commitment in the Romance and Germanic languages.
Theoretical problems pertaining to the notion
The theoretical issues addressed in this conference can be summarized in terms of five central questions:
A) To what does (non-)commitment apply? What are possible objects or (aspects of) objects of (non-)commitment (elements of form, of meaning)?
B) Who commits him/herself? Who is the agent of the commitment (which instance of the speaker)?
C) When does (non-)commitment apply? Only at the moment of speech, or also at other times?
D) What is the nature of (non-)commitment? Are there different forms or degrees of it?
E) How is (non-)commitment taken? Under which conditions and by means of which forms, mechanisms or strategies is it signalled?
In view of the fact that the notion of (non-)commitment or (non-)prise en charge ((non‑)responsibilité) is quite manifestly present in the French linguistic tradition (especially in the aftermath of the work of Benveniste), more so than in the Anglo-American tradition, the present conference also explicitly aims to establish communication on the issue between these geographical research traditions. Therefore, the conference will feature presentations in French as well as in English.
Deadline for abstract submissions is June 20, 2006
Format and evaluation of abstracts
Abstracts will be refereed anonymously.
Abstracts are to be submitted as an attachment in Word or Rich Text Format to an email sent to commitment2007 at ua.ac.be. Your abstract should be in French or in English (please use the language of the actual presentation). It should not exceed 500 words (references not included). Please include the title but do not mention the name of the author(s). Use Times Roman 12 and single spacing, and make sure to embed TrueType Fonts for special characters (cf. typological studies).
The email accompanying the abstract should contain the title of the presentation (identical to the title indicated on the abstract in the attachment), the name of the author(s), and their full coordinates (affiliation, postal address, email address).
Notification of acceptance/rejection: late August 2006.
Registration fee: 80 Euro
Special registration fees apply to members of the Linguistic Society of Belgium, please check the website (www.bkl-cbl.be) for details.
Abstract deadline: June 20, 2006
Notification: late August 2006
Registration deadline: September 15, 2006
Second circular: September 2006
Conference dates: January 11-13, 2007 at the University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Conference website: www.ua.ac.be/commitment
For further information, please contact
Department of Linguistics
Email: patrick.dendale at ua.ac.be
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