Workshop on Aspect across Languages

Andrea Schalley a.schalley at
Thu Aug 23 05:28:51 UTC 2012

WORKSHOP: Aspect Across Languages: Divergence and Convergence

DATE: 05-Dec-2012 - 07-Dec-2012

LOCATION: Perth, WA, Australia

Andrea Schalley
a.schalley at

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The level of complexity and importance of aspectual systems in 
languages, compounded by the diversity of approaches to representing 
aspect, make aspect an extremely interesting topic for discussion. In 
this workshop, we would like to engage in this discussion from a 
cross-linguistic perspective. Although many authors have thoroughly 
addressed and investigated issues surrounding aspect, there still 
remains a lack of uniformity in regard to the theoretical notion of 
aspect (Beavers, 2008, in press; Borer, 2005; Comrie, 1976; de Swart, 
1998; Dowty, 1979; Filip, 2008; Klein, 1994; Krifka, 1998; Vendler, 
1967, amongst others). Aspect can roughly be delimited as describing the 
speaker's perspective on the internal organisation of an action, event 
or state, which not only covers temporal perspectives, but might also 
include characteristics such as progressive, habitual, repetition, 
momentary, bounded, perfective etc. (Bybee, Perkins, & Pagliuca, 1994; 
Dahl, 1985; Smith, 1997; Talmy, 2000; Verkuyl, 1993).

Topics of interest in this workshop include but are not limited to:

- definitions and classifications of aspectual notions;
- diachronic perspectives on aspect;
- aspectual coding in specific languages, i.e. single-language 
treatments of aspect;
- comparisons of aspect across different languages.

The workshop is held as part of the Annual Conference of the Australian 
Linguistic Society (


We invite abstracts of up to 500 words. Please submit your abstract at


Papers will be of 30 minutes duration, consisting of a 20 minute 
lecture-style presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions/responses.

Abstracts should be submitted online and will be reviewed by at least 
two reviewers drawn from the Program Committee. Please ensure that your 
abstract meets the specific guidelines (cf. website).

Note that only ALS members are eligible to present at an ALS conference. 
Non-members presenting papers must take up membership by the beginning 
of the conference.

We particularly invite contributions that focus on the premise that 
aspectual categories reflect conceptual structures and which make these 
structures explicit. In addition, we welcome analytical and comparative 
studies of aspect across languages as well as discussions and 
presentations that help to clarify the current knowledge base of aspect 
terminology. Authors with problematic and non-standard examples as well 
as with work in progress are encouraged to contribute.


Helen Arnot, Griffith University, Australia
Östen Dahl, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Stefan Engelberg, Institute for the German Language (IDS) Mannheim, Germany
Hana Filip, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
Mark Harvey, University of Newcastle, Australia
Beth Levin, Stanford University, USA
Robert Mailhammer, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Andrea Schalley, Griffith University, Australia
Ruth Singer, University of Melbourne, Australia


Andrea Schalley
Helen Arnot

Linguistic Subfield: Linguistic Theories
		     General Linguistics
		     Historical Linguistics
Dr Andrea Schalley
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Languages and Linguistics
Nathan Campus, Griffith University
Nathan, Brisbane, QLD 4111
Ph: +61 7 3735-4428
Fax: +61 7 3735-6766
Email: a.schalley at

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