LT: Category Check: Call for papers

Plank frans.plank at UNI-KONSTANZ.DE
Sun Dec 16 17:48:36 UTC 2012


CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite submissions for a new regular feature of LT, CATEGORY CHECK.  The remit is a dual one:  (i) to acquaint the typological and wider public with the more unfamiliar categories from the languages of the world, be they phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, or pragmatic;  and/or (ii) to explain categories, familiar or unfamiliar, that are polysemous or homonymous or just unclear in current descriptive and theoretical practice.  

Contributions must be theoretically informed and crosslinguistically firmly grounded.   Also, we expect an awareness that comparability across languages and theory-dependence are real issues.   

Although contributions should be concise, and authoritative rather than argumentative in style, they will be more detailed than the typical entry in a linguistic dictionary or encyclopedia.  Without rendering conventional scholarly research redundant, crowdsourcing (e.g., through lingtyp) can be useful to ascertain crosslinguistic distributions.

Submissions are welcome at any time, and they will be peer-reviewed like all submissions to LT.  

Many previous contributions to LT have effectively served some such purpose:  remember mirativity, interrogative verbs, delocutive verbs, senary base (numeral systems with base 6), the labial flap?  There's lots more that one could think of, and that some languages have thought of.  Categories some of us have been thinking of as candidates for CATEGORY CHECK include these -- and feel free to expand the list:

allotive [sic;  with epenthetic /t/: "opérateur d'altérité")
aorist
associative
avertive, frustrative, apprehensional
case assimilation
collective
conative
conjunct/disjunct
deponent
diphthong
endoclitic
equative
floating tone
generic
gerund
imprecative/optative
inchoative, inceptive, ingressive;  terminative, cessative, completive;  continuative
initial mutation
interrogative inflection
inverse
inverse number marking
laryngeal
lenis/fortis
logophor
metathesis as a grammatical device
oblique
obviative
polarity
prospective, proximative;  retrospective
remote/immediate (past, future, imperative;  hesternal, hodiernal etc.) 
supine
template, templatic morphology
tonal case marking
trills


Over categories that want checking don't forget the other periodical features of LT, other than regular articles and book reviews:  Debate, Target Articles with Peer Commentary, the Universals Register, Language Profiles, Family Portraits, Area Surveys.  Only the opportunities for Obituaries come uncalled for.


for the Editorial Board of LT
Frans Plank




Frans Plank
Sprachwissenschaft
Universität Konstanz
78457 Konstanz
Germany

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