29.2980, Calls: Gen Ling, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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Subject: 29.2980, Calls: Gen Ling, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2018 14:47:27
From: Berit Gehrke [berit.gehrke at hu-berlin.de]
Subject: Concessives vs. Adversatives: Opposing Opposition

Full Title: Concessives vs. Adversatives: Opposing Opposition 
Short Title: CAOO 

Date: 06-Mar-2019 - 08-Mar-2019
Location: Bremen, Germany 
Contact Person: Berit Gehrke
Meeting Email: OpposingOpposition at gmail.com
Web Site: https://sites.google.com/view/opposing-opposition-dgfs2019/ 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax 

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2018 

Meeting Description:

Concessive and adversative relations, introduced by adverbs (e.g.
nevertheless), prepositions (in spite of), complementizers (e.g. while) and
conjunctions (e.g. but), express a contrast to the element they are related to
and raise different issues in syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Adversative
clauses have been studied in relation to information and discourse structure
(and the notion of contrast, e.g. Sœbø 2004, Umbach 2005, Jasinskaja 2012,
Jasinskaja & Zeevat 2008, 2009, Zeevat 2012, Winterstein 2012), as well as in
terms of argumentation theory (Anscombre & Ducrot 1983). Concessives, on the
other hand, have been examined alongside causal and conditional clauses,
notably by König (1986, 1994) and König & Siemund (2000), and recently also by
Liu (in preparation), in investigating experimentally the connection between
connectives and conditionals. However, concessives and adversatives have not
been systematically compared and contrasted.

The goals of this workshop, which is part of the 41st annual meeting of the
German linguistic society DGfS, are the following: (1) to debate formal
semantic and pragmatic characterisations of adversative and concessive
constructions; (2) to discuss analyses of constructions that include
adversative or concessive semantics, such as scalar modifiers (at least, as
discussed e.g. in Nakanishi & Rullmann 2009 and Biezma 2013); (3) to compare
cross-linguistic, diachronic, experimental and theoretical approaches on the
topic, and, (4), ultimately, to deepen our understanding of the semantic and
pragmatic distinction between coordination and subordination, as well as the
notion of opposition that underlies these semantic and pragmatic relations. 

Further topics of interest include the import of mood marking (e.g.
subjunctive vs. indicative, see e.g. Quer 1998), the question as to what is
negated, the semantics-pragmatics of the elements involved in the expression
of this relation (adverbs, prepositions, complementizers, conjunctions), the
acquisition of concessive and adversative expressions (which are generally
assumed to be acquired late), the diachronic development of such expressions
(for example, many concessive adverbials are grammaticalized expressions, such
as Spanish sin embargo 'nevertheless, lit. without + seizure', German trotzdem
'nevertheless, lit. despite + demonstrative', Catalan això no obstant
'nevertheless, lit. this not preventing'), or the number of meaning types
conveyed in the expression of adversativity and concession (e.g. Iten 2000).

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations (25/20 + 5/10) that address
any of the topics as stated in the Meeting Description or related questions.
Abstracts should be anonymous and not exceed 2 pages (A4 or US Letter),
including examples and references, using a 12pt font with 2.5 cm (1 inch)
margins on all sides. Please send your abstracts electronically in pdf-format
by August 15, 2018 to:


and include your name(s), affiliation(s) and the title of the abstract in the
body of the e-mail.

Note: You can at most submit one individual and one co-authored paper to this
particular workshop, and you are not supposed to present a talk at any of the
parallel DGfS workshops, according to the rules of the DGfS (though
co-authored talks might be excluded from this rule).


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