Workshop: Finnic Arguments - extended deadline

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Thu Sep 4 11:11:30 UTC 2003

>From Katrin Hiietam <katrinhiietam at>

Workshop Finnic Arguments ­ extended deadline

As a continuation to the workshop ISSUES IN FINNIC SYNTAX (19th SCL), the
workshop FINNIC ARGUMENTS, to be held at 20th Scandinavian Conference of
Linguistics (Helsinki 7-9 January 2004), invites abstracts on issues
related to verbal arguments in Finnic and Saami languages.

The focus of the workshop is the syntax and semantics of the core
arguments of a clause, as well as valency changing operations in which
verbal arguments participate (e.g. causativisation, impersonalisation
etc.). The workshop especially welcomes papers which present new data and
discuss the implications for any theoretical framework. The workshop is
open to papers from all frameworks, including descriptive typology.

A few of the questions that the workshop aims to seek answers to are
listed below:

- How are grammatical relations defined in Finnic and Saami languages? Are
GRs a construction-specific phenomena rather than definable within a
language or a language family?
- What kind of valency changing operations do core arguments participate
in? Do these constructions possess any particular areal characteristics?
- When the core arguments undergo a valency changing operation, does their
grammatical status change?
- What is the best way to characterise impersonal constructions, along
with their morphosyntax and semantics?

Abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page. A separate page may be
used for data, tables, figures and references. Abstracts should be sent as
attachments to the workshop email address either in Word or rtf format.

Please include name, affiliation and email address at the top of the page.

Abstracts and any informal enquiries should be sent to:
finnic_arguments at

Deadline for submissions: 18 September 2003

Notification of acceptance: 28 September 2003

Workshop organisers:
Katrin Hiietam (katrinhiietam at
Elsi Kaiser, University of Pennsylvania (ekaiser at
Satu Manninen, University of Lund (satu.manninen at
Diane Nelson, University of Leeds (d.c.nelson at
Virve-Anneli Vihman, University of Edinburgh (virve at

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