Fwd: [NLN] CfP: Non-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects within and across Languages and Language Families: Stability, Variation and Change
johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at
Wed Aug 31 09:27:59 UTC 2011
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Univ.Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL)
Campus AAKH Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7
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> Lähettäjä: "johanna.barddal at uib.no" <johanna.barddal at uib.no>
> Päiväys: 30. elokuuta 2011 23.11.42 UTC+2.00
> Vastaanottaja: nordlingnet at uib.no
> Aihe: [NLN] CfP: Non-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects within and across Languages and Language Families: Stability, Variation and Change
> In collaboration with the Institute of Linguistics at the University of
> Iceland, the IECASTP/NonCanCase project at the University of Bergen is
> organizing a conference on "Non-Canonically Case-Marked Subjects
> within and across Languages and Language Families: Stability,
> Variation and Change"
> Invited Speakers:
> - Miriam Butt (University of Constance)
> - Thórhallur Eythórsson (University of Iceland)
> - Julie Ann Legate (University of Pennsylvania)
> - Andrej Malchukov (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig)
> Date: 4.-8. June 2012
> Location: Reykjavík and Hótel Hekla (near Eyjafjallajökull)
> Website 1: http://vefir.hi.is/SubjectCase (under construction)
> website 2: http://org.uib.no/iecastp/IECASTP/SubjectCase.htm
> Contact Person: Tonya Kim Dewey (University of Bergen)
> Official Email: SubjectCase @ gmail.com
> Call for papers: Oblique, "quirky", or non-canonically case-marked
> subjects have been the focus of enormous interest and massive research
> ever since Andrews (1976) and Masica (1976). Early on, research in
> this area was mainly carried out within the generative tradition, but
> by now interest in oblique subjects has spread to all other frameworks
> (cf. papers in Aikhenvald, Dixon & Onishi 2001, Bhaskararao & Subbarao
> 2004, and Malchukov & Spencer 2009). The attention has generally been
> on the syntactic behavior of oblique subjects, such as their ability
> to be left unexpressed in conjoined clauses and control infinitives,
> their ability to figure in object and subject raising, and to control
> reflexives, as well as on their word order properties (e.g. Sigurðsson
> 1991). Nevertheless, the validity of certain tests for subjecthood
> remains controversial, especially in diachronic studies (e.g.
> Eythórsson & Barðdal 2005).
> Recent research has increasingly turned to the semantics of oblique
> subjects, both within individual languages and within language
> families. Barðdal et. al (2011), for instance, show that there is a
> host of lexical-semantic verb classes associated with oblique subjects
> in several of the ancient/archaic Indo-European languages, ranging
> from experiencer, cognition, perception, and attitudinal predicates,
> to all kinds of happenstance predicates and predicates denoting purely
> relational and ontological states. Oblique subjects may also denote
> possession, modality and evidentiality, as well as featuring in the
> intransitive variant of causative pairs (anticausatives) in some
> Indo-European languages (e.g. Cennamo, Eythórsson & Barðdal 2011). In
> a wider typological perspective, it remains to be established which
> semantic features are language-family-specific and which are generally
> found cross-linguistically.
> Given the central role that Icelandic has played in research on
> oblique subjects (witness the classic paper by Zaenen, Maling &
> Thráinsson 1985), Iceland is the obvious location for this conference.
> The conference will start in Reykjavík, followed by a one-day tour in
> Southern Iceland, visiting Thingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss and other
> places of great natural beauty and historical interest. The concluding
> part of the conference will take place at Hótel Hekla, a charming
> country hotel about 70 km east of the capital, Reykjavík, with a
> marvelous view of (in)famous volcanoes such as Hekla and
> We welcome contributions focusing on a specific language, language
> family or cross-linguistic comparison, from different theoretical
> frameworks, on all aspects of oblique subjects, synchronic, diachronic
> and typological, including the following:
> - The semantics of the oblique subject construction, for instance in
> terms of lexical semantics, within a single language, or in a
> comparative or a typological perspective
> - The syntactic behavior of oblique subjects within a language, a
> language family, or across languages
> - The validity of particular tests for subjecthood, both in modern
> languages as well as corpus languages (e.g. the older Indo-European
> - The dichotomy between oblique subjects and subject-like obliques
> which pass some, but perhaps not all, of the subject tests, and its
> practical and theoretical implications
> - The origin and emergence of non-canonical subject case marking
> The potential role of oblique anticausatives in the emergence of
> oblique subjects
> - The syntax and semantics of oblique subjects in non-Indo-European languages
> Please submit your abstracts of 500 words or less through
> http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=subjectcase2012, no later
> than November 15th, 2011. A response on abstracts will be sent out on
> December 15th, 2011.
> Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y., R.M.W. Dixon & M. Onishi (eds.). 2001.
> Non-Canonical Marking of Subjects and Objects. Amsterdam: John
> Andrews, Avery D. 1976. The VP complement analysis in Modern
> Icelandic. North Eastern Linguistic Society 6: 1-21.
> Barðdal, Jóhanna, Valgerður Bjarnadóttir, Eystein Dahl, Gard B.
> Jenset & Thomas Smitherman. 2011. Reconstructing Constructional
> Semantics: The Dative Subject Construction in Old Norse-Icelandic,
> Latin, Ancient Greek, Old Russian and Lithuanian. Submitted to a
> thematic volume in Studies in Language, entitled "Theory and Data in
> Cognitive Linguistics", Nikolas Gisborne & Willem Hollmann (eds).
> Bhaskararao, Peri & K. V. Subbarao (eds.) 2004. Non-Nominative
> Subjects. (2 vols.) (Typological studies in language 60-61.)
> Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
> Cennamo, Michela, Thórhallur Eythórsson & Jóhanna Barðdal. 2011.
> The Rise and Fall of Anticausative Constructions in Indo-European: The
> Context of Latin and Germanic. Submitted to a thematic volume in
> Linguistics, entitled ?Typology of Labile Verbs: Focus on Diachrony?,
> Leonid Kulikov & Nikolaos Lavidas (eds).
> Eythórsson, Thórhallur & Jóhanna Barðdal. 2005. Oblique Subjects:
> A Common Germanic Inheritance. Language 81(4): 824-881.
> Malchukov, Andrej & Andrew Spencer (eds.). 2009. In The Oxford
> Handbook of Case. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
> Masica, Colin P. 1976. Defining a Linguistic Area: South Asia.
> Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
> Sigurðsson, Halldór Ármann. 1991. Icelandic Case-Marked PRO and
> the Licensing of Lexical Arguments. Natural Language and Linguistic
> Theory 9: 327-362.
> Zaenen, Annie, Joan Maling & Höskuldur Thráinsson. 1985. Case and
> Grammatical Functions: The Icelandic Passive. Natural Language and
> Linguistic Theory 3: 441-483.
> Jóhanna Barðdal
> Research Associate Professor
> Coeditor of the Journal of Historical Linguistics
> Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies
> University of Bergen
> P.O. box 7805
> NO-5020 Bergen
> johanna.barddal at uib.no
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