Call for papers - workshop on three place predicates

Simon Musgrave s.musgrave at
Wed Apr 12 12:16:48 UTC 2000

Dear Austronesianists,

Three of the organisers of the following workshop are currently researching
Austronesian languages. We hope that the information may be of interest to
other Austronesianists.

Three Place Predicates in the Languages of the World:
A workshop
(A part of the Australian Linguistic Institute 2000)

July 10 2000
Trinity College
The University of Melbourne

This workshop will explore how languages represent situations involving
three participants (eg. give, promise, show) in order to develop a
descriptive typology of coding strategies and investigate theoretical
analyses of the constructions used, including their contextual motivations
in discourse, cultural, and cognitive terms.

Much descriptive and theoretical linguistic research on transitive and
intransitive constructions exists, however three-place constructions have
been largely ignored or excluded as marginal. The workshop will highlight
the descriptive, theoretical and cognitive aspects of this type of
construction (recognised as challenging for humans to encode) and will
result in new descriptions, analyses and theoretical understandings of the
observed phenomena.

The workshop organisers, and editors of the planned volume that will
result, are:

Peter Austin University of Melbourne
John Bowden Australian National University
Nick Evans University of Melbourne
Anna Margetts Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen & University of Melbourne

There will be three position papers prepared for the workshop by John
Bowden, John Newman and Robert D. Van Valin Jr. We expect these to be
available on the ALI-2000 website in May-June. Other papers will be
presentations on any aspect of three-place predicate morphosyntax in the
languages of the world; the exact amount of time will depend on the number
of papers accepted for the workshop but is likely to be 30-40 minutes per
presentation.An edited and refereed volume is planned as a result of the

Prospective participants in the workshop are invited to send an abstract to
the workshop organisers by e-mail:

ALI-2000 at

or to

Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
University of Melbourne

Abstracts should reach us by 1st June 2000.


3 place predicates project

Other items of interest to Austronesianists at ALI2000 include John
Bowden's course on the languages of Eastern Indonesia, Nikolaus Himmelman's
course on Prosodic Units and Grammatical Constructions, Margaret Florey and
Nick Thieberger on working with endangered languages, and Sally Thomason on
language contact. See the website (address above) for full details of these
(and many other courses).

Simon Musgrave
University of Melbourne

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