Benefactives - call for papers

Anna Margetts a.margetts at
Tue Oct 9 06:18:47 UTC 2001


Workshop on benefactive marking
in Oceanic languages and languages of Eastern Nusantara

9th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics
8-11 January 2002
ANU. Canberra, Australia.

Recent research on Oceanic languages and languages of Eastern
Nusantara (Eastern Indonesia and East Timor) has shown that there is
a richer variety of benefactive marking than has hitherto been
realised. The strategies range from simple juxtaposition of clauses
(in the absence of any formal marking for benefaction) via polysemous
constructions to specialized benefactive morphology.

The objectives of this workshop are to explore the range of
strategies used to express benefactive functions and to develop a
typology of benefactive constructions for this area. We also hope
that the issues addressed during the workshop will highlight the need
for more detailed data and help to raise the profile of benefactive
marking in future grammatical descriptions.

Among the points of interest for this workshop are:

-  types of benefactive constructions and their distribution
-  degrees of grammaticalization
-  grammaticalization paths to benefactive marking
-  semantic subtypes (benefactive, malefactive, behalf, ...)

We invite presentations on any aspect of the description and the
theoretical and historical analysis of benefactive marking in Oceanic
and Eastern Nusantara languages. (Abstracts on other Austronesian
languages are also welcome and will be included if time permits).

Expressions of interest should reach us by November 15th 2001.

Workshop organisers:

Anna Margetts & Jae Jung Song

a.margetts at at

The call for papers is also attached as a word document. Please post.
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