Call for abstracts

Peter Kahrel kahrel at KAHREL.PLUS.COM
Sat Jul 10 17:06:12 UTC 2004

 From Søren Wichmann:

Call for abstracts: The Typology of Stative-Active Languages

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany), 
May 20-22, 2005

The aim of the conference is to explore similarities and differences 
among languages of the 'stative-active' (or 'split intransitive', 
'agent-patient', 'agentive', etc.) marking type. In particular we 
welcome papers that address issues of argument structure and voice (or 
other valency) related phenomena in such languages, areas where 
stative-active languages are likely to show common behaviour distinct 
from languages without stative-active morphology. Other phenomena that 
are of the interest for the typology of stative-active languages are not 
excluded, however. Our primary focus is on classic cases of 
stative-active languages where an agentive S is encoded, through case 
marking, verbal agreement, or both, in the same way as A and 
non-agentive S in the same way as P. We do not, however, exclude other 
cases, as long as the agentive vs. non-agentive distinction is a 
pervasive feature of the grammar. Papers can be language-specific, 
reporting on field research on individual stative-active languages, or 
might directly address typological issues from a broader perspective.

The time allotted for presentation and discussion is 20 + 10 minutes. 
English is the preferred language at the conference.

Invited speakers:
Johanna Nichols (U. California, Berleley)
Marianne Mithun (U. California, Santa Barbara)
Marian Klamer (Leiden University)

Mark Donohue (National University of Singapore)
Søren Wichmann (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) 
[local organiser]

Conference Coordinator:
Claudia Büchel


Please send a one-page abstract to:

sa_conf at

Abstracts should arrive no later than December 1, 2004. The title of the 
paper, the name(s) of the author(s), and one mailing address, with 
telephone, fax, and email address as available, should be included in 
the body of the email, and not be included on the abstract.

Authors will be notified of their acceptance by January 1, 2005.

Although our preference is for soft copies of the abstract we also 
accept snail-mailed or faxed submissions. In case you choose the latter 
form of submission please use the following address:

Søren Wichmann
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig/Germany
Fax +49-341-3550-333

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