2nd Call for papers - SLE 2012 Workshop on DETACHMENT CONSTRUCTIONS AND TYPOLOGY...

M.M.Jocelyne Fernandez-Vest m.m.jocelyne.fernandez-vest at VJF.CNRS.FR
Thu Jan 12 02:03:45 UTC 2012



Workshop on:

*Detachment constructions [dislocations] and typology *

*in languages of Europe and beyond*

45th Annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE2012)
Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University
Stockholm (Sweden), 29 August-1 September 2012
http://www.societaslinguistica.eu <http://www.societaslinguistica.eu/>


M.M.Jocelyne Fernandez-Vest (Centre National de la Recherche 
Scientifique, LACITO & Université Paris 3 -- Sorbonne Nouvelle),

m.m.jocelyne.fernandez-vest at vjf.cnrs.fr

Ricardo Etxepare (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, IKER, 
UMR5478), r.etxepare at iker.cnrs.fr

*CALL FOR PAPERS - Important dates*

Abstracts should be submitted to SLE by *15 January 2012 *via the 
conference site (http://www.sle2012.eu/), specifying that the abstract 
is intended as an "Oral Presentation" in our workshop. The slots last 30 
minutes (including discussion: 20+10).

Abstracts should be anonymous and contain between 400 and 500 words 
(exclusive of references). They should state research questions, 
approach, method, data and (expected) results.

Abstracts will receive three scores, two by two members of the SLE 2012 
Scientific Committee and one by the workshop convenors. Notification of 
acceptance will be given by *31 March 2012*.


In spite of a varying terminology, one can notice in the recent studies 
of Detachment constructions (previously called « dislocations ») a fair 
amount of convergence, for instance through the priority given to 
information criteria, referential accessibility, and cognitive relevance 
(see Gundel & al. 2010, Lambrecht 2001, 2004). Detachments have been 
mostly studied within the theoretical frame of Information Structuring 
(IS), that was introduced in linguistics by the Prague School 
functionalists and has been more systematically investigated in the last 
few decades. The recent IS research has focused on two major topics: (i) 
the notional foundations of IS theory (Vallduví 1992, Lambrecht 1994, 
Erteschik-Shir 2007) ; (ii) the development of models of grammar which 
account for the interaction between IS, syntax and semantics. 
Multi-level integrated models of grammar have been proposed by 
functionalists (Van Valin & LaPolla 1997), while generative studies have 
integrated IS notions into the « cartographic » approach initiated by 
Rizzi (1997).

The « left periphery » is the one which has given rise to most studies 
(Barnes 1985, De Cat 2007, Sturgeon 2008). Mentioned already in the 
1980s (Geluykens 1987, Lambrecht 1994, Dik 1997), the « right 
periphery » has steadily been the cause for controversies (see Bernini & 
Schwartz (eds.) 2006), but its independance towards the Theme/Topic is 
confirmed by several new investigations (Fernandez-Vest 2004, Horlacher 
& Müller 2005, Brunetti 2009a, 2009b, Amon 2009). The recognition of 2 
types of Detachments has profited by the progresses of synchronic and 
diachronic Detachment Linguistics in France (Apothéloz, Combettes & 
Neveu (éds.), 2009).

In parallel with the traditional dichotomy (Theme-Rheme / Topic-Focus), 
a tripartite analysis has developed, that meets the principle of a 
triple organization of the utterance advocated by several language 
theoreticians (Pierce, Danes(, Hagège). In a textual and interactional 
perspective, the method of analysis can thus be based on twice 3 
elements : 3 levels, pragmatic, morphosyntactic, semantic ; 3 pragmatic 
constituents -- Theme -- Rheme -- Mneme ((/Tail/, /Antitopic/--, with 2 
basic strategies available

. the /binary strategy 1/(Theme-Rheme), with a 1st element frequently 
detached (Initial Detachment, ID)

. and the /binary strategy 2/(Rheme-Mneme), where the 2^nd constituent 
is detached (Final Detachment, FD) ; it is a typical construction for 
Impromptu Speech, mostly absent in written style.

A Minimal Communicative Utterance (MCU) is in this perspective shaped by 
the Rheme, often a short Answer, morphosyntactically variable 
(Fernandez-Vest 2009, 2011). In Europe, the study of Romance languages 
in particular has enriched the knowledge of IS and its privileged means 
of expression : prosody, discourse particles, word order. IS is no 
longer considered an exclusive matter of syntax : in the Informational 
Patterning theory, prosodic parsing is seen as an index of formal 
recognition of IS (Scarano 2009). Diachronic studies of « non standard 
French » have shown that IDs and FDs, even though a very old syntactic 
phenomenon which can be interpreted differently by enunciation 
theoreticians vs. syntacticians, require basically to take into account 
the prosody as well as the discourse co- and context (Blanche-Benveniste 

Another important contribution is made by the Non-Indo-European 
languages of Europe, which through their constant contacts belong to the 
European semantic sphere, but typologically are still rather different 
from their neighbors : Detachments have been studied in Finno-Ugric 
languages (Samic and Finnic) from the points of view of their 
typological evolution from oral to written language as well as from the 
internal contrastivity of spoken vs. written enunciation (Fernandez-Vest 
2006). The 2 types of Detachments have been integrated in the 
« Comprehensive Grammar of Finnish » published by the Finnish Academy of 
Science (ISK 2004). Detachments in Basque have been studied mostly on 
the formal/generative model, with a particular recent attention to 
so-called « interface interactions » between prosody and information 
structure (Elordieta and Irurtzun 2009), but other discourse structure 
oriented studies exist (Osa 1990). Taking into account the existence of 
possibly different focus positions and of multiple focus constructions 
(Etxepare & Uribe-Etxebarria 2008), two broad lines of analysis have 
been applied to Basque Theme-Rheme constructions in syntactic theory: 
(i) focus is an interface phenomenon, whose syntactic distribution 
follows from comparison between representations pertaining to different 
modules of the linguistic faculty (Arregi 2003) ; (ii) focus 
constructions are operator constructions targeting a given syntactic 
position in the clause structure (« syntactocentric » or derivational 
analysis, Irurtzun 2007).

Exploring the interaction of IS, semantic and syntactic structures (Van 
Valin 2005), larger cross-linguistic studies have begun giving results 
about the main processes involved in IS in typologically different 
languages -- see the Project /ISTY 1/(/Information Structuring and 
Typology ://Detachment constructions in Languages and Discourses, 
/CNRS-Fédération TUL, Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques)



*Possible topics for the workshop INCLUDE **: *

(a) Detachments and external contrastivity (typological descriptions ; 
cross-linguistic studies)

(b) Detachments and internal contrastivity (oral vs. written register ; 
types of utterances ; types of discourse situations)

(c) Detachments and other devices of spoken language (discourse 
particles, prosody)

(d) Detachment, IS and discourse genres

(e) Detachments in transfer (oral interpretation, translation of fiction 

(f) Detachments in an evolutionary perspective


Amon Marri, 2009, « Les détachements finaux en estonien oral : 
productivité et fonctionnement », in M.M.J. Fernandez-Vest & D.T. 
Do-Hurinville (dir/./), /Plurilinguisme et traduction, des enjeux pour 
l'Europe -- Multilingualism and translation, challenges for Europe/, 
Paris, L'Harmattan, coll. Grammaire & Cognition, 6, 151-164.

Apothéloz Denis, Combettes Bernard & Neveu Franck (éds.), 2009, /Les 
linguistiques du détachement, Actes du Colloque International//de Nancy 
(7-9 juin 2006)/, Bern-Berlin..., Peter Lang, coll. Sciences pour la 
communication, 87, 595 p.

Arregi Karlos, 2003, /Focus on Basque Movements/. Doctoral dissertation, 

BarnesB.K., 1985, /The pragmatics of left detachment in Standard//spoken 
French/, Amsterdam, John Benjamins, Pragmatics & Beyond VI:3.

Bernini G. and Schwartz M. L. (eds.), 2006, /Pragmatic organization in 
languages of Europe/, Berlin-New York, Mouton de Gruyter, Empirical 
approaches to language typology, Eurotyp 20-8.

Blanche-Benveniste Claire, 2010, /Le//français. Usages de la langue 
parlée/. Avec la collaboration de Philippe Martin pour l'étude de la 
prosodie, Leuven-Paris, Peeters, Les langues du Monde, 3, 240 p.

Brunetti Lisa, 2009a, « On the pragmatics of post-focal material in 
Italian (left peripheral focus looked at from the other side) », in D. 
Apothéloz, B. Combettes & F. Neveu (éds.), 2009, /Les linguistiques du 
détachement..., /151-161.

Brunetti Lisa, 2009b, On links and tails in Italian, /Lingua/, 119, 5, 

De Cat Cécile, 2007,/French dislocation. Interpretation, syntax, 
acquisition/, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Dik Simon C., 1997, /The theory of Functional grammar, Part 2 : Complex 
and derived constructions/, Berlin, De Gruyter.

Elordieta Gorka and Aritz Irurtzun, 2009, « The prosody and 
interpretation of non-exhaustive narrow focus in Basque », 
/ASJU/XLIII:1-2, 205-230.

Erteschik-ShirNomi, 2007, /Information structure. The syntax-discourse 
interface/. Oxford surveys in syntax and morphology. Oxford, Oxford 
University Press.

Etxepare Ricardo & Ortiz de Urbina J., 2003, « Focalization », in J.I. 
Hualde and J. Ortiz de Urbina (eds.), /A Grammar of Basque/, Berlin, 
Mouton, 459-515.

Etxepare Ricardo and Uribe-Etxebarria M., 2008, « Negation and focus in 
Basque », in X. Artiagoitia, and J. Lakarra (eds), /A Festschrift for 
Patxi Goenaga/, Supplements of the /International Journal of Basque 
Language and Linguistics/, 51, Bilbao, University of the Basque Country, 

Fernandez-Vest M.M.Jocelyne, 2004, « Mnémème, Antitopic : Le post-Rhème, 
de l'énoncé au texte », in M.M.J. Fernandez-Vest & Sh. Carter-Thomas 
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Fernandez-Vest M.M.Jocelyne, 2009, « Vers une typologie informationnelle 
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Fernandez-Vest M.M.Jocelyne, 2011, « Detachment constructions as 
fundaments of Information Structuring -- evidence from French, Finnic, 
Samic, » paper presented at the International Workshop /Information 
Structure and Spoken language. Cross-linguistic studies/, July 9-10, 
2011, LSA Linguistic Institute, Boulder, 

Fernandez-Vest M.M.Jocelyne & Carter-Thomas Shirley (éds.), 2004, 
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Gundel J.K. & Bassene Mamadou & Gordon Bryan & Hummick Linda & Khalfaoui 
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Lambrecht Knud, 2004, « Un système pour l'analyse de la structure 
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                 M.M.Jocelyne FERNANDEZ-VEST
                 Directrice de Recherche au C.N.R.S.
         Linguistique G?n?rale, Ouralienne et Nordique
      CNRS-LACITO UMR 7107, Universit?s Paris 3&  Paris 4
             29, rue Descartes. F-75005 PARIS
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