call: Workshop on Applicatives in Indonesian-Type Languages, Naples, 16.6.2014

David Gil gil at EVA.MPG.DE
Tue Dec 10 02:59:13 UTC 2013

Call for Abstracts
Workshop on Applicatives in "Indonesian-Type" Languages
Procida, Naples, Italy, 16 June 2014


One of the proposed characteristics of "Indonesian-Type" languages is 
the presence of an applicative marker, most commonly a suffix, whose 
functional load corresponds in large part to that of some of the voice 
affixes of "Philippine-Type" languages.

We are currently developing a project in which we propose to examine the 
forms, functions and diachronic development of applicative constructions 
in Indonesian-Type languages, with a focus on patterns of 
micro-variation in varieties of Malayic and Javanese.

As part of the above project, we plan to hold a one-day workshop 
involving paper presentations and panel discussions on the topic of 
applicatives in Indonesian-Type languages.A majority of the paper slots 
will be filled by project participants; however, we would also like to 
make a few slots available to other scholars who might be interested in 
presenting a paper at the workshop.

Papers should be concerned with "Indonesisan-Type" languages, and may 
either deal with a single language or adopt a comparative 
perspective.Topics may include, but are not limited to ...

. the forms and functions of applicative constructions

. patterns of syncretism involving applicatives and other constructions, 
such as causatives, allatives, futures, and so forth

. the diachrony of applicative constructions:etymologies and paths of 

Persons wishing to present a paper at the workshop are invited to submit 
a one-page abstract, preferably in pdf format (but MsWord also 
acceptable) to David Gil <gil AT>

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  1 March 2014.

The Workshop on Applicatives in "Indonesian-Type" languages will be held 
immediately following the 18th International Symposium on 
Malay/Indonesian Linguistics (ISMIL18), also in Procida, on the 13-15 
June 2014Since these are separate events, prospective participants are 
welcome to submit different papers to each event.


Tom Conners - Center for Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland
David Gil - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Tim McKinnon - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Jakarta
Antonia Soriente - Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"
Yanti - Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya, Jakarta

Inquiries:gil AT


David Gil

Department of Linguistics
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

Telephone: 49-341-3550321 Fax: 49-341-3550333
Email: gil at

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