[Lingtyp] Second call for the workshop: Correlations of valency-changing operations within and across languages

Katarzyna Janic Katarzyna.Janic at univ-lyon2.fr
Mon Mar 21 09:04:56 UTC 2016

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Workshop: Correlations of valency-changing operations within and across languages
Date: 15-17 September, 2016 
Location: Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland 
Organizers: Katarzyna JANIC and Nicole NAU
Web Site: http://wa.amu.edu.pl/plm/2016/Home

Many languages use verbal derivational morphology to mark valency-changing mechanisms such as causative, applicative, reflexive, anticausative, antipassive, and other (Dixon & Aikhenvald 2000; Haspelmath & Müller-Bardey 2004; Wunderlich 2015). The aim of this workshop is to explore the status and functioning of such morphology within language systems to find correlations among valency-changing mechanisms within individual languages and cross-linguistically, and to investigate their interaction with grammatical categories and/or with lexical-semantic features of verbs (Malchukov & Comrie 2015). We welcome papers focusing on detailed analysis in individual languages as well as contributions that discuss cross-linguistic generalizations. The perspective of the workshop is integrative, as we believe that an approach that integrates syntactic and semantic aspects and the way they correlate in discourse context will lead to a better understanding of how valency-changing mechanisms function in languages (Croft 1991, inter alia).

The workshop aims to bring together functional, historical, cognitive and theoretical linguists, typologists and other specialists working on morphosyntactic variation and lexical semantics. Possible topics will include, but are not limited to, the following: 

-    Correlations between semantic verb classes and valency-changing mechanisms (e.g. digestive verbs and causative, or antagonistic verbs and the antipassive); 
-    Functional restrictions on valency-changing operations;
-    Correlations between valency-changing operations and grammatical categories;
-    Possible combinations of derivational processes (e.g. causative and applicative, or causative and antipassive);
-    Polysemy and the functional range of individual markers, or groups of markers;
-    Diachronic sources of valency-changing morphology;
-    The status of valency-changing mechanisms within a language and as a possible parameter for language typology (cf. Nichols et al. 2004; Haspelmath et al. 2014);
-    The use of valency-changing devices in discourse.

Croft, William. 1991. Syntactic Categories and Grammatical Relations. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Dixon, R. M. W. & Aleksandra Aikhenvald, eds. 2000. Changing Valency: Case Studies in Transitivity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Haspelmath, Martin & Calude, Andreea & Spagnol, Michael & Narrog, Heiko & Elif Bamyacı. 2014. Coding causal-noncausal verb alternations: a form-frequency correspondence explanation. Journal of Linguistics 50 (3). 587-625. 
Haspelmath, Martin & Thomas Müller-Bardey. 2004. Valence change. Booij, Geert & Lehmann, Christian & Joachim Mugdan, eds. Morphology: A Handbook on Inflection and Word Formation. Volume 2. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton. 1130-1145.
Malchukov, Andrej & Bernard Comrie, eds. 2015. Valency classes in the world's languages, volume 1. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.
Nichols, Johanna & Peterson, David A. & Jonathan Barnes. 2004. Transitivizing and detransitivizing languages. Linguistic Typology 8. 142-211. 
Wunderlich, Dieter. 2015. Valency-changing word-formation. Müller, Peter O. & Ohnheiser, Ingeborg & Olsen, Susan & Franz Rainer, eds. Word-Formation. A Handbook of the languages of Europe. Volume 2. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.1425-1466. 

The following scholars have indicated their interest in contributing to the workshop:
Seppo Kittilä               University of Helsinki
Leonid Kulikov          Ghent University
Alexander Letuchiy    Vinogradov Russian Language Institute in Moscow
Natalia Levshina         Leipzig University                    
Jurgis Pakerys             Vilnius University
Alena Witzlack           Christian Albrecht University in Kiel
Fernando Zúñiga        University of Bern   
Abstract submission
Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair system and must contain between 250 and 500 words (excluding the title, linguistic examples, and references, if any). Please check the PLM homepage for further details: http://wa.amu.edu.pl/plm/2016/PLM2016_Abstract_submission 

Important dates
Please note that we set a new deadline for abstract submission to our session: 31 March 2016. Notification of acceptance for papers is due 24 April 2016.

Katarzyna Janic: 
                        Katarzyna.Janic at univ-lyon2.fr
                        janickatarzyna7 at gmail.com
Nicole Nau :   naunicol at amu.edu.pl

Katarzyna JANIC
Docteur en Sciences du Langage
Bureau 224S
Tel : 04 72 72 64 65

Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage (UMR 5596)
Institut des Sciences de l'Homme
14 avenue Berthelot
69 363 Lyon

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