[Lingtyp] Call for abstracts: Reported Discourse across Languages and Cultures

Tatiana Nikitina tavnik at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 19:03:46 UTC 2018

Reported Discourse across Languages and Cultures

Across cultures, discourse reporting is a central feature of narrative
practices. Across languages, it constitutes a special domain in which
a number of characteristic grammatical phenomena can be observed, such
as logophoricity and other special uses of pronouns (Hagège 1974,
Nikitina 2012a,b), different types of deictic shift (Aikhenvald 2008,
Evans 2013), quotative markers (Güldemann 2008), self-quotation
markers (Michael 2014), reported subject markers, unusual patterns of
code-switching, and many others (see Nikitina and Spronck forthc. for
a recent overview).

Building on this insight, the ERC-funded project “Discourse reporting
in African storytelling” is hosting a workshop to explore discourse
reporting across languages and cultures from various theoretical and
methodological perspectives. The aim of the workshop is to bring
together scholars who work on languages of diverse geographical and
typological affiliations in order to exchange new ideas on different
aspects of reported discourse.

Speakers include:

Gian Claudio Batic (University of Naples)
Dmitry Bondarev (University of Hamburg / SOAS)
Anna Bugaeva (Tokyo University of Science / NINJAL)
Diana Forker (University of Bamberg)
Abbie Hantgan (LLACAN, CNRS)
Tatiana Nikitina (LLACAN, CNRS)
Elena Perekhvalskaya (LLACAN, CNRS / Russian Academy of Sciences)
Stef Spronck (University of Helsinki)
Rebecca Voll (LLACAN, CNRS)

We welcome abstract submissions from all disciplines. Preference will
be given to research that sheds new light on one or more aspects of
discourse reporting, including but not limited to:
- the distinction between direct and indirect speech across languages,
- person shifts and the deixis of reported discourse,
- logophoricity and self-quotation,
- evidentiality in reported discourse,
- the use of quotative markers,
- relative tense and special uses of TAM categories in reported discourse,
- extended uses of reported speech constructions,
- the prosody of reported speech,
- the use of reported speech in narratives and other genres,
- factors determining the choice between alternative speech reporting
constructions in discourse.

Dates: May 22-23, 2019
Location: CNRS campus in Villejuif (southern suburb of Paris)

Abbie Hantgan
Sarah Misslin
Tatiana Nikitina
Rebecca Voll

For more information on the ERC-funded project “Discourse reporting in
African storytelling” see:

Anonymized abstracts (2 pages including examples and references)
should be sent as pdfs by November 30 to tatiana.nikitina at cnrs.fr with
“Workshop on Reported Discourse” in the subject line. Notifications of
acceptance will be sent out by December 15.

Aikhenvald, A. Y. 2008. Semi-direct speech: Manambu and beyond.
Language Sciences, 30: 383-422.
Evans, N. 2013. Some problems in the typology of quotation: a
canonical approach. In D. Brown, M. Chumakina, & G. G. Corbett (eds.),
Canonical Morphology and Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.
Güldemann, T. 2008. Quotative Indexes in African Languages: A
synchronic and diachronic survey. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Hagège, C. 1974. Les pronoms logophoriques. Bulletin de la Société de
Linguistique de Paris 69: 287-310.
Michael, L. 2014. Nanti self-quotation: Implications for the
pragmatics of reported speech and evidentiality. In J. Nuckolls & L.
Michael (eds.), Evidentiality in Interaction. Amsterdam: John
Benjamins, pp. 155-191.
Nikitina, T. 2012a. Personal deixis and reported discourse: Towards a
typology of person alignment. Linguistic Typology 16(2): 233-263.
Nikitina, T. 2012b. Logophoric discourse and first person reporting in
Wan (West Africa). Anthropological Linguistics 54(3): 280-301.
Spronck, S. & T. Nikitina. Under review. Reported speech forms a
dedicated syntactic domain: Typological arguments and observations.

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