25.4304, Calls: General Ling, Historical Ling, Lang Doc, Pragmatics, Semantics/Netherlands

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Subject: 25.4304, Calls: General Ling, Historical Ling, Lang Doc, Pragmatics, Semantics/Netherlands

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Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:16:23
From: Diana Forker [diana.forker at uni-bamberg.de]
Subject: Additives Across Languages

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Full Title: Additives Across Languages 

Date: 02-Sep-2015 - 05-Sep-2015
Location: Leiden, Netherlands 
Contact Person: Diana Forker
Meeting Email: diana.forker at uni-bamberg.de

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Pragmatics; Semantics 

Call Deadline: 21-Nov-2014 

Meeting Description:

Workshop - Additives across languages

Additives (such as English also and too) can be characterized informally as associating with an element of the proposition and indicating that what is said about this element also holds for an alternative. A number of European languages such as English and German have particles that are specialized for this function only. These particles have been quite well studied, especially from a formal semantic point of view (e.g. Reis & Rosengren 1997, Krifka 1999, van der Sandt & Geurts 2001, Rullmann 2003, Sudhoff 2010, Winterstein 2010, Winterstein & Zeevat 2012). However, some recent studies indicate that additive particles in non-European languages may have a much broader range of application than those in English (Lahiri 1998, Göksel & Özsoy 2003, Demeke & Meyer 2008, Tosco 2010, van Putten 2013, Öpengin 2013, Konnerth in press, Forker submitted). Cross-linguistically, recurrent functions of additive particles include non-scalar additivity (corresponding to English also, as well, too), scalar additivity (English even), the marking of concessive clauses, indefinite pronouns (free-choice, universal, negative), topic switch and/or contrast, and NP coordination.

A major goal of this workshop concerns the agenda to better understand as well as disentangle the multifunctionality of additives: First, are there additive particles with functions other than the ones mentioned here? Second, how do additive particles develop historically - do they tend to originate with one of these functions and then take on others? What types of elements historically originate from additive particles? Third, what are operationalizable definitions of the various functions? A fourth question is whether multifunctional additive particles may be described as having a single more abstract function which unites their various uses.

Another important line of research into additives is their interaction with information structure and their role in discourse organization. Additive particles have been called focus particles or focus-sensitive particles (see e.g. König 1991), but it has also been noticed that they may associate with topics (Krifka 1999, Dimroth 2002, van Putten 2013). How the particles interact with other categories of information structure may differ from language to language and warrants further investigation. The functions of additives in discourse organization and processing have not been studied much (but see Dimroth 2002, Eckardt & Fränkel 2012 for experimental approaches). Some questions are whether and to what extent additives are obligatory (see also Kaplan 1984), what their role is in increasing discourse coherence and what functions they may have in conversation. 

In addition to the functions and information-structural properties of additives, a number of other research questions are highly relevant to understanding the phenomenon of additive marking. Some interesting problems to address are:

- Which (experimental, corpus-based, or other) methodologies can we use to study additive particles?
- What are the morphosyntactic properties of additives: what types of constituents do they associate with and what types of constructions do they occur in?
- What does a typology of additives look like? Are there functions that are more common than others in particular genetic or areal units? 

Call for Papers:

Deadline: November 21, 2014

In sum, this workshop invites contributions including, but not limited to, the following topics:

(I) Descriptive accounts of the (functional, discourse-pragmatic, morphosyntactic) properties of additive particles in lesser-known languages
(ii) In-depth investigations of the role of additive particles in information-structural systems and their relationships with notions such as focus and topic
(iii) Typological studies of the functions of additive particles
(iv) Diachronic studies on the origin and evolution of additive particles
(v) Corpus-based studies on the use of additive particles in discourse
(vi) Experimental studies on the functions of additive particles
(vii) Areal and language contact perspectives on the functions of additive particles

Workshop Organizers:

Diana Forker, University of Bamberg
Linda Konnerth, University of Oregon
Ergin Öpengin, University of Bamberg
Saskia van Putten, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen

Please send preliminary abstracts of no more than 300 words in .doc and/or .pdf formats by November 21 to diana.forker at uni-bamberg.de

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