Petición de contribucionesInfoling 7.8 (2017)

Título:Workshop on Tenselessness
Entidad organizadora:University of Greenwich
Lugar de celebración:Londres, Reino Unido
Fecha de inicio:5 de octubre de 2017
Fecha de finalización:6 de octubre de 2017
Circular Nº:1
Contacto:Maria J Arche,
DescripciónTense locates the situation we speak about in time, which is crucial for adequate comprehension. Can a clause or a language be tenseless, then? Infinitives and many languages in the world lack tense indication (e.g., Mandarin Chinese, Salishan Lillooet, Halkomelem, in British Columbia, Algonquian Blackfoot in Alberta, Kalaallisut in Greenland, Guaraní and Ayoreo in Paraguay, Yucatec Maya in Mexico, Navajo in Southern US, or Hausa in West Africa). However, to discern whether such absence signals phonologically null morphemes or absence of Tense altogether is intricate. While Matthewson (2006) defends that tense content cannot be ruled out for Blackfoot, Ritter & Wiltschko (2014) argue that person and location constitute the substance of Inflection. In the absence of tense, other categories, e.g., Mood (in Kalaallisut, Bittner 2014 or Hausa, Mucha 2015) or Aspect (Lin 2012 for Chinese) establish temporal interpretation. However, whether these are mere tendencies and how exactly this should be formalised (Klein et al 2000) is debated. Finally, what light can uninflected forms (infinitives) shed onto the issue? Some authors (Wurmbrand 2014) argue all are tenseless, while others (Stowell 1982) defend only certain types are with aspect being the temporal provider too (Stowell 2007; Zwart 2014).

AIM of the workshop: to bring together researchers working on tenseless languages and uninflected clauses together to discuss tenselessness:

1) What counts as evidence of a null but present Tense or no Tense at all?
2) How are subject licensing phenomena (e.g., Nominative case) accounted for in the absence of Tense?
3) How is temporal interpretation obtained and acquired in the absence of explicit cues?
4) How does temporal interpretation work in uninflected cases in tensed languages?

We welcome abstracts for 30-minute papers (plus 10 min for discussion) addressing one or more issues about the syntax and semantics of Tense and its morphological null expression and its acquisition.
Abstracts exclusively containing the title of the presentation should be submitted to the conference address at in pdf format.
Abstracts should be no longer than two pages, including examples and references, with 2.5 cm margins in 12-point Times, single-spaced.
Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author.
Área temática:Español como lengua extranjera (ELE), Español como segunda lengua (EL2), Morfología, Pragmática, Semántica, Sintaxis, Tipología
ProgramaKeynote speakers:
Lisa Matthewson, University of British Columbia
Wolfgang Klein, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Tim Stowell, University of California Los Angeles
Jan-Wouter Zwart, University of Groningen
Comité científicoMaría J. Arche (University of Greenwich)
Pier Marco Bertinetto (Scuola Normale di Pisa)
Jürgen Bohnemeyer (University of Buffalo)
Bernard Comrie (University of California Santa Barbara)
Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes/CNRS)
Antonio Fábregas (University of Tromsø)
Maria Lluïsa Hernanz (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Angeliek van Hout (University of Groningen)
Kwang-sup Kim (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)
Wolfgang Klein (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Sarah Liszka (University of Greenwich)
Jinhong Liu (Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology)
Lisa Matthewson (University British Columbia)
Anne Mucha (University of Postdam)
Fernanda Pratas (University of Lisbon)
Roumyana Slabakova (University of Southampton)
Tim Stowell (University of California, Los Angeles)
Hongyuan Sun (University of Picardie/University of Nantes)
Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria (University of Basque Country)
Susi Wurmbrand (University of Conneticut)
Jan-Wouter Zwarts (University of Groningen)
Comité organizadorMaría J Arche (University of Greenwich)
Sarah Liszka
Dan Liu
Harriet Lowe
Plazo de envío de propuestas: hasta el20 de julio de 2017
Notificación de contribuciones aceptadas:24 de agosto de 2017
Lengua(s) oficial(es) del evento:inglés
Remitente:Maria J. Arche
Institución: University of Greenwich
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Fecha de publicación en Infoling:12 de julio de 2017

Petición de contribuciones:desde 2010