Date: 03 October-2019 – 05 October-2019
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Meeting Email: email@example.com
Convenors: Michele Loporcaro,
Alice Idone, Tania Paciaroni, Serena Romagnoli, Chiara Zanini
Web Site: http://www.dai.uzh.ch/conference
Linguistic Fields: General
Linguistics; Linguistic Typology; Romance Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax
Call Deadline: 10 May 2019
The theme of this conference is “The many facets of
Agreement is a pervasive phenomenon in many languages
of the world (Corbett 2006:1), the object of unrelenting typological work (e.g.
Matasović 2018), and a
constant preoccupation of linguists of all persuasions both in the
functional-typological approach (e.g. Nichols 2018, Forker 2018, Haig and
Forker 2018) and in the formalist camp (e.g. Baker 2008, Preminger 2014). Yet, studies in the
field still appear to be seeking a balance between large-scale generalizations and the detailed
investigation of typological rara
(i.e. traits that are “so uncommon across languages as not even to occur in
all members of a single […] family or diffusion area”, Plank 2000, cited by
Cysouw and Wohlgemuth 2010:1). Notably, closer consideration of the latter may
lead one to challenge the former: see e.g. Loporcaro (2015:105-8) for discussion of this
issue, partly drawing on Italo-Romance rara
now widely accessible through the DAI and analyzed in depth in Paciaroni and Loporcaro (2018).
With a view on furthering discussion in this area, the
conference invites abstracts for 20-minute presentations with a
typologically-oriented focus on agreement. We are particularly interested in
papers dealing with the analysis, both synchronic and diachronic, of (fragments
of) the agreement system of un(der)studied languages/language varieties. We
also encourage contributions concerned with theoretical issues (e.g. on the
insights competing theories may offer in relation to specific agreement
phenomena) and with methods for the study of agreement.
Baker, Mark C. 2008. The syntax of agreement and concord. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.
Corbett, Greville G. 2006. Agreement. Cambridge: Cambridge
Cysouw, Michael and Jan Wohlgemuth. 2010.
The other end of universals: theory and typology of rara. In Jan Wohlgemuth and
Michael Cysouw (eds). Rethinking
universals. How rarities affect linguistic theory. Berlin: De Gruyter
Forker, Diana. 2018. Gender agreement is
different. Linguistics 56(4):
Haig, Geoffrey and Diana Forker. 2018.
Agreement in grammar and discourse: A research overview. Linguistics 56(4): 715–734.
Loporcaro, Michele. 2015. The impact of
morphology on change in agreement systems. In Jürg Fleischer, Elisabeth Rieken and Paul Widmer
(eds). Agreement from a diachronic
perspective. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 104–126.
Matasović, Ranko. 2018. An areal typology of agreement systems.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Nichols, Johanna. 2018. Agreement with
overt and null arguments in Ingush. Linguistics
and Michele Loporcaro. 2018.
Overt gender marking depending on syntactic context in Ripano. In Sebastian
Fedden, Jenny Audring and Greville G. Corbett (eds). Non-canonical gender systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press,
Plank, Frans 2000.
Das grammatische Raritätenkabinett. A leisurely collection to entertain and
Universität Konstanz. http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/proj/
2014. Agreement and its failures. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Abstract submission details:
abstracts should not exceed 500 words (12-point Times New Roman font, with
single spacing) including examples, excluding references. They should be
submitted in electronic form (PDF or Word document) as attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
should specify author(s)’ name(s) and affiliation.
Abstract submission deadline: Friday 10th May 2019
acceptance: Friday 31st May 2019
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