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LINGUIST List 17.3241

Tue Nov 07 2006

Confs: General Ling/Estonia

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        1.    Daniele Monticelli, Aspect in Languages and Theories: Similarities and Differences

Message 1: Aspect in Languages and Theories: Similarities and Differences
Date: 05-Nov-2006
From: Daniele Monticelli <danielehi.ee>
Subject: Aspect in Languages and Theories: Similarities and Differences

Aspect in Languages and Theories: Similarities and Differences

Date: 17-Nov-2006 - 18-Nov-2006
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Contact: Daniele Monticelli
Contact Email: danielehi.ee
Meeting URL: http://www.fl.ut.ee/aspektikonverents

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The conference will approach the subject of aspectuality from three different

Contrastive approach: Does contrastive analysis identify functional
equivalencies between different ways in which aspect shows itself in different
languages? What remains and what changes? Or can aspectual phenomena rather be
explained in terms used for general language-specific qualities?

The general theoretical framework: The first problem here has to do with the
definition of aspect. If it was to be linked with particular forms in which it
manifested itself, the theory would immediately become language-specific. In
broader semantic definitions, linguists often use concepts as 'primitives' which
call for explanation. What is a situation or an action or a process? A related
problem has to do with mixing, distinguishing and relating the concepts of
aspect and Aktionsart in theory.

Aspect and definiteness: This could be the most experimental section of the
conference. So far, aspect and definiteness have been distinguished as qualities
of a verb and a noun respectively, but one could ask whether a more general
mechanism of definition does not come up in those and how their influence
defines the type of situation. What are the possible combinations of aspect and

Aspect in languages and theories:
similarities and differences

L'aspect dans les langues et les théories:
similitude et differénces

17 - 18 November 2006
Tartu University
17 et 18 Novembre 2006
Universite de Tartu
(Lossi 3-425, Tartu)

Friday, 17 November / Vendredi 17 novembre

9.30 registration of the participants / accueil des participants

10.00 - 10.30 opening of the conference / ouverture du colloque

Moderator / Modérateur: Krista Vogelberg

10.30 - 11.00 Denis Paillard (University of Paris VII)
Une typologie de l'aspect est-elle possible ? Pour une
théorie des opérations aspectuelles Is a typology of
aspect possible? For a theory of aspectual operations

11.00 - 11.30 Östen Dahl (University of Stockholm)
An ecological semantics of tense and aspect

11.30 - 12.00 Stefano Montes (University of Tartu, University of
Palermo) For a semantics of aspect. A semiotic and
anthropological point of view

12.00 - 12.30 discussion

12.30 - 14.00 lunch / déjeuner

Moderator / Modérateur: Denis Paillard

14.00 - 14.40 Marc Wilmet (University of Bruxelles)
Cent ans après? Agrell
A hundred years after? Agrell

14.40 - 15.10 Pille Eslon (University of Tallinn)
Universaalne vs spetsiifiline
Universal vs specific

15.10 - 15.40 Florinela Comanescu (University of Bucarest,
University of Paris VII)
Du rôle de l'aspect dans le fondement linguistique de
l'opposition affecté/effectué
About the role of the aspect in the linguistic
substantiation of the affected/effected opposition

15.40 - 16.10 Reili Argus (University of Tallinn)
Leksikaalse aspekti roll ajakategooria omandamisel
The role of aspectuality in the acquisition of the
category of time

16.10 - 16.40 coffee break / pause

Moderator / Modérateur: Marc Wilmet

16.40 - 17.10 Jukka Havu (University of Tampere)
Quelques observations sur l'actionnalité et l'aspect
en finnois et en espagnol
About actionality and aspect in Finnish and in Spanish

17.10 - 17.40 Marri Amon (University of Tartu)
Aspekti väljendamine sünkroontõlkes: millist rolli
võib mängida diskursuse spetsiifika?
The expression of aspect in simultaneous
interpretation: which role can play the specific
constraints of this type of discourse?

17.40 - 18.10 Ewa Gwiazdecka (University of Warsaw)
L'opération de l'achèvement en polonais et en
Operation of Achievement in Polish and French

19.00 reception at Paabel / réception à Paabel (Ülikooli 17/19)

Saturday, 18 November / Samedi 18 novembre

Moderator / Modérateur: Renate Pajusalu

9.00 - 9.30 Merilin Miljan (University of Edinburgh)
On the (non-)relatedness of aspect and definiteness in

9.30 - 10.00 Hannu Tommola (University of Tampere)
Aspect, actionality, Slavonic verbal aspect and
Finnish object case

10.00 - 10.30 Helena Metslang (University of Tartu)
Quantity adverbials of direct object case in Estonian

10.30 - 11.00 Anne Tamm (University of Florence)
Aspect and the Estonian partitive objects: a review of
arguments for analyzing partitive NPs as instances of

11.00 - 11.30 coffee break / pause

Moderator / Modérateur: Stefano Montes

11.30 - 12.00 Janika Päll (University of Tartu)
Translating Ancient Greek categories of time and aspect

12.00 - 12.30 Martin Steinrück (University of Fribourg)
Aspects of Plato

12.30 - 14.00 lunch / déjeuner

Moderator / Modérateur: Östen Dahl

14.00 - 14.30 Lavanya Sankaran (University of Cambridge)
Aspectual theory: Language specificity versus
universal properties - comparing English and Tamil

14.30 - 15.00 Junichi Toyota (University of Lund)
Historical development as a key to understand the
aspectual distinction

15.00 - 15.30 coffee break / pause

15.30 - 16.00 Galina A. Kalmykova (University of Ulyanovsk)
Representation of Aspectuality in Causal Constructions:
Russian vs German

16.00 - 16.30 Zsuzsanna Frigy (University of Veszprém)
German and English functional equivalents of the
Hungarian verbal particle meg. A crosslinguistic
analysis of aspectual meanings and forms

16.30 discussion and conclusion / discussion et conclusion

20.00 dinner / dîner

On the first day of the conference the working languages will be Estonian,
English and French with simultaneous translation from Estonian into French and
vice versa. On the second day of the conference the working language will be

Les langues de travail lors du premier jour du colloque (le 17 novembre) seront
le français, l'estonien et l'anglais. Une traduction simultanée
estonien-français et français-estonien sera assurée.
La langue de travail du deuxième jour du colloque (le 18 novembre) sera l'anglais.

The participation to the conference is free of charge.
A collected volume of papers from the conference will be published.

La participation au colloque est gratuite.
Les actes du colloque seront publiés.

Organisers: the French language section of the Department of Germanic and
Romance Philology of the University of Tartu with the support of target-financed
topic number SF0182568s03 and the Tallinn French Cultural Centre.

Organisation :
Section française du département de langues et littératures germaniques et
romanes de l'université de Tartu, avec le soutien de l'action n° SF0182568s03 de
la faculté des Lettres de l'université de Tartu et le soutien du Centre culturel
français à Tallinn.

For more information / Demande d'informations complémentaires:
Daniele Monticelli (danielehi.ee) and Anu Treikelder (anu.treikelderut.ee)
Web page: http://www.fl.ut.ee/aspektikonverents
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