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Mon Oct 27 2008

Calls: Discourse Analysis/Text&Corpus Ling/Psycholing/DISCOURS...(Jrnl)

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Date: 26-Oct-2008
From: Havu Lefeuvre <flolefeuclub-internet.fr>
Subject: DISCOURS. Revue de linguistique, psycholinguistique et informatique.
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Full Title: DISCOURS. Revue de linguistique, psycholinguistique et informatique.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics;Discourse Analysis;Psycholinguistics;Semantics;Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Jan-2009

Call for papers for a thematic issue of the e-journal 'Discours'
Title : The discourse uses of autonomous verbless predications
Coordinators : Eva Havu (University of Helsinki - Paris 3 / Lattice -
Gramm-R) & Florence Lefeuvre (University Paris 3 /UMR CNRS Lattice 8094)

The question of verbless sentences has led to many scientific publications,
particularly concerning such languages as Arabic, Hebrew, Hungarian and
Russian (See Eid 1991, Hengeveld 1992; Nordlinger & Sadler 2006), where
verbless copular clauses are standard. For languages where verbal copular
clauses are standard, such as German, English, French, Italian etc., this
question has been partially addressed or only with regard to the question
of ellipsis (see Barton 1990; Greenbaum and al. 1985; Merchant 2004).
Recently however typological research on verbless clauses and utterances
has been conducted which does not consider these verbless constructions to
be elliptical (Behr & Quintin 1996 for German, Lefeuvre 1999 for French,
Delorme 2004 for English); several syntactic and semantic questions have
already been closely examined (Behr & Lefeuvre in press, Behr & Lefeuvre
2005, Behr & al. 2004, Lefeuvre (ed .) 2004).
The objective of this thematic issue is to bring to the fore new
reflections about the discourse functions of autonomous verbless
predications. This question is partially linked to that of the definition
of minimal units of discourse (cf. Degand & Simon 2005). Analyses of this
type may be carried out on all types of language.

This issue will cover the following questions:
i. Can minimal discourse unities be verbless? How can they be defined? Do
verbless utterances have a predicative status in discourse?
ii. How can autonomous verbless utterances be analysed? Are they elliptic?
What other analyses are possible?
iii. In what types of text do verbless predications appear? What functions
do they have in these texts? Is there a difference between primary and
secondary verbless predications?
iv. How do verbless predications structure discourse or ensure its
v. Why do texts sometimes prefer structures without verbs to structures
with verbs?
vi. What about isolated utterances, such as notices? Why do they mainly
adopt structures without verbs?
All corpus types are accepted: oral or written corpora, journalistic texts,
literature, scientific articles, etc, as well as corpora of isolated
utterances such as notices or advertisements.

Submission guidelines
Articles may be written in French, English or in bilingual form. For more
details, see the submission information and the instructions for authors on
the journal website: http://discours.revues.org/

January 10th 2009: submission of abstracts
September 10th 2009: submission of articles for evaluation
October 30th 2009: notification of acceptance (after two anonymous reviews).
December 18th 2009: submission of final versions

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