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Mon Dec 20 2010

Calls: Typology/Poland

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        1.     Krzysztof Stronski , Resultatives. Typology, History, Areality and Cognition

Message 1: Resultatives. Typology, History, Areality and Cognition
Date: 20-Dec-2010
From: Krzysztof Stronski <stroniuamu.edu.pl>
Subject: Resultatives. Typology, History, Areality and Cognition
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Full Title: Resultatives. Typology, History, Areality and Cognition
Short Title: RTHAC

Date: 01-May-2011 - 03-May-2011
Location: Poznan, Poland
Contact Person: Krzysztof Stronski
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/plm/

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Call Deadline: 21-Jan-2011

Meeting Description:

Languages of the world employ different means to express states which result from a previous action. The typology of resultatives has been investigated especially in the seminal work edited by V. Nedjalkov (1988 [1983]) with a major focus on languages of Eurasia. Especially important is the vast literature on Slavic languages (e.g., Giger 2003, Łaziński 2001, Wiemer & Giger 2005). However, in many non-Eurasian languages, resultatives have not yet been described. Hence it is not astonishing that the core model of resultatives in the typological literature corresponds to the Indo-European prototype of a 'stative auxiliary... and the past and/or passive participle' (Bybee et al. 1994: 67-68). A major aim of this workshop is to explore the cross-linguistic diversity of resultative constructions. Resultatives play a crucial role in grammaticalization where they have been found to be closely related to grammatical categories as perfect, passive, durative and progressive (e.g., Bybee et al 1994, Ebert 1995, Načeva-Marvanova 2010). Their interaction with these categories is instantiated by various morphosyntactic alignments. There are still many unanswered questions regarding the evolution of resultative constructions even though some of the solutions have gained wide acceptance (e.g. the passive/resulative to ergative shift in Indo-Iranian; see, e.g., Pirejko 1968). However, resultatives are not simply a grammatical category, they are strongly constrained lexically. Of crucial interest are also lexicalization paths of resultatives, for instance in the domains of predicative possession and positional verbs. Further it has been observed that resultative constructions often exhibit areal patterns. According to Haase (1992: 250) – shown on evidence from Basque – resultatives are categories 'prone to diffuse through contact'. A further important issue is language-internal variation. Miller (2004) argues that there is a wide variety of resultative constructions restricted to spoken varieties of English, such as that is me seen it or we were stood outside the pub. Last but not least, resultatives are of great interest from a cognitive linguistic perspective in the context of Talmy’s (2000: 101) claim that fictive motion 'occurs preponderantly more than does fictive stationariness coupled with factive motion'. The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars working on different aspects of resultative constructions from typological, historical, areal and cognitive perspectives.

See Call for Papers for full reference list.

Call for Papers:

We welcome papers dealing with all aspects of resultatives, especially the following:

-the interaction between resultatives and with related grammatical tense, aspect and voice categories as well as their lexicalization paths;
-the interface between resultative constructions and their argument structure;
-lexical constraints pertaining to the formation of resultatives;
-the evolution of resultatives
-descriptions of resultative constructions in languages outside Eurasia, field linguists' approaches to resultatives;
-areal implications of resultative constructions;
-cognitive linguistic implications of resultative constructions

Abstract submission should be processed via <http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/plm/>. The information regarding its length and format will be found over there as well. The notification of acceptance will be sent by 25 February 2011


Nicole Nau (Institute of Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)
Krzysztof Stroński (Institute of Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań) amu.edu.pl>
Bernhard Wälchli (Department of Linguistics, University of Bern, Switzerland)


Bybee, Joan & Revere Perkins & William Pagliuca (1994). The Evolution of Grammar: Tense, Aspect and Modality in the Languages of the World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Ebert, Karen (1995). Ambiguous perfect-progressive forms across languages. In Bertinetto, Pier Marco et al. (eds.), Temporal Reference, Aspect and Actionality. Vol. 2: Typological Perspectives. Torino: Rosenberg.
Giger Markus 2003. Resultativa im modernen Tschechischen. Bern - Berlin: Peter Lang.
Łaziński Marek. 2001. 'Was für ein Perfekt gibt es im modernen Polnisch?' Linguistic Online. 8, 1/01. 37-47.
Miller, Jim (2004). Problems for typology. Perfects and resultatives in spoken and non-standard English and Russian. In Kortmann, Bernd (ed.) Dialectology meets Typology. Dialect Grammar from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective, 305-334. Berlin: Mouton de Grutyer.
Načeva-Marvanova Mira 2010. 'Grammaticalization and Verbal Structures (The Case of Analytic Perfect)'. Linguistica Pragensia 20. 2010/1.
Nedjalkov Vladimir P. 1988. Typology of Resultative Construction. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. Translation of Nedjalkov, Vladimir P. (ed.) (1983). Tipologija rezul'tativnyx konstrukcij. Leningrad: Nauka.
Pirejko Lija A., 1968. Osnovnyje voprosy ergativnosti na materiale indoiranskich jazykov. Moskva: Izdatel'stvo 'Nauka'.
Talmy, Leonard (2000). Toward a Cognitive Semantics. Vol. II: Typology and process in concept structuring. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Wiemer Björn & Giger Markus 2005. Resultativa in den nordslavischen und baltischen Sprachen. Munchen: LINCOM.

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