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LINGUIST List 24.1316

Mon Mar 18 2013

Confs: General Linguistics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 17-Mar-2013
From: Barbara Sonnenhauser <basonnelmu.de>
Subject: Distance in Language, Language of Distance
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Distance in Language, Language of Distance

Date: 05-Apr-2013 - 06-Apr-2013
Location: Munich, Germany
Contact: Barbara Sonnenhauser
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.slavistik.uni-muenchen.de/forschung/konferenz1/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

In linguistics, the notion of ‘distance’ has already been employed in cognitive and functional approaches, and has proven as a fruitful tool for the description of verbal and nominal categories, particularly in the area of Balkan linguistics.

However, its use is by no means consistent. On the one hand various linguistic phenomena are described in terms of ‘distance’; on the other hand, the notion itself is being related to different concepts. In its original sense, ‘distance’ refers to a ‘gap’ between two spatially separated points (Dancyngier & Vandelanotte 2009). This spatial concept, combined with a deictic component, is transferred to other mental and linguistic concepts, whereby the speaker serves as a point of reference.

The central question of the conference is: What is the common denominator for the various uses of this notion, based on which a semantic category ‘distance’ can be defined and how is this category realised in language?

Plenary Speakers:

Lieven Vandelanotte (Namur & Leuven): ‘The language of distance in grammar and discourse’
Evangelia Adamou (Paris): ‘Distance in tensed nominals: A typological perspective’
Gracie Fielder (Arizona): ‘Triangulation: Navigating distance in interaction’

Friday, April 5th 2013


Barbara Sonnenhauser & Anastasia Meermann (Munich)

Lieven Vandelanotte (Namur & Leuven)
The language of distance in grammar and discourse

Coffee break

Maksim Makartsev (Moscow)
Evidentials in Balkan Slavic and Albanian as a text-structuring device

Yoshinori Nishijima (Kanazawa)
Ignorance of epistemological distance: Rhetorical use of non-evidentials in the work of Franz Kafka

Tatiana Kuznetsova (Alberta)
Constructing distance in the world of blogs: Who are the Others?


Evangelia Adamou (Paris)
Distance in tensed nominal: A typological perspective

Coffee break

Imke Mendoza (Salzburg)
Distance in Discourse. Evidence from Polish, Russian and German

Sonja Zeman (Munich)
‘Near’ present, ‘distal’ past, and ‘future of fate’: Temporal distance and its perspectival effects on the textual surface

Saturday, April 6th 2013

Gracie Fielder (Arizona)
Triangulation: Navigating distance in interaction

Coffee break

Barbara Sonnenhauser (Munich)
Hear-say, inference, surprise: (Self-)distancing in Balkan Slavic

Anastasia Meermann (Munich)
Truncated perfect in Serbian - a marker of distance?

Coffee break

Liljana Mitkovska, Eleni Bužarovska, Marija Kusevska (Skopje)
Macedonian ‘da ne’ constructions as distance markers

Galina Putjata (Dresden)
Concept of privacy and adjustment of proxemics in Russian, Spanish and French speaking immigrants

Closing remarks

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