[Histling-l] call for papers for SLE 2018 in Tallinn, Estland
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Fri Oct 20 13:04:10 EDT 2017
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Call for papers – Workshop participation – WS Abstract:
‘Thetic- vs. Categorical: Distinctions and commonalities.’
The workshop aims at closely investigating thetic vs. categorical sentence
types and their relation between meaning and form well as their
distributional behavior in sundry languages. The thetic-categorical
distinction relates to the notions of simple and double judgment
introduced by the 19th century logicians Brentano and Marty. Simple and
double judgment play a role in predication logic. Pertinent sentence types
have occasionally been in the center of attention by linguists trying to
relate them to modern and better studied notions (analytic vs. synthetic,
individual vs. stage level, habitual, generic, a.s by Sasse, Ladusaw,
Kuroda, Maienborn, Leiss, among others). Respective sentence types like
German Es sind/gibt/hat KÜHE im Garten ‘There are cows in the garden’ –
AUFtritt MACBETH (with stage location) ‘Enters Macbeth’ have in common
that they are used as text starters. By common definition, true text
starters are sentences that do not presuppose a precontext, nor are they
part of coherent dialogues (Harweg 1968). In more syntactic terms, the
sentential prefield (SpecCP) hosting topical material remains empty. By
contrast, the very same sentences lose their text-incipient status as soon
as, e.g. in German and Dutch, a modal discourse particle/MP (or, more
generally, an attitudinal operator) is selected. See the stage direction
AUFtritt ebenMP MACBETH. A major constraint for thetic sentences is that in
German (and Dutch), MPs as well as other origo indexations cannot appear.
Compare [COMMON GROUND/ TOPIC ABOUT Es sind eben Kühe auf unserem Rasen
‘There are cows on our lawn right now/as you know’ as opposed to [
EXCLANATIVE Es sind (*eben) Kühe auf unserem Rasen] ‘There are cows on our
lawn, surprise/dismay’. Notice the latter with its non-at issue mirative
speech act status.
INTRODUCING DISCUSSION AND AIMS
The recent decades are marked with a considerable reticence with respect to
the study of the encoding of theticity. In languages such as German and
Japanese, a sentence with attitudinal adverbials and similar modal and
speech act/origo indexations cannot be used as a stage direction for a
drama script since the German modal particle eben entails a common
discourse ground with a topic(-about) that the communicators had reached
before. The two types of sentences, those with and without a precontext,
run under the terminology of categorical sentence (with a topic) vs.
thetic sentence (no topic, true text starters). As to these, Kuroda has
claimed that Japanese has morphological means to unambiguously distinguish
thetic from categorical sentences: thetics are marked by the suffix –ga
for indefinite nominative DP, whereas the suffix for categorical status is
–wa, which is also used to mark topicality (in the sense of the discourse
opposition thema-rhema). German, in contrast to Japanese, has no
morphological means to signal discourse status or theticity.
Other sentential types, however, seem to be subject to similar
constraints, and relations to the thetic-categorical distinction have been
drawn, among which with similar oppositional pairs.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Our call for papers is directed to those who pursue the topic along lines
of the WS goals as sketched above. Empirical material covering non-European
languages is highly welcome. Please approach the organizer or anyone of the
program committee and, preferably, send along a (preliminary version of
your) short abstract describing your contribution.
Werner Abraham (Vienna University, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich)
Werner Abraham (Vienna, Munich), Elisabeth Leiss (Munich), Shin Tanaka
(Tokyo), Yasuhiro Fujinawa (Tokyo)
November 5, 2017: Deadline for the submission of the short abstract.
Abstracts will be evaluated by the convenors, and selected abstracts will
accompany the workshop proposal. We will notify you of inclusion in the
workshop proposal when we submit it on November 15th.
Prof.em.Mag.Dr. Werner Abraham
Universität Wien, Allg. Sprachwissenschaft
LM-Universität München, Germanistische Linguistik
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