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Beitragsaufruf: Referential Hierarchies in 3-Participant Constructions

17. November 2010

Gibt es Konstruktionsgrammatiker, die noch nicht genug vom Ditransitiv haben? Dann könnte folgender Beitragsaufruf interessant sein: Eva van Lier veranstaltet vom 20. bis 22. Mai in Lancaster einen Workshop zum Thema „Referential Hierarchies in 3-Participant Constructions“. Bis zum 15. Januar können noch Vorschläge für Vorträge eingereicht werden:

The workshop is part of the EuroBABEL project on Referential Hierarchies in Morphosyntax. It aims at bringing together language (-family) specialists and typologists. There will be key note addresses by Dr. Andrej Malchukov (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig) and Professor Beth Levin (Stanford University).

Papers should focus on the effects of referential factors – such as animacy, information structure, definiteness, anaphoricity (pronoun vs. noun), person, and number – on the expression of three-participant events in one or more languages. These effects may target word order, agreement marking, direction marking, case/adpositional marking, and may involve various types of splits and alternations.

Topics of interest include (but are not restricted to):

  • Three-participant constructions that deviate from the prototypical ‚give‘ type, in terms of the referential properties of the participants and/or in terms of the lexical verb(s);
  • The interaction between the referential properties of multiple (i.e. two or three) participants;
  • The interaction between the effects of referential properties of participants on the one hand, and lexical semantics of verb classes or individual verbs on the other hand;
  • The relationship between the effects of referential factors on intransitive and transitive constructions on the one hand, and on ditransitive constructions on the other hand;
  • Differences between the effects of referential factors on different types of marking: word order, agreement, direction marking, and/or case and adpositional marking;
  • Referential effects in derived three-participant constructions (as opposed to non-derived ones);
  • Frequency data obtained from corpora of spoken and/or written language;
  • The effects of language contact and language change on the above phenomena.


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