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Call for papers - R-impersonals 2015

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Journées sur les pronoms impersonnels humains /
Conference on R-impersonal pronouns

les mercredi 4 et jeudi 5 février 2015 / Wed 4 - Thur 5 Feb 2015
Salle de conférences, CNRS Pouchet
59 rue Pouchet, 75017 Paris
métro Guy Môquet ou Brochant (ligne 13)

Invités / Invited speakers

Call deadline : 20 nov 2014

For the French version see : Appel à communications R-impersonnels

The conference focuses on the morphological, syntactic and semantic properties of impersonal pronouns allowing human reference such as English one, they, you, French on, ils, ça, tu, Germanic man/men, Spanish uno and 3pl null subjects (R-impersonals in Siewierska’s terminology).

We encourage submissions exploring questions including — but not limited to — the following

  • What are the differences between episodic and generic uses of impersonal pronouns ? Why do some pronouns not admit episodic uses ? Is this contrast better understood in terms of inclusiveness (generic being inclusive while episodic impersonals are exclusive of the speaker) ?
  • What readings are available for the different case-forms of the pronouns ?
  • Why do impersonal human pronouns often have defective (French on) or suppletive (German man) oblique forms ?
  • What are binding properties of impersonal human pronouns ?
  • What semantic restrictions are found for impersonal readings (types of predicates, inclusive vs exclusive readings, role of locative expressions in the licensing of impersonal readings) ?
  • How do impersonal human pronouns differ from indefinite pronouns like someone, impersonal uses of personal pronouns (3pl and 2sg/pl), and from the human subject implicit in the interpretation of impersonal verb forms and passives ?

We invite submissions for 25-minute presentations (plus ten-minute discussions). Abstracts should be at most 2 pages in length (including examples and references) written in French or English.

Abstracts must be anonymous and should be sent by e-mail (plain ASCII, rtf or pdf) to : pcabredo //AT// univ-paris8.fr

Please write the (first) author’s name plus the word ’abstract’ in the subject line of your message (e.g., ’Dupont abstract’), and include author name(s), affiliation, contact information and the title of the abstract in the body of the email. For co-authored papers indicate the email address that we should use for correspondence.

Abstracts should reach us by Nov 20th, 2014.

This workshop is part of the project
Towards a typology of human impersonal pronouns (Typoimp) (ANR-DFG)

For more information :
- Website : http://www.umr7023.cnrs.fr/-Towards...
- Abstract submission deadline : Nov 20th, 2014.
- Notification of acceptance : Dec 5th, 2014
- Conference : February 4-5, 2015

Comité scientifique :

  • Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (CNRS UMR 7023/Paris 8 & SMG)
  • Volker Gast (Jena)


Post-scriptum :

Appel à communications R-impersonnels



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