Call for papers - R-impersonals 2015
le - 19 août 2014
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
- What readings are available for the different case-forms of the
- 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)
Appel à communications R-impersonnels
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