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Full Title: The Semantics of Verbal Morphology in Under-Described Languages

Short Title: SemVerbMorph1
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Start Date: 02-Jun-2017 - 03-Jun-2017
Contact: Andrew Symes
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Meeting Description: Recent years have seen an increase in scholarship devoted to the significance of lexical semantics for verbal morphology and the functioning of tense-aspect-mood (TAM) systems (for a general introduction, see Boogaart & Janssen (2012)). Much of this was prompted by work on tense and aspect from a general typological and diachronic perspective (see, e.g. Comrie 1976, 1985; Dahl 1985; Bybee, Perkins & Pagliuca 1994). This has also been joined by the work of Hogeweg, de Hoop & Malchukov (2009) which also offers a methodological contribution, as well as approaches which stress the way in which time, temporality and evidentiality are reflected in grammatically-conventionalised TAM categories (Botne & Kershner 2008; Botne 2012, 2014).

Keynote Speakers (confirmed):

Leora Bar-el, Associate Professor at the University of Montana

Scientific Committee:

Leora Bar-el
Robert Botne
Evie Coussé
Östen Dahl
Laura Downing
Axel Fleisch
Hannah Gibson
Nancy Kula
Derek Nurse
Thera Crane Ringhofer

Organising committee:
Malin Petzell
Hannah Gibson

Boogaart, R., & Janssen, T. (2012). Tense and Aspect. In D. Geeraerts & H. Cuyckens (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. New York ; Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
Botne, R. (2014). Resultatives, Remoteness, and Innovation in Eastern and Southern Bantu T/A Systems. Nordic journal of African studies, 23(1), 16-30.
Botne, R. D. (2012). Remoteness distinctions. In R. I. Binnick (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect (pp. 536-562). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Botne, R. D., & Kershner, T. L. (2008). Tense and cognitive space: On the organization of tense/aspect systems in Bantu languages and beyond. Cognitive Linguistics, 19(2), 145-218.
Bybee, J. L., Perkins, R. D., & Pagliuca, W. (1994). Evolution of Grammar: Tense, Aspect, and Modality in the Languages of the World. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press.
Comrie, B. (1976). Aspect: an Introduction to the Study of Verbal Aspect and Related Problems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Comrie, B. (1985). Tense. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
Dahl, Ö. (1985). Tense and Aspect Systems. Oxford: Blackwell.
Hogeweg, L., de Hoop, H. and Malchukov A. (2009) (Eds.). Cross-linguistic semantics of Tense, Aspect and Modality. Amsterdam: Benjamins
Linguistic Subfield: Language Documentation; Morphology; Semantics
LL Issue: 27.4907

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