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Full Title: Neglected Aspects of Motion-Event Description

Short Title: NAMED
Location: Paris, France
Start Date: 19-May-2017 - 20-May-2017
Contact: Laure Sarda
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Meeting Description: This workshop is organized around the invitation of Pr. Leonard Talmy, who will be giving a series of four lectures from Monday 15 to Friday 19 May 2017 (“How Language Represents Motion”, at the École normale supérieure in Paris: see

The workshop will focus on Neglected Aspects of Motion-Event Description. It starts from the observation that there have been over thirty years of extensive research on the expression of Path and Manner within the typological distinction of Verb-framed vs. Satellite-framed languages. Whether the Path is expressed by the verb or a satellite gave rise to abundant literature both in descriptive linguistics and in psycholinguistics, in a typological perspective.

A subtitle for this workshop could be “Beyond the Path / Manner dichotomy”. As Talmy himself has noted in a foreword to a book edited by Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano, Motion and space across languages and applications (to appear), there is a full range of parameters of Motion description which have been left somewhat unexplored:

“[…] research on the Motion typology has mainly addressed only Manner from the full set of framing relations, and only Motion from the full set of macro-event types. And research on fictive motion has addressed mainly coextension paths out of the full set of path categories. But researchers can use their strengths in diverse languages and empirical methods to examine the remaining parameter values”. (Talmy, “Foreword: Past, present, and future of motion research”, to appear).

We seek to address these additional aspects of Motion typology.

Scientific Committee:

Michel Aurnague (Toulouse, France)
Denis Creissels (Lyon, France)
Benjamin Fagard (Paris, France)
Jean-Michel Fortis (Paris, France)
Colette Grinevald (Lyon, France)
Anetta Kopecka (Lyon, France)
Claire Möyse (Paris, France)
Tuomas Huumo (Turku, Finland)
Yo Matsumoto (Kobe, Japan)
Laure Sarda (Paris, France)
Dejan Stosic (Toulouse, France)
Dan Slobin (UC Berkeley, USA)
Leonard Talmy (Buffalo, USA)
Bernhard Wälchli (Stockholm, Sweden)
Emile van der Zee (Lincoln, UK)


Laure Sarda and Benjamin Fagard (CNRS-ENS, Lattice, Paris, France)
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics
LL Issue: 27.5026

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