Call: Call for Papers: SOUL 2017

Conference on the Syntax Of Uralic Languages (SOUL 2017)
27-28 June 2017, Budapest, Hungary

Over the last few years, the syntax of the Uralic languages has become an exciting field of study in linguistic theory. With its wide range of variation as well as family-specific characteristics, the Uralic family offers an abundant source of insights for theories of human language with respect to topics like word order change, contact phenomena, information structure, subordination, possession, evidentiality and more.

The Conference on the Syntax Of Uralic Languages (SOUL) provides a forum to discuss current research on the synchronic or diachronic syntax of Uralic languages and dialects, including both comparative work as well as studies of single languages or dialects. We invite theoretically informed contributions that address issues in syntax, or at the interfaces of syntax and semantics/pragmatics, as well as prosody (each talk will be 30 minutes, followed by a 10-minute discussion period). In particular, we welcome studies addressing:
•    the structure of the nominal phrases (e.g. possession, determination, reference)
•    the structure of the clausal left periphery, and the syntactic marking of information and discourse structure
•    subordination (e.g. complementation, finite and non-finite structures)
•    negation (e.g. word order of negation)
•    predication (e.g. copular constructions)
We also encourage papers concerned with any other topic in Uralic syntax.

Invited speakers

Prof Anders Holmberg (Newcastle University)
Prof Gerson Klumpp (University of Tartu)

As part of the conference, there will be a special session:

Special session: Evidentiality in Uralic
Uralic languages are rich in markers expressing the source of information, and they distinguish several semantic types of evidentiality. Most evidential systems are undergoing changes: some forms become optional, some disappear and yet other forms emerge. In many Uralic languages and dialects, the verbs and morphemes that have given rise to the evidential forms are still used in their original form and function as well. Several evidentials are based on non-finites and distinguish themselves in their syntax and morphology from other non-finites or finite forms.
We welcome abstracts on (but not limited to) the following topics:
•    What are the characteristics of the Uralic evidential systems? What is their syntax? What is their origin?
•    What are the links with other categories, such as epistemic modality, deixis, tense and aspect?
•    What are the factors that determine the rise and loss of evidential markers and the conditions of their optionality?
•    What are the pros and cons of the methods of investigating Uralic forms of expression of source marking, evidentials, evidential strategies, the grammaticalization and lexicaliztation of source marking?
•    What are the links between source marking and cognition?

We plan to publish selected papers from the conference in the journal FULL (Finno-Ugric Languages and Linguistics).

Abstract submission

•    Anonymous abstracts cannot exceed two pages (including examples, figures, and references), using 1in/2.5cm margins and a standard 12pt font.
•    One person may submit a maximum of two abstracts: one as a sole author or co-author, and another one as a co-author.
•    Deadline: 28 February 2017

Abstract submission
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