11-13 nov 2010: Grammaticalization and (Inter)Subjectification

December 21, 2009

Full Title: Grammaticalization and (Inter)Subjectification
Short Title: GRAMIS2010

Date: 11-Nov-2010 – 13-Nov-2010
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact Person: Jan Nuyts
Meeting Email: gramis2010@ua.ac.be
Web Site: http://webh01.ua.ac.be/gramis/conference/conference.html

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2010

Call for Papers

We invite papers dealing with any aspect of the processes of grammaticalization and (inter)subjectification, both empirical and conceptual, from any theoretical angle, but we are especially interested in papers dealing with
- the interaction between the processes of grammaticalization and (inter)subjectification;
- the relation of grammaticalization and (inter)subjectification to other mechanisms of language change, including, most notably, analogy; and
- processes of degrammaticalization and de-(inter)subjectification: how (in)frequent are they, what kinds of factors trigger them, and what mechanisms are at work in them?

Presentations are 20 minutes, followed by 5 minutes discussion.

Abstracts of max. 4000 characters (i.e. app. 500 words; including references) should be submitted via the conference website.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 15, 2010
Notification of acceptance: late March, 2010

Information regarding registration, accommodation and other practical matters will be provided in the second circular, to be distributed early 2010, and will be posted on the conference website as soon as they are available.

Plenary speakers:
Kasper Boye/Peter Harder
Hilary Chappell
Bernd Heine
Heiko Narrog
Muriel Norde

Organizers: Johan van der Auwera & Jan Nuyts (Antwerp)

28 januari, Groningen: Esther Pascual, The conversation game (VIDI)

December 14, 2009

Titel: The conversation frame: Linguistic forms and communicative
functions in discourse (Vidi project)
Wie: Esther Pascual
Plaats: Rijksuniversiteit Gronigen, Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26,
(13)15 0048

Tijd: 28 januari 2010, 3.30-4.30

Starting from the assumption that language is intimately related to
interaction, the main question this project addresses is: how is the
structure of interaction reflected in language structure and language
use? That is, what forms does the basic interactional pattern of
turn-taking take in grammar and discourse? In addition, I will
investigate the communicative functions of interactional structures
embedded in discourse. Finally, I will explore the processing and
communicative effectiveness of such grammatically integrated
interactional patterns.

This project focuses on fictive interaction (Pascual 2002), a
cognitive phenomenon that reflects the interactional structure of
conversation, and is manifested in language structure and use (egs.
“an attitude that says ‘what’s in it for me?’”, “a ‘what’s in it for
me?’ attitude”).

The project addresses the following questions: (i) since factual
interaction is a fundamental aspect of language use, is fictive
interaction also a fundamental linguistic structure in different
discourse genres? And (ii) does the use of fictive interaction provide
processing and communicative advantages to language users?
In order to address the linguistic structure question, a corpus study
will be undertaken, examining fictive interaction in different
discourse genres of written and spoken Dutch. To address the
communicative effectiveness question, the communicative effects of
fictive interaction in Dutch will be explored in relation to: (i) the
argumentative power of fictive interaction (in criminal trials); (ii)
the use of fictive interaction as conversational strategy (by
speech-impaired individuals with Broca’s aphasia); and (iii) the
reception of fictive interaction (processing, memory, comprehension
and emotional affect).

I hypothesise that embedded fictive interaction is essential in
different discourse genres, and can be used for a variety of
communicative functions. I also hypothesise that the use of fictive
interaction can render a discourse communicatively more effective, as compared to its descriptive alternative, partly because it is
processed more efficiently.

Discourse op dinsdag, 15 december

December 11, 2009

Discourse op Dinsdag

Date & time: December 15; 15:30-17:00

Location: Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 13, Room 0.06

Arie Verhagen

Leiden University

Intersubjectivity, Subjectivity, and Common Ground


In this talk I will explore conceptual connections between the notions of Intersubjectivity as developed in Verhagen (2005, 2007; see also http://www.arieverhagen.nl/Documenten/CoI.html) and some other, related notions, especially Common Ground (cf. Clark 1996), in an attempt to clarify what is special about the grammatical phenomena that I labelled “constructions of intersubjectivity”. An important motivation for such an attempt at clarification is the fact that the term “intersubjectivity” is used in the literature in relation to phenomena (e.g. deixis), that I would not (without further argumentation) consider as linguistically involving intersubjectivity, despite the fact that “mutually shared information” somehow does play a role in their conventional meaning. The discussion will result in a proposal that constructions of subjectivity and of intersubjectivity can sensibly be said to profile and manage different aspects of the common ground in different ways.


Clark, Herbert H. (1996), Using Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Verhagen, Arie (2008), Intersubjectivity and the architecture of the language system. In: Jordan Zlatev, Timothy P. Racine, Chris Sinha, Esa Itkonen (eds.), The Shared Mind: Perspectives on Intersubjectivity. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 307-331.

Verhagen, Arie (2005), Constructions of Intersubjectivity. Discourse, Syntax, and Cognition.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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