[SynSem] Call Colloque Habituals and habitual auxiliaries - Appel à communications

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Colloque Habituals and habitual auxiliaries

Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2024

The Syntax and Semantics group of the UMR 7023 Structures Formelles du Langage and the Research Group Habituals of the ACLC, U. v. Amsterdam will hold a Workshop on Habituals and habitual auxiliaries on Mon 7 and Tue 8 Oct 2024.

Venue The workshop will be held in hybrid format at UPS Pouchet, 59 rue Pouchet 75017 Paris (plan d'accès/map) and on zoom.

Conférences invitées / Invited speakers

Habitual aspect has been defined in various ways in the literature. A widely used definition is that of Comrie (1976: 27–28), who defines habituals as forms which “describe a situation which is characteristic of an extended period of time”. Similar characterizations of habituals are given e.g. by Dahl (1985: Ch. 3) and Carlson (2012), while other scholars have defined habituality with explicit reference to repetition (pluractionality, iterativity, etc.); see e.g. Brinton (1987), Xrakovskij (1997), and Bertinetto & Lenci (2012). More recently Gregersen & Hengeveld (forthc.) define habitual aspect as ‘unbounded repetition of an event or situation that typically occurs’. There are three ingredients to this definition:

  • Repetition: a habit manifests itself as a repetition of a certain situation over time (cf. multiplicativity).
  • Unboundedness (Fortuin 2023): repetition involved in habitual series is unbounded, distinct from bounded iterative expressions as in, e.g. He did it twice.
  • Typicality (Comrie 1976; Dik 1997, Gregersen & van Lier forthc.): habitual aspect expresses that a situation is characteristic for someone or something (different from simple repetition).

Expressions of habituality are often also used for related categories:

  • West Greenlandic -tar: habitual and multiplicative (Fortescue 1984: 279, Trondjem 2012: 67, 70), which share repetition.
  • Coptic habitual auxiliary šare: habitual and generic statements (Van der Vliet & Zakrzewska forthc.), which share unboundedness.
  • English used to: past habitual and discontinuous past (The temple of Diana used to stand at Ephesus, Comrie 1976, Plungian & van der Auwera 2006), which share typicality.

Workshop topics We invite contributions on any aspect of the grammar of habituals and habitual auxiliaries, including but not limited to the following questions:

  • (i) Is habitual aspect a unified category or can it be split up into different subcategories? (Boneh & Doron 2008, 2013)
  • (ii) what are the relations in terms of formal expression with genericity, multiplicativity, and other categories of event quantification?
  • (iii) what is the source and destination of habitual markers in grammaticalization?
  • (iv) what are the restrictions on habitual aspect with respect to tense?
  • (v) what explains the connection between (past) habitual and discontinuous past reference?
  • (vi) does habitual aspect belong to the realis or the irrealis domain or both?
  • (vii) how does habitual marking interact with nominal arguments (singular indefinites, bare plurals)?

Abstracts We invite submissions for 25 minute talks (+10min discussion)in English. Abstracts should not be longer than two pages (Times New Roman 12 pt, single space, 2,4 cm margins). Abstracts have to be anonymous.
Please submit your abstract in pdf format by email to wshabitualsparis2024 [at] gmail.com by 1st June 2024 and make sure the text and the name of the pdf do not contain the name(s) of the author(s).
Authors may submit a maximum of two abstracts, only one of which may be single-authored.

Important dates

Deadline for submissions        1 June 2024
Notification of authors            15 July 2024
Workshop                                  7-8 Oct 2024

Website https://www.sfl.cnrs.fr/synsem-colloque-habituals-and-habitual-auxiliaries
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Bertinetto, Pier Marco & Lenci, Alessando. 2012. Habituality, pluractionality, and imperfectivity. In The Oxford handbook of tense and aspect, Robert I. Binnick (ed.), 852-880. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Boneh, Nora & Doron, Edit. 2008. Habituality and the habitual aspect. In Theoretical and crosslinguistic approaches to the semantics of aspect, Susan Rothstein (ed.), 321–347. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Boneh, Nora & Doron, Edit. 2013. Hab and Gen in the expression of habituality. In Genericity,  Alda Mari, Claire Beyssade & Fabio Del Prete (eds.), 176–191. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Brinton, Laurel J. 1987. The aspectual nature of states and habits. Folia Linguistica 21: 195–214.

Carlson, Greg. 2012. Habitual and generic aspect. In The Oxford handbook of tense and aspect, Robert I. Binnick (ed.), 828–851. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Comrie, Bernard. 1976. Aspect. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dahl, Östen. 1985. Tense and aspect systems. Oxford: Blackwell.

Dik, Simon C. 1997. The theory of Functional Grammar. Part I: The structure of the clause [Functional Grammar Series 20]. second, revised edition, edited by Kees Hengeveld. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Fortescue, Michael. 1984. West Greenlandic. London: Croom Helm.

Fortuin, Egbert. 2023. Unbounded repetition, habituality, and aspect from a comparative perspective. Folia Linguistica 57(1): 135–175.

Gregersen, Sune & van Lier, Eva. forthc. A cross-linguistic survey of habitual markers.

Gregersen, Sune & Hengeveld, Kees. forthc. A hierarchical approach to habitual expressions: Introduction. In A layered approach to habitual expressions, Sune Gregersen & Kees Hengeveld (eds). Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Plungian, Vladimir A. & van der Auwera, Johan. 2006. Towards a typology of discontinuous past marking. Language Typology and Universals 59(4):317-349.

Trondjem, Naja Blytmann. 2012. Repetitive, iterative and habitual affixes in West Greenlandic. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia 44(1): 64–76.

Van der Vliet, Jacques & Zakrzewska, Ewa (forthc.), Coptic. A hierarchical approach to habitual expressions: Introduction. In A layered approach to habitual expressions, Sune Gregersen & Kees Hengeveld (eds). Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Xrakovskij, Viktor S. 1997. Semantic types of the plurality of situations and their natural classification. In Typology of iterative constructions, Viktor S. Xrakovskij (ed.), 3–64. Munich: LINCOM.

We gratefully acknowledge the sponsors of the workshop
- Université Paris 8 (AAP événement 2024)
- IRN Typology across modalities (CNRS)
- Research group Structures formelles du langage (UMR 7023 - SFL CNRS & U. Paris 8)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (U. van Amsterdam)

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