Call For Papers
The Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, announces the 5th conference “Constructional & Lexical Semantic Approaches to Russian” (RusConstr) to be held in St. Petersburg, 11 October 2017. The programme and abstracts from the previous conferences in the series (held in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015) are available on the Institute’s website. This year the conference will be held in the form of a one-day event in conjunction with the 15th Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Conference (SCLC 2017). SCLC will be hosted by the Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, on 12–14 October 2017.
The meeting will focus on the issues of Russian syntax. Its central theme is the relation between formal properties of various syntactic constructions in Russian and their semantic, pragmatic and discourse properties. Participants are encouraged to discuss not only regular syntactic patterns, but also “marginal” types of constructions.
Inquiry into the syntax of Russian has long been associated with the study of semantic and pragmatic properties of syntactic units. Simplifying somewhat, two types of approaches have emerged in the study of complex syntactic units: “bottom-up” (“lexical semantic approaches”) and “top-down” (“constructional approaches”).
The lexical semantic approaches take as their starting point combinatorial potential of individual lexemes; in particular, the distribution of syntactic patterns is often claimed to reflect subtleties of lexical semantics (cf. the work by Yuri D. Apresjan and the Moscow Semantic School). According to these approaches, semantic and syntactic properties of complex constructions are derivable from semantic and combinatorial properties of their component parts.
The central unit in the constructional approaches is construction — a complex form-meaning pairing whose semantic and syntactic features are not predictable from the properties of its component parts. Within “Western” linguistic tradition, this type of approach is typical of various kinds of Construction grammars (Ch. Fillmore, A. Goldberg, etc.); some studies within Russian traditional syntax are based on similar (though usually implicit) theoretical assumptions.
The conference is not directly associated with either of these approaches.
The major preference is given to the studies which focus on the analysis of Russian syntactic phenomena in light of their semantic properties and against the background of general linguistic mechanisms such as grammaticalizaton and lexicalization.
Call For Papers
The aim of the conference is to gather researchers who are interested in the topic of the conference irrespective of their official status; abstracts from young researchers, including students, are very welcome.
Abstracts based on work in progress are also welcome, provided that there are already some empirical findings to be presented at the conference.
The working languages of the conference are Russian and English.
There is no conference fee.
The deadline for abstract submission is March 15, 2017. Abstracts should not be longer than two pages (3600 characters, including examples and references) and should be sent as .pdf or .doc attachments to the following address firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts can be in English or Russian. The authors should refrain from disclosing their identity either in the text or in the name of the file. The following information about the author(s) should be given in the body of the letter:
One individual may be involved in a maximum of two abstracts (maximum of one as sole author).
The abstracts will be anonymously evaluated by the members of the programme committee. Notifications of acceptance / rejection will be sent before April 5, 2017.
Participants will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Participants of our conference (RusConstr) are welcome to also attend the 15th Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Conference (SCLC 2017). RusConstr is focused on a relatively narrow topic. Those authors whose abstracts will be declined by the programme committee of RusConstr will have an opportunity to resubmit (modified versions of) their abstracts to SCLC. The organizers of SCLC will post their announcement and call for papers shortly.
Programme Committee (RusConstr)
Organizing Committee (RusConstr)
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