On Person and Perspective - A workshop honoring the work of Maria Luisa Zubizarreta
City: Los Angeles
Abstr. due: 15.01.2019
Dates: 03.05.19 — 04.05.19
Area Of Sciences: Humanities;
Organizing comittee e-mail: personNperspective AT gmail.com
Organizers: International Committee
The category of person plays a central role in a variety of grammatical phenomena, some of which seem to be purely syntactic, while others clearly involve the semantic component. Person distinctions are determined relative to the speech or thought situation (i.e. the local attitude situation): arguments are formally identified as a type of participant (author/addressee) or a non-participant. Person thus bears an inherent affinity with grammatical categories rooted in the other parameters of the attitude situation: time and spatial location. Person, temporality and spatial deixis are unified as different ways to encode perspective: an attitude holder’s view of the described event from the standpoint of the attitude event.
Maria Luisa Zubizarreta’s recent work has explored the role of person-based perspective – an inherently semantic notion - in the analysis of person-sensitivity phenomena that have more traditionally been considered properly syntactic, namely person-sensitivity effects in the syntactic organization of arguments exhibited in direct-inverse systems and in grammars following the Person Case Constratint (PCC) (Zubizarreta and Pancheva 2017, Pancheva and Zubizarreta 2017). Her work has also addressed the role of person features in the representation of evidentiality and temporal reference in Paraguyan Guaraní (Pancheva and Zubizarreta 2018).
The workshop in honor of Maria Luisa Zubizarreta’s work aims to further elucidate the grammars of person and perspective. It welcomes contributions on the themes of her work and also on the many other phenomena that involve person or perspective.
Conference Web-Site: https://linguistlist.org/issues/29/29-3695.html
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