International Workshop on Functional Discourse Grammar: Modification in Functional Discourse - IW-FDG-2021

Country: Austria

City: Graz

Abstr. due: 01.12.2020

Dates: 12.07.21 — 13.07.21

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

Organizing comittee e-mail: fdg AT

Organizers: University of Graz


Following the IW-FDG tradition, this workshop will be devoted to the discussion of a specific aspect of the model – the topic this time being modification – with the purpose of (i) developing and improving the theory of FDG (Hengeveld & Mackenzie 2008) and (ii) publishing a collection of the papers discussed during the workshop. Previous workshops have all resulted in the publication of a special issue or collected volume in a respected journal or book series.

The topic:
Modification in the context of the workshop is understood in a narrow sense in that modifiers are viewed as lexical elements of different types and complexity (e.g. adjectives, adverbs, clauses, etc.) and as commenting on/scoping over a particular interpersonal or representational layer. In general, modification has become an area of renewed interest in edited volumes and monograph-length works such as McNally & Kennedy (2008), Cinque (2010), Matthews (2014), Pittner et al. (2015), Morzycki (2016) and Rießler (2016). While different aspects of modification have been specifically addressed in FDG, such as particular kinds and developments of modifiers in individual languages (e.g. García Velasco 2013; Keizer 2018; Van de Velde 2009), modification on different levels and layers (e.g. Keizer 2019; Rijkhoff 2008, 2014; Van de Velde 2007, 2012) or the typology of the modifier-argument opposition (van Rijn 2017), nonetheless, as of yet, this topic has not been addressed comprehensively in the theory and many open questions still remain.

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