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Call for abstracts workshop: Once upon a time... Semantic approaches to fiction, literature, and narrative

08 May 2018

September 17-18, 2018, University of Groningen (Norman Building, Lutkenieuwstraat 5)
Workshop: Once upon a time... Semantic approaches to fiction, literature, and narrative.

- Deadline for 2p abstracts: May 25, 2018
- Conference: September 17-18, 2018, University of Groningen (Norman Building, Lutkenieuwstraat 5)
- Details:

In this workshop we want to bring together linguists and philosophers interested in applying formal semantic tools to linguistic phenomena characteristic of fiction/narrative. Examples of questions we would like to address include:

- Are there languages with dedicated markers of fiction or story-telling (e.g. "fiction-evidentials")?
- What exactly are so-called historical/narrative uses of present tense? Are there other tense/aspect/mood configurations characteristic of narrative?
- What is the role of imagination in the semantics of fiction?
- Conversely, what is the role of the usual foundational semantic concepts like truth, reference, truth-conditions, and common ground?
- Can/should we distinguish fiction and non-fiction at a discourse level, e.g. in terms of discourse structure, coherence relations etc.?
- How to model free indirect discourse and other forms of perspective shifting, and to what extent are these constructions characteristic of narrative fiction?
- What is the role of (direct) speech/thought representation in literature?
- How can we model different types of narration/narrators (omniscient third person, first/second person narration, unreliable narrators) semantically?
- Can we push our semantics beyond literary/textual narrative to e.g. oral storytelling, comics, picture books, movies, or narrative music/dance?


-Márta Abrusán (Paris)
-Stefan Hinterwimmer (Köln)
-Hans Kamp (Austin/Stuttgart)
-Alessandro Zucchi (Milan)


We invite submissions of anonymous two-page abstracts (including references etc.) for 25 minute talks (plus 10 minutes discussion), on or before May 25, via Easychair. With enough high quality submissions we'll also organize a poster session with lightning talks.


Workshop: Mo, Sept 17, 2018 -- Tue, Sept 18, 2018
Deadline for abstract submission: May 25, 2018
Notification: June 10, 2018

Last modified:23 July 2018 1.12 p.m.

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