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Workshop: Once upon a time… Semantic approaches to fiction, literature, and narrative

17 September - 18 September

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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…
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? INVITED SPEAKERS - Márta Abrusán (Paris) - Stefan Hinterwimmer (Köln) - Hans Kamp (Austin/Stuttgart) - Alessandro Zucchi (Milan) SUBMISSION 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. DATES Workshop: Mo, Sept 17, 2018 -- Tue, Sept 18, 2018 Deadline for abstract submission: May 25, 2018 Notification: June 10, 2018 Details: https://sites.google.com/view/fiction2018/

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17 September
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18 September
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Groningen University, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 9712 GK Groningen, The Netherlands
Oude Boteringestraat 38, 9712 GK Groningen, The Netherlands
Groningen, Groningen 9712 GK The Netherlands
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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?

INVITED SPEAKERS

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

SUBMISSION

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.

DATES

Workshop: Mo, Sept 17, 2018 — Tue, Sept 18, 2018
Deadline for abstract submission: May 25, 2018
Notification: June 10, 2018
Details: https://sites.google.com/view/fiction2018/

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