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Wed Dec 25 2019

Calls: Typology/Italy

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Date: 05-Dec-2019
From: Simone Mattiola <>
Subject: Typology in Bologna - Comparative Constructions: Linguistic Typology at the Crossroads
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Full Title: Typology in Bologna - Comparative Constructions: Linguistic Typology at the Crossroads
Short Title: TypoBO2020

Date: 25-May-2020 - 26-May-2020
Location: Bologna, Italy
Contact Person: Simone Mattiola
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Call Deadline: 05-Feb-2020

Meeting Description:

The TypoBO 2020 workshop will be held at the University of Bologna on May 25-26, 2020. The topic of this first edition will be comparative constructions.

Comparative constructions are a set of grammatical strategies that the languages of the world use to compare two or more items in order to highlight both differences and similarities among them (cf. Dixon 2008, Stolz 2013, Treis 2018). We can recognize different types of comparative constructions depending on the kind of relationship existing between the two (or more) items (Fuchs 2014, Treis 2018). The first relevant distinction to be made is between quantitative comparison and qualitative comparison (cf. Treis 2018: iii): quantitative comparison can be further divided into comparison of inequality (superiority, e.g. ‘taller than’, ‘tallest’, or inferiority, e.g. ‘less tall than’, ‘least tall’) or equality (e.g. ‘as tall as’), while qualitative comparison can be further distinguished into similarity (e.g. ‘like a horse’) and simulation (e.g. ‘as if he were a horse’).

This workshop aims to gather scholars working on comparative constructions, both of the quantitative and qualitative types, integrating the typological perspective with complementary approaches and methodologies, including diachronic and sociolinguistic ones.

Call for Papers:

To reach this aim, we invite submissions addressing one of the following topics:

(i) Cross-linguistic investigations of one or more comparative constructions using data from descriptive grammars and/or corpora;
(ii) Language-specific descriptions of one or more comparative constructions adopting a typological perspective, taking into consideration also discourse variation;
(iii) Diachronic analyses (typological and/or language specific) investigating the source of one or more comparative constructions;
(iv) Diachronic analyses (typological and/or language specific) investigating the development of one or more comparative strategies into new constructions (e.g. evidential markers, discourse markers, etc.).

Selected papers of the workshop will be published in the newly founded, open-access journal Linguistic Typology at the Crossroads.

Anonymous abstracts should be no longer than one-page A4 (margins of 2,5 cm on each side, single-spaced lines, Times New Roman font, 12 pt. font size), with the possibility of using an additional page for examples and references. Abstracts should be written in English, with fully glossed examples conforming to the Leipzig Glossing Rules.

Submissions should be sent to

Deadline for submission: February 5, 2020.
Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2020.

Organizing committee: Alessandra Barotto, Nicola Grandi, Simone Mattiola, Caterina Mauri (University of Bologna)

Invited speakers: Thomas Stolz (University of Bremen), Yvonne Treis (CNRS-LLACAN)

Scientific Committee:

Johan van der Auwera (University of Antwerp)
Alessandra Barotto (University of Bologna)
Sonia Cristofaro (University of Pavia)
Pierluigi Cuzzolin (University of Bergamo)
Chiara Gianollo (University of Bologna)
Nicola Grandi (University of Bologna)
Martin Haspelmath (MPI-SHH Jena & Leipzig University)
Agnes Jäger (University of Cologne)
Livia Kortvelyessy (University of Rzeszów)
Elisabetta Magni (University of Bologna)
Francesca Masini (University of Bologna)
Simone Mattiola (University of Bologna)
Caterina Mauri (University of Bologna)
Emanuele Miola (University of Bologna)
Andrea Sansò (University of Insubria/Como)
Thomas Stolz (University of Bremen)
Yvonne Treis (CNRS-LLACAN)

See the full call for papers on the TypoBO 2020 website:

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