LINGUIST List 32.2137

Tue Jun 22 2021

Calls: Gen Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 21-Jun-2021
From: Marcel Schlechtweg <>
Subject: Punctuation
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Full Title: Punctuation

Date: 23-Feb-2022 - 25-Feb-2022
Location: Tübingen, Germany
Contact Person: Marcel Schlechtweg
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2021

Meeting Description:

Workshop on punctuation
At the 44th Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society (44. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS))
Organized by Marcel Schlechtweg & Nanna Fuhrhop
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany

While the function and use of some punctuation marks, such as period and comma, has been investigated at least to some extent, research on other, more marginal marks is still more or less non-existent. Examples are the dash, semicolon, and quotation marks, the latter being used not only to indicate direct quotation but also for different other purposes. The current workshop aims at strengthening and expanding research in the field of punctuation marks.

Second Call for Papers:

Correction of deadline / New deadline: August 31, 2021

Work on all kinds of punctuation marks is welcome, but we particularly encourage contributions on more marginal marks. To be precise, we are interested in the following issues, among other topics:

- How and when are (marginal) punctuation marks used and for which purpose?
- Are there crosslinguistic differences with respect to the form and use of different marks? For example, the form of quotation marks is quite inconsistent (see Gallmann 1985: 175), both in German and crosslinguistically.
- (How) do readers benefit from punctuation marks during processing and / or interpretation?
- How consistently and for what reasons do writers use punctuation marks?
- Which implications of the graphemic, crosslinguistic, and psycholinguistic aspects for practical questions, as in school, do we see?

Papers from diverse research traditions and distinct linguistic fields are welcome, as are various methodological approaches and work on different languages, semantic and pragmatic examinations, psycholinguistic experiments, corpus analyses, and so on and so forth.

Each author can submit one abstract. Abstracts are written in German or English, anonymous, and limited to one A4 page (references, figures, tables, and / or examples can appear on a second page; 12pt, Times New Roman, margins of 2.5 cm on all sides, single spacing) and should be submitted to by August 31, 2021. Please submit your abstract as a word and pdf file. In the email, give the title and all authors in the correct order.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us (!

Gallmann, Peter. 1985. Graphische Elemente der geschriebenen Sprache: Grundlage für eine Reform der deutschen Orthographie. Tübingen: Niemeyer.

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