Adjectifs verbaux et participes dans les langues indo-européennes
Arbeitstagung of the Society for Indo-European Studies
organised jointly by the École Normale Supérieure, the École Pratique des Hautes Études and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne
Paris, September 24th-26th, 2014
The international conference ‘Verbal Adjectives and Participles’ (Arbeitstagung of the Society for Indo-European Studies / Indogermanische Gesellschaft / Société des Études Indo-Européennes), to be held in Paris in September, 24th-26th, 2014, intends to investigate the relationships between verbal adjectives and participles in the Indo-European languages.
The wide range of data that involve these categories were not treated in a comprehensive way in Indo-European studies. It is a well-known fact that the border between these two classes may fluctuate across languages and reveals an intricate morphology-syntax interplay. One should then reopen some basic questions. What is a verbal adjective ? What is a participle ? What is the difference between these verbal categories and nominal categories such as agent nouns ? What is a gerundive ? What is an absolutive ? The conference will cover issues of descriptive and historical morphology (inflection, derivation) in the individual Indo-European languages. The syntax and syntactic functions expressed by the formations mentioned above will be especially emphasized. The aim of this conference is to highlight convergences and divergences in the treatment of verbal adjectives and participles across the Indo-European languages. Issues of Proto-Indo-European reconstruction will also be addressed. Besides, the typological perspective will be considered by several contributions. On the whole, most Indo-European languages, ancient as well as modern, will be covered by the papers. One may expect that the conference will reflect the current situation of scholarship on several interrelated issues of history and comparison of languages.
Each paper will be allowed 30 minutes (ca. 20 minutes + 10 minutes of discussion). The languages of the conferences are French, German and English.