The research group on Greek aspect and the University Michel de Montaigne–Bordeaux 3 are organizing an international colloquium on the Greek future expressions and their history for October 10–11, 2014.
The future is back: many publications and recent works show a renewed interest in the future on the part of linguists. One of the reasons for this interests consists in the diversity of problems that it poses: morphological mutability, semantic uncertainty, in terms of tense, mood, and aspect as well as of reference, as well as pragmatic uncertainty, in its relationship to suggestions and imperative orders. This elusive character can only excite the curiosity of linguists.
This colloquium will be centered essentially on one language (if one may call it that), Greek, which has the distinction of offering nearly 35 centuries of almost continuous documentation. That is to say that the diachronic perspective will be essential. The principal themes to be covered in the presentations will be the following:
• the history of conceptions of the Greek future in the grammarians since antiquity. While grammatical texts will play a central role, rhetorical, critical, and philosophical texts will also be important.
• the different grammaticalized forms of the future, from a morphological perspective. Their different developments will be investigated, taking into consideration not only their diversity and relationships with the other forms of the verbal system, but also dialectal variation.
• As far as semantics and pragmatics are concerned, there will be consideration of everything that can clarify the functioning of futures, simple or periphrastic, and of the various means of referring to and representing the future. One could also approach the category of the future at the interactional level of discourse, looking at discursive elaborations, informational structure, as well as the place of relevant phenomena in the whole of the system of tense, aspect, mood, and diathesis.
• Also welcome are papers discussing anthropological, cognitive, and cultural representations of the Greek future, not necessarily limited to a simple conception of time and temporality.
• All periods of Greek will be taken into consideration, from the Mycenaean tablets to the most recent evidence from the contemporary language. All diachronic distributional evidence will be investigated, from variations within the corpus of an individual author to stretches of time of very long durative, capable of revealing discontinuities and renewals in the grammatical system.
• It will also be possible to situate the Greek facts in a wider framework: its Indo-European origins, contact with other Mediterranean languages, or general typological considerations.
• No particular theoretical frameworks will be favored; it is important only that they be explicit and supported by in-depth analysis of the data arising from a coherent corpus.
Each presentation will be allowed 25 minutes, plus 15 minutes for discussion. The Conference languages will be French and English.
Paper proposals (3500 characters maximum, including spaces) should be sent by April 27, 2014, to the address mailto:email@example.com
Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux3
CLLE-ERSSàB (UMR 5263)
Rutger Allan (Amsterdam), Louis Basset (Lyon), Michèle Biraud (Nice), Emilio Crespo (Madrid), Gunnar de Boel (Gand), Jesus de la Villa (Madrid), Camille Denizot (Liège), Richard Faure (Nice), David Holton (Cambridge, GB), Jean Lallot (Paris), Frédéric Lambert (Bordeaux), Théodore Markopoulos (Patras), Odile Mortier-Waldschmidt (Amiens), Adriaan Rademaker (Leiden), Liana Tronci (Sienne), Maria Tzevelekou (Athènes), Sophie Vassilaki (Paris)