The Department of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore will host a Workshop on Recent Approaches to (Non-)Agentivity in Natural Language, May 3-4, 2019. All are welcome to attend.

<!–The notion of agentivity in linguistic research straddles the intersection between syntax, semantics, and conceptual structure.  This workshop hopes to open a new window to the topic, bringing together scholars who have recently investigated (non-)agentivity phenomena in different languages from a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives.   Apart from new takes on traditional semantic considerations relating to agentivity such as causation, force initiation, instrument status, etc., finer-grained analysis of events and their participants, as well as the effects of cultural and cognitive factors, are also among the areas that will be explored. –>

Invited speakers:

(in alphabetical order)

  • Juergen Bohnemeyer (University at Buffalo)
  • Beth Levin (Stanford University)
  • Fabienne Martin (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin)
  • Elisabeth Verhoeven (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin)
  • Phillip Wolff (Emory University)

Organizers:

Tham Shiao Wei

Sponsors:

Support by the National University of Singapore, the Wan Boo Sow Centre for Research on Chinese Culture, and the NUS Department of Chinese Studies is gratefully acknowledged.