Semantics and pragmatics of procedural expressions: tenses, prepositions and deictic adverbs (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Chiara Melloni
Chiara Melloni
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Sem. 2B dal Apr 8, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

As the end of the module, the student will be able to:
describe and explain the process of grammaticalisation of the following procedural expressions:
- the conditional tense,
- the prepositions A and POUR in French and NA and U in Serbian,
- the deictic expression LA (TU) in French and Serbian.


Teacher: Prof. Dr. Tijana Ašić (Un. of Belgrado / Un. of Kragujevac)

The first lecture will show how the final constructions in various languages become the marker of temporal posteriority in narration.
The second lecture will introduce the so called telic construction (e.g. go to school, be in hospital), whose function is to intertwine the spatial reading with the functional one.
Finally, the third lecture will analyse a quite specific phenomenon in French and Serbian, where the deictic expression loses its indexical nature and becomes a marker of definiteness and a pragmatic particle.

Suggested readings:

• Asic T. et Corblin F., (2014). Telic definites and their prepositions: French and Serbian. In Agualar-Guevara, Ana, Bert Le Bruyn and Joost Zwarts (Eds), Weak Referentiality. Amsterdam/New York: John Benjamins.
• Ašić T. and Corblin F. (2016). Une nouvelle approche de l’opposition ici/là et ovde/tu, Travaux de linguistique. Revue internationale de linguistique française. De Boeck Supérieur. ISSN : 0082-6049; ISSN en ligne : 1782-1576, 29-49
• Ašić T., Bres J., Dodig M., Torterat F. (2017). Conditionnel temporel objectif et constructions non téléonomiques en français et en serbe. Travaux de linguistique. Revue internationale de linguistique française, 75, De Boeck Supérieur; ISSN : 0082-6049; ISSN : 1782-1576, 7-2.
• Ašić T. (2017). Spatial Deictic Expression in Serbian Ovde, Tamo, Tu: A New Approach. In Formal Models in the Study of Language: Applications in Interdisciplinary Contexts, Blochowiak, J., Grisot, C., Durrlemann, S., Laenzlinger, C. (Eds), chapter 8. Springer. 123-141.
• Ašić T., Torterat F., Bardieres Y., Grujic T. (2017). Da, pour and to clauses in gradually teleonomic verb constructions. a comparative approach to serbian. Juznoslovenski filolog LXXIII, ur P. Piper, 9-32.

Assessment methods and criteria

Short essay (max. two pages, 4000 ch.) on the topics of the course, based on a paper of your choice.