Connectivity in multilingual settingsUniversity of Hamburg
Research Centre on ‘Multilingualism’ (SFB 538)
18-20 November 2004
The colloquium aims at providing a forum for the researchers within the Centre to present their work together with researchers from outside carrying out work on ‘connectivity’ in multilingualism. ‘Connectivity’, as we understand it, is a phenomenon occurring in all known languages, realised by various prosodic, morphological, syntactic and lexical means, such as, complementisers, conjunctions, adverbials, prepositions, particles, converbs, deictics, phoric elements, word order, and intonation. Connectivity is used here as a cover term for: (a) syntactic phenomena such as coordination, finite and non-finite complementation, the internal structure of the CP, the relation between the IP and the CP, and the function of discourse markers; (b) discourse phenomena such as utterance internal/external, thematic and illocutionary aspects, and discourse deixis. We would like to discuss connectivity in multilingualism from different perspectives, such as prosody, pragmatics, syntax, historical linguistics, language acquisition, and neurolinguistics.
The ultimate goal is to provide new (reconciliatory) perspectives between the different strands of research in this area.