Verbal Aspect:
Grammatical Meaning and

Third Conference of the International
Commission on Aspectology of the
International Committee of Slavists

University of Padua, Italy
September 30 – October 4, 2011

The Organizing Committee of the University of Padua is pleased to announce the conference “Verbal Aspect: Grammatical Meaning and Context”, the third international conference on verbal aspect within the research project run by the International Commission on Aspectology of the International Committee of Slavists. The conference will take place at the University of Padua, Italy, September 30th – October 4th, 2011.

It is known that both the choice of verbal aspect in sentence construction, and the meaning of aspectual grammeme in sentence interpretation, depend on context (Bondarko 1971). A vast literature on this topic already exists, not only in relation to Russian and to other Slavic languages, but also from a wider typological perspective. Aspectological studies have highlighted a number of contexts, such as lexical, syntactic and, situative ones, all of which interact with aspectual grammemes.
Recent studies on Aspectology have also focused on the concept of «mode of interpretation». This new approach has been giving interesting results as well as new impulse to aspectological studies. Within the «mode of interpretation», «narrative» context and «dialogical context» can both significantly influence the meaning of a given aspectual grammeme (Padučeva 2008).
Of no less interest in aspectological studies, and especially so from a typological perspective, is the concept of «discourse» functions of verbal aspect (Plungjan 2004).
The aim of the present conference is to further examine how different contextual factors can affect the choice of aspectual grammemes.
The object of analysis will be not only all Slavic languages, but also other natural languages which present other means to express verbal aspect. Preference will be accorded to comparative studies, both from a Slavic perspective and on a wider basis. Papers providing analyses of the interaction between the category of verbal aspect and context in a diachronic perspective are particularly welcome.
We invite speakers belonging to different schools and adopting different methodological approaches.

The conference working languages are: all Slavic languages and English.

Invited Speakers:

Ju.D. Apresjan
А.V. Bondarko
S.M. Dickey

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts for papers (30 minutes presentation plus 10 minutes discussion) in English or in any other Slavic language (in pdf format) should be submitted to the following e-mail address:

Postal address: Rosanna Benacchio
Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Anglo-Germaniche e Slave, Sezione di Slavistica
Via Beldomandi 1, I-35137 Padova.

Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages in length, including examples and references. Font: 12pt; margins: 2,5 cm on all four sides.
When submitting your abstract, please remember to indicate the author’s data: full name, affiliation, e-mail address, contact number.

Important dates:
Submission deadline: April 15th 2011
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: May 15th 2011
Conference dates: September 30th – October 4th, 2011 (arrival date: September 29th; departure date: October 5th).

We intend to publish a selection of the papers presented at the conference. Selected papers will be published on the Italian refereed journal “Studi Slavistici”, the official journal of the Italian Association of Slavists (Associazione Italiana degli Slavisti - AIS).

Оrganizing Committee (University of Padua, Department of Slavic Languages):
Rosanna Benacchio (Head of the Organizing Committee)
Han Steenwijk
Viviana Nosilia
Luisa Ruvoletto
Giulia Zangoli (PhD student)
Маlinka Pila (PhD student)
Margherita Milani (student).

Selection Committee:
Аdrian Barentsen (Аmsterdam)
Rosanna Benacchio (University of Padua)
Walter Breu (University of Konstanz)
Björn Wiemer (University of Mainz)
Lucyna Gebert (University “La Sapienza”, Rome)
Nadežda Zorichina Nilsson (University of Göteborg).
Vladimir Klimonov (Humboldt University of Berlin. Deputy Head of the Commission on Aspectology at the International Committee of Slavists )
Elena Padučeva (VINITI RAN, Moscow)
Vladimir Plungjan (Institut Jazykoznanija RAN, Moscow)
Ljudmil Spasov (University of Skopje. Head of the Commission on Aspectology at the International Committee of Slavists)
Hannu Tommola (University of Tampere).

Registration fee does not include travel expenses, accommodation and meals.