The symposium will take place at the Udmurt State University, in Izhevsk, Russia, on May 22-25, 2001. Izhevsk is the capital of the Udmurt Republic in Russia. The location of the symposium has been chosen particularly to provide an opportunity for researchers who are native speakers of languages spoken in Russia and in the East European countries to participate in the symposium.

The languages spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia belong to several major language families. The Indo-European, Uralic and Turkic languages are the largest language families in Europe and North and Central Asia. In addition, Tungusic languages and the Palaeo-Siberian languages belong to the indigenous languages of the area. In Central Asia, the area overlaps with the area of the Mongolic languages, and in the Southeast, the Sinitic languages. In the South, the area also borders on the languages spoken in the Caucasus, and the western part of the main area of the Semitic languages is located on the border of the languages spoken in Southern Europe. During the course of history, this area has been a meeting place of numerous cultural and linguistic strands. In most cases, this large area is multi-cultural and multilingual, and many people living in the area know, in addition to their native language, some other languages spoken in the area.

The most important goal of the symposium is to gather information on the deictic systems and quantification in languages spoken in the area. Among these languages, the Indo-European languages are best known, but most of the languages spoken in the eastern part of this large area are poorly known even among linguists. The new research work would provide material for research work on the contacts among these languages and on the study of the universals of language. One of the goals of the symposium is understanding the areal distribution of deictic systems and quantification. For that reason, papers on the languages bordering on the area are also welcome in the symposium. When collecting new information about these languages, it also is possible to gather new information for cross-linguistic studies.

The elements of the deictic systems of language are located in several sub-systems of languages. The most typical elements belonging to the deictic systems can be found in the following groups:

The pronominal systems: personal pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, adverbs and adjectives; anaphoric elements;
The temporal systems: tense and the elements denoting temporal aspects;
Social deixis: polite forms and expressions concerning different kinds of social relationships.

In addition to the deictic elements belonging to these main groups, their connections with the other sub-systems, such as other pronominal systems and with aspect, mood and modality, form an important area in investigating the development and distribution of the deictic systems in general. The fact that the deictic systems are involved with several subsystems of language is important when approaching the topic. To some extent, variety in approaching the research topic is also connected with variety of different kinds of theoretical frameworks that can be used in such studies.

Most of the deictic elements belong to the central area of the grammar. The second topic of the symposium, quantification in language, is one of the most sensitive sub-areas of language, and quite often, the rules connected with semantics of quantification are also reflected in the syntactic structures. Moreover, the elements expressing quantification are located in various sub-areas of language. Among the lexical elements, the numerals and quantifying pronouns are the most typical quantifiers, but, for instance, comparison, number in inflection, or quantification expressed in derivational systems also belong to the sub-areas of quantification.

The symposium will last for four days, and if needed, parallel sections can be arranged. It is also planned that a separate section will be organized for papers concerning translating deictic systems and quantification in the publications prepared with the initiative of the Institute for Bible Translation. The abstracts to be submitted to the Programme Committee should not exceed two pages. The abstracts will be published for the symposium, and also a network version of the abstracts will be available. Authors are encouraged to write their papers so that most of the papers to be presented in the symposium could be published later.

Invited Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Anvita Abbi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Prof. Dr. William Croft, University of Manchester, Manchester
Prof. Dr. ÷sten Dahl, Stockholm University, Stockholm
Prof. Dr. Martin Haspelmath, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Prof. Dr. Alexandr E. Kibrik, Philological faculty, Moscow State University, Moscow
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Mosel, Seminar fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Universitšt Kiel, Kiel

Important dates:

Extended deadline for submitting abstracts: November 30, 2000
(Original deadline for submitting the abstracts: October 31, 2000)
Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2001
Time of the symposium: May 22-25, 2001

The abstract can be submitted in electronic form or as a paper copy. Electronic versions should be in plain text or in the HTML, LaTeX or PS-format and should be sent to
The paper copies should be sent to Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology International Symposium on Deictic Systems and Quantification Department of Linguistics (Attn. Dr. Pirkko Suihkonen) Inselstrasse 22, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

E-mail address for the symposium:

Official languages of the symposium: English, Russian, German and Udmurt

Programme Committee

Local Organizing Committee

Local Executive Committee

Co-Chairs of the Programme Committee

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Director of the Department of Linguistics
Inselstrasse 22
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
Phone: 49 (0) 3 41 99 52 301
Fax: 49 (0) 3 41 99 52 119

* Dr. Pirkko Suihkonen

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Linguistics/
University of Helsinki
Department of General Linguistics
Inselstrasse 22
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
Phone: 49 (0) 3 41 99 52 328
Fax: 49 (0) 3 41 99 52 119

* Prof. Dr. Valey Kel'makov

Chair of the Department of General and Finno-Ugric Linguistics
Udmurt State University
Department of Finno-Ugric and General Linguistics
Universitetskaya Str. 1
426034 Izhevsk, Russia
Phone: +7 34 12 75 59 20
Fax: +7 34 12 75 58 66

Pirkko Suihkonen
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