Workshop: Reported Speech in African languages

This is part of the Workshop on Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Quoting and Speech Reporting.

Dates: October 5, 2022

Location: Université libre de Bruxelles

The call for papers in now CLOSED. The program and additional information can be found at:

  • Izabela Jordanoska
  • Tatiana Nikitina

Workshop: Reported Discourse across Languages and Cultures

Across cultures, discourse reporting is a central feature of narrative practices. Across languages, it constitutes a special domain in which a number of characteristic grammatical phenomena can be observed, such as logophoricity and other special uses of pronouns (Hagège 1974, Nikitina 2012a,b), different types of deictic shift (Aikhenvald 2008, Evans 2013), quotative markers (Güldemann 2008), self-quotation markers (Michael 2014), reported subject markers, unusual patterns of code-switching, and many others (see Spronck and Nikitina forthc. for a recent overview).

Building on this insight, the ERC-funded project “Discourse reporting in African storytelling” is hosting a workshop to explore discourse reporting across languages and cultures from various theoretical and methodological perspectives. The aim of the workshop is to bring together scholars who work on languages of diverse geographical and typological affiliations in order to exchange new ideas on different aspects of reported discourse.

Dates: May 22-23, 2019

Location: CNRS campus in Villejuif (southern suburb of Paris)

The call for papers in now CLOSED. The program and additional information can be found at:

  • Abbie Hantgan
  • Aurore Montébran
  • Tatiana Nikitina
  • Rebecca Voll

For more information on the ERC-funded project “Discourse reporting in African storytelling” see here.

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  • Evans, N. 2013. Some problems in the typology of quotation: a canonical approach. In D. Brown, M. Chumakina, & G. G. Corbett (eds.), Canonical Morphology and Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 66-98.
  • Güldemann, T. 2008. Quotative Indexes in African Languages: A synchronic and diachronic survey. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Hagège, C. 1974. Les pronoms logophoriques. Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris 69: 287-310.
  • Michael, L. 2014. Nanti self-quotation: Implications for the pragmatics of reported speech and evidentiality. In J. Nuckolls & L. Michael (eds.), Evidentiality in Interaction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 155-191.
  • Nikitina, T. 2012a. Personal deixis and reported discourse: Towards a typology of person alignment. Linguistic Typology 16(2): 233-263.
  • Nikitina, T. 2012b. Logophoric Discourse and First Person Reporting in Wan (West Africa). Anthropological Linguistics 54(3): 280-301.
  • Spronck, S. & T. Nikitina. Under review. Reported speech forms a dedicated syntactic domain: Typological arguments and observations.