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Neglected Aspects of Motion-Event Description

A week at the École normale supérieure with Len Talmy : International Workshop

May 19th-20th, 2017

École normale supérieure
Salle Conf IV - E 244 (24 rue Lhomond, Paris 5e)


Organization : Laure Sarda and Benjamin Fagard (CNRS-ENS, LaTTiCe, Paris, France)


This workshop is organized around the invitation of Pr. Leonard Talmy, who will be giving a series of four lectures from Monday 15th to Friday 19th May 2017.

The workshop will focus on Neglected Aspects of Motion-Event Description. It starts from the observation that there have been over thirty years of extensive research on the expression of Path and Manner within the typological distinction of Verb-framed vs. Satellite-framed languages. Whether the Path is expressed by the verb or a satellite gave rise to abundant literature both in descriptive linguistics and in psycholinguistics, in a typological perspective.

A subtitle for this workshop could be “Beyond the Path / Manner dichotomy”. As Talmy himself has noted in a foreword to a book edited by Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano, Motion and space across languages and applications (to appear), there is a full range of parameters of Motion description which have been left somewhat unexplored :

“[…] research on the Motion typology has mainly addressed only Manner from the full set of framing relations, and only Motion from the full set of macro-event types. And research on fictive motion has addressed mainly coextension paths out of the full set of path categories. But researchers can use their strengths in diverse languages and empirical methods to examine the remaining parameter values”. (Talmy, “Foreword : Past, present, and future of motion research”, to appear,).

In this text, Talmy briefly illustrates the different points which could be addressed :

  • 1. The range of relations that a co-event can bear to a Motion event
  • 2. The range of forms with which a co-event can conflate
  • 3. The range of semantic components expressed in a verb
  • 4. The range of macro-event categories
  • 5. The range of multiple macro-event nestings
  • 6. The range of fictive motion categories


We encourage submissions on these (and other) less-described parameters of motion events and refer the reader to Talmy’s foreword for details on these issues. We are open to various approaches, including typological, contrastive, diachronic, corpus-based and experimental (psycholinguistic, multi-modal) ones. 

Submission information

A two pages abstract plus references and graphs/ tables (in times 12) should be sent to by January 15th 2017.


Important dates & venue

  •  Submission deadline : January 15th 2017
  • Notification of acceptance : March 1st 2017
  • Workshop : May 19th and 20th 2017 at the École normale supérieure, 45 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris, France

Scientific Committee

  • Michel Aurnague (Toulouse, France)
  • Denis Creissels (Lyon, France)
  • Benjamin Fagard (Paris, France)
  • Jean-Michel Fortis (Paris, France)
  • Colette Grinevald (Lyon, France)
  • Anetta Kopecka (Lyon, France)
  • Claire Möyse (Paris, France)
  • Tuomas Huumo (Turku, Finland)
  • Yo Matsumoto (Kobe, Japan)
  • Laure Sarda (Paris, France)
  • Dejan Stosic (Toulouse, France)
  • Dan Slobin (UC Berkeley, USA)
  • Leonard Talmy (Buffalo, USA)
  • Bernhard Wälchli (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Emile van der Zee (Lincoln, UK)


  • Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles

    Vendredi 19 et samedi 20 mai 2017
    Salle Conf IV - E244
    ENS, 24 rue Lhomond, 75005

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