Uncovering Time in Language

Convenor: Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk

We invite papers on time and temporality, as reflected in language corpora, also in relation to other concepts such as event structure and space, parameters such as age, gender, background, mode, etc., as well as linguistic categories of aspect, mood, intentionality. Descriptions and demonstration of tools addressing annotation and retrieval of temporal language are most welcome. Please submit abstracts of papers (not exceeding 600 words) not later than 10 September 2014

Information, conference registration and abstract submission details are available at For specific information concerning this session contact prof. Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk at 

Plenary speaker

Professor Martin Haspelmath, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Lecture title: Comparing tense and aspect forms across the world's languages

Professor Haspelmath will give an overview of results from projects Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures ( and WALS (, and reflect on grammatical form-frequency correspondences; also discussed will be semantic maps and tense-aspect categories, and the relationship between comparative concepts and descriptive categories.