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(30 November – 2 December 2020, St. Petersburg / Zoom)

PROGRAMME (interactive web version)

PROGRAMME (PDF version with the Zoom link)





The Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce the conference “Caritive Constructions in the Languages of the World”, to be held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on November 30 – December 2, 2020.


The conference aims to bring together studies on caritive (a.k.a. abessive or privative) constructions in different languages. The working definition of caritive employed by the organizers is as follows:

Caritive describes non-involvement of a participant (Absentee) in a situation, with the non-involvement predication semantically modifying the situation or a participant of another situation.



Jill went to the party without Jack.

Jack entered a room without windows.

I saw a beardless man.


Submissions may address any issues related to caritive constructions: pragmatic, semantic, syntactic, morphological, or lexical, synchronic or diachronic, language-particular as well as cross-linguistic. We are especially interested in papers concerning the expression of caritive semantics in the languages that do not have a dedicated caritive marker.

Invited speaker:

Matti Miestamo (University of Helsinki)


One person can submit two abstracts at most, only one of which can be single-authored. Abstracts should be submitted in .doc/.docx/.rtf format to no later than September 1, 2020. Submissions should be anonymous. Abstracts must not exceed 4,000 characters (with spaces), excluding references. If you use non-standard fonts, please attach them to the email together with a PDF copy of your abstract. Each talk will be allotted either 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) or 45 minutes (30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion). The following information should be provided in the body of the email:

  • Abstract title

  • Authors’ first and last names

  • Affiliation

  • E-mail address

  • The preferable length of the talk (30 or 45 minutes)


There are no conference fees.

Working languages: English (preferable), Russian.


Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 1 September, 2020

Notification of acceptance no later than: September 15, 2020

Conference dates: November 30 – December 2, 2020

Webpage of the conference:


Email address for submissions:


Organizing Committee:

Sofia Oskolskaya, ILS RAS, chair

Elizaveta Zabelina, ILS RAS, secretary

Maksim Fedotov, ILS RAS

Sergei Klimenko, ILS RAS

Ezequiel Koile, HSE

Kirill Kozhanov, ISS RAS

Natalia Zaika, ILS RAS

Anastassiya Zhuk, SPBU

The conference is organized by Institute for Linguistic Studies as part of the research project “Grammatical periphery in the languages of the world: a typological study of caritives” supported by a grant from the Russian Science Foundation No. 18-78-10058.

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