CoCoLaC seminar at Metsätalo.

The ability to express causes, reasons and justifications is essential for language use. Causality appears in all kinds of texts/discourse and it can be marked for example by causal connectives and prepositions or by means of asyndetic constructions. The expression of cause has been examined in a variety of studies dealing with e.g. different types of causality or causal markers in one particular language or several languages. Causality is also closely related to other logical relations such as condition, concession, contrast and purpose.

The research community CoCoLaC (Comparing and Contrasting Languages and Cultures, University of Helsinki) wishes to contribute to the discussion of these matters by organizing a seminar titled “Types and Expressions of Causal and other Logical Relations” on Friday 21stOctober at the University of Helsinki (room 7, Metsätalo – Unioninkatu 40).

The seminar is organized by Mikko Haule and Eva Havu. The invited speakers are Liesbeth Degand (Université catholique de Louvain) and Ted Sanders (Universiteit Utrecht).

The seminar is open for everyone interested in the topic, but please sign up by filling out this e-form on Thursday 13th October at the latest.

9.00 – 9.10


9.10 – 10.10

Liesbeth Degand (Université catholique de Louvain)
Causal relations between discourse and grammar

10.10 – 10.40

Janne Laitinen (University of Helsinki)
Uses of a high-frequency causal conjunction in low and mid level written
L2 Finnish

10.40 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00

Ted Sanders (Universiteit Utrecht)
Causality and Subjectivity in discourse and cognition; Evidence from
cross-linguistic analyses, acquisition and processing

12.00 – 12.30

Mikko Haule (University of Helsinki)
French and Finnish causal connectives in contrast

12.30 – 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 – 14.30

Riitta Juvonen (University of Helsinki)
Concessive patterns and its relatives in Finnish student writing

14.30 – 15.00

Laura Visapää (University of Helsinki)
On the inherent subjectivity of the Finnish relative constructions

15.00 – 15.30

Veronika Laippala (University of Turku)
Variation in the marking of text organization in French research articles
– a corpus-based study

15.30 – 15.45