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Full Title: Discourse History, Conceptual History, Semantic History

Location: Split, Croatia
Start Date: 19-Sep-2013 - 20-Sep-2013
Contact: Andreas Musolff, Ruth Wodak
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: At least since the days of F. de Saussure and H. Paul, the complementariness of synchronic and diachronic language studies and the proposition that language change originates in discourse have been acknowledged in Linguistics; however, the precise relationship between micro- and macro-historical developments of meaning change are still far from clear. In particular, the type of interface between different levels of analysing meaning changes, e.g. at genre; text; argument, metaphor (and other tropes); and lexical levels - needs to be taken into consideration. The workshop provides an opportunity to discuss the relationship between discourse and systemic analyses of meaning change in several dimensions:

Meaning extension and reduction
Onomasiological, semasiological accounts of lexical change
Metaphorization v. demetaphorization
Lexicalisation - grammaticalization
Meaning change in ‘national’ language histories


Croft, W. (2000). Explaining Language Change. An Evolutionary Approach. Harlow: Pearson Longman.
Paul, H. Paul (1995). Prinzipien der Sprachgeschichte. Tübingen: Niemeyer.
Saussure, F. de (1985). Cours de linguistique générale. Publié par Ch.Bally et A.Sechehaye avec la collaboration de A.Riedlinger. Édition critique préparée par Tullio de Mauro. Postface de Louis-Jean Calvet. Paris: Éditions Payot.
Musolff, A (2007). ‘Is there such a Thing as Discourse History? The Case of Metaphor’. In: Christopher Hart and Dominik Lukeś (eds.). Cognitive Linguistics in Critical Discourse Analysis: Application and Theory. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 1-27.
Winters, M. E., H. Tissari and K. Allan (eds.) (2010). Historical Cognitive Linguistics. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter Mouton.
Wodak, R. (2001). The discourse-historical approach. In: R. Wodak and M. Meyer (eds.). Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis. London: Sage, 63-95.
Wodak, R. and P. Chilton (eds.) (2005). A New Agenda in (Critical) Discourse Analysis: Theory, Methodology and Interdisciplinarity. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 23.4213

This is a session of the following meeting:
46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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