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Full Title: Voice Systems in Diachrony: A Comparative Perspective

Location: Pavia, Italy
Start Date: 11-Sep-2014 - 11-Sep-2014
Contact: Michela Cennamo
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Meeting URL: http://swl-6.wikidot.com/adjacent
Meeting Description: Voice systems have been thoroughly studied, both in a crosslinguistic and a variational perspective (Siewierska 1984, Comrie
1985, Keenan & Dryer 2007, Perlmutter & Rosen 1984, Foley & Van Valin 1985, Shibatani 1985, 1988, Tsunoda 1988, Klaiman
1991, Kemmer 1993, Fox & Hopper 1994, Barðdal 2004, Creissels 2007, Austin & Musgrave 2008, Adelaar 2013, among

Albeit less extensively, diachronic aspects of specific voice patterns in individual languages have also been discussed
(Cennamo 1993, 2005, 2007, 2012, Allen 2001, Ross 2002, Faarlund 2005, Abraham 2006b, Ottosson 2008, Kulikov 2006,
Eythòrsson 2008,
Toyota 2008, van Gelderen 2011 and contributions in Wouk & Ross 2002, Abraham & Leisiö 2006, Malchukov & Siewierska
2011, van Gelderen, Cennamo & Barðdal 2013, among others).

A comprehensive comparative dimension on diachronic issues in the domain of voice, however, is still largely unexplored, both
within individual languages and across different language families and types.

The present workshop aims at investigating voice domains from a diachronic comparative perspective, focusing on the extent
and limits of variation in the development of different voice patterns/systems in typologically distant and genetically unrelated
languages, aiming at identifying possible constant/invariant paths of change as well as points of divergence for one and the
same strategy and/or similar clusters of strategies in the rise and evolution of voice phenomena (e.g., the reflexive-middle
continuum, passives and impersonals, causativization and anticausativization, serial/auxiliary verbs as passive markers,
antipassivization, inverse and focus systems).

Keynote Speaker:

Leonid Kulikov (Ghent)

Convenor: Michela Cennamo (University of Naples Federico II)
Contact: micennam@unina.it [https://www.docenti.unina.it/michela.cennamo]
Venue: University of Pavia, Italy
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Semantics; Syntax; Typology
LL Issue: 25.674

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