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Full Title: Restrictions on Combinatorics and Their Role in Language Change
Location: Hanover, Germany
Start Date: 20-Mar-2014 - 21-Mar-2014
Contact: Elena Smirnova, Robert Mailhammer
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Meeting Description: Research on grammaticalisation and lexicalisation usually assumes a functional or semantic change as the first step of the development. However, it is less clear what prompts this change in the first place. The background hypothesis to this conference is that sub-grammatical restrictions on the way items can be combined in constructions, which then develop into lexical or grammatical units, play a pivotal role in motivating these crucial functional and semantic changes. That is, the synchronic combinability of words can shape paths of grammaticalisation and lexicalisation. The conference brings together researchers investigating this hypothesis especially in the context of periphrastic passive constructions in the languages of Europe, but also from a typological and theoretical viewpoint.
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Syntax
LL Issue: 25.391

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