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Full Title: Workshop on Extended Grammars

Location: Paris, France
Start Date: 28-Aug-2017 - 01-Sep-2017
Contact: Emilie Aussant
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Meeting Description: A workshop on Extended Grammars will be held at the 14th International Conference for the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS). We welcome proposals for participation in the workshop.

This workshop is intended to be the opportunity to study different aspects of the phenomenon named, following Sylvain Auroux (La révolution technologique de la grammatisation, 1994: 82-85), ‘extended grammars’, that is grammatical descriptions of languages using tools initially developed for another language. The best known case, which constitutes a factor of theoretical unification without equivalent in the history of the language sciences (Auroux 1994: 82), is that of the grammatical description developed for Latin, basis of the grammaticization of the European vernaculars and of numerous ‘exotic languages’, even today: the linguistic categories used for Latin – themselves adopted from Greek grammars – were and are used to structure the descriptions of languages other than Latin, whether they possess the same categories or not. It is also important to mention the case of Arabic grammar, used to describe, among other languages, Kurdish, Coptic and Syriac, as well as that of Sanskrit grammar, which supplies the descriptive mould for several Asian languages (varieties of Middle Indic, Dravidian languages, Old Javanese, Sinhalese, etc.), a Siberian one (Buriat) and languages used far away from Asia (Algonquian).
In the context of this workshop, we hope:

1) On the one hand, to increase the documentation bearing on the transfer of grammatical models, especially the Arabic and Sanskrit models (but any proposal is welcome in which a case of transfer, past or contemporary, is documented in a new way)

2) On the other, to offer some preliminary answers to the following questions:
- How did the transition from ‘extended Latin grammar’ to contemporary linguistic description occur?
- Can all endogenous linguistic traditions (Arabic, Graeco-Latin, Sanskrit) serve as the basis for an extension?
- What connections can be established between inventories of languages (linguistic compilations) and the extension of models? How far were linguistic inventories able to escape from existing frameworks?
Linguistic Subfield: History of Linguistics
LL Issue: 27.3337

This is a session of the following meeting:
14th International Conference on the History of The Language Sciences

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