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Full Title: Atomizing Linguistic Change and the Nuclear Step

Short Title: AtLingCh
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Start Date: 04-Aug-2017 - 04-Aug-2017
Contact: Dieter Stein
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Meeting Description: Traditional approaches to language change have often taken as a point of departure a ‘systems-based’ view of language: properties and tendencies are ascribed to abstracted structural entities that are not reducible to the properties and tendencies of individuals, manifested in individual acts of physical realization. It is as if the abstracted entity had a life of its own: if the “system” wants to become more analytic, how is this “tendency” (teleological or not) also represented in the individual act?

The workshop hopes to feature talks that address the following basic issues:

1. What makes speakers deviate in the individual speech act and produce speaker innovations?
2. What makes other speakers reproduce the innovations, so that change ultimately results? (Does this take us in a second big direction?)
3. How can individual emergence phenomena be explained at the level of speaker innovations and from there onwards?
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics
LL Issue: 27.3357

This is a session of the following meeting:
International Conference on Historical Linguistics 23

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