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Full Title: Contextualizing Historical Lexicology. State of the Art of the Etymological Research within Linguistics

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Start Date: 15-May-2017 - 17-May-2017
Contact: Sampsa Holopainen
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Meeting Description: Contextualizing historical lexicology. State of the art of the etymological research within linguistics. University of Helsinki, May 15-17 2017

Organized by the project ''Inherited and borrowed in the history of the Uralic languages'' (funded by Kone Foundation)

As one of the early established fields in linguistics, historical lexicology, and, most notably, etymology, still attract the interest of linguistic scholars. From early on, they have been a central part of historical-comparative linguistics, and developed in connection with the sound history and the historical grammar.

Two historical processes, that of the inheritance and borrowing, are in the core of language change, and the historical-comparative method. In the historical lexicology, the Indo-European language family, with many early established literary documents has occupied a central position in the studies of inheritance expressed in the reconstruction of protolanguages. Likewise, the study of Uralic languages has probably been on top in the studies regarding borrowings, especially due to early contacts with the well established Indo-European family. Many other language families remain understudied from the point of view of historical lexicology, and the processes of inheritance and borrowing within a language family remain blurred in many contexts.

Currently, new developments are underway, that bring in a historical dimension to the typological linguistics. The processes of grammaticalization, borrowing and language contact as well as polysemy and semantic change are becoming an integral part of the language descriptions and language comparisons. It is, therefore, important to evaluate the context of the historical lexicology as a part of the linguistic science more in detail and integrate it more profoundly to the typological linguistics.

Invited Speakers:

Johanna Nichols, Berkeley, USA
Martine Vanhove, Paris, France
Martin Kümmel, Jena, Germany
Ante Aikio, Guovdageaidnu, Sápmi/Norway
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics
LL Issue: 28.66

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