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Full Title: Valency and Transitivity in Contact: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Location: Poznań, Poland
Start Date: 11-Sep-2014 - 14-Sep-2014
Contact: Susanne Maria Michaelis
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Meeting URL: http://sle2014.eu
Meeting Description: Workshop on “Valency and Transitivity in Contact: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective”
Conference of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, September 2014 (Poznan), http://sle2014.eu


Susanne Michaelis (Leipzig)
Eitan Grossman (Jerusalem)

The aim of this workshop is to explore a topic that has not yet received significant cross-linguistic attention, namely, valency and transitivity in conditions of language contact.

Research on verb borrowing has focused on several major issues, primarily the borrowability of verbs vis-à-vis other word classes and the typology of morphosyntactic integration or ‘accommodation strategies’ (Moravcsik 1978, Wichmann & Wohlgemuth 2007, Matras 2008, Wohlgemuth 2009). Much less prominent in research on verb borrowing are questions related to the integration of loan verbs into the valency and transitivity patterns of the recipient language, on the one hand, and the innovation or retention of valency and transitivity patterns as the result of contact, on the other.
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.5341

This is a session of the following meeting:
47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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