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Full Title: Paradigm Change in Historical Reconstruction: The Transeurasian Languages and Beyond
      
Location: Mainz, Germany
Start Date: 07-Mar-2013 - 08-Mar-2013
Contact: Martine Robbeets
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.marumaru.eu/Paradigm_change_in_historical_reconstruction__the_Transeurasian_languages_and_beyond/HOME.html
Meeting Description: Supporters and critics of the genealogical relatedness of the Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic and Turkic languages, seem to agree that paradigmatic evidence could substantially help unravel the question. This relative consensus provides a starting point for the symposium because it raises two issues: first, a theoretical question concerning the role of patterned morphology in assessing geneaological relatedness vs. contact-induced convergence, and, second, an empirical one, concerning the existence and the historical explanation of paradigmatic correlations between the Transeurasian languages.

Treating genealogical linguistics and areal linguistics from an integrative perspective, the interaction of and the differentiation between inheritance and contact as triggers of paradigmatic correlations will be the main topic of this symposium. This problem will be approached from a cross-linguistic historical perspective with the intention of assessing more clearly the situation of the Transeurasian languages. For that purpose, specialists of such fields as historical linguistics of various families, areal linguistics and morphological typology will interact with specialists on Transeurasian languages.

The term 'Transeurasian' is used in reference to a large group of geographically adjacent languages, traditionally known as 'Altaic' (Johanson & Robbeets 2009: 1-2). They share a significant number of linguistic properties and include at most five different linguistic families: Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic and Turkic.

Admission to the symposium is free to anybody interested in the matter. To register, please send an Email to:

martine_robbeets@hotmail.com
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Typology
LL Issue: 23.3954


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