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Confs: Linguistic Universals, CA USA

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  1. jcgood, Explaining Linguistic Universals

Message 1: Explaining Linguistic Universals

Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 22:37:20 +0000
From: jcgood <>
Subject: Explaining Linguistic Universals

Explaining Linguistic Universals: Historical Convergence and Universal Grammar

Short Title: Explaining Universals
Location: Berkeley, CA, United States of America
Date: 07-MAR-03 - 08-MAR-03

Web Site:
Contact Person: Jeff Good
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description: 

The aim of this workshop is to contrast approaches to explaining
linguistic universals, with a focus on research that explicitly
attempts to explain both synchronic and diachronic data. Evidence
bearing on the stengths and weaknesses of various approaches will come
both from a range of language families as well as different areas of
grammar. The workshop will be held on March 7-8, 2003 at UC
Berkeley. All speakers have been invited. Anyone is welcome to
attend. This workshop has been sponsored by the Townsend Center for
the Humanities, the Deans of Social Sciences, Humanities, and the
Graduate Division at UC Berkeley, and the Department of Linguistics at
UC Berkeley. This workshop is part of the fiftieth anniversary
celebration of the Berkeley department of linguistics.
Explaining Linguistic Universals: 
Historical Convergence and Universal Grammar 
University of California, Berkeley 

Friday, March 7, 2003, 3335 Dwinelle Hall 

3:30 Andrew Garrett, UC Berkeley 
Paradigm levelling effects: Analogy vs. uniformity 

4:30 Adam Albright, UC Santa Cruz 
Deriving general tendencies and language particulars in analogical change 

5:30 Break 

5:45 Juliette Blevins, UC Berkeley 
Consonant epenthesis: Natural and unnatural history

Saturday, March 8, 2003, 370 Dwinelle Hall 

Morning session 

9:00 Coffee 

9:30 Joan Bybee, University of New Mexico 
Diachronic explanations for substantive and formal universals

10:30 Break 

10:45 Martin Haspelmath, MPI, Leipzig 
Creating economical morphosyntactic patterns in language change

11:45 Alice Harris, SUNY at Stony Brook 
On the explanation of typologically unusual structures 

Afternoon session 

2:00 Paul Kiparsky, Stanford University 
Universals constrain change; change produces pseudo-universals 

3:00 Break 

3:15 Anthony Kroch, University of Pennsylvania 
Imperfect learning and language change

4:15 John Whitman, Cornell University 
Syntax and grammaticalization

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