LINGUIST List 15.3500
Wed Dec 15 2004
Calls: Phonology/Syntax/Netherlands; Historical Ling/USA
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Sounds of Silence: Empty Elements in Syntax and Phonology
Constructions and Language Change
Message 1: Sounds of Silence: Empty Elements in Syntax and Phonology
From: Jutta Hartmann <j.hartmannuvt.nl>
Subject: Sounds of Silence: Empty Elements in Syntax and Phonology
Full Title: Sounds of Silence: Empty Elements in Syntax and Phonology
Short Title: SOS
Date: 19-Oct-2005 - 22-Oct-2005
Location: Tilburg, Netherlands
Contact Person: Veronika Hegedus
Meeting Email: sosuvt.nl
Web Site: http://let.uvt.nl/sos
Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Phonology; Syntax
Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2005
This workshop is about empty elements in syntax and phonology, which played an
important role in theories predating the minimalist program and optimality
theory. We want to investigate in how far the theories that accounted for the
typology and distribution of these elements are still relevant for our
present-day thinking, and to what extent our current insights shed new light on
A more extensive call for paper can be found on the conference website:
We invite abstracts for 40min talks (plus 15min of discussion). The abstracts
will be reviewed anonymously. The selection committee consists of both
phonologists and syntacticians, affiliated to the University of Tilburg and
other Dutch universities. Please keep to the following instructions concerning
- Submission is only possible in electronic form. The preferred format is .pdf
but we also accept .rtf, .doc, or plain text files.
- Send one copy that includes your name and affiliation, and one anonymous copy.
- Abstracts may not exceed two pages of text with an at least one-inch margin on
all four sides.
- Abstracts must employ a font not smaller than 12 point.
- Each page may include a maximum of 50 lines of text.
- Abstracts may include an extra page for references (not examples).
The deadline for sending in abstracts is: April 1, 2005.
The two files should be sent by e-mail to sosuvt.nl.
The decision on acceptance for the conference will be communicated before
June 1, 2005
Message 2: Constructions and Language Change
From: Alex Bergs <bergsphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de>
Subject: Constructions and Language Change
Full Title: Constructions and Language Change
Short Title: CALC
Date: 31-Jul-2005 - 01-Aug-2005
Location: Madison, WI, United States of America
Contact Person: Alex Bergs
Meeting Email: bergsphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2005
ICHL Workshop: Constructions and Language Change
Conveners: Gabriele Diewald, Universität Hannover - Alexander Bergs,
Studies in diachronic linguistics increasingly acknowledge that linguistic
change is highly context-dependent. Especially in its initial stages,
linguistic change is tied not only to particular text types or registers,
but also to specific morphosyntactic and semantic environments, i.e. to
specific recurring patterns of co-present linguistic features, that is to
This workshop investigates and highlights the role of ''constructions'' in
linguistic change. In doing so, the term ''constructions'' is deliberately
understood to have a broad extension, i.e. to include, but not be limited
to Construction Grammar proper. Thus, any constructional approach to
language and language change is welcome.
Suggestions for topics to be addressed in this workshop include:
- The role of constructions as source(s) of linguistic change
- The role of constructions as product(s) of linguistic change
- Mechanisms of change within constructions
- Constructions and grammaticalization
- Constructions, frequency, and linguistic change
- Cross-linguistic constructional phenomena in linguistic change
- The definition and delimitation of the terms ''construction'',
CALL FOR PAPERS
We encourage abstract submission on any of the topics mentioned above.
Papers on other related issues are also welcome. Papers, no matter whether
theory or data-driven, need not take a construction grammar point of view,
but should explicitly employ a constructional approach to language.
Presentations will have the usual 20 min + 10 min discussion format. We
plan to publish selected proceedings with an international publishing house.
Abstracts of no more than 350 words should be sent as MS WORD compatible
files to the following address: bergsphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de
Deadline is March 1, 2005. Notification of acceptance will be sent out
April 1, 2005. Needless to say, participants in the workshop need to
register for the main conference.
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