LINGUIST List 16.789

Tue Mar 15 2005

Calls: General Ling/Netherlands; Typology/Spain

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        1.    Eleonora Rossi, TABU-day 2005
        2.    Elena Seoane, Grammaticalization and Language Contact

Message 1: TABU-day 2005

Date: 15-Mar-2005
From: Eleonora Rossi <>
Subject: TABU-day 2005

Full Title: TABU-day 2005
Short Title: TABU

Date: 03-Jun-2005 - 03-Jun-2005
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Contact Person: Eleonora Rossi
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse
Analysis; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition;
Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Phonology;
Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2005

Meeting Description:

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen announces this year's
TABU-day conference on June 3, 2005. The TABU-day is an annual one-day
conference on general linguistics. Contributions related to several aspects of
Linguistics (including Computational Linguistics) are welcome.

TABU-day 2005: one-day linguistics conference

June 3 2005
Groningen (The Netherlands)

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen announces this year's
TABU-day conference on June 3, 2005. The TABU-day is an annual one-day
conference on general linguistics. We welcome contributions related to the
following aspects of linguistics:

* computational linguistics
* descriptive linguistics
* historical linguistics
* discourse
* communication
* educational linguistics
* neurolinguistics
* phonetics
* phonology
* syntax
* semantics
* lexicology
* morphology
* language acquisition

The conference languages are English and Dutch.

There will be two plenary speakers:

Dr Sergey Avrutin, researcher at the University of
The title of his presentation will be ''On The Relationship Between Production
and Comprehension Errors in Child and Aphasic Speech''

Prof. Stephen Pulman, Professor in General Linguistics, member of the
Computational Linguistics Group at Oxford University
( )

Abstracts should be in English (or Dutch) and should not exceed 400 words.
Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail (subject: abstract TABU 2005) in plain
text or Word format to the following address:

Abstracts should include:

* The title of the paper
* Research field(s) (see list above)
* The name, address, affiliation, e-mail address and telephone numbers of
the author(s)
* The text of the abstract

The deadline for abstract submission is April 15, 2005. Notification of
acceptance will be sent around May 15. The presentations will be twenty minutes
in length, plus five minutes of discussion. Participation at the TABU-day is
free of charge. The conference will be held on June 3, 2005 at the following

* Harmony Building,
Oude Kijk in't Jatstraat 26
Groningen, The Netherlands

Further information can be found on our website:

Inquiries may be directed to or:

Department of General Linguistics
University of Groningen
Postbus 716
9700 AS Groningen
The Netherlands

The organisers

Elzerieke Hilbrandie, Lonneke van der Plas, Eleonora Rossi, Erik-Jan Smits en
John Hoeks

Note: The name of this conference comes from 'Taalkunde Bulletin,' which is an
internal journal of our university.

Message 2: Grammaticalization and Language Contact

Date: 15-Mar-2005
From: Elena Seoane <>
Subject: Grammaticalization and Language Contact

Full Title: Grammaticalization and Language Contact

Date: 17-Jul-2005 - 20-Jul-2005
Location: Santiago, Spain
Contact Person: Björn Wiemer
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2005

Meeting Description:

The purpose of this workshop is to analyse the link between grammaticalization
phenomena and language contact. Please see below the topics we wish to address.

Intended topics of the workshop

Ideally we would like to have contributions that would cover most of the
following central issues:

1.In which way have language contacts contributed to the divergence of a
formerly structurally homogeneous group of genetically related languages
(Slavic, Germanic, Romance, Indo-Aryan, Uralic, Finno-Ugric, Turkic etc.) or
their subgroups (e.g., West vs. East Slavic, Scandinavian vs. West Germanic,
Ibero-Romance vs. Rumanian vs. the rest of Romance, etc.)? The categories may be
chosen ad libitum.

2.It has been noticed that some languages are prone to far reaching
grammaticalization processes, whereas others are characterised by
grammaticalization processes which come to a relatively early halt and do not
lead e.g. to the erosion of forms (cf. Hansen 2004). How is the conservatism of
a language linked to language contact?

3.Which is the role played by the mixing of dialects and urban non-standard
varieties (either among each other or with a roof variety, i.e. a super-regional
standard, especially if these belong to different languages) in the propagation
(spread and establishment) of grammaticalization phenomena? In particular, how
can half-way grammaticalized properties or features in free variation become
more grammaticalized (tightened etc.)?

4.In-depth studies of smaller communities of multilingual (or "multivarietal")
speakers, showing how grammaticalization can be triggered in an embryonic stage
by contact conditions, so that the contact varieties converge. The kind of
phenomena can be chosen ad libitum, as can the applied methodology
(sociolinguistic, ethnology of conversation, or else).

5.Factors of contact influencing grammaticalization in creoles.

6.What are the methods for the description of contact areas?

7.Are there restrictions as regards the categories (or kinds of constructions,
morphemes, etc.) which can or cannot be subject to grammatical convergence? Is
there a hierarchy of properties (features or categories of different expression
formats) to be graded as for their aptness to contact-induced change towards a
greater degree of grammaticality? Does this depend on the type of language
contact (different parameters may be posited: intensity, same or different
social prestige of involved varieties, relative amounts of multilingual
speakers, etc.) or rather on the type of category (their expression format,
their cognitive affinity, the similarity / dissimilarity of their form:function
relation in the involved languages, etc.)?

8.Kuteva (1998) proposes to analyse the preference for certain types of Basic
Event Schemas to detect contact induced grammaticalization? Are there other ways
to analyse this phenomenon?

Possible more specific topics:

*SAE features - common IE. heritage or (rather) contact-induced areal spread?

*relation between external and internal factors w.r.t. specific (combinations
of) grammatical categories/constructions from an areal perspective, e.g.
auxiliaries, TMA-morphology, case systems, evidentials, clause connection,
articles, passive (and other agent-demoting devices)

*particularly interesting areas: Balkans, Circum Baltic Area, Central Europe,
Caucasus, India, Meso-America, Papua-New Guinea, Mainland East Asia, Himalaya,
Near East.

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