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Wed May 09 2007

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        1.    Peter Siemund, Linguistic Universals and Language Variation

Message 1: Linguistic Universals and Language Variation
Date: 09-May-2007
From: Peter Siemund <peter.siemunduni-hamburg.de>
Subject: Linguistic Universals and Language Variation

Linguistic Universals and Language Variation
Short Title: UniVar

Date: 13-Jul-2007 - 14-Jul-2007
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Contact: Peter Siemund
Contact Email: peter.siemunduni-hamburg.de
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

A satisfactory and illuminating treatment of language variation remains an
immensely challenging task for linguistic theorizing. The workshop aims to
contribute towards this discussion by exploring the role of linguistic
universals for bringing order into the apparent chaos of variation.

Language variation can be observed in different domains of language and
linguistics. The workshop will inter alia be concerned with cross-linguistic
variation, language internal variation, variation across dialects and
sociolects, learner language variation and variation as a result of language

Linguistic universals are highly theory dependent and can hardly be discussed
outside a specific model or framework. The two major strands of linguistic
research in which universals of language are currently discussed can broadly be
characterized as either functionalist-inductive or formalist-deductive. Each of
these frameworks has developed its own conceptions of universals and modes of
explanation (system-external versus system-internal). The workshop specifically
hosts contributions that look across this theoretical divide.

The topic of the workshop accommodates presentations of various kinds.
Presentations are inter alia concerned with theoretically challenging phenomena
of variation, the modelling of variation, the explanation of variation
phenomena, the relationship between universals and domains of language and
linguistics in which variation arises, variation and standard as well as the
role of variation in language change.

Friday, 13 July
09.00 Peter Siemund Opening of Workshop
09.00-10.00 Sali Tagliamonte Variation as a Window on Universals
10.00-11.00 Michele Loporcaro A Euroversal in a Global Perspective: Auxiliation
and Alignment
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.30 Jochen Rehbein Reflexions on the Universality of Finiteness
12.30-13.30 Peter Siemund & Michaela Hilbert Linguistic Universals and Varieties
of English
13.30-15.00 Lunch
15.00-16.00 Tanja Kupisch & Esther Rinke Article-possessor Complementarity in
the History of Italian and Portuguese
16.00-17.00 Guido Mensching Syntactic Variation in Romance: A Minimalist Approach
17.00-17.30 Coffee break
17.30-18.30 Holger Diessel Cross-linguistic Asymmetries in the Positioning of
Subordinate Clauses

Saturday, 14 July
09.00-10.00 Shana Poplack Using Linguistic Variation to Model Language Change
10.00-11.00 Cristina Flores Syntactic Variation and Language Attrition. The Case
of Portuguese-German Returnees
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.30 Ezel Babur & Solveig Kroffke Deficits in Morpho-syntax as the
Universal Phenotype of Specific Language Impairment - Verbal Morphology in
Turkish and German (Bilingual) SLI Children
12.30-13.30 Adriana Belletti Kinds of Language Variation between Comparison and
13:30 Peter Siemund Closing Remarks

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