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LINGUIST List 18.3591

Fri Nov 30 2007

Confs: General Linguistics/Netherlands

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        1.    Ans van Kemenade, Transmission and Diffusion

Message 1: Transmission and Diffusion
Date: 29-Nov-2007
From: Ans van Kemenade <transmission.diffusionlet.ru.nl>
Subject: Transmission and Diffusion
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Transmission and Diffusion

Date: 17-Jan-2008 - 19-Jan-2008
Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Contact: Ans van Kemenade
Contact Email: tranmission.diffusionlet.ru.nl

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The title 'Transmission and Diffusion' is inspired by Labov's recent paper in
which he attempts to fit together the family tree model of language change with
the wave model into a general framework based on changes in language learning
ability across the lifespan. The general argument is that the divergence of
branches of family tree is based on the stable transmission of language
structure from adults to children, and the incrementation of change in progress
by children. The diffusion of language contact across branches of the tree is
primarily the work of adults who do not preserve structural conditions with the
same fidelity (as adult second language learning is to varying degrees
imperfect), which accounts for the limitations on borrowing of structure.

The theme of the conference can be approached on various levels of scale.

The macro-level of (sub-)continental transmission and diffusion patterns, as in
historical-comparative work on larger language families such as Amerind,
Austronesian and Trans-New Guinea Phylum, or Semitic within Afro-Asiatic

The meso-level of language contact, acquisition, and pidgin and creole studies

The micro-level of more fine-grained (historical) dialectological research, e.g.
within the Germanic language area

The conference programme of 'Transmission and Diffusion', organised by the
research group 'Language in Time and Space, RU Nijmegen, Centre for Language
Studies, 17-18 January 2008, can be found via the following link:

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