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Wed Oct 08 2008
Calls: General Ling,Cognitive Science/USA; Morphology/Cyprus
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Cognitive and CxG-based Approaches to Evolution
7th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting 2009
Message 1: Cognitive and CxG-based Approaches to Evolution
From: Jóhanna Barðdal <johanna.barddaluib.no>
Subject: Cognitive and CxG-based Approaches to Evolution
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Full Title: Cognitive and CxG-based Approaches to Evolution
Date: 28-Jul-2009 - 03-Aug-2009
Location: Berkeley, CA, USA
Contact Person: Gard Jenset
Meeting Email: gard.jensetuib.no
Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics;
Call Deadline: 28-Oct-2008
Call for papers for a Theme Session at ICLC 11, Berkeley, CA (July 28-August 3,
Title: Cognitive and construction-based approaches to syntactic evolution
Organizers: Jóhanna Barðdal & Gard B. Jenset (University of Bergen)
Call for Papers
Deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to October 28th!
The theme session focuses on cognitive or construction-based approaches to
changes in syntactic structures, in spoken, written and/or signed languages. It
aims at bringing together researchers working on syntax in different modalities
and with different methodological approaches, ranging from corpus-based methods,
statistical modeling, sociolinguistic, or psycholinguistic methods.
This may include a discussion on larger systemic changes (cf. Haig 2008),
individual case studies, or a discussion on how cognitive and constructional
approaches contribute to the study of syntactic evolution.
The study of diachronic data and evolutionary perspectives of syntax in
different modalities presents unique challenges to the research community (cf.
e.g. Comrie and Kuteva 2005 and Croft 2000). Studying diachronic syntax often
requires the use of corpora, thus forcing researchers to face the questions
discussed in Gries (2006) and Grondelaers et al. (2007) on how to incorporate
empirical corpus-based methods in the various cognitive-functional approaches to
linguistics. A number of problems present themselves when turning a
cognitive-oriented research program towards diachronic questions, as discussed
in e.g. Stefanowitsch (2006). However, there are also a number of statistical
methods available to overcome some of these difficulties (cf. McMahon and
McMahon 2006) and Pagel et al. 2007).
With its special emphasis on empirical methods, diachronic cognitive linguistics
and diachronic construction grammar are particularly well suited for
participation in the further development of empirical methodology in cognitive
linguistics, as discussed in Geeraerts (2006). As such, the workshop will
contribute to a commencing discussion on how to develop and refine empirical
methods for the study of syntactic evolution.
- Abstract to be sent as .pdf or .rtf file
- Maximum 500 words
- Please include your name(s), title of paper, affiliation and contact
information in the body of the email
- E-mail to Johanna.Barddaluib.no and Gard.Jensetuib.no, with the heading
"ICLC theme session"
- No later than October 28th, 2008.
Please note that all submitted abstracts as well as the proposed theme session
itself will undergo an independent review by the ICLC program committee.
Participants are therefore required to also submit their abstracts through the
ordinary submission channels of the conference which has a deadline in the
beginning of November.
Comrie, B., and Kuteva, T. (2005). The evolution of grammatical structures and
'functional need' explanations. In: Language origins: Perspectives on evolution,
pages 185-207, edited by Maggie Tallermann. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Croft, W. (2000). Explaining language change: An evolutionary approach. London:
Geeraerts, D. (2006). Methodology in cognitive linguistics. In: Cognitive
linguistics: Current applications and future perspectives, pages 21-49, edited
by Gitte Kristiansen, Michel Achard, René Dirven and Francisco J. Ruiz de
Mendoza Ibáñez. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Gries, S.T. (2006). Introduction. In: Corpora in cognitive linguistics:
Corpus-based approaches to syntax and lexis, pages 1-18, edited by Stefan Th.
Gries and Anatol Stefanowitsch. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Grondelaers, S., Geeraerts, D., and Speelman, D. (2007). A case for a cognitive
corpus linguistics. In: Methods in cognitive linguistics, pages 149-169, edited
by Monica Gonzalez-Marquez, Irene Mittelberg, Seana Coulson and Michael J.
Spivey. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Haig, Geoffrey L.J. (2008). Alignment change in Iranian languages. Berlin:
Mouton de Gruyter.
McMahon, A., and McMahon R. (2005). Language classification by numbers. Oxford:
Oxford University Press.
Pagel, M., Atkinson, Q.D., and Meade, A. (2007). Frequency of word-use predicts
rates of lexical evolution throughout Indo-European history. Nature 449, 717-721.
Stefanowitsch, A. (2006). Distinctive collexeme analysis and diachrony: A
comment. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 2(2), 257-262.
Message 2: 7th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting 2009
From: Photini Coutsougera <photiniucy.ac.cy>
Subject: 7th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting 2009
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Full Title: 7th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting 2009
Short Title: MMM7
Date: 10-Sep-2009 - 13-Sep-2009
Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
Contact Person: Marianna Katsoyannou
Meeting Email: mmm7ucy.ac.cy
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Call Deadline: 09-Jan-2009
The 7th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting will be held in Cyprus between 10-13
September 2009. Consistent with tradition, MMM7 will comprise one theme-free day
and one day devoted to a special theme, which this year will be 'Morphology and
Diachrony'. Submissions from all theoretical frameworks are welcome.
Call for Papers
Submission of Abstracts:
The length of abstracts should not exceed 1 page (bibliography excluded) and
should be sent electronically in word AND pdf format to mmm7ucy.ac.cy.
Times New Roman, 12 point, Arial Unicode MS for phonetic symbols.
Please specify in your e-mail subject title whether your submission relates to
the special theme (i.e. MMM7 abstract submission - M&D). Otherwise, please
simply type in "MMM7 abstract submission". Presentations will be restricted to
Submission deadline: 09 January 2009
Notification of acceptance: 15 February 2009
10 September: opening ceremony
11-12 September: conference
13 September: excursion
Invited Speakers: tba
Permanent Organising Committee:
Geert Booij, University of Leiden
Angela Ralli, University of Patras
Sergio Scalise, University of Bologna
Local Organising Committee:
Photini Coutsougera, Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus
Marianna Katsoyannou, Department of Modern Greek & Byzantine Studies, University
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