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LINGUIST List 19.3403

Fri Nov 07 2008

Confs: Historical Ling, Socioling, Syntax, French Language/UK

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        1.    Emma Mason, Cycles of Grammaticalization

Message 1: Cycles of Grammaticalization
Date: 06-Nov-2008
From: Emma Mason <e.masonaston.ac.uk>
Subject: Cycles of Grammaticalization
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Cycles of Grammaticalization

Date: 06-Dec-2008 - 06-Dec-2008
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact: Emma Mason
Contact Email: e.masonaston.ac.uk
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax

Subject Language(s): French (fra)

Meeting Description:

Funded under the International Network programme by the Leverhulme Trust, the
'Cycles of Grammaticalization' project seeks to elucidate and diagnose the
complex series of factors that lead to grammatical change through time, with
particular reference to the negation cycle in English, French and German. The
research objectives are to establish:

1. The definition of criteria for determining when a polarity item becomes a
negative element, and
2. The means to recognise the presence of a negative phrase. The relation
between formal and functional factors, reanalysis and language learning, dialect
competition and language contact, as well as diachronic data closer to everyday
usage will also be considered.

Updated information is made available at :

I have pleasure in drawing your attention to the third seminar of the series
''Cycles of Grammaticalization'' to be held at Aston University, room G8, on
December 6, 14h-17h. Viviane D├ęprez (Institut des Sciences Cognitives and
Rutgers) will be talking about n-word features in the Negative Cycle in French,
with Maj-Britt Mosegaard-Hansen (Manchester) as discussant.

Attendance is free of any charge and warmly invited.
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