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LINGUIST List 19.3546

Thu Nov 20 2008

Calls: Historical Ling/United Kingdom; General Ling/Poland

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Christina Sevdali, Language Change: Grammaticalization and Beyond
        2.    Norbert Kordek, European Association of Chinese Linguistics 6

Message 1: Language Change: Grammaticalization and Beyond
Date: 19-Nov-2008
From: Christina Sevdali <c.sevdaliulster.ac.uk>
Subject: Language Change: Grammaticalization and Beyond
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Full Title: Language Change: Grammaticalization and Beyond
Short Title: LCGB

Date: 24-Apr-2009 - 25-Apr-2009
Location: Belfast, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Christina Sevdali
Meeting Email: c.sevdaliulster.ac.uk

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Call Deadline: 26-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Language Change: Grammaticalization and Beyond
24-25 April 2009 at the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Call for Papers

Invited Speakers:
Professor Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge)
Dr Ioanna Sitaridou (University of Cambridge)
Dr Theodore Markopoulos (University of Uppsala)
Professor Alison Henry (University of Ulster)

Grammaticalization is perhaps the most well researched process of language
change. It is a process that involves the change of a word with lexical meaning
to one with functional meaning, often phonologically reduced to the point of
being an affix. One of the most well-studied properties of grammaticalization is
that of unidirectionality or irreversibility: only content words can become
functional, not vice versa. This property, apart from being puzzling in its own
right, has also affected the way we think of language change in general, like a
process with an endpoint, a specific goal that languages strive to achieve.

In recent years and more specifically after Lightfoot's seminal 1979 work, and
the 'birth' of generative historical linguistics, more and more phenomena that
are not related to grammaticalization have been investigated from a historical
perspective (word order change, change in complementation patterns among
others). Moreover, there have been some very interesting proposals that try to
define the core properties of language change. Even more recently, language
change has emerged as a serious challenger of one of the fundamental concepts of
the Minimalist Programme, the strong minimalist thesis (SMT, Chomsky 1993)
whereby language is an optimal system at any given time of its history. The
obvious question with that is: if language is perfect at any time, how does
change originate from within the system of the language? Finally, a central
concept in generative linguistics is that of competing grammars that originates
from optionality. Optionality, which is a crucially problematic concept for
Minimalism, is particularly evident in multi-dialectal environments, like
Northern Ireland. Competing grammars are often found in environments with
dialectal variability and can ultimately result in language change.

This workshop aims at discussing topics of language change beyond
grammaticalization, and papers are invited on any topic relevant to this; we
plan on having two sections with specific focus: one will be on 'Language change
in relation to dialectal syntax.' For this we encourage papers that deal with
dialects from a historical perspective or from the competition of forms in
language change. A further section will be on the role of bilingualism and
second language acquisition on change, where new research on second language use
in the revival of Irish and other minority languages is beginning to contribute
new perspectives on the influence of second language acquisition on language

We invite abstracts for 30 minutes presentations. Each abstract should be a
maximum two A4 pages (including examples and references), font size 12. Send an
anonymous abstract by email to c.sevdaliulster.ac.uk, with the subject labelled
as: 'LCGB workshop' and the details of the author (including name, email,
affiliation and title of abstract) in the body of the email. The organizers hope
to have a publication resulting from this workshop.

Important Dates:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 26 January 2009
Notification of acceptance: 2 March 2009
Date of the workshop: 24-25 April 2009

Contact People: Christina Sevdali (University of Ulster) c.sevdaliulster.ac.uk,
Alison Henry (University of Ulster) am.henryulster.ac.uk
Message 2: European Association of Chinese Linguistics 6
Date: 19-Nov-2008
From: Norbert Kordek <norbertamu.edu.pl>
Subject: European Association of Chinese Linguistics 6
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Full Title: European Association of Chinese Linguistics 6
Short Title: EACL-6

Date: 26-Aug-2009 - 28-Aug-2009
Location: Poznan, Poland
Contact Person: Norbert Kordek
Meeting Email: eacl6.conferencegmail.com
Web Site: http://www.chineselinguistics.eu/EACL6/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)

Language Family(ies): Sino-Tibetan

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

The 6th Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics (EACL-6)
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan (Poland), August 25-28, 2009

Call for Papers

The Sixth Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics will be
held on 26-28 August 2009 (reception/registration on 25 August), in Poznan,
Poland, hosted by the Institute of Linguistics at the Adam Mickiewicz University.

We invite abstracts for 30-minute talks (plus a 10-minute discussion) in all
areas of Chinese linguistics (e.g., phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax,
semantics, lexicology, lexicography, dialectology, socio¬linguistics,
psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, acquisition, typology, writing, history of
Chinese linguistics), including the contact languages of China. Abstracts may
also be submitted for the special panel outlined below, as well as for panels
organized by groups of participants. Abstracts in the field of Teaching Chinese
as a Foreign Language will not be considered.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
- Wolfgang Behr (Zürich)
- Marie-Claude Paris (Paris)

Special Panel
"Missionary linguistics in China: 17th-19th centuries"

This special panel seeks to compare early missionary contributions to the study
of Sinitic languages. Papers can focus on one particular work (dictionary,
grammar) compiled by a missionary or on the linguistic tradition of one order
(e.g., Jesuit language studies). Submissions are welcomed.

Inquiries: Henning Klöter (kloeter AT gmail.com)

Conference Languages
English, French, Mandarin Chinese

Abstracts of one page maximum length should be typed in at least 12-point font.
Please submit two copies: one anonymous copy and one including the following
(a) Name of the author(s)
(b) Affiliation(s)
(c) e-mail address(es)

The two copies must be sent as MS Word document (with name on it) and PDF file
(without name) to: eacl6.conferencegmail.com

Multiple submissions from the same person are not accepted.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 31, 2009

Notification of acceptance or rejection can be expected by 30 April 2009.

Publication of Papers
All presenters will be invited to submit revised versions of their papers for
publication in the third volume of CLÉ, Chinese Linguistics in Europe. The title
of the third volume will be Chinese Linguistics in Poznan. Note that CLÉ is not
a "proceedings", but a refereed selection of papers.

Contact Persons
- Dr. Norbert Kordek, EACL Vice-President and local organizer
(norbert AT amu.edu.pl)
- Dr. Rint Sybesma, EACL President
(R.P.E.Sybesma AT hum.leidenuniv.nl)
- Dr. Henning Klöter, EACL Secretary
(kloeter AT gmail.com)

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