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LINGUIST List 20.2229

Thu Jun 18 2009

Confs: Historical Ling, Socioling, Syntax, English, French, German/UK

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        1.    Emma Mason, Cycles of Grammaticalization

Message 1: Cycles of Grammaticalization
Date: 18-Jun-2009
From: Emma Mason <e.masonaston.ac.uk>
Subject: Cycles of Grammaticalization
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Cycles of Grammaticalization

Date: 25-Jul-2009 - 25-Jul-2009
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact: Emma Mason
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lss/research/research-projects/cycles-of-grammaticalization/

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

Subject Language(s): English; French; German, Standard

Meeting Description:

The fifth 'Cycles of Grammaticalization' seminar to be held at Birmingham City University on July 25, 14h-17h. The seminar will take place in room 202 in the Seacole Building at the Edgbaston campus. Agnes J├Ąger (Frankfurt) will be talking about the phrase structure of the negative cycle in German, with Eric Haeberli (Geneva) as discussant.

Funded under the International Network programme by The Leverhulme Trust, the 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. Additional information and a copy of the project bibliography to date is available at:

Attendance is free of charge and warmly invited. For further details, please contact:

Emma Mason
Network Facilitator
School of Languages and Social Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET
+44 (0) 121 204 3675

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