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LINGUIST List 21.2583

Mon Jun 14 2010

Calls: General Ling, Historical Ling, Syntax, Dutch/Belgium

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        1.    Evie Coussé, Dutch Verb Order Variation in a Broader Perspective

Message 1: Dutch Verb Order Variation in a Broader Perspective
Date: 14-Jun-2010
From: Evie Coussé <evie.cousseugent.be>
Subject: Dutch Verb Order Variation in a Broader Perspective
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Full Title: Dutch Verb Order Variation in a Broader Perspective
Short Title: T&T Colloquium 2010

Date: 19-Nov-2010 - 19-Nov-2010
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Contact Person: Evie Coussé
Meeting Email: evie.cousseugent.be
Web Site: http://users.ugent.be/~ecousse/e_T&Tcolloquium2010.htm

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

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2010

Meeting Description:

Taal & Tongval is a journal on variation linguistics (i.e. regional, social,
pragmatic and historical variation) in the Low Countries
(http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/taalentongval).

The upcoming yearly colloquium will be held in Ghent (Belgium) on the topic
'Dutch verb order variation in a broader perspective'.

2nd Call for Papers

Background
In the last decades, word order research into the distribution of the verb patterns past
participle - finite verb (the so-called "green word order") and the verb pattern finite verb
- past participle (the so-called "red word order") has become one of the classical
themes of Dutch variation linguistics. From the fifties onwards, Dutch linguistics has
proposed divergent language internal and external factors that help to determine the (in
principle) free choice between both word order variants, such as:
- regional variety (dialect - standard language, exogenous language usage)
- stylistic variety (formal - informal, written - spoken, jargon)
- accentuation of the verb cluster and surrounding constituents
- morpho-syntactic analysis of the verb cluster and surrounding constituents

In the colloquium, we want to relate explicitly to this respected research
tradition, where the choice between the red and green order variant in
actual language usage is central. In most of the publications, however, the
variable verb order has been studied in a relative isolation with an exclusive
attention to the factors which determine the order in the dual clusters in
Standard Dutch.

Suggested Topics
With the conference, we invite participants who want to study the red and green word
order in a wider descriptive and theoretical perspective:

(a) a wider syntactic perspective
How can the word order variation between two verbs be related to the word order
variation within longer verb clusters? More particularly, how do the factors that
determine the choice for the red or green word order within double verb clusters work
in longer verb clusters?

(b) even wider regional perspective
How does the word order variation in the (double and longer) verb clusters in standard
Dutch relate to the verb order attested in the Dutch and German dialects? How are the
possible differences to be explained? Are the factors that determine the choice for the
red and green word order in the standard language also important for the dialects? To
what extent is there a continuum between the Dutch and German language area with
respect to verb order?

(c) a wider diachronic perspective
How did the modern verb order variation in Dutch (and the German dialects) come into
being? Is there an ongoing change in verb order? What factors in the history of Dutch
could have contributed to the modern verb order variation?

(d) a wider theoretical perspective
Does the word order variation in the verb cluster pose a challenge to the Humboldtian
principle of one form - one meaning? What is the status of the factors that determine
the verb order in the syntax of Dutch? Do those factors also work in other domains of
Dutch syntax? Can the issue of variable verb order be related to cross-linguistic
patterns?

Invited Speakers
- Sjef Barbiers (Utrecht University, The Meertens Institute)
- Gert De Sutter (University College Ghent)
- Susanne Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)

For the organizing committee,
Evie Coussé (Ghent University)

Abstract submission
To participate, send your one-page abstract (including references) to
evie.cousseugent.be before June 30th 2010. Talks are will take 20 minutes, followed
by 10 minutes discussion time. We encourage abstracts in English, as the conference
language will be English due to the invitation of non-native guest speakers, but
abstracts in Dutch are accepted as well. Decisions on the acceptance of the abstract
can be expected before September 1st 2010.

Publications
A selection of papers will be published as a theme issue of "Taal &
Tongval" (http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/taalentongval/).
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