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LINGUIST List 21.2898

Tue Jul 13 2010

Calls: Historical Ling, Syntax/Germany

Editor for this issue: Di Wdzenczny <dilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Roland Meyer, Grammatical Change and the Expression of Subjects

Message 1: Grammatical Change and the Expression of Subjects
Date: 12-Jul-2010
From: Roland Meyer <roland.meyersprachlit.uni-regensburg.de>
Subject: Grammatical Change and the Expression of Subjects
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Full Title: Grammatical Change and the Expression of Subjects
Short Title: GCES

Date: 02-Dec-2010 - 04-Dec-2010
Location: Regensburg, Germany
Contact Person: Roland Meyer
Meeting Email: roland.meyersprachlit.uni-regensburg.de
Web Site: http://www-slavistik.uni-regensburg.de/gces

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 30-Jul-2010

Meeting Description:

Diachronic grammatical change in the realm of subject expressions involves
phenomena like the loss of pro-drop, alternations in thematic alignment, and
the rise of various new passive and impersonal constructions. The
conference seeks to bring together researchers working on these and
closely related topics. Attention shall also be devoted to annotated historical
corpora which facilitate the treatment of the above issues.

Meeting URL: http://www-slavistik.uni-regensburg.de/gces

Final Call For Papers

Extended Deadline

Diachronic grammatical change affects verbal arguments through an
interplay of various semantic and structural factors, leading to new
alternations and structural patterns. In the realm of subject expressions,
important documented changes include loss of pro-drop, alternations in
thematic alignment, and the rise of various new passive and impersonal
constructions. The notion of subject itself is, of course, a notoriously multi-
faceted one, involving factors like referential relations, structural position,
case, agreement, and thematic roles, the specifications of which certainly do
not always harmonise. Precisely this state of affairs has often given rise to
important and fascinating research questions, as e.g. in the case of null and
expletive subjects, or of oblique/quirky subjects.

Research on grammatical change has made a considerable leap forward by
the exploitation of annotated corpora. Not only has its empirical base
become more accessible in general, but methodological progress has made
feasible new, exciting research questions, especially involving quantitative
distributions of linguistic features. Historical and diachronic corpora of an
increasing number of languages are being constructed and annotated with
syntactically relevant information in order to address these and related

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Diachronic development of null subjects
- Changes in subject expletives
- Diachrony of oblique and quirky subjects
- History of impersonal constructions
- Development of diatheses affecting the external argument
- Change in unaccusatives
- History of subjects in root infinitives and modal constructions
- Empirical methodology in diachronic syntax
- Historical and diachronic corpora annotated for syntactic structure and
syntactic relations

The conference will seek a comparative and typological view. Papers will be
given precedence which address grammatical change in a theoretically
explicit way, aiming at an explanatory account, and/or demonstrate
methodological advancement.

Invited speakers:

Elly van Gelderen (University of Arizona)
Anthony Kroch (University of Pennsylvania)
Ian Roberts (Cambridge University)
David Willis (Cambridge University)

Meeting URL: http://www-slavistik.uni-regensburg.de/gces

Abstract specifications:
Anonymous abstracts for 25 min. presentations (+10 min. discussion)
should be submitted as an email attachment to gcessprachlit.uni-
regensburg.de until 15 July 2010. Abstracts may be up to 2 pages long,
including examples and references, in pdf format, with fonts embedded. If
you have difficulties at producing pdf, you may also submit a doc file. Please
include your contact information (name, affiliation, address, email address
for correspondence), as well as the title of your abstract, in the body of the
email. Every abstract will be reviewed anonymously by two external
referees. A proceedings volume will be published after the conference. We
have discussed the publication of a volume with selected papers with the
editors of Linguistics Today (Benjamins) and they are positive about this

Programme Committee:

Katrin Axel (University of Göttingen)
Karin Donhauser (Humboldt University Berlin)
Hanne Martine Eckhoff (University of Oslo)
Rafa? Górski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków)
Dag Haug (University of Oslo)
Roland Hinterhölzl (Humboldt University Berlin)
Uwe Junghanns (University of Göttingen)
Anna Kibort (University of Surrey)
Petr Karlík (Masaryk University Brno)
Karel Ku?era (Charles University Prague)
Anke Lüdeling (Humboldt University Berlin)
Krzysztof Migdalski (University of Wroc?aw)
Florian Schleburg (University of Regensburg)
Maria Selig (University of Regensburg)
Ioanna Sitaridou (Cambdrige University)
Augustin Speyer (University of Marburg)
Achim Stein (University of Stuttgart)
Luka Szucsich (Humboldt University Berlin)
Carola Trips (University of Mannheim)
Daniel Weiss (University of Zürich)


Roland Meyer (University of Regensburg)
Björn Hansen (University of Regensburg)
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