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Tue Sep 21 2010

Calls: Historical Ling, Typology/Japan

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        1.    Dmitry Idiatov, Stability & Borrowability of Interrogative Pronominals

Message 1: Stability & Borrowability of Interrogative Pronominals
Date: 19-Sep-2010
From: Dmitry Idiatov <dmitry.idiatovua.ac.be>
Subject: Stability & Borrowability of Interrogative Pronominals
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Full Title: Stability & Borrowability of Interrogative Pronominals

Date: 25-Jul-2011 - 30-Jul-2011
Location: Osaka, Japan
Contact Person: Dmitry Idiatov
Meeting Email: dmitry.idiatovua.ac.be

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 14-Oct-2010

Meeting Description:

Workshop title: Stability and borrowability of interrogative pronominals

Conference: 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics

Convenor: Dmitry Idiatov (University of Antwerp; starting from October 1,
2010 - LLACAN-CNRS, Paris)
Contact: dmitry.idiatovua.ac.be

Interrogative pronominals, such as English _who?_ and _what?_, are usually
considered to be among the most change-proof elements in any language.
They are believed to be highly resistant to both replacement through
borrowing (Haspelmath & Tadmor 2009, Matras 2009:199) and language-
internal renewal (Haspelmath 1997:176). In this respect, they strongly
resemble personal pronominals. The two kinds of pronominals are also
often perceived as good indicators of (long-range) genetic relationships and
are regularly included in basic vocabulary lists. However, the view of
personal pronominals as highly resistant to borrowing is not uncontroversial
(cf. Wallace 1983, Thomason & Everett 2005, Matras 2009:203-208, Law
2009). It has also long been observed that reconstruction of personal
pronominals tends to be fraught with difficulties due to their typically short
forms and their tendency to undergo irregular changes, such as sound
changes specific to them, various kinds of analogical changes and
amalgamation with other elements. The workshop aims at assessing the
claims on the universality of the extremely slow rate of change and high
resistance to borrowing with respect to interrogative pronominals.
Particularly welcome are papers on examples of fast changes of
interrogative pronominals in families and subgroups, on examples of their
borrowing and on the kinds of irregular changes affecting interrogative
pronominals.

Call For Papers

Call deadline: October 14, 2010

Deadline for abstract submission: January 15, 2010

This is a survey of interest for a workshop on the 'Stability and borrowability
of interrogative pronominals' within the frame of the upcoming 20th
International Conference on Historical Linguistics, to be held in Osaka,
Japan, July 25-30, 2011 (http://www.ichl2011.com).

Given that the procedure for organization of a workshop at ICHL 20
(http://www.ichl2011.com/additional_information.html#ichl20) requires to
submit the proposal of a workshop, with the names of potential participants
and tentative titles, by October 15, 2010, I am looking forward to hearing
from those who may be interested in participating in the workshop by
October 14, 2010, at dmitry.idiatovua.ac.be. Please provide a
provisional title of your contribution.

After the accepted workshops are announced on the website of ICHL 20,
the participants should submit their abstracts through a form on the website
of ICHL 20 indicating the workshop that they wish their presentation to be
included in. The abstracts must be submitted before January 15, 2010.
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