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LINGUIST List 21.4186

Thu Oct 21 2010

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Typology/Italy

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

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        1.     Caterina Mauri , Workshop on Gradualness in Change

Message 1: Workshop on Gradualness in Change
Date: 20-Oct-2010
From: Caterina Mauri <caterina.mauriunipv.it>
Subject: Workshop on Gradualness in Change
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Full Title: Workshop on Gradualness in Change

Date: 30-May-2011 - 31-May-2011
Location: Pavia, Italy
Contact Person: Caterina Mauri
Meeting Email: gradualness.workshopgmail.com
Web Site: http://https://sites.google.com/site/workshoppavia2011/

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 10-Feb-2011

Meeting Description:

International workshop on:
'Gradualness in Change and its Relation to Synchronic Variation and Use'
Pavia (Italy), 30-31 May 2011
Workshop URL: https://sites.google.com/site/workshoppavia2011/

The workshop aims to contribute to the discussion on the factors at play in
diachronic change and to investigate the relationship between diachronic
gradualness and synchronic variation, integrating the current views on
linguistic variation and language use. Special attention will be devoted to
theoretical and methodological issues concerning i) how the study of
language change can benefit from the most recent achievements in
linguistic theories and ii) how the explanations of synchronic variation may
be found in diachronic processes, discussing whether diachronic
gradualness and synchronic variation may be analyzed through the same
lenses and by means of the same theoretical instruments.

Furthermore, the workshop also wants to address the question of the
impact of contact on linguistic change. Language contact may indeed be
seen as a special type of synchronic phenomenon that may last in time and
may gradually lead to diachronic change, triggering or influencing the
development of particular constructions in neighbouring languages.

Invited Speakers:
Olga Fischer (University of Amsterdam):
Topic: On the role of analogy in processes of language change
BĂ©atrice Lamiroy (University of Leuven):
Topic: The pace of grammaticalization in Romance languages
Graeme Trousdale (University of Edinburgh):
Topic: Diachronic construction grammar and gradualness in language
Johan van der Auwera (University of Antwerp):
Topic: On diachronic semantic maps

The workshop will also accommodate four contributions from the project
members (t.b.a) on the effects of contact and interference within the
macro-geographic-area of the Mediterranean.

Organizers and Contact:
Anna Giacalone Ramat - annaram (at) unipv.it
Caterina Mauri - caterina.mauri (at) unipv.it
Piera Molinelli - piera.molinelli (at) unibg.it
For any questions and for submissions, please write to

Scientific Committee:
Pierluigi Cuzzolin (University of Bergamo), Chiara Fedriani (University of
Pavia), Chiara Ghezzi (University of Pavia), Anna Giacalone Ramat
(University of Pavia), Gianguido Manzelli (University of Pavia), Caterina
Mauri (University of Pavia), Piera Molinelli (University of Bergamo), Paolo
Ramat (IUSS Institute), Andrea Sansò (Insubria University - Como),
Federica Venier (University of Bergamo)

Call For Papers

Authors are invited to submit a one-page abstract, keeping in mind that the
slot for their communication will last 40 min. including discussion.
Abstracts should be anonymous and should be sent as attachments in PDF
format to: gradualness.workshopgmail.com.
Author(s) name(s) and affiliation should be indicated in the corpus of the
e-mail. The abstracts will be anonimously reviewed by two members of the
Scientific Committee. Besides theoretical issues, the exam of specific
examples and the description of general patterns will also be welcome.
Topics of interest include:

- what kind of factors trigger the grammaticalization processes
- the relation of grammaticalization to other mechanisms of language
change such as reanalysis and analogy
- the relationship between synchronic variation and grammatical change
- the interaction between frequency, entrenchment and use
- the possibility of multiple source constructions in language change
- the role of language contact in grammatical change
- how particular diachronic phenomena may be analyzed in the light of the
most recent linguistic theories (e.g. construction grammar)
- diachronic explanations for synchronic patterns of variation
- ...

Important Dates:
Deadline for submission: 10 February 2010
Notification of acceptance 10 March 2010
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