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Sun Oct 24 2010

Calls: Historical Ling, Syntax/Germany

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

Message 1: Grammatical Change and the Expression of Subjects
Date: 22-Oct-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: 03-Dec-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.

Call For Papers

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
issues.

The conference aims at bringing together researchers working on
diachronic change in the realm of subject expressions. Since corpus data
are so vital for the field, we also invite researchers who have constructed
historical and diachronic corpora which specifically include annotations for
(some of) the above-mentioned factors, and thus expedite the treatment of
subject-related issues.

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
substantial methodological advancement.

Abstract specifications

Anonymous abstracts for 25 min. presentations (+10 min. discussion)
should be submitted as am 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. Accepted papers will be
published in a proceedings volume after the conference.

Important dates

Submission of abstracts: 15 July 2010
Notification of acceptance: 31 August 2010
Conference: 2-4 December 2010
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