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LINGUIST List 21.527

Tue Feb 02 2010

Calls: General Ling, Historical Ling, Syntax/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: 01-Feb-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

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

Call for Papers

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) een 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 Dutch, but
non-native speakers of Dutch may submit in English. Decisions on the acceptance
of the abstract can be expected before September 1rst 2010.

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