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Tue Sep 06 2011

Confs: Socioling, Syntax/Germany

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        1.     Aria Adli , Workshop on Grammar, Usage, and Society

Message 1: Workshop on Grammar, Usage, and Society
Date: 04-Sep-2011
From: Aria Adli <aria.adliromanistik.uni-freiburg.de>
Subject: Workshop on Grammar, Usage, and Society
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Workshop on Grammar, Usage, and Society

Date: 11-Nov-2011 - 12-Nov-2011
Location: University of Freiburg, Germany
Contact: Gesa von Essen
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/lang_and_lit/veranstaltungen/workshop-system-usage-and-society

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

The idea to this workshop is primarily based on the debate in a series of 'Letters to Language' that followed Newmeyer's (2003) article 'Grammar is Grammar and Usage is Usage.' This debate showed two things: firstly, that the system-usage issue remains controversial in modern linguistics, and secondly, that a single axis with the endpoints system-based and usage-based does not do justice to the complexity of linguistic reality. Therefore, in this workshop, we would like to go beyond this dichotomic view and include issues connected with language as a social practice. Quantitative sociolinguists, for example, focus on systematic variation found in language use. By adding this dimension, two widely discussed but still unresolved points turn up again, namely the questions how to deal with variation in grammar and how to define the place of empirical evidence in modern linguistics. The second question is central both to Labov's (1996) article 'When Intuitions Fail' and to the discussion following Featherston's (2007) article 'Data in Generative Grammar.' In order to readdress these points, the workshop will bring together scholars with different positions on the relation between system, usage, and society.

Friday, November 11th, 2011
in the Senatssaal of the Rektorat


Frederick J. Newmeyer: Grammar and Usage: Clearing Up Some Misunderstandings

Gregory Guy: The Grammar of Use and the Use of Grammar: Without Society there is no Language

Coffee break

Heike Behrens: Building a System Through Input and Interaction in Language Development

12.00-12.45 Mary Kato: Variation and optionality in syntax

Lunch break

Hubert Haider: Cognitive Evolution: Why Language Systems are Society-based and Usage-friendly Adaptations

Daniel Jacob: Autonomy Revisited: a Sociological Point of View

Coffee break

General Discussion

Saturday, November 12th, 2011
in the Senatssaal of the Rektorat

Aria Adli, Marco García García, Göz Kaufmann Grammar, Usage, and Linguistic Variation

Coffee break

David Lightfoot: What we've learned from diachronic syntax

Malte Rosemeyer: Persistence and analogy in the history of auxiliary selection in Spanish

Lunch break

Leonie Cornips: The no man's land between Syntax and Sociolinguistics

Richard Cameron: Variationist Constraint Ranking as Evidence of Linguistic Knowledge

Coffee break

Rena Torres Cacoullos: Reanalysis is Gradual, Constituent Structure is Gradient

Guido Seiler: Syntactization, Analogy, and the Distinction between Proximate and Ultimate Causations

Closing remarks

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