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LINGUIST List 23.3473

Mon Aug 20 2012

Confs: Historical Ling, Syntax/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Aug-2012
From: Carlotta Viti <carlotta.vitiklphs.uzh.ch>
Subject: Syntactic Change and Syntactic Reconstruction: New Perspectives
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Syntactic Change and Syntactic Reconstruction: New Perspectives

Date: 28-Sep-2012 - 29-Sep-2012
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Contact: Carlotta Viti
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.klphs.uzh.ch/teaching/syntacticchange.html

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

The comparative method was tested on phonology and morphology rather than syntax and, even though excellent syntactic studies were performed in the research tradition of Neogrammarians and Structuralists (cf. Delbrück 1871; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1888; 1893-1900, Grimm 1870-1898, Miklosich 1874, Speyer 1886; 1896, Hirt 1921-1937, Brugmann 1925, Wackernagel 1926-1928, Schwyzer 1950, Hofmann und Szantyr 1965), problems of syntactic change and syntactic reconstruction have often been neglected in traditional historical linguistics. In the last years, a series of interesting studies have addressed questions of diachronic syntax from different empirical and theoretical perspectives (cf. Harris & Campbell 1995; Crespo & García Ramón 1997; Longobardi 2003; Lightfoot 2006; Ferraresi & Goldbach 2008; Ferraresi & Lühr 2010; Barðdal & Eythórsson in press, etc.). However, many issues in syntactic change and syntactic reconstruction are still controversial. The present meeting aims at taking part in this new dialogue on historical syntax.

Program of the Workshop «Syntactic Change and Syntactic Reconstruction: New perspectives»

Friday 28th September 2012

9.00 - 9.15
Greetings and introduction

General problems: The data. The role of corpus linguistics for syntactic reconstruction

9.15 - 9.45
Dag Haug (University of Oslo)
"Aspect and Prefixation in Old Church Slavonic and Greek''

9.45 - 10.15
Rosemarie Lühr (University of Jena)
"Traces of Discourse-configurationality in the Old Indo-European Languages"

10.15 - 10.45
Lieven Danckaert (University of Ghent)
"Word Order Variation in Latin Verb Clusters: A diachronic perspective"

10.45 - 11.05

Case and argument coding I

11.05 - 11.35
Thomas Smitherman (University of Bergen)
"Reconstructing Non-canonical Argument Structure for Proto-Indo-European: Methodological questions and progress"

11.35 - 12.05
Ilja Seržant (University of Bergen)
"Reconstructing Morphosyntactic Changes: The independent partitive genitive from the ancient Indo-European languages to Baltic and East Slavic"

12.05 - 12.35
Oswald Panagl (University of Salzburg)
"The Construction 'kath' holon kai meros': Some thoughts on its emergence, diachronic development and comparative syntactic reconstruction"

12.35 - 14.30

Case and argument coding II

14.30 - 15.00
Annette Teffeteller (Concordia University of Montreal)
"The Anatolian Innovation of Subject Clitic Pronouns: Motivating a syntactic change"

15.00 - 15.30
Tobias Weber (University of Zürich)
"Indirect Diachronic Explanations in Typology: The case of Differential Agent Marking"

15.30 - 15.50

Connectives and clause linkage

15.50 - 16.20
Ekkehard König (Free University of Berlin)
"Manner Deixis as a Source of Grammatical Markers"

16.20 - 16.50
Luz Conti (Autonomous University of Madrid)
"The Non-defined Boundaries between Prototypical Adverbs and Discourse Markers in Homer"

16.50 - 17.20
Anna Bonifazi (University of Heidelberg)
"Problematizing Early IE Syndetic Coordination: Ancient Greek 'and' from Homer to Thucydides"

17.20 - 17.40

Case and Clause Linkage: The accusative with infinitive

17.40 - 18.10
Sean M. Gleason (University of Yale)
"The Role of Analogy in the Development of Latin AcI Constructions"

18.10 - 18.40
Kristjan Šinkec (University of Tel Aviv)
"Analysis of the Accusative with Infinitive to Declarative Sentences after the Verbs of Saying in Ancient Greek Language"

Social dinner

Saturday 29th September 2012

Syntax and language contact

9.00 - 9.30
Mathias Jenny (University of Zurich)
"Language Contact and Syntactic Change in Austroasiatic Languages"

9.30 -10.00
Tjerk Hagemeijer (University of Lisbon) "The Gulf of Guinea Creoles: A case-study of syntactic reconstruction"

10.00 - 10.20

General problems: the theory. Principles of syntactic change and syntactic reconstruction

10.20 - 10.50
Nigel Vincent (University of Manchester)
"Texts and Trees"

10.50 - 11.20
Frans Plank (University of Constance
"Times of Change"

Final discussion

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