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LINGUIST List 23.3954

Mon Sep 24 2012

Confs: Genetic Classification, Historical Ling, Morphology, Typology, General Ling/Germany

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

Date: 24-Sep-2012
From: Martine Robbeets <martine_robbeetshotmail.com>
Subject: Paradigm Change in Historical Reconstruction: The Transeurasian Languages and Beyond
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Paradigm Change in Historical Reconstruction: The Transeurasian Languages and Beyond

Date: 07-Mar-2013 - 08-Mar-2013
Location: Mainz, Germany
Contact: Martine Robbeets
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.marumaru.eu/Paradigm_change_in_historical_reconstruction__the_Transeurasian_languages_and_beyond/HOME.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Typology

Meeting Description:

Supporters and critics of the genealogical relatedness of the Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic and Turkic languages, seem to agree that paradigmatic evidence could substantially help unravel the question. This relative consensus provides a starting point for the symposium because it raises two issues: first, a theoretical question concerning the role of patterned morphology in assessing geneaological relatedness vs. contact-induced convergence, and, second, an empirical one, concerning the existence and the historical explanation of paradigmatic correlations between the Transeurasian languages.

Treating genealogical linguistics and areal linguistics from an integrative perspective, the interaction of and the differentiation between inheritance and contact as triggers of paradigmatic correlations will be the main topic of this symposium. This problem will be approached from a cross-linguistic historical perspective with the intention of assessing more clearly the situation of the Transeurasian languages. For that purpose, specialists of such fields as historical linguistics of various families, areal linguistics and morphological typology will interact with specialists on Transeurasian languages.

The term 'Transeurasian' is used in reference to a large group of geographically adjacent languages, traditionally known as 'Altaic' (Johanson & Robbeets 2009: 1-2). They share a significant number of linguistic properties and include at most five different linguistic families: Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic and Turkic.

Admission to the symposium is free to anybody interested in the matter. To register, please send an Email to:


On the Strength of Morphological Paradigms: Between economy and explicitness
Walter Bisang (Mainz)

Paradigms: Representation and meaning
Greville Corbett (Surrey)

Agglutination vs. Analyticity in Proto-Niger Congo: Addressing a historical-comparative problem
Tom Güldeman (Leipzig)

Reconstructing the Niger-Congo Verb Extension Paradigm: What's cognate, copied or renewed?
Larry Hyman (Berkeley)

On Arguing from Diachrony for Paradigms
Brian Joseph (Columbus, Ohio)

Derivational Paradigms for Wide-scale Comparison
Johanna Nichols (Berkeley)

Lars Johanson (Mainz)

Deverbal Nominals in Altaic
László Károly (Mainz)

Innovations and Archaisms in Siberian Turkic Case Paradigms: A Transeurasian historical and areal perspective
Irina Nevskaya (Frankfurt)

Gender in Mongolian
András Róna-Tas (Szeged)

Ural-Altaic: The polygenetic origins of nominal morphology
Juha Janhunen (Helsinki)

Innovations in the Case System of the Mongolic Languages of the Amdo Sprachbund
Hans Nugteren (Leiden)

Andrej Malchukov (Mainz)

Paradigm Copying in Tungusic: The Lamunkhin dialect of Ėven and beyond
Brigitte Pakendorf (Lyon)

The Comparative Method and Korean
Robert Ramsey (Maryland)

Common 'paradigmatic' Verb Morphology in Transeurasian
Martine Robbeets (Mainz)

Comparative Consequences for a Toungue Root Harmony Analysis for Proto-Tungusic, Proto-Mongolic, and Proto-Korean
John Whitman, Seongyeon Ko, Andrew Joseph (New York)

Rethinking Old Japanese Verb Paradigms and Implications for K-J Comparison
Jim Unger (Columbus, Ohio)

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