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LINGUIST List 24.2202

Mon May 27 2013

Calls: General Linguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 26-May-2013
From: Elly van Gelderen <ellyvangelderenasu.edu>
Subject: The Linguistic Cycle II
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Full Title: The Linguistic Cycle II

Date: 25-Apr-2014 - 26-Apr-2014
Location: Tempe, AZ, USA
Contact Person: Elly van Gelderen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2013

Meeting Description:

The Linguistic Cycle

The first Workshop on the Linguistic Cycle took place at Arizona State University in April 2008. We plan to do a follow-up in 2014, taking stock of progress and also to see what challenges looking at changes in a cyclical manner brings!

Crucial descriptive questions in relation to the linguistic cycle are the following five:

a. Which cycles exist and why?
b. Are there typical steps in a cycle, for instance, what starts a particular cycle?
c. What are the differences between cycles?
d. What are the sources of renewal once a cycle has desemanticized a lexical item?
e. At what point in the cycle does the renewing element appear?

Since this workshop in 2008, the linguistic cycle has received more attention and some of the questions are starting to get answers. Although much work remains focused on the negative cycle, e.g. the one-day events on the negative cycle that took place in Birmingham, the edited volume that came out of the workshop contains chapters on the negative cycle as well as on other cycles, namely pronouns, copulas, modals, auxiliaries, and prepositions. Phonological changes can be thought of as cycles; see Bermúdez-Otero & Trousdale 2012. External reasons for accelerating or impeding the rate of change, as with other processes, need to be studied as well.

The main cycles studied so far have been:

a. Negative Cycles
b. Pronoun to agreement cycles
c. Demonstrative cycles (to copula, article, pronoun, complementizer, tense marker)
d. Verbal cycles (to tense, mood, aspect)
e. Complementizer cycles

And of course the macrocycle identified by Hodge (1970):

f. Analytic to synthetic to analytic ...

The guest speaker will be T. Givón (University of Oregon and White Cloud Ranch) who plans to speak on pronoun to agreement cycles in Ute ‘The PRO Cycle’ but who is also interested in other cycles, e.g. the ‘Dative Cycle’ and the ‘Parataxis to Syntaxis Cycle’.

Call for Papers:

Deadline: 31 October 2013

Linguists from all theoretical backgrounds and specializations are invited to submit (2-page) abstracts on any topic connected to the linguistic cycle to ellyvangelderenasu.edu.

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