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LINGUIST List 24.3615

Mon Sep 16 2013

Calls: Old English, Middle English, Historical Ling, Morphology, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 15-Sep-2013
From: George Walkden <george.walkdenmanchester.ac.uk>
Subject: Early English Dialect Morphosyntax
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Full Title: Early English Dialect Morphosyntax

Date: 14-Jul-2014 - 17-Jul-2014
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Contact Person: George Walkden
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English, Middle; English, Old

Call Deadline: 28-Sep-2013

Meeting Description:

“Early English Dialect Morphosyntax” is a proposed workshop for the 18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics. The focus of this workshop is the long-neglected issue of diatopic variation in the morphosyntax of Old and Middle English.

Traditionally, handbooks and overview articles have had little to say about dialectal variation in OE and ME morphosyntax, partly due to the sparsity of the surviving material. However, a flurry of recent work has shown that this pessimistic position is in need of qualification: syntactic dialect differences within OE and ME can be identified, provided that the (admittedly limited) non-West-Saxon OE material is used with care.

2nd Call for Papers:

Submissions are invited for a workshop proposal for ICEHL 18, “Early English Dialect Morphosyntax,” focusing on on the long-neglected issue of diatopic variation in the morphosyntax of Old and Middle English.

The time is ripe to bring together and evaluate the claims that have so far been made, as well as to work on methodological advances in the study of diatopic variation in historically attested corpora. Specifically, contributions to the workshop will address the following questions:

i) What aspects of OE and ME morphosyntax exhibit dialectal variation? Is there change in the dialectal distribution of variants over time?

ii) What are the key dialect divisions in OE and ME? Do those found in morphosyntactic studies correspond with the traditional taxonomies proposed largely on the basis of phonological considerations?

iii) To what extent can the methods of modern dialect syntax projects be applied to historical studies?

iv) Given our limited range of sources, how can diatopic variation be disentangled from diachronic, stylistic or other types of variation?

Expressions of interest, and 400-word abstracts, should be sent to George Walkden (george.walkdenmanchester.ac.uk) by 28 September 2013.

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