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LINGUIST List 25.275

Wed Jan 15 2014

Calls: Germanic, Morphology, Historical Linguistics, Syntax/Germany

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>

Date: 15-Jan-2014
From: Christian Zimmer <histlingzedat.fu-berlin.de>
Subject: Germanic Genitives
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Full Title: Germanic Genitives

Date: 22-May-2014 - 24-May-2014
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Horst Simon
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/v/germanic-genitives

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Germanic

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2014

Meeting Description:

Organisers: Tanja Ackermann, Horst Simon & Christian Zimmer (FU Berlin)

Invited Speakers:

Peter Gallmann (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
Alan Scott (University of Nottingham)

An obvious general tendency in many Germanic languages is gradual deflection everywhere in the grammatical system. For instance, we can observe a reduction in the number of cases; in this context it has often been predicted that the complete loss of the genitive is imminent. Indeed, a drastic decrease in the number of syntactic functions of the genitive has occurred. At the same time, in nearly all Germanic languages the genitive seems to be relatively stable morphologically. In fact, in some languages the genitive is the only case still overtly marked.

In this workshop we intend to focus on the dynamics of one specific cell in morphological paradigms: how is it filled (paradigmatic relations, allomorphy)? And what functions does it fulfill?

We aim to explore crosslinguistic similarities and dissimilarities regarding the synchrony and diachrony of genitives and the reasons behind them. Comparing the developments of this particular cell allows us to better understand the factors that determine linguistic variation.

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite all researchers to submit abstracts for papers using data on genitives in any Germanic language. Both single-language and comparative topics are welcome.

Topics to be explored include:

- Morphological or syntactic variation
- The interplay of paradigmatic and syntagmatic variation
- Constructions that compete(d) with the genitive
- The rise of new genitive constructions
- The relevance of genitives for the typological profile of Germanic languages
- Explanations for the radical loss of syntactic functions
- The interplay of phonological change and morphological/syntactic change
- Phonologically determined allomorphy
- The relevance of redundancy in morphological coding
- The semantics of the genitive
- The specific behaviour of proper names in genitive phrases
- The status of -s (inflection vs. clitic)
- Graphematical realisations of the genitive (i.e. apostrophes…)
- Language norms and language criticism

Papers on other suitable topics are also welcome.

Please send an anonymous abstract of no more than 500 words, excluding references, to histlingzedat.fu-berlin.de.

There will be 40-minute slots, including discussion time.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 01 February 2014
Notification of acceptance: Mid-February 2014

For further information please contact: histlingzedat.fu-berlin.de.

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