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LINGUIST List 25.391

Thu Jan 23 2014

Confs: Historical Linguistics, Linguistic Theories, Syntax/Germany

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

Date: 23-Jan-2014
From: Robert Mailhammer <R.Mailhammeruws.edu.au>
Subject: Restrictions on Combinatorics and Their Role in Language Change
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Restrictions on Combinatorics and Their Role in Language Change

Date: 20-Mar-2014 - 21-Mar-2014
Location: Hanover, Germany
Contact: Elena Smirnova, Robert Mailhammer
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.elenasmirnova.de/conf-start.html

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

Meeting Description:

Research on grammaticalisation and lexicalisation usually assumes a functional or semantic change as the first step of the development. However, it is less clear what prompts this change in the first place. The background hypothesis to this conference is that sub-grammatical restrictions on the way items can be combined in constructions, which then develop into lexical or grammatical units, play a pivotal role in motivating these crucial functional and semantic changes. That is, the synchronic combinability of words can shape paths of grammaticalisation and lexicalisation. The conference brings together researchers investigating this hypothesis especially in the context of periphrastic passive constructions in the languages of Europe, but also from a typological and theoretical viewpoint.




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