LINGUIST List 8.1028

Thu Jul 10 1997

Calls: Role of Functional Categories

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  1. T. Veenstra, 2nd Call for Papers: DGfS meeting 1998

Message 1: 2nd Call for Papers: DGfS meeting 1998

Date: Tue, 8 Jul 1997 15:03:58 +0200 (MET DST)
From: T. Veenstra <>
Subject: 2nd Call for Papers: DGfS meeting 1998


As part of the Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society (Deutsche 
Gesellschaft fuer Sprachwissenschaft), to be held in Halle (Saale), 
Germany, March 4-6 1998, there will be a workshop (Arbeitsgruppe) on the 
following topic:

The Role of Functional Categories in Language Contact and Change

In current syntactic theory functional categories play an important role in 
determining the structure of clauses and noun phrases. While in `regular' 
language change the content of functional categories seems to be 
relatively stable, in many language contact situations, e.g. creolization, 
code-switching, functional categories are lost and, subsequently, 
reconstituted. A major issue hereby is on which grammatical knowledge 
speakers model the reconstitution of these elements. Some of the specific
questions to be adressed in this session are:

(i) which functional categories are necessarily reconstituted, and which 
 are not? This relates to the issues of universality (or UG-
 compatibility) and markedness of functional categories;
(ii) What type of functional categories are reconstituted: those that 
 contribute to meaning (LF-interpretable), or those that only convey 
 grammatical information, or both?;
(iii) which lexical categories are used as a model for reconstitution and, 
 consequently, are reinterpreted as functional categories?;
(iv) from which language(s) in the contact situation are the (lexical or 
 grammatical) elements drawn used for reconstitution of 
 functional categories?

Papers will are relevant to this topic are invited. Papers should take 
30 minutes, to be followed by 15 minutes of discussion. A one-page 
abstract should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to the organizer
(address below) by September 1, 1997.

Dr. T. Veenstra
Instituut voor Algemene Taalwetenschap
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Spuistraat 210
NL-1012 VT Amsterdam

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