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Full Title: Infinitives at the Syntax-Semantics Interface: A Diachronic Perspective

Location: Split, Croatia
Start Date: 18-Sep-2013 - 21-Sep-2013
Contact: Lukasz Jedrzejowski
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Meeting Description: Infinitives at the Syntax-Semantics Interface: A Diachronic Perspective

Recent decades are marked with considerable progress in the study of non-finite structures both in cross-linguistic investigations and in the descriptions of individual languages. Most of these studies, however, are restricted to selected synchronic phenomena and are meant to contribute to the long-standing discussion of two competing minimalist approaches, viz. Movement Theory of Control and Agree Theory of Control. This workshop is intended to be a forum for the discussion of infinitival structures from a diachronic point of view and its aim is twofold. First, we would like to investigate the notional character of changes in relation to miscellaneous infinitival patterns and their consequences within verbal systems in general. Second, we would like to extend the field of investigation to include not only infinitival patterns as such, but also phenomena that (in)directly may change the distribution, the nature and the licensing conditions of infinitives, e.g. semantic change of infinitive-embedding predicates, evolution of the coherence vs. incoherence opposition, grammaticalization of infinitival markers, etc.
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax
LL Issue: 23.4263

This is a session of the following meeting:
46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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