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Full Title: Reorganising Grammatical Variation

Location: Oslo, Norway
Start Date: 05-Aug-2013 - 05-Aug-2013
Contact: Matthias Eitelmann
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.hf.uio.no/ifikk/english/research/events/ichl2013/workshops/
Meeting Description: When it comes to grammatical variation, functionally equivalent variants can be observed to co-exist over centuries of time. The question is why in some cases formal variance is retained for such a long time instead of being discarded after merely a brief period of toleration.

With most studies on grammatical variation concentrating on the level of synchrony, what has remained a desideratum is a systematic investigation of long-term grammatical variation within the context of language change, i.e. from a predominantly diachronic perspective.

Against this backdrop, the workshop seeks to investigate grammatical variation phenomena which have not only been persistent in the long run but which have also been crucial in the reorganisation of a linguistic (sub)system, i.e. the workshop addresses cases in which co-existing variants are not only maintained but also redistributed and refunctionalised.

Please note: A more exhaustive workshop description elaborating and exemplifying this topic in more detail is available at:

Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Typology
LL Issue: 24.235

This is a session of the following meeting:
International Conference on Historical Linguistics

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