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Full Title: Agreement from a Diachronic Perspective

Location: Marburg, Hesse, Germany
Start Date: 04-Oct-2012 - 06-Oct-2012
Contact: Magnus Breder Birkenes
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Meeting URL: http://www.uni-marburg.de/fb10/iksl/sprachwissenschaft/forschung/projekte/kongruenz/cfp2012
Meeting Description: Typologically oriented synchronic research on agreement systems has led to empirically well-founded generalizations such as the Agreement Hierarchy (Corbett 1979, 2006). However, up until now a diachronic perspective is missing in most accounts regarding agreement. This is regrettable since language change can provide interesting insights when it comes to assess the explanative power of our theoretical concepts. In the workshop ‘Agreement from a Diachronic Perspective’, we want to fill this gap by addressing research questions such as the following:

- Are our synchrony-based concepts on agreement also valid in a diachronic perspective? e.g., is change in agreement systems structured by the Agreement Hierarchy?
- Can change in agreement systems be accounted for by referring to the concepts well-known from synchronic research?
- How does the diachronic data change our understanding of the functioning of agreement systems?

The following colleagues have agreed to provide keynotes:

- Balthasar Bickel & Alena Witzlack-Makarevich
- Greville G. Corbett
- Michael Cysouw
- Antje Dammel
- Olav Hackstein
- Michele Loporcaro
- Silvia Luraghi
- Damaris Nübling
- Horst Simon
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax; Typology
LL Issue: 22.4728

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