LINGUIST List 17.2917

Fri Oct 06 2006

Calls: Historical Ling, Syntax, Typology/France

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Directory         1.    Isabelle Leglise, Language Contact and Morphosyntactic Variation and Change

Message 1: Language Contact and Morphosyntactic Variation and Change
Date: 05-Oct-2006
From: Isabelle Leglise <>
Subject: Language Contact and Morphosyntactic Variation and Change

Full Title: Language Contact and Morphosyntactic Variation and Change
Date: 20-Sep-2007 - 24-Sep-2007 Location: Paris, France Contact Person: Isabelle Leglise
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 22-Dec-2006

Meeting Description:

International workshop on:

Language Contact and Morphosyntactic Variation and Change


September 20th, 21st and 24th, 2007

At the occasion of the 7th conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT VII) organized by the Fédération Typologie et Universaux du CNRS [French National Centre for Scientific Research] a 3 day workshop on morphosyntactic variation and change in situations of language contact will be held.

The workshop investigates the mechanisms of linguistic variation and change in the light of current research on language contact with a focus on variation and typological change in the area of morphosyntax. It explores the connections between work on language variation and change, which traditionally focuses on innovation and reorganization within a single system, and research in contact linguistics, which deals with linguistic change resulting from the interaction between different grammatical systems.

The following questions will be at the centre of the discussion:- In situations of language contact, do the mechanisms of linguistic change differ from those that have 'typically' been invoked in work on language evolution?- In language contact, is morphosyntactic change always preceded by variation? Is the period of variation longer or shorter than in cases of language-internally motivated change?- Are the linguistic results and processes of language contact different from those of internal linguistic change (grammaticalization, reanalysis…)?- How can contact-induced variation and change be differentiated from language-internally motivated variation and change in settings involving contact?- How do the findings from current contact linguistic research affect current frameworks and methodological approaches to language-internally motivated variation and change? Can these two lines of research be integrated or is it necessary to devise a new model?

Topics for the plenary talks are as follows:- Sarah Thomason (Michigan) - on internal and external processes of change in contact situations from a diachronic perspective.- Yaron Matras (Manchester) - on the influence of sociocultural and typological factors in contact-induced change.- Miriam Meyerhoff (Edinburgh) - comparing syntactic variation and language change in the variationist framework and in contact linguistics.- Zarina Estrada (Sonora, Mexico) - on contact-induced change involving closely related languages.

Talks will be 30 minutes long followed by 10 minutes for discussion.Submissions are also invited for posters.

Preference will be given to papers dealing with a diachronic and/or dynamic synchronic perspective presenting:- morphosyntactic data showing linguistic variation or change, either completed or in process, leading, in particular, to typological reorganization- analyses of linguistic processes at work- critical discussion of existing theoretical frameworks (language variation and change, typological change, etc.)- proposals for (new) models about the nature of linguistic change in situations of language contact.

Selected papers and posters from the conference will be published in a volume dealing with issues of variation and change in situations of contact.

Abstracts should present the data and outline the analysis and the research questions (500 words followed by a maximum of 5 bibliographical references) and should be sent as attachments (.doc or .rtf) by December 15th 2006 to:

In the body of your message please indicate the name and address of the author(s), title of the presentation, affiliation and whether you intend to give a talk or poster.

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously.

Notification of acceptance: March 5th, 2007.

Workshop languages: French, English, Spanish.