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LINGUIST List 19.1560

Thu May 15 2008

Confs: Genenal Linguistics/UK

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        1.    Pierre Larrivee, Cycles of Grammaticalization

Message 1: Cycles of Grammaticalization
Date: 12-May-2008
From: Pierre Larrivee <p.larriveeaston.ac.uk>
Subject: Cycles of Grammaticalization
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Cycles of Grammaticalization

Date: 07-Jun-2008 - 07-Jun-2008
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact: Pierre Larrivee
Contact Email: p.larriveeaston.ac.uk
Meeting URL: http://www.lhds.bcu.ac.uk/english/cycles-of-grammaticalization

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Aston University and Birmingham City University are delighted to announce the
following series of one-day seminars on Cycles of Grammaticalization, funded
under the International Network programme by the Leverhulme Trust. The seminars
will seek to elucidate and diagnose the complex series of factors that lead to
grammatical change through time, with particular reference to the negation cycle
in English, French and German.

The research objectives are to establish:
1. the definition of criteria or determining when a polarity item becomes a
negative element, and 2. the means to recognise the presence of a negative
phrase. The relation between formal and functional factors, reanalysis and
language learning, dialect competition and language contact, as well as
diachronic data closer to everyday usage will also be considered. Attendance is
free of any charge and warmly invited.

Aston University, room G8, 14h-17h

June 7, 2008:
Ian Roberts (Cambridge), Sentence Structure of the Negative Cycle in French.
Discussant: Maj-Britt Mosegaard-Hansen (Manchester).
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