LINGUIST List 21.3300

Mon Aug 16 2010

Calls: Historical Ling, Germanic Langs/USA

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        1.    Katerina Somers Robert Howell, Corpus-Based Studies in Early Germanic Linguistics 800-1350

Message 1: Corpus-Based Studies in Early Germanic Linguistics 800-1350
Date: 16-Aug-2010
From: Katerina Somers Robert Howell <>
Subject: Corpus-Based Studies in Early Germanic Linguistics 800-1350
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Full Title: Corpus-Based Studies in Early Germanic Linguistics 800-1350

Date: 12-May-2011 - 15-May-2011 Location: Kalamazoo, MI, USA Contact Person: Katerina Somers Robert Howell Meeting Email:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Germanic

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2010

Meeting Description:

Corpus-based studies in early Germanic linguistics, 800-1350

A small but growing group of Germanic historical linguists has initiated studies that rely on large corpora and combine this more traditional philological work with theoretical linguistics in order to produce analyses that are both representative of the actual textual, in some cases paleographical, data, while at the same time being theoretically sophisticated. Different than the work that is often done in the field of theoretical linguistics, this emerging approach embraces, as opposed to obfuscating or ignoring, the variation invariably exibited in historical texts. At the same time, it seeks to do more than merely describe the data, as is often the case in more traditional studies in historical linguistics. Instead these projects look to account for the synchronic systems attested in individual texts and the diachronic development exhibited across texts in a methodologically principled manner. The proposed session introduces some examples of this type of research centered on textual material from the Germanic languages from 400-1350 and may focus on any area of historical linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax, etc.) and any early Germanic language or languages.

Call For Papers

Session organizers (Katerina Somers, Queen Mary, University of London and Robert B. Howell, University of Wisconsin, Madison) solicit papers of 20 minutes in length which deliver theoretically interesting results derived from extensive work with copora, databases and, where appropriate, which return to original manuscript evidence and are informed by paleographical considerations and/or relevant language-external evidence (e.g., social history, text type, language contact). The session should consist of papers that occupy the intersection of linguistics and medieval studies and should prove to be of equal interest to medieval scholars and theoretically-oriented historical linguists.

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