LINGUIST List 21.3990

Sat Oct 09 2010

Calls: Historical Ling, Morphology/Japan

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        1.    Kazuha Watanabe, The Diachrony of TAM Systems as a Paradigm

Message 1: The Diachrony of TAM Systems as a Paradigm
Date: 08-Oct-2010
From: Kazuha Watanabe <>
Subject: The Diachrony of TAM Systems as a Paradigm
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Full Title: The Diachrony of TAM Systems as a Paradigm Short Title: TAM systems

Date: 25-Jul-2011 - 30-Jul-2011 Location: Osaka, Japan Contact Person: Kazuha Watanabe Meeting Email:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology

Call Deadline: 13-Oct-2010

Meeting Description:

The diachrony of TAM (tense-aspect-modality) systems has been one of the most researched topics in historical linguistics, especially after Heine, Claudi, and Hünnemeyer (1991) and Bybee, Perkins, and Pagliuca (1994). However, many of the previous studies have focused on the diachronic development of specific TAM markers. That is, their aim is usually to identify the origins of the TAM markers in question and to examine the further changes (phonological, semantic, and/or morpho-syntactic) that the markers have gone through. This might be due to the fact that this is the structure of above mentioned works. Furthermore, while the interaction among tense, aspect and modality is a long-studied topic, we still have not thoroughly addressed how the overall TAM systems develop in a given language.

Therefore, the questions that the workshop would like to address are...

1)How do the specific diachronic changes of TAM markers affect the overall TAM paradigm in a given language? 2)Alternatively, how is tense, aspect, or modality system affected by such changes, rather than the TAM systems as a whole?) 3)Reversely, how does the overall structure of the TAM paradigm affect the types of diachronic changes of specific TAM markers? 4)Or how does the nature of tense, aspect, or modality system affect the development of individual markers? 5)Typologically speaking, what is possible TAM systems like? (or what would an impossible TAM system would be?) 6)Any other issues that have not been solved

References: Bybee, J., Parkins, R., and Pagliuca, W. 1994. The Evolution of Grammar: Tense, Aspect and Modality in the Languages of the World. The University of Chicago Press: Chicago Heine, Bernd, Ulrike Claudi and Friederike Hünnemeyer 1991. 'From cognition to grammar: Evidence from African languages'. In Traugott, Elizabeth Closs and Bernd Heine (eds.), Approaches to Grammaticalization. pp. 149-188. John Benjamins: Amsterdam

Final Call For Papers

The workshop is on the diachrony of TAM systems as a paradigm at the 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, to be held in Osaka, Japan, from July 25 to 30, 2011. I need to submit possible participants with the workshop proposal by October 15. I would like to see if there is enough interest. Please express your interest (with possible paper title) via email by October 13. The abstract needs to be submitted to the conference organizers by January 15.

Kazuha Watanabe, PhD Assistant Professor California State University, Fullerton

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