LINGUIST List 25.4129

Fri Oct 17 2014

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Syntax, Typology/El Salvador

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 17-Oct-2014
From: Helder Ferreira <>
Subject: The Diachrony of Complex Argument Marking Systems in the Languages of the Americas
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Full Title: The Diachrony of Complex Argument Marking Systems in the Languages of the Americas

Date: 12-Jul-2015 - 15-Jul-2015
Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Contact Person: Split Marking Symposium
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2014

Meeting Description:

The Diachrony of Complex Argument Marking Systems in the Languages of the Americas Organized by Helder Perri Ferreira and Joshua Birchall

Date: July 12-15, 2015
Location: San Salvador, El Salvador

The indigenous languages of the Americas show incredibly diversity in the grammatical strategies that they use to express the participants of an utterance. Over the last century, it has been noted that certain language treat grammatical arguments differently based on their predicate class. As the quantity and quality of the descriptive materials for these languages has increased, factors beyond predicate class, such as tense-mood-aspect, polarity and referentiality, have increasingly been described as producing multiple patterns (i.e., splits) in the ways that languages express their arguments. While our descriptive terminology has progressed considerably thanks to a renewed interest in language description and large-scale typology, what is still lacking in the field is a detailed understanding of the diachronic processes that lead to the formation of these complex patterns.

Call for Papers:

The objective of this workshop is to investigate the historical development of complex argument marking patterns in language families of the Americas. Especially welcome are approaches that consider data from across an entire family or families and those papers that integrate quantitative approaches to these data. Some topics that are relevant to the goals of the workshop are:

- Insights into the origin of split intransitivity, hierarchical marking and other types of complex argument marking patterns
- The development of grammatical relations that diverge across different grammatical mechanisms such as case marking and indexation
- The role of language contact in the formation of the complex marking patterns
- Comparative phylogenetic techniques for morphosyntactic reconstruction
- Additional methods for the reconstruction of both form and function of argument marking morphology

Abstracts should not exceed one page, including references, and can be written in English, Portuguese or Spanish. They should be sent to no later than October 31, 2014. The results of the evaluations of the abstracts will be sent by November 15, 2014.

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