LINGUIST List 27.1593

Tue Apr 05 2016

Calls: Cog Sci, Historical Ling, Lang Acq, Psycholing, Socioling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 05-Apr-2016
From: Aleksander Wiatr <>
Subject: 23rd LIPP Symposium - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Grammaticalisation
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Full Title: 23rd LIPP Symposium - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Grammaticalisation

Date: 06-Jul-2016 - 08-Jul-2016
Location: Munich, Germany
Contact Person: Aleksander Wiatr
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Genetic Classification; Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Apr-2016

Meeting Description:

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Grammaticalisation

Researchers have long presumed that grammatical signs diachronically arise from lexemes. Although a common understanding of the constitutive mechanisms of grammaticalisation and their interactions has been achieved and recurring patterns in the form of grammaticalisation paths have been recognized, many questions regarding the factors that control and cause the process of grammaticalisation remain unanswered. A stronger interdisciplinary network would provide a promising approach to answering these questions.

Exemplary research questions for such an approach might include:

- In language acquisition, a transition from unanalysed units to grammatical constructions can be observed; in grammaticalisation, one refers to the diachronic transition from lexemes to grammatical signs. Are these processes based on comparable mechanisms?
- Whether and how grammaticalisation takes place is closely linked to the linguistic areas. Can the relevant factors be traced with methods of linguistic geography?
- Speech communities are usually linguistically heterogeneous due to their social structure. Which socio-linguistic factors are relevant to grammaticalisation in individual languages or in general? What contribution can such a perspective make to the field of variety linguistics?

The inclusion of cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, language typology, linguistic geography, neurolinguistics, and additional disciplines would crucially enrich the theories of grammaticalisation through an expansion of its research perspectives. The 23rd LIPP-Symposium therefore calls for contributions from all linguistic disciplines so that the potential of an interdisciplinary network to address grammaticalisation theory may be gauged.

Keynote Speakers (confirmed):

- Prof. Dr. Volker Gast (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)
- Prof. Dr. Olav Hackstein (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)
- Prof. Dr. Bernd Heine (University of Cologne)
- Prof. Dr. Christian Lehmann (University of Erfurt)
- Prof. Dr. Hendrik de Smet (University of Leuven)
- Prof. Dr. Anna Theakston (University of Manchester)

2nd Call for Papers:

- Submission deadline: April 10, 2016
- Presentation: 20 minute talk + 10 minute discussion
- Abstract length: (300-500 word without bibliography)
- File format: PDF
- Language of the presentation: English or German
- Submission via the online application (see or via E-Mail to
- Feedback will be given on May 8, 2016
- Event timeframe: July 6 to 8, 2016
- Seidlvilla, Nikolaiplatz 1b, 80802 Munich

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