LINGUIST List 29.3631
Thu Sep 20 2018
Calls: Historical Linguistics, Typology/Australia
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Full Title: Alignment Change in Different Frameworks
Date: 01-Jul-2019 - 05-Jul-2019
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Contact Person: Eystein Dahl
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Typology
Call Deadline: 12-Oct-2018
(Session of International Conference on Historical Linguistics 24)
This workshop aims to bring together scholars working on diachronic alignment typology from different theoretical perspectives and with different methodological approaches in order to accommodate a nuanced and critical discussion of various dimensions of alignment change. It explores the rise of and interaction between major alignment types (accusative, ergative, active/semantic/split-S/fluid-S, double-oblique, hierarchical and tripartite alignment, as well as their diachronic relation to different types of valency-affecting, especially valency-reducing, constructions, (e.g. causatives, passives, anticausatives/middles, antipassives, impersonals/transimpersonals and A- or P-lability). It also addresses the fact that some languages and language families have undergone considerable changes in their alignment systems through time, while others show remarkable stability in their basic alignment system over a considerable time span, exploring whether the diachronic stability of a given language-specific alignment pattern derives from its source construction and to what extent other factors are involved. A third focal point concerns the rise of split-alignment patterns, involving both lexically and grammatically conditioned splits. Finally, we explore the rise of new case markers and their impact on the syntactic dimension of alignment. For a full workshop description, cf. the following webpage: https://cloudstor.aarnet.edu.au/plus/s/RaZT0O2okS4B5wB#pdfviewer
Call for Papers:
The workshop addresses research questions including but not limited to the following:
- What are the respective merits and shortcomings of formally and functionally oriented approaches to alignment change? How do these two types of explanation strategies complement each other?
- To what extent do different source constructions determine the relative diachronic stability of a given alignment pattern? What, if any, other factors may be involved?
- To what extent do languages with split alignment show a diachronic tendency to generalize one alignment pattern?
- Which role do Differential Argument Marking and other, non-canonical argument realization patterns play in alignment change? What are the grammatical and lexical restrictions determining extensions of ergative, nominative-accusative and other patterns?
- To what extent are the grammaticalization paths leading to ergative and accusative alignment analogous, reflecting more or less similar patterns of development? To what extent are these paths unidirectional?
- To what extent do the results yielded by corpus studies of alignment change converge with studies based on comparative reconstruction? To what extent can quantitatively oriented studies complement for the most part qualitatively oriented studies of alignment typology and change?
We invite individuals to submit abstracts on the relationship between basic alignment and valency-changing categories across languages and language families. Contrastive and typological perspectives are especially solicited, but other approaches, including in-depth studies concerned with individual languages are also very welcome.
Abstracts of maximum two pages, including references, should be submitted via the conference web page (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/ichl24/call-for-papers/
). Scholars may submit a maximum of two papers, sole authored or co-authored, including submissions to workshops. Acceptance of abstracts will be announced by mid-November 2018.
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