LINGUIST List 29.3699

Wed Sep 26 2018

Calls: Ling Theories, Morphology, Phonology, Syntax, Typology/Germany

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Date: 23-Sep-2018
From: Matías Guzmán Naranjo <>
Subject: Typology and Formal Theory
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Full Title: Typology and Formal Theory

Date: 21-Aug-2019 - 24-Aug-2019
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact Person: Matías Guzmán Narnajo
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 04-Nov-2018

Meeting Description:

Our aim for this workshop is to bring together typologists with a theory-neutral background and linguists working in formal theories and who are at the same time interested in cross-linguistic variation and universal tendencies.

The discussion will center around the relation between typology and theory-driven linguistic research. The main question guiding the discussion will be: which aspects of formal linguistic theory are necessary, complementary, orthogonal or even misleading for typological research?

Call for Papers:

Possible topics for papers in this workshop include, but are not limited to, the following ones:

- How can formal theoretical views help to develop or to guide typological studies?
- What are possible advantages or disadvantages of theory-neutral vs. theory-driven typology?
- When have formal theories misled typological research? What are potential dangers of theory-driven typological studies?
- Finding comparative concepts on which cross-linguistic studies can be based being a core issue in typology; can formal theories help in establishing more precise and fine-grained comparative concepts that allow us to adequately capture cross-linguistic variation and guarantee cross-linguistic applicability?

We invite both general contributions to these topics as well as case studies concerned with specific phenomena that help us to understand how linguistic theory and typology can interact, or that relate in some other way to the main questions of the workshop.

Workshop convenors:

Matías Guzmán Naranjo
Laura Becker

We ask for non-anonymous 300-word abstracts (.doc & .pdf) for inclusion into the workshop proposal to be submitted to the SLE organizers.

Please send your abstract to:

Deadline: November 4, 2018

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