LINGUIST List 30.1687

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Calls: Historical Linguistics/Greece

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Date: 13-Apr-2019
From: Nikolaos Lavidas <>
Subject: Workshop: Language Change in Indo-European - 4th Naxos Summer School: Language Variation and Change in Ancient and Medieval Europe
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Full Title: Workshop: Language Change in Indo-European - 4th Naxos Summer School: Language Variation and Change in Ancient and Medieval Europe

Date: 31-Jul-2019 - 31-Jul-2019
Location: Naxos, Cyclades, Greece
Contact Person: Nikolaos Lavidas
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Indo-European

Call Deadline: 10-May-2019

Meeting Description:

The 4th Naxos Summer School on Language Variation and Change in Ancient and Medieval Europe (July 28 – August 3, 2019) [] will be organizing a workshop on “Language Change in Indo-European ”, to be held on July 31, 2019.

Abstracts that approach change in Indo-European languages (from Proto-Indo-European to daughter languages, or in Indo-European branches) from any perspective are welcome, including: historical morpho-syntax, historical phonology, historical pragmatics, historical sociolinguistics.

Workshop Description:

The rich historical data of Indo-European languages offer a stable basis for the formation and validation of language change theories, and mainly for those analyzing the direction of change.

The idea of the workshop is to offer our summer schools participants as well as other scholars interested in a systematic study of change in Indo-European languages, the opportunity to present their ongoing research or the results of their studies on change and its directions in the Indo-European family. We encourage papers of both data- and theory-oriented approaches.

The issues to be addressed in the workshop include the following topics:

(i) new perspectives on phonological or morpho-syntactic reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European;
(ii) new analyses of long-standing questions that concern, for instance, gender-animacy-number, diathesis-voice, cases and alignment, finiteness and non-finiteness, prepositions-postpositions-prefixes in Indo-European;
(iii) new approaches to the study of features (isoglosses) that are shared by more than one Indo-European branches;
(iv) new methods of analyzing the directions of (phonological/ morpho-syntactic/ lexical/ pragmatic) change in Indo-European;
(v) new trends in computational Indo-European linguistics (and computational cladistics).

Final Call for Abstracts:

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to May 10.

Please email your 350-words (excluding references) abstract to Elly van Gelderen (, Alexander Bergs ( and Nikolaos Lavidas (

Accommodation: We can offer 40 beds at the municipality hostel (Vivlos/Tripodes village) for the whole period of the summer school.
Registration fee only for the workshop: 30 euros

Registration fee for summer school + workshop: 190 euros, it also covers the light lunches for the whole period of the summer school [Summer school faculty and courses: Elly van Gelderen (Arizona State Univ.) Old and Middle English: Morphosyntax in manuscripts; Olga Fischer (Univ. of Amsterdam) Old English and how it developed syntactically in the later Middle and Modern periods; Donka Minkova (UCLA) Old and Middle English phonology; Svetlana Petrova (Bergische Univ. Wuppertal) Clause Structure and word order variation in Old High German; Thórhallur Eythórsson (Univ. of Iceland) Old Norse and its Old Germanic relatives; Ioanna Sitaridou (Univ. of Cambridge) The syntactic evolution of the Romance languages; Dag Haug (Univ. of Oslo) Ancient Greek (morpho-)syntax; Nikolaos Lavidas (National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens) Proto-Indo-European (morpho-)syntax: An introduction].

Please notice that the deadline for applications to the summer school has been extended to May 20 (second round of applications).

Registration Instructions: To apply for the summer school, please use the online application form:

More information about the venue can be found at the summer school webpage:

Alexander Bergs, Elly van Gelderen, Nikolaos Lavidas

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