LINGUIST List 30.1830

Tue Apr 30 2019

Calls: Romance; Historical Linguistics/Romania

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Date: 24-Apr-2019
From: Alexandru Nicolae <>
Subject: The Grammaticalization of Motion Verbs in Romance (workshop)
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Full Title: The Grammaticalization of Motion Verbs in Romance (workshop)

Date: 20-Sep-2019 - 21-Sep-2019
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Contact Person: Adina Dragomirescu
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2019

Meeting Description:

This two-day workshop is part of the research project Moving towards aspect, copula and passive. The diachronic reanalysis of motion verbs in Romanian (MOV)
(, hosted by the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest

Invited speakers:

Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge)
Luigi Andriani (Università degli studi di Napoli “Federico II” & New York University)

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions for 30 (20+10) minute long oral presentations dealing with the following issues:

– common paths of grammaticalization of motion verbs in Romance (motion > tense, aspect markers)
– less common paths of grammaticalization of motion verbs in Romance (motion > passive auxiliaries)
– motion verbs used as copulas – a Pan-Romance path; possible explanations
– mechanisms of syntactic change explaining these phenomena
– the degree to which the motion (deictic) meaning is preserved in the novel (grammaticalized) structures
– the relevance of the Romance motion verbs data for the theory of grammaticalization (intermediate steps, switch context(s))
– the relevance of dialectal data for the theory of grammaticalization

Submissions should be sent by attachment, as anonymous pdfs, to:, accompanied by a file containing the title of the paper, the authors and their affiliation.

Submissions must be no longer than two single-spaced pages, in Times New Roman 12, including references and examples.

Workshop language: English.

Conference fee: 50 euros (payable upon arrival; it includes coffee breaks and two meals)

Important dates for submission:

- Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2019
- Notification of acceptance: July 25, 2019
- Conference dates: September 20-21, 2019

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