LINGUIST List 31.290

Wed Jan 22 2020

Calls: Linguistic Theories, Morphology, Sociolinguistics, Syntax/United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 17-Jan-2020
From: Deepthi Gopal <>
Subject: Morphosyntactic Variation and Change in the 21st Century
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Full Title: Morphosyntactic Variation and Change in the 21st Century

Date: 27-May-2020 - 29-May-2020
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Deepthi Gopal
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2020

Meeting Description:

The study of morphosyntactic variation and change is currently entering an exciting stage in its evolution where sociolinguistic, formal and big-data approaches are able to inform each other in insightful ways. For instance, big data allows more robust testing of hypotheses developed using the other approaches than traditional small-scale studies. An understanding of social and geographic context allows formal approaches to tease apart phenomena which might otherwise be opaque. Formal approaches make links across phenomena that might otherwise be catalogued separately. The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers working on ongoing variation and change using one or more of these approaches. We aim to further the dialogue between them in order to help reach a full understanding of the processes which guide morphosyntactic variation and change.

This conference is part of the project ‘Tweetolectology: Investigating the diffusion of morphosyntactic innovations using social media’, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

We are very pleased to announce the invited speakers for this conference:
Suzanne Evans Wagner (Michigan State)
Jim Wood (Yale)
Øystein Vangsnes (Tromsø)

David Willis (Cambridge)
Tam Blaxter (Cambridge)
Deepthi Gopal (Cambridge)
Adrian Leemann (Bern)

Call for Papers:

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for submissions is approaching. We invite all submissions for presentations related to the study of morphosyntactic variation and change, and especially welcome work with a focus on languages other than English, particularly understudied languages. Please submit all abstracts through EasyChair (requires login: in 12-point Times New Roman on a single A4 page - an additional page may be included for figures if necessary.

Assistance with the cost of attendance will be available for some student and unsalaried presenters. For all further details, please see the conference website:

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