LINGUIST List 31.3382

Wed Nov 04 2020

Confs: Gen Ling, Hist Ling, Ling Theories, Morphology, Syntax/Online

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Date: 04-Nov-2020
From: Emanuela Sanfelici <>
Subject: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to Microvariation 2020
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Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to Microvariation 2020
Short Title: TEAM 2020

Date: 19-Nov-2020 - 20-Nov-2020
Location: Padua, Italy
Contact: Emanuela Sanfelici
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Syntax

Meeting Description:

“More languages than we might have thought. Fewer languages than there might have been.”
(R. S. Kayne, Lectio Magistralis, Honorary Degree in Language Sciences, Venice 18 December 2015).

The third edition of the TEAM conference is centered on micro-comparative studies, which have greatly contributed to theoretical linguistics in recent years.Over the past decades micro-comparative studies have greatly contributed to theoretical linguistics, allowing scholars not only to test hypotheses on language structures and language properties on a much larger empirical basis but also to refine them in a non-trivial fashion. Minimally different related languages offer a valuable test-bed for the identification of the primitive principles of grammar: keeping the major linguistic variables (fairly) coherent across languages, we come closer to the best possible experimental setting and can better single out clusters of correlating properties and how they fit together in terms of inclusion, exclusion, coincidence or intersection. Dialects have been used in recent decades as a magnifying lens to pin down differences and variation patterns that escape us in a broad typological framework which constitutes the other side of the medal of language variation. We intend to capitalize on this amount of research and discuss to what extent macro and micro variation are similar and test the idea that macro and micro variation are different not only quantitatively but also in a qualitative sense. At present we have important tools that allow us to deal with big data and can help us to better understand what the internal mechanisms of variation really are. This conference is set to be a meeting point for scholars who work on micro and macro-variation and compare their methodologies and results to achieve a more precise picture of how the internal mechanisms of variation work.

The third edition of the TEAM conference will be held online. You can find all the details at this site:

Invited speakers:
Maria Rita Manzini (University of Florence)
Michelle Sheehan (Anglia Ruskin University)

Program Information:

(The time schedule is based on Central European Time, UTC+1)

Thursday 19 November 2020

15:00-16:00: Keynote speaker
Michelle Sheehan (Anglia Ruskin University): Passives of causatives (and perception verbs) in Romance languages: modelling the variation

Giuseppe Magistro (Ghent University), Claudia Crocco (Ghent University) and Anne Breitbarth (Ghent University): Diatopic microvariation as a window on diachronic developments

Mayowa Akinlotan (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt): A corpus-driven account of the internal structure, meaning and interpretation of wey-relative clauses in Nigerian Pidgin English

Friday 20 November 2020

Michela Cennamo (University of Naples Federico II), Francesco Ciconte (University of Insubria-Como) and Luigi Andriani (University of Utrecht): Differential object marking in Old Sardinian

Alice Barlassina (Università degli Studi di Padova) and Marco Biasio (Università degli Studi di Padova / Univerzitet u Novom Sadu): How to promise backward: Some crosslinguistic remarks on the temporal argument of PROMISE

16:00-17:00: Keynote speaker
M. Rita Manzini (University of Florence) : Clitics as functional heads and the issue of linearization

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