LINGUIST List 32.2618

Wed Aug 11 2021

Calls: Historical Ling, Morphology, Socioling, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 09-Aug-2021
From: Lea Schäfer <>
Subject: Towards a comparative historical dialectology: evidence from morphology and syntax (DGfS 2022)
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Full Title: Towards a comparative historical dialectology: evidence from morphology and syntax (DGfS 2022)

Date: 23-Feb-2022 - 25-Feb-2022
Location: Tübingen, Germany
Contact Person: Lea Schäfer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 22-Aug-2021

Meeting Description:

Workshop at the annual conference of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS)

Dialect syntax was long considered the stepchild of dialectology (see Glaser 2000). In the meantime, this gap has been reduced, especially in relation to the modern Germanic and Romance dialects. Now it is about time to leave the comfort zone of modern dialects and to establish a historical dialect syntax and morphology. We explicitly seek for a historical dialectology as dialects are more natural than standard/written languages (Weiß 2009). An overarching goal would be a comparative compilation of these results from the individual varieties to gain general knowledge about language change.

The feasibility of a historical comparative dialectology is demonstrated by numerous phonological studies (cf. Cravens 2002). For syntax and morphology, however, we have just begun to identify and analyze historical oral varieties using fine scaled geolinguistic, statistical, and philological methods.

Therefore, there is a need to unite experts in different varieties, grammatical structures, and fields (dialectology, typology, and historical linguistics) to discuss basic questions towards a historical comparative dialect syntax and morphology:

– Are there formal or functional similarities/differences between cross-linguistic phenomena such as negation, case, word order, object marking, auxiliaries, definiteness, etc.?

– How to identify historical dialects and which types of sources are suitable for a historical comparative dialectology?

– Which (geo-)statistical methods can help to model conclusions about language change processes?

The workshop aims to establish a network for theoretically informed researchers from different linguistic fields.

2nd Call for Papers:

The workshop will bring together experts in different languages, grammatical structures, and subfields (dialectology, typology, and historical linguistics) to discuss fundamental issues in historical comparative dialect syntax and morphology. For more information see

Abstracts for oral presentations (20 minutes talk + discussion) must be anonymous and not exceed 500 words. References do not count toward the word count. Abstracts should clearly state the research question(s), approach, method, data and (expected) results. Please submit your anonymous abstract via EasyChair:

Invited speakers:
Tamsin Blaxter (University of Cambridge)
Bettelou Los (University of Edinburgh)

A limited number of travel grants of up to 500 Euro each are available for accepted contributions by DGfS members without/with low income. Travel grants can be applied until December 2021. (Contact us for details).

Extended deadline for abstract submission: August 22, 2021
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2021

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