LINGUIST List 32.2642

Sat Aug 14 2021

Confs: Historical Ling, Ling Theories, Pragmatics, Semantics/Germany (Online)

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Date: 12-Aug-2021
From: Lukasz Jedrzejowski <>
Subject: Formal Diachronic Semantics 6
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Formal Diachronic Semantics 6
Short Title: FoDS 6

Date: 06-Sep-2021 - 07-Sep-2021
Location: Cologne (Online), Germany
Contact: Lukasz Jedrzejowski
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Formal Diachronic Semantics (FoDS) is a venue dedicated to work in semantic change carried out within the paradigm of formal semantics/pragmatics. The 6th FoDS will be hosted by the Institute for German Language and Literature I – Linguistics at the University of Cologne, on September 6–7 2021.

Invited senior speakers (confirmed):
- Cleo Condoravdi (Stanford University, USA)
- Hana Filip (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany)
- Stefan Hinterwimmer (University of Wuppertal, Germany)

Invited student speaker (confirmed):
- Gunnar Lund (Harvard University, USA)

The conference will be held virtually only.


All times are listed in the 24 hour system, and are in Cologne time (UTC+2).

September 6 (Monday)

11:30 – 12:00: Opening remarks and introduction (Łukasz Jędrzejowski, University of Cologne)

12:00 – 13:00: Generics from imperfectives (Hana Filip, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf)

13:00 – 14:00: Break

14:00 – 15:00: Syntax and semantics of Latin HAVE-statives (Lieven Danckaert, CNRS – University of Lille & Gerhard Schaden, University of Lille)

15:00 – 16:00: A formal account of the diachrony of the Icelandic ‘finish’ perfect (Jordan Chark, Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics, Berlin)

16:00 – 16:30: Coffee/Tea break

16:30 – 17:30: 'Want', unconditionals and scalar particles: The source of free choice items in Hungarian (Tamás Halm, Pázmány Péter Catholic University; Research Institute for Linguistics)

17:30 – 18:30: When 'still' becomes modal: Aspectual sources of concessive meanings (Aynat Rubinstein, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Elena Herburger, Georgetown University)

18:30 – 19:30: From pluractionality to aspect (Gunnar Lund, Harvard University)

September 7 (Tuesday)

11:00 – 12:00: Diachronic evidence for a unified semantics of the German modal verb 'sollen' (Stefan Hinterwimmer, University of Wuppertal)

12:00 – 13:00: The semantic evolution of the past irrealis in non-Pama-Nyungan languages: Modelling language change without access to written records (Patrick Caudal, CNRS, University of Paris & Robert Mailhammer Western Sydney University)

13:00 – 14:00: Break

14:00 – 15:00: Iteratives driving the wrong way? Limiting unidirectionality from Saarland to Semitic (Remus Gergel / Mohammad Bablli & Maike Puhl, Saarland University)

15:00 – 16:00: Demonstrative shift and proximal markedness (Tess Monks & Kathryn Davidson, Harvard University)

16:00 – 16:30: Coffee/Tea break

16:30 – 17:30: Grammaticalization of 'whether': Stages from 'wh'-pronoun to question complementizer (Regine Eckardt & George Walkden, University of Konstanz)

17:30 – 18:30: From ability to epistemic possibility (Cleo Condoravdi, Stanford University)

18:30 – 19:00: Business meeting: Closing remarks, Proceedings, FoDS 7


Please register online until September 3, 2021 by writing an email with the subject line “Registration” to our conference email:

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