LINGUIST List 32.946

Mon Mar 15 2021

Confs: Socioling/Online

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Date: 15-Mar-2021
From: Hanna Fischer <>
Subject: Veronese Workshop on Morphological and Syntactic Variation along the Dialect-Standard Axis
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Veronese Workshop on Morphological and Syntactic Variation along the Dialect-Standard Axis
Short Title: VerMoSyn 2021

Date: 09-Apr-2021 - 09-Apr-2021
Location: Verona // Online, Italy
Contact: Hanna Fischer
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Morphological variation has always been a major topic in dialect research. However, little is known about either geography-induced morphological variation in standard-near registers or how the dialect-standard axis – continuum or diglossia? – is shaped from the point of view of morphological (and syntactic) variation. Attempts at capturing the linguistic features of what can be labeled Regional Dialect, Regiolects, Regional Standard or New Standard (i.e. standard-near registers characterized by regional features) in continental European languages are largely based on phonetic and phonological if not lexical variables, cf. Christen et al. (2010) for German in Switzerland, Cerruti, Crocco & Marzo (2017) for Italian. The consideration of morphological and syntactic features in determining the structure of a dialect-standard axis for those languages is only just beginning, for German cf. Kallenborn (2019), for Dutch in Flanders cf. Taeldeman (2008). Research on English morphosyntax is slightly more advanced, especially with respect to pidgin/creole and L2 varieties, cf. Szmrecsanyi & Kortmann (2009) and Kortmann & Lunkenheimer (2012). Nevertheless, the structure of morphological variation along the dialect-standard axis is still a major desideratum in the study of language variation and change in Europe and beyond.

Questions that need to be discussed include – but are not limited to – the following: Which morphological variables show variation on the dialect-standard axis? How are morphological variants used according to the variety or speech level that is used in the situation? Is it possible to divide morphological variants into primary and secondary dialectal features, according to their degree of salience? How are morphological and phonological variants intertwined with each other?

The workshop is intended as a forum to discuss theoretical and empirical approaches to the vertical structure of languages and varieties from a morphological point of view.

Program Information:

1. English & English based creoles
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi: Grammatical analyticity and syntheticity in varieties of English and in English-based creole languages

2. Danish
Torben Jensen/Marie Maegaard/Nicolai Pharao: Investigating indexicality and regional mor­phological change

3. German varieties in Switzerland
Melanie Bösiger: wo and der as Swiss German Relative Markers

4. German varieties in Austria

Katharina Korecky-Kröll: Morphological variation in German dialects spoken in Austria on the dialect-standard axis: general tendencies and specific evidence from noun diminutive forma­tion

5. German varieties in Germany 

Simon Kasper/Jeffrey Pheiff: Variation and Change in the Morpho-Syntax of the Regional Languages of German

6. Summary & Final discussion

Hanna Fischer/Stefan Rabanus: New Perspectives on Morphological and Syntactic Variation along the Dialect-Standard Axis

Please find the detailed program here: The workshop will be held digitally. Participation is free of charge. Presentations will take 45 minutes including 15 minutes of discussion. Registration: Please send an e-mail to until 02.04.2021. All relevant access details on the online conference will then be sent via e-mail.

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