Program for the Rice University Symposium
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Tue Mar 11 19:18:20 UTC 1997
Announcing the Schedule for the Seventh Biennial Rice University Symposium
The Interface Between Comparative Linguistics
and Grammaticalization Theory: Languages of the Americas
March 26-29, 1997
Studies of grammaticalization often rely on internal reconstruction to
posit the source of a given piece of innovative grammar, then invoke
typological variation attested for parallel constructions in unrelated
languages as representing different stages in a presumed parallel change.
In contrast, comparative studies often do not address morphosyntactic
patterns in their comparisons, or do so in only the most general of terms.
This symposium will bring together comparativists and grammaticalization
theoreticians to discuss (a) the role that comparative data might play in
strengthening or altering some hypotheses about stages of
grammaticalization, and (b) the role grammaticalization theory might play
in helping to organize comparative morphosyntactic data. Both discussions
will focus on indigenous languages of the Americas in the hope of inspiring
future descriptive work informed by a comparative vision of morphosyntactic
--Wednesday, March 26--
Opening Banquet, Cohen House
Judith Brown, Dean of Humanities, Rice University
Jim Copeland, Professor and Chair of Linguistics, Rice University
Introduction to the Rice Biennial Symposium on Linguistics
Spike Gildea, Rice University
Goals of the Symposium
--Thursday, March 27--
Farnsworth Pavilion, Rice Memorial Center
9:00-10:15 Bernd Heine,Institut fur Afrikanistik,Universitat zu Koln
"Grammaticalization Chains Across Languages: An Example from Khoisan"*
*honorary language family of the (far-eastern) Americas
10:45-12:00 Marianne Mithun, University of California, Santa Barbara
"The Stories Behind the Ordering of Morphemes"
2:00-3:15 T. Givon, University of Oregon
"Internal Reconstruction: Methodological and Theoretical Notes"
3:45-5:00 General Discussion
--Friday, March 28--
9:00-10:15 Terrence Kaufman, University of Pittsburgh
"Gradient Grammaticalization of Incorporated Roots in the Verb
Word in Mixe-Zoquean Languages"
10:45-12:00 Aryon Rodrigues, Universidade de Brasilia
"Morphosyntactic Changes due to Phonological Reduction
2:00-3:15 Wallace Chafe, University of California, Santa Barbara
"The Rise of Polysynthesis within the Iroquoian Language Family"
3:45-5:00 Sergio Meira, Rice University
"The Genesis of an Epiphenomenal Split-S System in Cariban Languages"
--Saturday, March 29--
10:00-11:15 Alexandra Aikhenvald, Australian National University
"Grammaticalization in Areal and Genetic Perspective:
Serial Verbs and Verb Compounding in North Arawak Languages"
1:30-2:45 Spike Gildea, Rice University
"On the Evolution of Constituency in the Cariban Family:
Rethinking Word Order Typology"
3:15-5:15 Round Table/General Discussion
If you are interested in attending the symposium, contact John Newell
(jpn at rice.edu) for more information.
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