CfP Pragmaticalization at NRG5

Muriel Norde m.norde at
Wed Jan 4 11:10:40 UTC 2012

Call for papers:Pragmaticalization at NRG5

Call deadline: January 17^th , 2012


Karin Beijering (k.beijering at <mailto:k.beijering at>), 
University of Groningen

Muriel Norde (m.norde at <mailto:m.norde at>), University of 

This is a call for papers for a workshop proposal to be submitted to the 
/New Reflections on Grammaticalization 5/ conference, to be held at the 
university of Edinburgh, July 16^th -19^th , 2012.

Abstracts should be submitted directly to the NRG5 website 
( and marked for 
"Workshop on Pragmaticalization". Please send your abstract to the two 
of us as well, so we can include it in our workshop proposal. If you 
already submitted your abstract to the conference website but would like 
to join our workshop, please forward your abstract to us and we will 
inform the conference organizers.

Important notice:the general deadline for abstract submission to NRG5 is 
January 10^th , but has been extended to the 17^th for just this 
workshop. If our workshop proposal is rejected, your abstract will still 
be reviewed for the general programme.

Workshop description

The development of discourse markers is a controversial issue in 
grammaticalization theorizing (Beijering fc.). On the one hand, the 
growth of discourse markers is characterized by changes and effects 
typically attested in grammaticalization, e.g. decategorialization, 
phonological reduction, divergence or layering. On the other hand, it is 
crucially different from grammaticalization (Brinton & Traugott 
2005:138f.), for instance because it involves scope increase instead of 
scope reduction, and an increase in syntactic freedom instead of 
syntactic fixation. These differences and similarities with prototypical 
cases of grammaticalization have given rise to divergent 
conceptualizations of the rise of discourse markers. Some authors (e.g. 
Ocampo 2006, Norde 2009) define pragmaticalization a process distinct 
from grammaticalization, others (e.g. Wischer 2000) consider it a 
special subtype of grammaticalization, yet others redefine 
grammaticalization properties so as to be able to include discourse 
makers. For example, Diewald (2011: 368) extends the notion of 
(grammatical) obligatoriness to "communicative obligatoriness".

In this workshop, we welcome both theoretically and empirically oriented 
papers that address the question of whether pragmaticalization is a 
composite change in its own right, besides (de)lexicalization and 
(de)grammaticalization.Although we consider the boundaries between these 
"izations" as gradient, we are keen to explore the specific properties 
that distinguish discourse markers from grammatical elements suchas 
prepositions or modal auxiliaries, both synchronically and diachronically.


Beijering, Karin. fc. /Expressions of epistemic modality in Mainland 
Scandinavian: A study into the 
lexicalization-grammmaticalization-pragmaticalization interface/. PhD 
thesis, University of Groningen.

Brinton, Laurel J. & Elizabeth Closs Traugott. 2005. /Lexicalization and 
language change/. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Diewald, Gabriele. 2011. Pragmaticalization (defined) as 
grammaticalization of discourse functions. /Linguistics/ 49(2), 365-390.

Norde, Muriel. 2009. /Degrammaticalization./ Oxford: Oxford University 

Ocampo, Francisco. 2006. Movement towards discourse is not 
grammaticalization: the evolution of /claro/ from adjective to discourse 
particle in spoken Spanish. In Sagarra, Nuria & Almeida Jacqueline 
Toribio (eds) /Selected proceedings of the 9^th Hispanic Linguistics 
Symposium/, 308-319. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Wischer, Ilse. 2000. Grammaticalization versus lexicalization. 
'/Methinks/' there is some confusion. In Fischer, Olga, Anette Rosenbach 
& Dieter Stein (eds) /Pathways of change. Grammaticalization in 
English/, 355-370. Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Prof. dr. Muriel Norde
Scandinavian Languages and Cultures
University of Groningen
P.O. Box 716
9700 AS Groningen
The Netherlands

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