First CfP: SLE-44 Workshop: Diachronic Construction Grammar

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First Call for papers

SLE-44 in Logroño, Spain, 8-11 September 2011
Workshop title: Diachronic Construction Grammar

Organizers: Jóhanna Barðdal, University of Bergen & Spike Gildea,
University of Oregon


The theoretical framework of Construction Grammar has by now become an
established framework in the international linguistic community, and a
viable alternative to more formal approaches to language and
linguistic structure. So far, constructional analyses have mostly been
focused on synchronic, comparative and typological data, while the
emergence of a diachronic construction grammar is a more recent

The beginning of diachronic construction grammar was marked by
Israel's (1996) influential paper on the development of the way
construction in the history of English. Since then, work has, for
instance, been done on:

- The development of case in Germanic (Barðdal 2001, 2009), historical
variation in case marking (Berg-Olsen 2009, Barðdal 2011)
- Changes in periphrastic causatives in English (Hollmann 2003),
future constructions in Germanic (Hilpert 2008), and raising
constructions in English and Dutch (Noël & Colleman 2010)
- The development of pragmatic particles in Czech (Fried 2007, 2009)
- Possessive constructions in the history of Russian (Eckhoff 2009)
- Rise of the there construction from Old to Early Modern English
(Jenset 2010)
- Grammaticalization and construction grammar (Traugott 2007, 2008a?b,
Noël 2007, Trousdale 2008a?b, Bisang 2010)
- Construction grammar and historical-comparative reconstruction
(Gildea 1997, 1998, 2000, Haig 2008, Barðdal & Eythórsson 2009,
Barðdal 2010)

At the moment, the community is experiencing a boom in the amount of
research being carried out within diachronic construction grammar.

More generally, a constructional approach to diachronic linguistics
and language change may be focused on how new constructions arise, how
competition in diachronic variation should be accounted for, how
constructions fall into disuse, as well as how constructions change in
general, formally and/or semantically, and the implications for the
language system as a whole. Another area of focus is the value of a
constructional approach to the reconstruction of morphosyntax.
Further, the role of corpus data, frequency, language contact, and the
interaction between item-specific and more general abstract
constructions may also be important ingredients in any diachronic
constructional analysis, claiming to do justice to language
development and change.

This workshop is particularly focused on research where the notion of
construction as a form-function pairing is needed to account for the
diachronic data and development. We welcome contributions where a
comparison between models is facilitated, both with regard to
reconstructing grammatical change and to explaining attested
grammatical change. The workshop's aim is to promote construction
grammar as a viable diachronic framework alongside other linguistic
frameworks dealing with language change.

Please submit your abstract through the SLE website, not later than
January 15th, 2011:


Barðdal, Jóhanna. 2001. Case in Icelandic - A Synchronic, Diachronic
and Comparative Approach. Lundastudier i Nordisk språkvetenskap A 57.
Lund: Department of Scandinavian Languages, Lund.

Barðdal, Jóhanna. 2009. The Development of Case in Germanic. In J.
Barðdal & S.L. Chelliah (eds.), The Role of Semantic, Pragmatic and
Discourse Factors in the Development of Case, 123-159. Amsterdam: John

Barðdal, Jóhanna. 2010. Construction-Based Historical-Comparative
Reconstruction. To appear in G. Trousdale & T. Hoffmann, Oxford
Handbook of Construction Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Barðdal, Jóhanna. 2011. The Rise of Dative Substitution in the History
of Icelandic: A Diachronic Construction Grammar Approach. A
guest-edited volume ?Semantic Aspects of Case Variation? by K.v.
Heusinger & Hoop. Lingua 121(1): 60-79.

Barðdal, Jóhanna & Thórhallur Eythórsson. 2009. Reconstructing Syntax:
Construction Grammar and the Comparative Method. To appear in H.C.
Boas & I.A. Sag (eds.), Sign-Based Construction Grammar. Stanford:
CSLI Publications.

Berg-Olsen, Sturla. 2009. Lacking in Latvian: Case variation from a
construction grammar perspective. In J. Barðdal & S.L. Chelliah
(eds.), The Role of Semantic, Pragmatic, and Discourse Factors in the
Development of Case, 181-202. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Bisang, Walter. 2010. Grammaticalization in Chinese: A
construction-based account. In E.C. Traugott & G. Trousdale (eds.),
Gradience, Gradualness and Grammaticalization, 245-277. Amsterdam:
John Benjamins.

Eckhoff, Hanne Martine. 2009. A usage-based approach to change: Old
Russian possessive constructions. In J. Barðdal & S.L. Chelliah
(eds.), The Role of Semantic, Pragmatic and Discourse Factors in the
Development of Case, 161-180. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Fried, Mirjam. 2007. A Frame Semantic account of morphosemantic
change: the case of Old Czech v??ící. In D. Divjak & A. Kochanska
(eds.), Cognitive Paths into the Slavic Domain, 283-315. Berlin:
Mouton de Gruyter.

Fried, Mirjam. 2009. Construction Grammar as a tool for diachronic
analysis. Constructions and Frames 1(2): 261-290.

Gildea, Spike. 1997. Evolution of grammatical relations in Cariban:
How functional motivation precedes syntactic change. In T. Givón
(ed.), Grammatical Relations: A Functionalist Perspective, 155-198.
Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Gildea, Spike (ed). 1998. On reconstructing grammar: Comparative
Cariban morphosyntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gildea, Spike. 2000. On the genesis of the verb phrase in Cariban
languages: Diversity through reanalysis. In S. Gildea (ed.),
Reconstructing Grammar: Comparative Linguistics and Grammaticalization
Theory, 65-105. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Haig, Geoffrey. 2008. Alignment Change in Iranian Languages: A
Construction Grammar Approach. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Hilbert, Martin. 2008. Germanic Future Constructions: A Usage-based
Approach to Language Change. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Hollmann, Willem B. 2003. Synchrony and diachrony of English
periphrastic causatives: A cognitive perspective. Ph.D. dissertation.
Manchester: University of Manchester.

Israel, Michael. 1996. The way constructions grow. In A.E. Goldberg
(ed.), Conceptual structure, discourse and language, 217-230.
Stanford: CSLI Publications.

Jenset, Gard. 2010. A Corpus-Based Study on the Evolution of 'There':
Statistical Analysis and Cognitive Interpretation. Ph.D. dissertation.
Bergen: University of Bergen.

Noël, Dirk. 2007. Diachronic construction grammar and
grammaticalization theory. Functions of Language 14(2): 177-202.

Noël, Dirk & Timothy Colleman. 2010. Believe-type raising-to-object
and raising-to-subject verbs in English and Dutch: A contrastive
investigation in diachronic construction grammar. International
Journal of Corpus Linguistics 15(2): 157-182.

Trousdale, Graeme. 2008a. Constructions in grammaticalization and
lexicalization: evidence from the history of a composite predicate in
English. In G. Trousdale & N. Gisborne (eds.), Constructional
approaches to English grammar, 33-67. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Trousdale, Graeme. 2008b. A constructional account of lexicalization
processes in the history of English: Evidence from possessive
constructions. Word Structure 1: 156-177.

Traugott, Elizabeth Closs. 2007. The concepts of constructional
mismatch and type-shifting from the perspective of grammaticalization.
Cognitive Linguistics 18: 523-557.

Traugott, Elizabeth Closs. 2008a. The grammaticalization of NP of NP
constructions. In A. Bergs & G. Diewald (eds.), Constructions and
Language Change, 21-43. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Traugott, Elizabeth Closs. 2008b.'All that he endeavoured to prove
was ...': On the emergence of grammatical constructions in dialogic
contexts. In R. Cooper & R. Kempson (eds.), 143-177. Language in Flux:
Dialogue Coordination, Language Variation, Change and Evolution.
London: Kings College Publications.

Jóhanna Barðdal
Research Associate Professor
Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies
University of Bergen
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