ICHL 2011 - Workshop on The Diachrony of Negation

Maj-Britt Hansen Maj-Britt.MosegaardHansen at manchester.ac.uk
Mon Nov 22 13:11:14 UTC 2010

20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Osaka, 2011

Workshop proposal: 

The Diachrony of Negation

Organizers:  Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen & Jacqueline Visconti


This workshop aims to bring together scholars working on the genesis and evolution of negative constructions in a wide spectrum of both related and unrelated languages. The adoption of different theoretical and methodological approaches, both functional and formal, will provide new insights into the nature and function of negation, which will be investigated from a variety of mutually complementary angles. 

The workshop is expected to make a significant contribution to current theorizing on (i) the typology, structure, and development of negative constructions; (ii) the nature of "Jespersen Cycle", a well-known and cross-linguistically instantiated pattern whereby elements that were introduced into negative clauses to reinforce negation are reanalysed as negative markers; (iii) the different pace and form of grammaticalization of negative markers in closely related languages; (iv) the role of language contact in negation renewal phenomena; (v) the nature and causes of grammatical change/models of language change in general. 



*	Breitbarth, A., C. Lucas, D. Willis, eds. 2011. The development of negation. The languages of Europe and the Mediterranean, vols. I-II. Oxford: OUP.
*	van Gelderen, E., ed. 2009. Cyclical change. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
*	Ingham, R. & P. Larrivée, eds. Fc. Cycles of grammaticalization. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
*	Jespersen, O. 1917. Negation in English and other languages. Copenhagen: Høst og Søn.  


Prospective participants (**Additional contributors are welcome!**):

*	Theresa Biberauer (confirmed): TBA
*	Anne Breitbarth (confirmed): The Quantifier Cycle in Low German from a cross-linguistic perspective
*	Viviane Déprez & Sabine Ploux (to be confirmed): Historical evolution of semantic networks: the case of French negative terms, a computational approach.
*	Richard Ingham (confirmed): Split-scope readings and the syntax of NegP in Late Middle English.
*	Agnes Jäger (to be confirmed): TBA
*	Pierre Larrivee (confirmed):  Sociolinguistic pressures on language evolution - the case of negative doubling in French
*	France Martineau (confirmed):  Ne-deletion in French
*	Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (confirmed):  TBA
*	Ian Roberts (confirmed):  TBA
*	Scott Schwenter (to be confirmed): TBA
*	Johan van der Auwera & Lauren van Alsenoy (confirmed):  On negative indefinites.
*	Johan van der Auwera & Frens Vossen (confirmed): On sentence negation
*	Jacqueline Visconti (confirmed):  TBA
*	David Willis (confirmed): TBA
*	Phillip Wallage (confirmed): Quantitative evidence for the role of information structure in the Middle English Jespersen Cycle



Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen

Professor of French Language and Linguistics

School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, The University of Manchester

Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, United Kingdom

Tel.: +44(0)161 306-1733

Web site: http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/french/staff/maj-britt-mosegaard-hansen/


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