Call for Papers: Constructions and Language Change

Alex Bergs bergs at PHIL-FAK.UNI-DUESSELDORF.DE
Wed Jan 26 14:57:24 UTC 2005


Full Title: Constructions and Language Change 

Short Title: CALC 

 

Date: 31-Jul-2005 - 01-Aug-2005

Location: Madison, WI, United States of America 

Contact Person: Alex Bergs

Meeting Email: bergs at phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de

 

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics 

 

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2005 

 

Meeting Description:

 

ICHL Workshop: Constructions and Language Change

Conveners: Gabriele Diewald, Universität Hannover - Alexander Bergs,

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

 

Studies in diachronic linguistics increasingly acknowledge that linguistic

change is highly context-dependent. Especially in its initial stages,

linguistic change is tied not only to particular text types or registers,

but also to specific morphosyntactic and semantic environments, i.e. to

specific recurring patterns of co-present linguistic features, that is to

say 'constructions'. 

 

This workshop investigates and highlights the role of 'constructions' in

linguistic change. In doing so, the term 'constructions' is deliberately

understood to have a broad extension, i.e. to include, but not be limited

to Construction Grammar proper. Thus, any constructional approach to

language and language change is welcome. 

 

INTRODUCTION

Studies in diachronic linguistics increasingly acknowledge that linguistic

change is highly context-dependent. Especially in its initial stages,

linguistic change is tied not only to particular text types or registers,

but also to specific morphosyntactic and semantic environments, i.e. to

specific recurring patterns of co-present linguistic features, that is to

say ''constructions''. 

 

This workshop investigates and highlights the role of ''constructions'' in

linguistic change. In doing so, the term ''constructions'' is deliberately

understood to have a broad extension, i.e. to include, but not be limited

to Construction Grammar proper. Thus, any constructional approach to

language and language change is welcome.

 

Suggestions for topics to be addressed in this workshop include:

- The role of constructions as source(s) of linguistic change

- The role of constructions as product(s) of linguistic change

- Mechanisms of change within constructions

- Constructions and grammaticalization

- Constructions, frequency, and linguistic change

- Cross-linguistic constructional phenomena in linguistic change

- The definition and delimitation of the terms ''construction'',

''context'', etc.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

We encourage abstract submission on any of the topics mentioned above.

Papers on other related issues are also welcome. Papers, no matter whether

theory or data-driven, need not take a construction grammar point of view,

but should explicitly employ a constructional approach to language. 

Presentations will have the usual 20 min + 10 min discussion format. We

plan to publish selected proceedings with an international publishing house.

 

Abstracts of no more than 350 words should be sent as MS WORD compatible

files to the following address: bergs at phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de

Deadline is March 1, 2005. Notification of acceptance will be sent out

April 1, 2005. Needless to say, participants in the workshop need to

register for the main conference.

 

 

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Dr. Alexander Bergs, M.A.

Anglistik III (English Language and Linguistics) 

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf 

Universitätsstr. 1

D-40225 Düsseldorf

Tel +49 211 81-12823

Fax +49 211 81-15649

bergs at phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de

 <http://www.phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de/anglist3/Bergs>
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