[Lingtyp] Two typological workshops at Stockholm University (November 20-22, 2015)

Bernhard Waelchli bernhard at ling.su.se
Mon Oct 12 07:41:48 UTC 2015

*Two typological workshops at Stockholm University (November 20-22, 2015)
We are pleased to announce that the Department of Linguistics at 
Stockholm University will host two typologically oriented workshops:

=WS1: Grammatical Gender and Linguistic Complexity: November 20-21, 2015
=WS2: Resulting states: November 22, 2015.

*Grammatical Gender and Linguistic Complexity (November 20-21, 2015)
*The workshop is organized in collaboration with the section for General 
Linguistics at the Department of Modern Languages at the University of 
Helsinki, in the context of the research cooperation program between the 
two universities on “Language and Language Development and Change.” The 
organizers of the workshop are Bernhard Wälchli (Stockholm University) 
and Francesca Di Garbo (University of Helsinki).

Invited speakers: Jenny Audring (Leiden University), Greville Corbett 
(Surrey Morphology Group), Matthew Dryer & Lea Brown (University at 
Buffalo), Michael Dunn (Uppsala University), Ines Fiedler (Humboldt 
University, Berlin), Tom Güldemann (Humboldt University, Berlin), 
Johanna Nichols (University of California, Berkeley).
Speakers from Stockholm University: Östen Dahl, Eva Lindström, Bruno 
Olsson, Bernhard Wälchli.
Speakers from the University of Helsinki: Francesca Di Garbo, Don 
Killian, Matti Miestamo, Kaius Sinnemäki.

The workshop addresses the topic of grammatical gender and complexity 
from different perspectives, among which:
=Gender complexity and canonical gender: To which extent can the notion 
of canonical gender be operationalized in the study of gender complexity?
=Measurability of gender complexity: what are the dimensions of gender 
complexity? How to elaborate a complexity metric for gender for the 
purpose of cross-linguistic comparison? What quantitative methods can be 
used to explore gender complexity cross-linguistically?
=Gender complexity and stability: How does the stability of gender 
systems relate to their grammatical complexity? How complex are 
incipient gender systems?
=Typologically rare gender systems and complexity: How do instances of 
typologically rare gender systems relate to complexity? Are gender 
systems of languages with dual classification systems, such as Mian (New 
Guinea, Fedden 2011), where grammatical gender coexists with nominal 
classifiers, particularly complex? Are there complexity trade-offs?

A preliminary version of the workshop’s schedule can be found here 

Registration to the workshop is free of charge, but compulsory. If you 
would like to attend the workshop, please fill in our registration form 
<https://form.jotformeu.com/52802843878365>. Please notice that, due to 
space limitations, registration will be closed as soon as we have 
reached the maximum number of attendees that can be hosted in the 
workshop venue (Stockholm University, Södra Huset C307).
Resulting States (November 22, 2015)
*The gender and complexity workshop is followed by a one-day workshop 
(starting at 9:30 a.m.) on Resulting states, organized by Bernhard 
Wälchli and featuring presentations by Johanna Nichols, Lea Brown, Bruno 
Olsson, Östen Dahl and Bernhard Wälchli. The schedule will be posted 
later at the same place as for W1. For registration, see above for the 
gender and complexity workshop.

Bernhard Wälchli
Stockholms universitet
Institutionen för lingvistik
SE - 106 91 Stockholm

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