18.270, Confs: Syntax,Typology/Hong Kong

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Subject: 18.270, Confs: Syntax,Typology/Hong Kong

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Date: 21-Dec-2006
From: Joan Huang < joanh28 at hotmail.com >
Subject: Nominalizers and Copulas in East Asian Languages 

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Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 17:45:39
From: Joan Huang < joanh28 at hotmail.com >
Subject:  Nominalizers and Copulas in East Asian Languages 

Nominalizers and Copulas in East Asian Languages 
Short Title: nom_cop_ea_languages 

Date: 08-Jan-2007 - 12-Jan-2010 
Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong 
Contact: Foong Ha Yap 
Contact Email: foong_ha_yap at cuhk.edu.hk 

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax; Typology 

Meeting Description: 

The workshop 'Nominalizers and Copulas in East Asian and Neighboring Languages' aims at bringing together researchers in the areas of grammaticalization, typology and syntax to focus on issues related to nominalization and predication phenomena. 

Discussion will focus on the development of nominalizers and copulas, with special reference to their eventual emergence as stance markers (here used in the broad sense of particles and related constructions that express speaker mood, attitude and perspective). Attempts will also be made to better understand when, how and why nominalizers and copulas sometimes come to share the same morpheme. Attention will also be drawn to crosslinguistically robust developmental pathways that show lexical nouns/verbs and demonstratives evolving, not only into nominalizers and copulas, but also into topic markers and subordinators. At issue is the question of what implications this may have for our understanding of the link between nominalization, predication and discourse structure. Discussions will also focus on how these grammaticalization phenomena are currently being interpreted from a diachronic syntax perspective.

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