21.3300, Calls: Historical Ling, Germanic Langs/USA

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Subject: 21.3300, Calls: Historical Ling, Germanic Langs/USA

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Date: 16-Aug-2010
From: Katerina Somers Robert Howell < rbhowell at wisc.edu >
Subject: Corpus-Based Studies in Early Germanic Linguistics 800-1350
 

	
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Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 11:16:13
From: Katerina Somers Robert Howell [rbhowell at wisc.edu]
Subject: Corpus-Based Studies in Early Germanic Linguistics 800-1350

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Full Title: Corpus-Based Studies in Early Germanic Linguistics 800-1350 

Date: 12-May-2011 - 15-May-2011
Location: Kalamazoo, MI, USA 
Contact Person: Katerina Somers Robert Howell
Meeting Email: katerinasomers at googlemail.com, rbhowell at wisc.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics 

Language Family(ies): Germanic 

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2010 

Meeting Description:

Corpus-based studies in early Germanic linguistics, 800-1350

A small but growing group of  Germanic historical linguists has initiated 
studies that rely on large corpora and combine this more traditional  
philological work with theoretical linguistics in order to produce analyses 
that are both representative of the actual textual, in some cases 
paleographical, data, while at the same time being theoretically 
sophisticated.  Different than the work that is often done in the field of 
theoretical linguistics, this emerging approach embraces, as opposed to 
obfuscating or ignoring, the variation invariably exibited in historical texts.  
At the same time, it seeks to do more than merely describe the data, as is 
often the case in more traditional studies in historical linguistics.  Instead 
these projects look to account for the synchronic systems attested in 
individual texts and the diachronic development exhibited across texts in a 
methodologically principled manner. The proposed session introduces some 
examples of this type of research centered on textual material from the 
Germanic languages from 400-1350 and may focus on any area of historical 
linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax, etc.) and any early Germanic 
language or languages. 

Call For Papers

Session organizers (Katerina Somers, Queen Mary, University of London 
and Robert B. Howell, University of Wisconsin, Madison) solicit papers of 20 
minutes in length which deliver theoretically interesting results derived from 
extensive work with copora, databases and, where appropriate, which 
return to original manuscript evidence and are informed by paleographical 
considerations and/or relevant language-external evidence (e.g., social 
history, text type, language contact).  The session should consist of papers 
that occupy the intersection of linguistics and medieval studies and should 
prove to be of equal interest to medieval scholars and theoretically-oriented 
historical linguists.





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