21.3442, Calls: Historical Ling, Typology/Japan

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Subject: 21.3442, Calls: Historical Ling, Typology/Japan

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Date: 26-Aug-2010
From: Dmitry Idiatov < dmitry.idiatov at ua.ac.be >
Subject: Stability & Borrowability of Interrogative Pronominals

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Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 12:40:01
From: Dmitry Idiatov [dmitry.idiatov at ua.ac.be]
Subject: Stability & Borrowability of Interrogative Pronominals

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Full Title: Stability & Borrowability of Interrogative Pronominals 

Date: 25-Jul-2011 - 30-Jul-2011
Location: Osaka, Japan 
Contact Person: Dmitry Idiatov
Meeting Email: dmitry.idiatov at ua.ac.be

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Typology 

Call Deadline: 14-Sep-2010 

Meeting Description:

Workshop title: Stability and borrowability of interrogative pronominals

Conference: 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics

Convenor: Dmitry Idiatov (University of Antwerp; starting from October 1, 
2010 - LLACAN-CNRS, Paris)
Contact: dmitry.idiatov at ua.ac.be

Interrogative pronominals, such as English _who?_ and _what?_, are usually 
considered to be among the most change-proof elements in any language. 
They are believed to be highly resistant to both replacement through 
borrowing (Haspelmath & Tadmor 2009, Matras 2009:199) and language-
internal renewal (Haspelmath 1997:176). In this respect, they strongly 
resemble personal pronominals. The two kinds of pronominals are also 
often perceived as good indicators of (long-range) genetic relationships and 
are regularly included in basic vocabulary lists. However, the view of 
personal pronominals as highly resistant to borrowing is not uncontroversial 
(cf. Wallace 1983, Thomason & Everett 2005, Matras 2009:203-208, Law 
2009). It has also long been observed that reconstruction of personal 
pronominals tends to be fraught with difficulties due to their typically short 
forms and their tendency to undergo irregular changes, such as sound 
changes specific to them, various kinds of analogical changes and 
amalgamation with other elements. The workshop aims at assessing the 
claims on the universality of the extremely slow rate of change and high 
resistance to borrowing with respect to interrogative pronominals. 
Particularly welcome are papers on examples of fast changes of 
interrogative pronominals in families and subgroups, on examples of their 
borrowing and on the kinds of irregular changes affecting interrogative 

Call For Papers

Call deadline:	September 14, 2010

Deadline for abstract submission: November 15, 2010

This is a survey of interest for a workshop on the 'Stability and borrowability 
of interrogative pronominals' within the frame of the upcoming 20th 
International Conference on Historical Linguistics, to be held in Osaka, 
Japan, July 25-30, 2011 (http://www.ichl2011.com). A description of the 
topic of the workshop is included at the end of this message.

Given that the procedure for organization of a workshop at ICHL 20 
(http://www.ichl2011.com/additional_information.html#ichl20) requires to 
submit the proposal of a workshop, with the names of potential participants 
and tentative titles, by September 15, 2010, I am looking forward to hearing 
from those who may be interested in participating in the workshop by 
September 14, 2010, at dmitry.idiatov at ua.ac.be. Please provide a 
provisional title of your contribution.

After the accepted workshops are announced on the website of ICHL 20, 
the participants should submit their abstracts through a form on the website 
of ICHL 20 indicating the workshop that they wish their presentation to be 
included in. The abstracts must be submitted before November 15, 2010.

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