23.108, Calls: Historical Linguistics/UK

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Subject: 23.108, Calls: Historical Linguistics/UK

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Date: 04-Jan-2012
From: Muriel Norde [m.norde at rug.nl]
Subject: Pragmaticalization at NRG5

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Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 14:33:48
From: Muriel Norde [m.norde at rug.nl]
Subject: Pragmaticalization at NRG5

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Full Title: Pragmaticalization at NRG5 

Date: 16-Jul-2012 - 19-Jul-2012
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Contact Person: Muriel Norde
Meeting Email: m.norde at rug.nl
Web Site: http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/nrg5/Home.html 

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 17-Jan-2012 

Meeting Description:

The development of discourse markers is a controversial issue in grammaticalization theorizing (Beijering fc.). On the one hand, the growth of discourse markers is characterized by changes and effects typically attested in grammaticalization, e.g. decategorialization, phonological reduction, divergence or layering. On the other hand, it is crucially different from grammaticalization (Brinton & Traugott 2005:138f.), for instance because it involves scope increase instead of scope reduction, and an increase in syntactic freedom instead of syntactic fixation. These differences and similarities with prototypical cases of grammaticalization have given rise to divergent conceptualizations of the rise of discourse markers. Some authors (e.g. Ocampo 2006, Norde 2009) define pragmaticalization a process distinct from grammaticalization, others (e.g. Wischer 2000) consider it a special subtype of grammaticalization, yet others redefine grammaticalization properties so as to be able to include discourse makers. For example, Diewald (2011: 368) extends the notion of (grammatical) obligatoriness to 'communicative obligatoriness'. 


Beijering, Karin. fc. Expressions of epistemic modality in Mainland Scandinavian: A study into the lexicalization-grammmaticalization-pragmaticalization interface. PhD thesis, University of Groningen.
Brinton, Laurel J. & Elizabeth Closs Traugott. 2005. Lexicalization and language change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Diewald, Gabriele. 2011. Pragmaticalization (defined) as grammaticalization of discourse functions. Linguistics 49(2), 365-390.
Norde, Muriel. 2009. Degrammaticalization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ocampo, Francisco. 2006. Movement towards discourse is not grammaticalization: the evolution of claro from adjective to discourse particle in spoken Spanish. In Sagarra, Nuria & Almeida Jacqueline Toribio (eds) Selected proceedings of the 9th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, 308-319. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
Wischer, Ilse. 2000. Grammaticalization versus lexicalization. 'Methinks' there is some confusion. In Fischer, Olga, Anette Rosenbach & Dieter Stein (eds) Pathways of change. Grammaticalization in English, 355-370. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 

Call for Papers:

This is a call for papers for a workshop proposal to be submitted to the New Reflections on Grammaticalization 5 conference, to be held at the University of Edinburgh, July 16-19, 2012.

In this workshop, we welcome both theoretically and empirically oriented papers that address the question of whether pragmaticalization is a composite change in its own right, besides (de)lexicalization and (de)grammaticalization.  Although we consider the boundaries between these 'izations' as gradient, we are keen to explore the specific properties that distinguish discourse markers from grammatical elements such as prepositions or modal auxiliaries, both synchronically and diachronically. 

Abstracts should be submitted directly to the NRG5 website (http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/nrg5/Call_For_Papers.html) and marked for 'Workshop on Pragmaticalization'. Please send your abstract to the two of us as well, so we can include it in our workshop proposal. Also, if you already submitted your abstract to the conference website but would like to join our workshop, please forward your abstract to us and we will inform the conference organizers.

Important notice: The general deadline for abstract submission to NRG5 is January 10, but has been extended to January 17 for just this workshop. If our workshop proposal is rejected, your abstract will still be reviewed for the general programme.


Karin Beijering (k.beijering at rug.nl), University of Groningen
Muriel Norde (m.norde at rug.nl), University of Groningen

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