24.235, Calls: Historical Linguistics, Typology, Linguistic Theories/Norway

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Subject: 24.235, Calls: Historical Linguistics, Typology, Linguistic Theories/Norway

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Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:41:49
From: Matthias Eitelmann [eitelman at uni-mainz.de]
Subject: Reorganising Grammatical Variation

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Full Title: Reorganising Grammatical Variation 

Date: 05-Aug-2013 - 05-Aug-2013
Location: Oslo, Norway 
Contact Person: Matthias Eitelmann
Meeting Email: eitelman at uni-mainz.de
Web Site: http://www.hf.uio.no/ifikk/english/research/events/ichl2013/workshops/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Typology 

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2013 

Meeting Description:

When it comes to grammatical variation, functionally equivalent variants can be observed to co-exist over centuries of time. The question is why in some cases formal variance is retained for such a long time instead of being discarded after merely a brief period of toleration. 

With most studies on grammatical variation concentrating on the level of synchrony, what has remained a desideratum is a systematic investigation of long-term grammatical variation within the context of language change, i.e. from a predominantly diachronic perspective. 

Against this backdrop, the workshop seeks to investigate grammatical variation phenomena which have not only been persistent in the long run but which have also been crucial in the reorganisation of a linguistic (sub)system, i.e. the workshop addresses cases in which co-existing variants are not only maintained but also redistributed and refunctionalised.

Please note: A more exhaustive workshop description elaborating and exemplifying this topic in more detail is available at:


Call for Papers:

We invite abstract submissions for 20 minute presentations investigating long-term grammatical variation phenomena from all levels of grammar, all languages and all periods, provided that the data used cover several periods, thus allowing for the observation of longitudinal developments. Particularly welcome are empirical, corpus-based analyses focussing on language-internal determinants of variation. 

Apart from in-depth analyses, the workshop seeks to connect the reorganisation of grammatical variation with universal explanations of language change. In this respect, the workshop also addresses the question to what extent the findings tie in with typological generalisations (e.g., splits along hierarchies of animacy, accessibility, relevance, agreement). Thus, the workshop title ‘Reorganising Grammatical Variation’ refers in a broader sense to the theoretical implications that can be drawn from the investigation of grammatical variation phenomena within a diachronic context, i.e. to the necessity of integrating grammatical variation into current models of language change.

Abstracts (500-600 words plus references) should be submitted in PDF format. Submissions should be anonymous and not reveal the identity of the author(s) in any form. 

Abstracts can be submitted via the following EasyChair page: 


The deadline for submissions to this workshop is 1 March 2013. We expect to send notifications by 1 April 2013.

Organising Committee:

Antje Dammel, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (dammel at uni-mainz.de)
Matthias Eitelmann, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (eitelman at uni-mainz.de)
Mirjam Schmuck, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (mschmu at uni-mainz.de)

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