24.4484, Calls: Historical Linguistics/Poland

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Subject: 24.4484, Calls: Historical Linguistics/Poland

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Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2013 11:00:57
From: Susanne Maria Michaelis [michaelis at eva.mpg.de]
Subject: Valency and Transitivity in Contact: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective

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Full Title: Valency and Transitivity in Contact: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective 

Date: 11-Sep-2014 - 14-Sep-2014
Location: Poznań, Poland 
Contact Person: Susanne Maria Michaelis
Meeting Email: michaelis at eva.mpg.de
Web Site: http://sle2014.eu 

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 25-Nov-2013 

Meeting Description:

Proposed workshop on “Valency and Transitivity in Contact: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective”
Conference of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, September 2014 (Poznan), http://sle2014.eu


Eitan Grossman (Jerusalem)
Susanne Michaelis (Leipzig)
Tonio Sebastian Richter (Leipzig)

Research on verb borrowing has focused on several major issues, primarily the borrowability of verbs vis-à-vis other word classes and the typology of morphosyntactic integration or ‘accommodation strategies’ (Moravcsik 1978, Wichmann & Wohlgemuth 2007, Matras 2008, Wohlgemuth 2009). Much less prominent in research on verb borrowing are questions related to the integration of loan verbs into the valency and transitivity patterns of the recipient language, on the one hand, and the innovation or retention of valency and transitivity patterns as the result of contact, on the other.

Call for Abstracts:

Possible questions to be addressed in the workshop:

- What are the formal and functional factors involved in determining the integration of loan verbs into recipient language valency and transitivity patterns?
- Do pidgins show simplification/restriction in valency patterns compared to the corresponding patterns in the contributing languages?
- Do creoles retain valency patterns of the corresponding substrate languages, and if so, which verbs are mostly affected? Does frequency play a role here?
- What happens in mixed languages: are the valency patterns copied along with the 'matter' (verb stems and/or verbal morphology) from one of the contributing languages, or is there a mismatch between 'matter' and 'pattern' of the copied verb?

Papers addressing these questions - and others - from descriptive and theoretical perspectives are welcome, as are papers dealing with specific contact situations or cross-linguistic samples. Especially welcome are papers that address areal and socio-historical aspects of borrowing situations in shaping the outcomes of language contact.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please send a short abstract by 25 November 2013 to:

michaelis at eva.mpg.de
eitan.grossman at mail.huji.ac.il

Note that this is a call for preliminary abstracts, as the workshop proposal has to be approved by the SLE before the final call can go out.

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