25.4249, Confs: Historical Linguistics, Morphology, Syntax, Typology/Poland

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Subject: 25.4249, Confs: Historical Linguistics, Morphology, Syntax, Typology/Poland

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Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:52:30
From: Philomen Probert [philomen.probert at wolfson.ox.ac.uk]
Subject: Insufficient Strength to Defend Its Case: Case Attraction and Related Phenomena

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Insufficient Strength to Defend Its Case: Case Attraction and Related Phenomena 

Date: 18-Sep-2015 - 19-Sep-2015 
Location: Wrocław, Poland 
Contact: Philomen Probert 
Contact Email: philomen.probert at wolfson.ox.ac.uk 
Meeting URL: http://case-attraction.eventbrite.com 

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax; Typology 

Meeting Description: 

This two-day conference on case attraction and related phenomena will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September 2015 at the University of Wrocław.

The conference will explore the whole range of phenomena traditionally described in terms of 'case attraction', together with the history of the subject. The aim is to bring together scholars interested in case attraction and related phenomena, often in different traditions and different parts of the world, to try to communicate across different perspectives and frameworks and explore a subject of common interest. The conference will include a history of scholarship dimension, alongside theoretical and typological contributions.

An extraordinary amount of work on (so-called) case attraction of the Greek relative pronoun was done in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, by a circle of scholars associated with Richard Förster. Förster was trained in Breslau (Wrocław) in the 1860's. Like a near-contemporary of his, Isidor Krause, he devoted his doctoral dissertation to case attraction. Förster went on to devote his Habilitationsschrift to the subject, and this remains a substantial source of good observations; he later wrote about similar phenomena in Latin too. Förster held posts in Rostock (1875–1881), Kiel (1881–1890) and finally his alma mater Breslau (1890–1922). Over several decades he inspired many pupils and other scholars, both in Breslau and elsewhere, to work on case attraction of the Greek relative pronoun in classical and post-classical authors. (A bibliography of these works is available on request from Philomen Probert: philomen.probert at wolfson.ox.ac.uk.)

There is now considerable interest in case attraction cross-linguistically, and ancient Greek remains central to the discussion. The descriptive generalisations on which the modern work depends were first worked out by the scholars of Förster's circle. The contribution of these scholars tends to be forgotten, yet not all their observations have found their way into the standard handbooks. Furthermore, modern scholars working on the subject are often working in different traditions from one another, with different perspectives and terminology.

This is a joint event of the Center for General and Comparative Linguistics at the University of Wrocław and the Philological Society, and is generously supported also by the Faculty of Linguistics at the University of Oxford and the UCLA Program in Indo-European Studies.

Confirmed invited speakers are Professor Markus Bader (Frankfurt), Professor Josef Bayer (Konstanz), Professor Henk Van Riemsdijk (Arezzo), and Professor Ralf Vogel (Bielefeld). 

Programme:


Friday 18 September 2015

8.30 a.m.
Registration

9.15 a.m.
Dr Philomen Probert (Oxford)
Historical introduction

10.15 a.m.
Two papers 
(each 20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion)

11.15 a.m. Coffee

11.45 a.m.
Two papers 
(each 20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion)

12.45 p.m. Lunch break (nearby restaurants will be suggested)

2.15 p.m.
Four papers 
(each 20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion)

4.15 p.m. Tea

4.45 p.m.
Professor Henk Van Riemsdijk (Arezzo) 
Provisional title: (Mis-)matches in (Free) Relatives: in situ aut inter situs

6.00 p.m. free time

7.30 p.m. conference dinner for all participants


Saturday 19 September 2015

9.00 a.m. 
Professor Joanna Błaszczak (Wrocław)
Theoretical introduction

10.00 a.m. 
Professor Markus Bader (Frankfurt) and Professor Josef Bayer (Konstanz)
Case attraction and the role of lexical case

11.15 a.m. Coffee

11.45 a.m.
Two papers 
(each 20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion)

12.45 p.m. Lunch break (as on the Friday)

2.15 p.m.
Four papers 
(each 20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion)

4.15 p.m. Tea

4.45 p.m.
Professor Ralf Vogel (Bielefeld)
Case Hierarchies

6.00 p.m.
Concluding remarks from the organisers

The final programme will be made available via the Philological Society's website (www.philsoc.org.uk) and via http://case-attraction.eventbrite.com.








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