27.3741, Calls: Gen Ling, Historical Ling, Pragmatics, Semantics/USA

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Subject: 27.3741, Calls: Gen Ling, Historical Ling, Pragmatics, Semantics/USA

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Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:35:56
From: Moreno Mitrovic [moreno at mitrovic.co]
Subject: Logical Vocabulary and Logical Change

Full Title: Logical Vocabulary and Logical Change 
Short Title: LogVoc 

Date: 03-Aug-2017 - 03-Aug-2017
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA 
Contact Person: Moreno Mitrovic
Meeting Email: moreno at mitrovic.co
Web Site: http://ichl23.utsa.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Workshop-Logical-Vocabulary-and-Logical-Change.pdf 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics 

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2016 

Meeting Description:


Natural languages display a surprising diversity of expression of elementary
logical operations. The study of this variation is emerging as an important
topic of cross-linguistic semantics. While in modern English, words for
expression of conjunction ('and'), universal quantification ('all'),
additivity ('also'), or negative polarity and free-choice inferences ('any')
clearly represent distinct morpho-semantic categories, all ancient
Indo-European languages, and many other language families, allow for all such
meanings to be expressed using a single particle.

Core Questions and Objectives:

The workshop will explore and help understand the diachronic implication
relations in the grammatical system of logical expressions (of coordination,
quantification and interrogation) encoded with identical morphemes. 

We aim to shed light on the synchronic account of early grammars of scalarity,
polarity, quantification and coordination. The primary empirical focus is on,
but not in any way restricted to, Indo-European. The workshop will explore a
diachronic syntactic-semantic model of IE grammar and morpho-semantic change,
with special reference to logical meanings. In addition, we seek to account
for typological patterns of quantifier particles and integrating such an
account with the diachronic pathways of change.

The Interdisciplinary Methodology and Potential:

The workshop will provide a platform for methodological merging of the various
approaches to understanding the synchronic and diachronic status of function
morphemes encoding quantificational and coordination meanings (in IE). 

One desideratum of the conference is the pursuit and scrutiny of research
programmes (e.g., Szabolcsi 2015; Mitrovic & Sauerland 2014, 2016; Slade 2011;
Kratzer & Shimoyama 2002, int. al.) which assume that rather than constituting
separate or even homophonous categories of conjunction and quantification, the
meanings underlying the conjunctive morphemes represent a truly coherent
subcategories within the general particle system, despite their prima facie


The overall objective of the proposed session lies in demarcating the range of
meanings (such as focus, negative polarity, free choice, coordination, etc.)
underlying these particles and elucidating on their logical connection which
may, or may not, restrict the space of possible change. 

Further Information: 

The full workshop proposal may be accessed here:

Should you have questions, pertaining to any aspect of this call, please do
not hesitate to contact Moreno Mitrovic (moreno at mitrovic.co).

Call for Papers:

The workshop hopes to bring together experts who have made recent contribution
in the area of quantifier particle grammar and/or diachronic compositional
syntax/semantics, as well as other contingent fields. With such a
conglomeration of eclectic research, the workshop will be able to break new
ground in formal diachronic semantics generally, and specifically our
understanding of historical changes in the logical vocabulary. We invite
abstracts addressing these goals.

Abstracts should be a maximum of two pages in length, including references.

All abstracts should be submitted via the conference Easy Chair link
(https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ichl23). Abstracts will be reviewed
anonymously by members of the Scientific Committee. Authors may present a
maximum of two papers at ICHL 23, whether single-authored or co-authored.

Important Dates:

Deadline for contributions: December 1, 2016
Notifications of acceptance: February 15, 2017.)

For further workshop information, please contact Moreno Mitrovic at
moreno at mitrovic (conference organizer).


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