29.2990, Calls: Historical Linguistics, Linguistic Theories/Germany

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Subject: 29.2990, Calls: Historical Linguistics, Linguistic Theories/Germany

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Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:07:08
From: Richard Waltereit [richard.waltereit at hu-berlin.de]
Subject: Whither Reanalysis

 
Full Title: Whither Reanalysis 

Date: 01-Mar-2019 - 02-Mar-2019
Location: Berlin, Germany 
Contact Person: Richard Waltereit
Meeting Email: richard.waltereit at hu-berlin.de

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories 

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2018 

Meeting Description:

This two-day symposium brings together researchers in diachronic change with
the aim of discussing and elucidating the notion of reanalysis. We hope that
this workshop will stimulate thinking on what we think of are some of the
foundations of grammatical change, and that it will lead to greater clarity on
the role and nature of reanalysis.


Call for Papers:

Reanalysis, in its classical characterization the ''change in the structure of
an expression or class of expressions that does not involve any immediate or
intrinsic modification of its surface structure'' (Langacker 1977: 58), is
widely accepted as the key and most basic mechanism of grammatical change.
Remarkably, it is used as theoretical concept across frameworks of syntactic
change. Despite its widespread use, the notion as such remains to a certain
extent elusive and it has recently attracted controversy (e.g. de Smet 2009,
2013, Whitman 2012). 

This two-day symposium brings together researchers in diachronic change with
the aim of discussing and elucidating the notion of reanalysis. We would ask
participants to let themselves be guided, in their contributions, by some of
the following questions:

- Is reanalysis a phenomenon, i.e. in the empirical domain, or a construct on
the analytical plane?
- Is it an atomic concept, or is it reducible to even more basic steps?
- Is reanalysis an identifiable type of change among others, or does it
underlie all grammatical change?
- To what extent does reanalysis depend on the chosen syntactic framework?
- How does reanalysis relate to type and token frequency of the affected
items?
- To what extent may discourse be an enabling or an adverse factor in
reanalysis?
- Is reanalysis the same mechanism across language acquisition, adult speech,
and language contact?
- How do scenarios of language acquisition, language change, and language
contact differ from each other in the way they may be conducive to reanalysis?
- Does reanalysis lend itself to any typological generalizations?
- Given that reanalysis is usually conceived of as a cognitive process at
heart, how does evidence from language processing for it relate to diachronic
evidence?

We hope that this workshop will stimulate thinking on what we think of are
some of the foundations of grammatical change, and that it will lead to
greater clarity on the role and nature of reanalysis.

Invited speakers: Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University Berlin), Hendrik De
Smet (Leuven), Ander Erguzegi (LMU Munich), Eitan Grossman (Hebrew University
of Jerusalem), Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (Manchester), Martin Haspelmath
(Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Human History), Elizabeth Closs
Traugott (Stanford), George Walkden (Konstanz).

A few slots for 30+15 min talks are being made available via this Call for
Papers. Please send an abstract to Richard Waltereit
(richard.waltereit at hu-berlin.de) by 31 August 2018. Notification of
acceptance: 30 September 2018.

Organisers: Richard Waltereit (Humboldt-University Berlin), Ulrich Detges (LMU
Munich), Esme Winter-Froemel (Trier), Anne Wolfsgruber (Humboldt-University
Berlin).




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