[Ura-list] Call for papers: Workshop: The diachrony of valency change in Uralic. CIFU XIII, Wien 16–21 Aug 2020

Grunthal, Riho M V riho.grunthal at helsinki.fi
Mon Aug 19 09:39:49 EDT 2019

Call for papers

XIII International Congress for Finno-Ugric Studies, 16–21 August 2020, Wien

Workshop: The diachrony of valency change in Uralic

Abundant derivational morphemes and overlapping lexical and functional properties in verbal morphology are characteristic of very many Uralic languages. One of the keys to examine these phenomena more closely is to clarify the relationship of underived and derived in verb sets such as causative verbs and decausativizing mechanisms. Given that derivational morphology is widely used in the Uralic languages, we seek to bring new light to its importance for etymology and the diachrony of languages. In this respect, the evidence of the Uralic languages is also of more general interest.

We are interested in identifying the role of different morphological and structural units in the diachronic development of valency and verb.

• Does the evidence of Uralic branches and individual languages show similar patterns of change,or are they mutually contradictory?

•  How is grammatical information transferred from morphology to lexemes?

•  To what extent does the pairing of verbs, i.e. the relationship between an underived and derived words, reveal the diachrony of grammatically encoded lexemes?

•  What are the origins of valence-related suffixes in Uralic languages?

•  What valence-related derivational suffixes can be reconstructed for Proto-Uralic (PU) or intermediate branches?

•  For what PU verbs can valence be reconstructed?

•  Can we reconstruct PU derived verbs consisting of a verb root and valence-changing suffix?

•  Was causativization as predominant in PU as in many contemporary Uralic languages?

•  Was transitivity generally an inherent lexical property in PU, or were most/many verbs ambitransitive (labile)?

The maximum length of each abstract is 3000 characters (including spaces). Abstract proposals must be submitted by September 30, 2019, using the electronic submission tool (for detailed information, see https://cifu13.univie.ac.at/call/). Upon submission, you should classify your abstract as a submission to the VIRSU symposium. In this conference, each participant can submit maximally two abstracts: one as the lead author (presenting author), one as a co-author.

Please note that the abstracts must be in English. The title of the abstract, however, should be in the language in which you plan to give your talk. In addition to English, the actual papers can be presented in Hungarian, Finnish, Estonian, German or Russian, in which case visual support in English is strongly recommended.

For additional information about the International Congress for Finno-Ugric Studies, see https://cifu13.univie.ac.at/.

Workshop organizers: Riho Grünthal (University of Helsinki), Johanna Nichols (University of Berkeley / University of Helsinki)
Contact: riho.grunthal at helsinki.fi


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Grünthal, Riho & Johanna Nichols 2016. Transitivizing-detransitivizing typology and language family history. Lingua posnaniensisLVIII (2). 11–31.

Kasik, Reet 2001. Analytic causatives in Estonian. In: Mati Erelt (ed.),Estonian typological studies V. Tartu: Tartu Ülikooli Kirjastus. 77–122.

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Lehtisalo, Toivo 1936: Über die primären ururalischen Ableitungssuffixe. Mémoires de la Société Finno-Ougrienne 72. Helsinki: Finno-Ugrian Society.

Nichols, Johanna, David A. Peterson & Jonathan Barnes. 2004. Transitivizing and detransitivizing languages. Linguistic Typology8:2.149–211.

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