Call for papers: From ideational to interpersonal: Perspectives from Grammaticalization
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FROM IDEATIONAL TO INTERPERSONAL: PERSPECTIVES FROM GRAMMATICALIZATION
Leuven, 10-12 February 2005
FIRST CIRCULAR AND CALL FOR PAPERS
Hubert Cuyckens (Functional Linguistics Research Group, University of Leuven)
Kristin Davidse (Functional Linguistics Research Group, University of Leuven)
Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen (English Department, University of Ghent)
Meeting URL: http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.ac.be/fitigra
Since the 1980s, grammaticalization has taken up an important place in the
research of linguists. Following Traugott, grammaticalization can be
described as a robust tendency whereby lexical items and constructions
come in certain linguistic contexts to serve grammatical functions or
grammatical items develop new grammatical functions. Importantly,
grammaticalization involves a subset of crosslinguistically recurring
changes that involve correlations across time between semantic,
morphosyntactic (and sometimes also) phonological changes. (Elizabeth C.
Traugott, 2001. Legitimate counterexamples to unidirectionality).
As is well known, one tradition in grammaticalization studies has focused
on explorations in morphosyntactic change, building on Lehmanns (
1995) seminal study on processes and parameters of grammaticalization. This
type of grammaticalization research mainly focuses on the change of free
syntactic units into highly constrained morphemes with a grammatical
function. A more recent tradition, initiated by Traugott (1982) and
elaborated, e.g., in Traugott (1989, 1995, 1996), focuses on
semantic-pragmatic change in grammaticalization. Based on Halliday and
Hasans (1976) proposal that there are three functional domains of
language, the ideational, the textual, and the interpersonal, she has
proposed that semantic change in grammaticalization often proceeds along
the following cline:
Propositional > textual > expressive.
This cline has been reformulated as three tendencies which involve
(increasing) pragmatic strengthening, and in which the tendency towards
expressiveness/subjectivity is the most prominent.
The purpose of this conference is to bring together papers that examine
various aspects of grammaticalization within the framework of the clines
ideational > textual > interpersonal and/or propositional > textual >
expressive. As such, we welcome contributions addressing (by now) familiar
issues in grammaticalization such as:
· auxiliarization, the development of discourse markers, etc.
· the importance of pragmatic strengthening/invited
inferencing/subjectification, as they occur in the cognitive-functional
context of speaker-hearer interaction.
Furthermore, we encourage contributions which, within the framework
outlined above, take up newer issue that may necessitate a broader
definition of grammaticalization. These include:
· the study of shifts such as those from head to modifier (Denison
2002) or modifier to intensifier (Adamson 2000) in the NP, a grammatical
environment which has hitherto been relatively neglected in
· the interplay between grammaticalization and lexicalization, with
the latter understood as the formation of a new lexical item by the
combination of two formerly distinct lexical items (Fischer & Rosenbach
2000; Lehmann 2002; Van der Auwera 2002 );
· the question whether grammaticalization processes can be predicted
to follow certain structurally determined paths, such as
center-to-periphery directionality in the NP (Rijkhoff 2002);
· the role played in the lexicogrammatical re-organization
accompanying grammaticalization by syntagmatic relations between lexical
items such as collocation (Sinclair 1991), semantic feature copying
(Bublitz 1996), semantic prosody (Stubbs 1995), and pragmatic feature copying.
Finally, we also seek contributions that highlight the importance of such
usage-based factors as frequency and entrenchment for grammaticalization,
and that, in general, give attention to quantitative data in support of
Teresa Fanego (University of Santiago de Compostela), Manfred Krug
(Freiburg University) have confirmed their participation as keynote speakers.
Call for papers:
Papers are invited on the aspects of grammaticalization within the
framework outlined above. Presentations will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes
Abstracts should be between 400 and 500 words (exclusive of references) and
should state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected)
results. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously.
Abstracts should be submitted as Word or as .RTF files. More information on
how to submit abstracts can be found on the conference website
http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.ac.be/fitigra under Submit Abstract.
Information on the venue, accommodation, registration fee, travel
arrangements and social program will be sent out in a second circular
around the end of August 2004.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 November 2004.
Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 November 2004.
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