Call for Papers: Workshop on Reconstructing Alignment Systems

J óhanna Barðdal johanna.barddal at UIB.NO
Thu Oct 23 12:49:33 UTC 2008


Workshop:  Reconstructing Alignment Systems

14-15 May, 2009

University of Bergen, Norway

Invited Speakers:
Alice Harris (Stony Brook University)
Geoffrey Haig (University of Kiel)

Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 December, 2008
Workshop URL:
Address Abstract to: Thomas.Smitherman at

     The aim of this workshop is to gather researchers working on
alignment systems in an historical perspective, in order to brainstorm
on how alignment systems can be reconstructed for earlier stages of a
language or a language family. We welcome abstracts on well-studied
language families like Indo-European, abstracts on oral languages
without a recorded history, and everything in between, aiming to
highlight different kinds of reconstruction problems. We also welcome
papers on changes in alignment systems, papers addressing the issue of  
how different theoretical frameworks can contribute to reconstruction,  
as well as papers concerned with the more general implications of  
alignment changes for diachronic typology.

     Please send a one page abstract in pdf format to Thomas Smitherman
(Thomas.Smitherman at no later than December 1st. Notification of
acceptance will be sent out on December 15th.

     The workshop is hosted by the University of Bergen and the
research team of the project, Indo-European Case and Argument
Structure from a Typological Perspective (IECASTP):


University of Bergen
Vilvite Bergen Vitensenter AS (Auditorium)
Thormøhlengate 51
5006 Bergen

Jóhanna Barðdal
Research Associate Professor
Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies
University of Bergen
P.O. box 7805
NO-5020 Bergen
johanna.barddal at

Phone +47-55582438 (work)
Phone +47-55201117 (home)
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