Call for papers - Pavia, May 2011 - Workshop on "GRADUALNESS IN CHANGE AND ITS RELATION TO SYNCHRONIC VARIATION AND USE"
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International workshop on:
"GRADUALNESS IN CHANGE AND ITS RELATION TO SYNCHRONIC VARIATION AND USE"
Pavia (Italy), 30-31 May 2011
Workshop URL: https://sites.google.com/site/workshoppavia2011/
The workshop aims to contribute to the discussion on the factors at
play in diachronic change and to investigate the relationship between
diachronic gradualness and synchronic variation, integrating the
current views on linguistic variation and language use.
Special attention will be devoted to theoretical and methodological
issues concerning i) how the study of language change can benefit from
the most recent achievements in linguistic theories and ii) how the
explanations of synchronic variation may be found in diachronic
processes, discussing whether diachronic gradualness and synchronic
variation may be analyzed through the same lenses and by means of the
same theoretical instruments.
Furthermore, the workshop also wants to address the question of the
impact of contact on linguistic change. Language contact may indeed be
seen as a special type of synchronic phenomenon that may last in time
and may gradually lead to diachronic change, triggering or influencing
the development of particular constructions in neighbouring languages.
Olga Fischer (University of Amsterdam):
---- Topic: On the role of analogy in processes of language change
Béatrice Lamiroy (University of Leuven):
---- Topic: The pace of grammaticalization in Romance languages
Graeme Trousdale (University of Edinburgh):
---- Topic: Diachronic construction grammar and gradualness in
Johan van der Auwera (University of Antwerp):
----- Topic: On diachronic semantic maps
The workshop will also accommodate four contributions from the project
members (t.b.a) on the effects of contact and interference within the
macro-geographic-area of the Mediterranean.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Authors are invited to submit a one-page abstract, keeping in mind
that the slot for their communication will last 40 min. including
Abstracts should be anonymous and should be sent as attachments in PDF
format to: gradualness.workshop at gmail.com.
Author(s) name(s) and affiliation should be indicated in the corpus of
the e-mail. The abstracts will be anonimously reviewed by two members
of the Scientific Committee.
Besides theoretical issues, the exam of specific examples and the
description of general patterns will also be welcome. Topics of
• what kind of factors trigger the grammaticalization processes
• the relation of grammaticalization to other mechanisms of language
change such as reanalysis and analogy
• the relationship between synchronic variation and grammatical change
• the interaction between frequency, entrenchment and use
• the possibility of multiple source constructions in language change
• the role of language contact in grammatical change
• how particular diachronic phenomena may be analyzed in the light of
the most recent linguistic theories (e.g. construction grammar)
• diachronic explanations for synchronic patterns of variation
Deadline for submission: 10 February 2010
Notification of acceptance 10 March 2010
ORGANIZERS AND CONTACT:
Anna Giacalone Ramat - annaram (at) unipv.it
Caterina Mauri - caterina.mauri (at) unipv.it
Piera Molinelli - piera.molinelli (at) unibg.it
For any questions and for submissions, please write to gradualness.workshop at gmail.com
Pierluigi Cuzzolin (University of Bergamo), Chiara Fedriani
(University of Pavia), Chiara Ghezzi (University of Pavia), Anna
Giacalone Ramat (University of Pavia), Gianguido Manzelli (University
of Pavia), Caterina Mauri (University of Pavia), Piera Molinelli
(University of Bergamo), Paolo Ramat (IUSS Institute), Andrea Sansò
(Insubria University - Como), Federica Venier (University of Bergamo)
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